The Mets have a few candidates for this one, but, with a full season to come, the southpaw out of Georgia gets the nod.
New York Mets 2017 breakout candidate for relief pitcher is Josh Smoker.
A former first-round pick of the Washington Nationals, Josh Smoker bounced around their minor league system for five years and eventually made his way to the Independent League in 2014.
The Mets signed Smoker to a minor league contract in 2015 and he skyrocketed through the minor leagues.
He started off 2015 in Single-A, and by the end of the year, he made it to Double-A with Binghamton. In 2016, Smoker started off in Las Vegas, and his electric arm led to his promotion to the big leagues.
Smoker struck out 81 batters in 57 innings in Triple-A, and he became a go-to guy for the Mets when they needed a lefty late in the season. In 15.1 innings with the Mets, Smoker struck out 25 batters and also earned himself three wins.
With Sean Gilmartin and Josh Edgin being shaky throughout their careers, and Jerry Blevins still remaining a question mark as to whether or not he’ll be back, 28-year-old Josh Smoker has a chance to establish himself as the Mets lefty specialist for the 2017 season.