What exactly is a breakout player? Well, according to MLB.com's GIBBY Awards (a set of honors and accolades handed out after the season to the best of a number of categories), a breakout player involves such a player having a season like he's never had before. After a breakout season, the player is considered a "heavyweight" and to be in the "top echelon" of his peers.
In 2012, we saw some incredible breakout campaigns across the MLB. Chase Headley in San Diego finally put it all together and had himself an MVP-caliber season, leading the league in RBI. The Nationals' shortstop Ian Desmond smacked 25 home runs and stole 21 bases, all while hitting .292. Even the New York Mets' very own R.A. Dickey was considered a breakout pitcher in 2012, at the ripe age of 38, as he went on to claim the league's Cy Young Award.
Heading into the 2013 season, there are some questions surrounding the overall talent on the Mets' squad. But there are a certainly a handful of players that are flying under the radar, or have yet to put together the type of season that can truly make in impact on a team. Here's a look at some potential breakout players for the 2013 Mets.