3 Most Underrated Mets Players Heading into the 2020 MLB Season

Tristan Jung
The Mets' J.D. Davis broke out in 2019 after starting the year on the bench.
The Mets' J.D. Davis broke out in 2019 after starting the year on the bench. / Rich Schultz/Getty Images
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The New York Mets had a frustrating 2019 filled with bullpen collapses and injuries, but their team has a competitive roster that should at least be entertaining in 2020.

While the focus should rightly be on Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, and Jeff McNeil, the Mets have several unheralded players who can make an impact in 2020. Here are some names to watch out for whenever the season begins.

1. J.D. Davis

J.D. Davis had a remarkable turnaround after being cast off by the Houston Astros.
J.D. Davis had a remarkable turnaround after being cast off by the Houston Astros. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The New York Mets traded three prospects to get J.D. Davis, which was been seen as an overpay after Davis had an awful .175/.248/.223 slash line with the Astros in 2018. However, it's arguably turned out to be Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen's best move since he took the job. Davis had an .895 OPS last season and was a potent force in the lineup. He flashed all of the skills he didn't show in Houston, hitting for average, exhibiting better plate discipline, and blasting 22 homers. Although Davis was overshadowed by other young Mets' stars, the versatile 26-year-old looks like a big piece for the future.

2. Justin Wilson

Justin Wilson found great success in the Mets bullpen.
Justin Wilson found great success in the Mets bullpen. / Elsa/Getty Images

Justin Wilson has bounced around the league as a lefty specialist in recent years, but the second half of 2019 saw him become a trusted reliever. Wilson had 1.91 ERA over 28 1/3 innings in the second half and opposing batters had a .324 slugging percentage when facing him. His improvements should keep him as a relevant option with MLB's new three-batter minimum rule, and he should provide some stability in the Mets' bullpen if Edwin Diaz falters again. Wilson is still better against lefties, but he's now proven he can hold his own.

3. Dominic Smith

Dominic Smith had a great year off the bench for the Mets in 2019.
Dominic Smith had a great year off the bench for the Mets in 2019. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Dominic Smith could start for many teams, but he was a bench bat for the Mets last year. He took the role and ran with it, hitting for an .881 OPS over his 197 plate appearances. Interestingly, Smith suffers from sleep apnea disorder and started using a CPAP machine, which he credits for his success in 2019. Smith is a valuable trade piece for the Mets, who are set at first base with Alonso, but his hitting skills provide excellent depth for the team.



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