The Mets are full of proven young studs, a few reliable bullpen arms, and an All-Star or two in the lineup.
There are some players on the team that are coming off of disappointing seasons, and others who are destined to have big years in 2017.
New York Mets 2017 breakout candidate for outfield is Michael Conforto.
Even though right now, Conforto is technically the odd man out in the outfield, he will still play a prominent role for the Amazins in the upcoming season.
Conforto started his career off red hot, being one of the spark plugs that led the team to the World Series in 2015. He slugged .506 and hit 9 home runs in just 174 at-bats during his rookie campaign, and he looked like he was bound to have a great year as the full-time left fielder in 2016.
He started off the season hitting .365, slugging .676 and driving in 18 RBIs in the month of April. Then on May 1st, Conforto got Bumgarnered, as he struck out 3 times and went 0-5 on the day. After that game, Conforto wasn’t the same for the rest of the season.
The low was in June when he hit .119 and ultimately got demoted to Triple-A. He ended up having two stints in Triple-A during the year, and did well, hitting .422 with 9 home runs, but that could not translate to the Major Leagues.
Hopefully with Conforto being used in more of a bench role for the year could lead him to make the most of the opportunities he gets on the field, eventually playing his way to a starting role and molding into a high quality starting outfielder for years to come.