Expectations heading into the 2013 season are realistically low for the New York Mets. While the team has not admitted to entering a true "rebuilding" stage, a .500-record will be considered an accomplishment for the team this year.
But on a team not pegged to compete, there's always the potential for some individual performances to take center stage. This was apparent for this very club a year ago, when R.A. Dickey won 20 games on his way to a Cy Young Award, all at age 38.
And while we know what we can expect from guys like David Wright, Johan Santana and Ike Davis, there are some lesser-known players on a rather inexperienced Mets' ballclub who could stand to contribute more than expected in 2013.
So, as we approach Spring Training, let's take a look at some unknown players that could open up some eyes in Queens this season. These are not your household names, but they very well may make an impact for the Mets in the coming season.