Despite an exciting and surprisingly promising first half of baseball, the New York Mets have fallen out of the playoff race and are 10 games behind in pace for the final National League wild-card spot.
The team's all-too-characteristically second-half swoon notwithstanding, 2012 was always considered to be part of a Sandy Alderson-led, franchise rebuilding phase, looking to slowly shed some presently constraining contracts, while methodically building a core of productive players from within the organization.
2012 was no lost season Mets fans—rather, it was a very deliberately placed step in the right direction towards the year-in and year-out consistent success that has mostly escaped the franchise since its last World Series title in 1986.
With active major league rosters set to expand to 40 on September 1, Mets fans are sure to witness an influx of several current minor leaguers hoping to contribute throughout the last month of the regular season. The expansion of rosters provides teams—both contenders and cellar-dwellers alike—the opportunity to showcase their minor league products, while, simultaneously, evaluating the role that these players may conceivably have in the team’s future plans.
In other words, it should provide Mets fans with something to be excited for, other than the team’s fight for third-place—or to stay out of the basement of the NL East for those most classically-pessimistic fans—in the division.
With help from the research and expertise of various baseball analysts, I have compiled a list of the seven Mets minor leaguers who are most likely to be on the receiving end of substantial playing time in baseball’s somewhat experimental final month of the regular season.
It is important to note that this is not necessarily a prospect list but is instead a compilation of seven men currently playing for a Mets minor league affiliate—regardless of major league experience—who are poised and ready to make an impact at the franchise’s highest level this September.
For this reason, players already on the active major league roster, like rookie pitching phenom Matt Harvey or the recently recalled outfielder, Lucas Duda, are ineligible for the list.