Everyone is excited about the Mets resigning Yoenis Cespedes, but who else is going to contribute big for the offense?
David Wright is no longer the player he used to be and cannot be considered one of the Mets top hitters. Everyone knows over the last few seasons he has had injuries. Last season he was limited to just 38 games in the regular season due to at first a hamstring injury, and then the diagnosis of spinal stenosis. It is impossible to know how many games Wright will play in this season due to his back and the concern of other injuries.
Curtis Granderson had a great year last season as the leadoff hitter but he is more of a complimentary piece than a center piece for the offense. Lucas Duda has a lot of power but he is just too streaky of a hitter to be counted on every day and produce. In the offseason, the Mets signed Asdrubal Cabrera and traded for Neil Walker. They are also solid hitters who will lengthen the lineup.
Travis d’Arnaud was originally the biggest piece the Mets were getting in the R.A Dickey trade in 2012, but has since been overshadowed by the hype and rookie season Noah Syndergaard had. In 2015, Travis d’Arnaud played in 67 games, 12 home runs, 41 RBIs, .268 average, and .340 OBP.
Yes, he has had a lot of injuries through his career so far, but a lot of them have been freak injuries. The two injuries that he suffered last season were from a pitch that hit him in the hand while batting and the other injury was a collision at home with A.J. Pierzynski.
Before the first injury, d’Arnaud was the main contributor on offense batting almost .300 and driving in runs. It was a small sample size before the injury but it looked like he was about to have a great season. If d’Arnaud can stay healthy and play in most games this season, I think he can be a .280 hitter and hit around 25 home runs.
Michael Conforto was drafted 10th overall in the 2014 draft and made his major league debut with the Mets this past season on July 24th. Sandy Alderson didn’t want to rush Conforto to the majors because he only played 133 minor league games and never even played in Triple AAA.
The offense needed a spark and Conforto was called up. He had a good rookie season playing in 56 games, 9 home runs, 26 RBIs, .270 average, and had a .335 OBP. He also played a better than expected left field. Michael Conforto is the Mets best hitting prospect since David Wright. He has the potential to be a .300 hitter and hit 20+ home runs.
If Michael Conforto and Travis d’Arnaud play to the potential I think they have, the Mets will have a great lineup. I think by as early as June, we could see Conforto, Cespedes, and d’Arnaud as the 3,4,5 hitters.