3 Mets Players Set to Break Out in the 2020 MLB Season

Mike Esposito
Breakout candidates for the New York Mets in 2020 include Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario.
Breakout candidates for the New York Mets in 2020 include Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario. / Elsa/Getty Images
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The New York Mets went through a tumultuous season in 2019, but despite all the drama surrounding the club, they finished with a respectable 86-76 record. That was their first winning season since 2016 and put them just three games back of the second NL Wild Card spot. New York enters the 2020 season with the same talented roster they had last year and are expected by several pundits to make the postseason. However, for a postseason berth to become a reality, the Mets will need — in addition to several bounce-back performances — strong breakout seasons from a few key players on their roster.

With that in mind, here are three New York Mets players poised to break out during the 2020 MLB season.

3. Dominic Smith

Dominic Smith celebrates during a 2019 game against the Braves.
Dominic Smith celebrates during a 2019 game against the Braves. / Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Dominic Smith had been a disappointment in his first two years in the Big Apple, but 2019 gave Mets fans a glimpse of just how special he can be. The 24-year-old spent most of last season as a bench bat for New York, but he made it incredibly hard on then-manager Mickey Callaway to take him out of the lineup when he did play. In 89 games last year, Smith slashed a surprising .282/.355/.525 with 11 homers and 25 RBI in just 197 plate appearances. The Mets have a glut of outfielder talent and with reigning NL Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso occupying first base, a possible lack of playing time could derail a possible breakout season out of Smith. However, if he can find his way into the lineup, don't be surprised if he's one of the Mets' most consistent hitters throughout the year.

2. Seth Lugo

Seth Lugo throws a pitch during a game against the Nationals.
Seth Lugo throws a pitch during a game against the Nationals. / Paul Bereswill/Getty Images

A resurgent bullpen will be key to the postseason appearance that barely eluded the Mets last season, but if there's one reliever in New York's battery that is poised to breakout rather than rebound, it's Seth Lugo. The 30-year-old righty had fine season in 2019, finishing the year with a 2.70 ERA and 0.90 WHIP while recording 21 holds in late relief. While impressive, however, the biggest indicator of a Lugo breakout this year his dominant performance down the stretch in 2019. After the All-Star Break, the fifth-year pitcher recorded a 1.95 ERA while holding batters to a ridiculous .143 batting average against.

1. Amed Rosario

Amed Rosario fielding during a game against the Marlins.
Amed Rosario fielding during a game against the Marlins. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

Once baseball's No .1 prospect, the Amed Rosario had performed like anything but throughout his short career and faced a lot of criticism for failing to live up to his potential. However, his production over the second half of the 2019 season is a good indicator that the 24-year-old may be in for his long-awaited breakout season. Rosario went on an absolute tear at the plate after the All-Star Break, slashing an impressive .319/.351/.453 with 14 doubles and 30 RBI in his final 70 games of the year (289 plate appearances). As long as Rosario can build off the tail end of last year in 2020, he may not only break out in a big way, but he could quickly become one of the league's best at his position.


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