Tejada continues to provide stellar defense

Tejada continues to provide stellar defense

SAN DIEGO -- In a down defensive season for the Mets, one player who has not experienced many issues is Ruben Tejada, who continues to impress the organization with both his fielding prowess and throwing ability at shortstop. Tejada -- the favorite to start at the position next season if Jose Reyes signs elsewhere -- has grown accustomed to seeing himself on daily sports highlights shows, making throws from deep in the hole at shortstop.

"I watch all the plays," Tejada said. "You work for that, so you feel good when you make the plays."

There is, of course, still improvement to be made. Specifically, Tejada has been working on perfecting backhand plays on ground balls to his right, often a source of vexation for him.

Mostly, though, the Mets have few complaints.

"I feel great," Tejada said. "Shortstop is my natural position that I played in the Minor Leagues all the time, so I feel good."