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Jason Tyner -- By Robert Sherry

The Mets first round selection in 1998 out of Texas A&M, this 6-foot-1 lefty is your classic throwback style leadoff hitter. He has not homered since his high school days, instead, his game has revolved around speed.

In 1999 at Double-A Binghamton, Tyner had a great season, finishing up with a .313 average and 49 steals (19 2B, 5 3B, 33 RBI, 91 R, 62 BB and 46 SO in 518 at-bats). In a late promotion to Norfolk, he went 0-for-8.

In the field he has the speed to play center, but could eventually wind up in left, especially if top prospect Alex Escobar stays healthy and develops. Tyner's arm would also make a better fit in left. This spring he has reported to camp at about 180 pounds in an attempt to add more punch to his bat.

I would expect him to spend most of, if not all, this upcoming season at Triple-A Norfolk. Success there would put him in line to play himself into a role in the Mets outfield in 2001. Increasing his odds to make the majors next season is that the current outfield group is getting old (Daryl Hamilton and Rickey Henderson account for two-thirds of the current starting outfield).


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