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Rubén Dario Tejada

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 165 lb.

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Rubén Tejada made a splash in his pro debut in 2007.

Tejada had played for Panama in the 2001 Little League World Series and 2006 World Junior Championship.

Tejada was signed by scouts Wilfredo Blanco and Alex Zapata and international scouting director Ismael Cruz for the New York Mets in 2006. He debuted with a bang, hitting .364/.466/.479 with 16 steals (in 21 tries), 32 runs and 25 RBI in 32 games for the 2007 VSL Mets. That earned him a promotion to the GCL Mets, where he batted .283/.401/.367 in 35 contests despite being very young for the league at age 16.

Tejada hit .229/.293/.296 in 2008 for the St. Lucie Mets. He produced at a .233/.284/.291 rate for the Honolulu Sharks of the Hawaii Winter League that fall. Panama placed him on their roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He went 0 for 4 in the 2009 World Baseball Classic and committed at least two errors at shortstop.

In 2009, Tejada improved to .289/.351/.381 with the Binghamton Mets and stole 19 bases in 22 tries. He turned 76 double plays at shortstop, tying Cale Iorg for the Eastern League lead at the position.

Tejada made the Mets' opening day roster in 2010, filling in while Jose Reyes began the year on the disabled list. In his first at-bat in The Show, he pinch-hit for Francisco Rodriguez against Leo Nunez and popped out. He hit only .213 in 78 games for the Mets that season, splitting time between second base and shortstop, but took a major step forward in 2011 while again backing up both middle infield positions. He improved to .284 with a .360 OBP in 96 games at age 21, giving the Mets the sense that they had a replacement for Reyes, who was about to become a free agent. He did win the starting shortstop job in 2012, but endured some criticism for reporting late to spring training, and then saw his hitting regress, with a .333 OBP even if his batting average climbed to .289. He missed most of May and June with a quad injury that limited him to 114 games, but did hit 26 doubles. He started 2013 slowly, however, as he struggled to keep his average over .200. The Mets were thinking about demoting him to AAA Las Vegas when he reinjured his quadriceps on May 29th, putting him on the disabled list. He was hitting .209 at the time. When he was healthy again, the Mets decided to keep him in Las Vegas, where he hit .288 with a .337 OBP in 60 games, only bringing him back to the Big Apple in late September. In the meantime, veteran Omar Quintanilla got r most of the playing time at shortstop, as Tejada ended the year with a batting line of .202/.259/.260 in 57 games. After the season, Tejada threatened to file a grievance against the Mets, stating that keeping him in AAA was a purely financial decision meant to decrease his service time in order to delay his eligibility for salary arbitration. GM Sandy Alderson dismissed the allegations, stating: "From our standpoint, we feel that we have a right to bring up a player or not bring up a player. We have a right to determine when he comes up. And so we exercised that discretion across the board with respect to eight or nine players, or however many we brought up."

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