"I really had to build my strength back up," said den Dekker, who finished with a .207 average and six RBIs in the big leagues. "I worked hard. I came into this spring strong and ready to go."
Through 13 games, Matt den Dekker is 9-for-22 (.409) with a double, triple, three runs and five RBIs for the Mets this spring. Those numbers already top what he did last spring and in 2012, when he batted .143 with a double, triple and three RBIs.
"First week or two, I wasn't feeling great, but not terrible early on," den Dekker said. "The last week or so, I've been feeling a lot better and just going out there and having good at-bats and batting practice. Taking it a day at a time, having a good day every day."
The 26-year-old started in right field and batted second for Friday night's game against the Marlins, going 1-for-3.
By seeing opportunities at the corner-outfield positions, den Dekker gets to show his versatility.
"My past years, I've always struggled when I moved up, and then played well the next year, and I just think it's getting comfortable in the change of surroundings," den Dekker said. "I've been in big league camp before. It's definitely a little more familiarity and knowing what the guys want and how the other guys go about their business.
"I'm just out here trying to compete for a spot and trying to make the team and help them out as much as I can.
Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.