The New York Mets are aiming to contend for the NL East title in 2020, but there are still plenty of opportunities for some prospects to have a shot at the majors. Although the Mets' farm system isn't highly-ranked, there is some MLB-ready talent in the organization.
The Mets could use another infielder as Jed Lowrie continues to struggle with his never-ending injury. They could also need some depth in the bullpen and in the outfield. Injuries to any of the Mets top three pitchers or in the starting lineup would also quickly necessitate rapid promotion, as their Triple-A depth is thin. Let's take a look of three potential contributors for the Mets this season.
1. David Peterson, LHP
David Peterson could've made an appearance last year, but the Mets elected to keep him in Double-A and save a spot on the 40-man. Peterson is a tall 24-year-old lefty who had a strong 3.19 FIP in 24 minor league starts. The former first-round pick had a 9.47 K/9 over that stretch and looked capable of being a back of the rotation starter in the majors. The Mets' staff will be light on leftys to start the season, and two of the guaranteed pitchers that fit that bill are Steven Matz and Justin Wilson. Matz is expected to start the year in the rotation and Wilson is a very reliable lefty, but the new three-batter minimum rule could hurt him overall. Any injuries could leave a spot open for Peterson, whether that's in the bullpen or as a starter. He will likely start the year in Triple-A and have a good shot at making the big leagues at some point this season.
2. Andrés Giménez, SS
Despite a tough year at the plate in 2019 (.250/.309/.387 in Double-A) Andres Giménez is still ranked in the top 100 of several prospect boards. He remains an excellent fielder and a menace on the basepaths. He stole 28 bases in 117 games last year, and the Mets could badly use that speed in their lineup. The lack of offense is a serious issue for Giménez, but with the Mets needing another infielder, he could find his way to the majors by the middle of the year. He will almost certainly get a September call-up given Lowrie's uncertain status and other holes on the roster.
3. Franklyn Kilomé, RHP
Franklyn Kilomé missed all of 2019 with Tommy John surgery, but his electrifying high-90s fastball makes him an intriguing player for 2020. Kilomé had great strikeout numbers in Double-A but struggled with command. If he successfully returns from surgery, any good results in the minors could quickly translate to a spot in the bullpen. The Mets would like Kilomé to be a starter, but his inconsistent command and lights-out fastball will play much better in the bullpen. Jeurys Familia and Robert Gsellman struggled in 2019, and Kilomé could supplant them by the end of the year.
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