It ain’t easy being a prospect in the New York Mets’ farm system.
After a fourth-place finish in the National League East for the fourth-consecutive season, the organization is in need of an infusion of young talent. They took a step in the right direction this offseason by cashing in on R.A. Dickey, receiving Travis d’Arnaud, the game’s top catching prospect, and right-hander Noah Syndergaard in return.
The organization also has a crop of sleeper prospects—usually those whose ascent has been sidetracked by injuries or younger players with raw skills and minimal professional experience.
Here’s a look at the New York Mets’ five most under-the-radar prospects headed into the 2013 season.