Unlike this past season, which saw Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Jordany Valdespin both have a significant impact on the Mets as rookies, there will most likely not be as many rookie offensive contributions in 2013.
One outfield prospect that could be a part of the Mets' roster in 2013 though, is Matt den Dekker. Drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 MLB Draft, den Dekker spent the 2012 season split between Class AA Binghamton and Class AAA Buffalo. In Class AA Binghamton, den Dekker played very well with a .340 average, eight home runs, 29 RBI, 21 doubles and ten stolen bases.
After 58 games in Class AA Binghamton, den Dekker was promoted to Class AAA Buffalo. However, he did not hit as well after the promotion. He batted just .220 despite nine home runs, 47 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 77 games. What really stood out in den Dekker's Class AAA stint was his .256 OBP. He had just 34 walks for the entire 2012 season, which is something he will have to improve on in order to not only make the major leagues, but to also stay there for a long time.
den Dekker has above average speed and plays center field very well defensively. However, in order to be a major league player, he will have to show more patience at the plate and become more of a run producer, if possible.
In the upcoming Spring Training, den Dekker will have an outside chance of becoming the Mets' starting center fielder, with Nieuwenhuis currently being the favorite. If he does not win the starting job though, den Dekker could be on the Mets' Opening Day bench, or could spend more time developing in the minor leagues before getting promoted sometime mid-season.
All in all, den Dekker will be a part of the Mets at some point in 2013. How much of an impact he will have and how long he is on the roster for could vary, but he will almost certainly make his major league debut and get some playing time with the Mets next season.