Every Met fan knows its tough to defend their Mets after watching them come short of missing the playoffs three straight years, watching the Yankees win the World Series... again, and having Beltran and Reyes injured before opening day. Injuries and bad luck has tormented the Amazin's, but there is always hope; and this year Mets fans should have plenty of reasons to believe in the Mets for 2010 and years to come.
First reason to believe, Jenrry Mejia, the 20 year old pitching stud from the Dominican Republic. Mejia has an explosive fastball and a sharp breaking ball. Although there is a lot of hype on Mejia I don't believe he will be ready to play in the majors this year, but so far he has dazzled in spring training and has Jerry Manuel gitty with excitement. Mejia went 4-1 with St. Lucie in 2009 with a 1.97 ERA. The numbers sound good but the reason why I think he needs more time in the minors is because when he was sent up Binghamton he struggled going 0-5 with a 4.47 ERA. Mejia is young and only going to get better so putting him in New York too early is a risk the Mets don't need to take.
The next prospect Jon Niese is expected to make an immediate impact in 2010. The 23 year old from Ohio is expected to be the number five starter in the Mets rotation this season. Neise made five appearances for New York last season going 1-1 with a 4.21 ERA, 18 K's, and only 8 walks. The numbers aren't great but Mets management is high on Niese and Met fans have already made him a fan favorite. Assuming he stays healthy Niese could be the number 3 starter by the All-Star break.
Although Met fans have already turned their backs against Fernando Martinez this guy is going to be a stud. After numerous injuries last season Martinez was thrown onto the field last year without experience and was rushed into becoming a Major League starter at 20 years old. Before playing in the majors Martinez hit .291 and had 8 home runs in only 42 games with AAA Buffalo. In 2007 and 2008 Martinez played in the All-Star Futures Game and is expected to play a major role with the Mets in the near future. With more experience in the minors Martinez will flourish and because he already has experience with the New York media I think Martinez will make a positive impact for the Mets.
Last but not least, Ike Davis. Davis has shown in spring training this year that he has amazing power and decent glove skills. Davis played a few years at Arizona State University and was drafted in 2008. In 2009 Davis played 59 games for the St. Lucie Mets were he hit .288 and had 8 home runs. Proving himself in St. Lucie, Davis was sent up to Binghamton were he hit .309 with 13 home runs and 41 RBIs. Davis has a lot of upside to him and Met fans should be excited because he can bring a lot of power to the Mets lineup. Davis will probably be sent to AAA Buffalo to start the season, but expect him to make an appearance in 2010.
Although the Met fans aren't sure of what to expect this season from their Mets, be certain that one of these four prospects will shine in the future.