Going into the start of the 2012 season, the Mets were not expected to contend, due to a lower payroll, an unproven lineup and an inconsistent pitching staff.
The Mets though surprised everyone by having a winning record through the first three months of the season. However, right after the All-Star break, the Mets fell apart and won just four games in a span of 19 days through the end of July.
With the Nationals still playing very well and the Braves challenging them for the division title, it's very unlikely that the Mets will contend for the NL East division title. Furthermore, the Pirates, Reds, Cardinals, Dodgers and Giants have all played better than the Mets as well. Thus, the Mets are also going to have a lot of trouble getting one of the two wild-card spots.
Despite watching the bullpen get worse than it already is and seeing some of the more promising hitters struggle, not all will be lost for the Mets this year. It was originally supposed to be a rebuilding year, and the Mets still have plenty to look forward to. Matt Harvey has already been called up and has become a fixture in the rotation. Although he has not come out victorious since his major league debut, he can pitch well nonetheless and will show the Mets and their fans why they should believe in him.
Not only that, but on September 1 of each year, each major league team gets to expand their 25-man rosters to 40 players. This is because the minor league seasons end earlier and it gives some of the more advanced players a chance to get a taste of what the major leagues are like. The Mets can use September to evaluate their current talent and see which players they should build around for the future.
Some Mets players that were on the major league club for much of the season were recently demoted, but will definitely be back on the Mets no later than September 1. Those players include Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mike Nickeas, Pedro Beato, Robert Carson, Justin Hampson and Elvin Ramirez. Chris Schwinden, who was in the Mets rotation for most of May will likely get recalled as well, as will Jack Egbert, who has made just one appearance for the Mets this year.
Aside from these aforementioned players, here are the top 10 most exciting prospects the Mets will be calling up in September.