The 2014 Mets were not very good and failed to provide Fantasy Baseball players with many options. Lucas Duda had a breakout year, hitting 30 home runs and Jacob deGrom was the NL Rookie of the Year, but veterans like David Wright and Curtis Granderson failed to produce.
Wright hit a career low eight home runs — the first time he failed to reach double digits in his 10-year career, including the 2011 season in which he played just 102 games. Wright also failed to hit .300 (.269) for the third time in five seasons. Look for Wright to bounce back in 2015.
Granderson hit .227 in his debut with the Mets, but his 20-HR total would have been closer to 30 with the new fences at Citi Field.
Daniel Murphy gets little love in Fantasy Baseball, but he managed to hit .289 with 37 doubles (16th in MLB) and scored a team-high 79 runs. He is one of the more consistent hitters in baseball.
The Mets added veteran Michael Cuddyer to the lineup, which could help boost Murphy’s run total back over 90.
The Dark Knight himself, Matt Harvey, will return to the Mets’ starting rotation, and we could see Noah Syndergaard make his MLB debut in 2015. MLB.com ranked him the No. 2 right-handed pitching prospect in baseball.
We took the projected lineup, rotation and bullpen from RosterResources.com.
Mets Projected “Go-To” Lineup
- CF Juan Lagares
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- 3B David Wright
- 1B Lucas Duda
- RF Michael Cuddyer
- LF Curtis Granderson
- C Travis d’Arnaud
- SS Wilmer Flores
Mets Starting Rotation
- RHP Matt Harvey
- RHP Bartolo Colon
- LHP Jon Niese
- RHP Zach Wheeler
- RHP Jacob deGrom
- RHP Bobby Parnell (Closer)
- RHP Jenrry Mejia
- RHP Jeurys Familia
2015 New York Mets Fantasy Stud: Lucas Duda
Duda’s power surge led to 30 home runs, 27 doubles, 92 RBI and 74 runs scored. That made him a top-50 Fantasy player last season, and he will probably be the most valuable Met to own this season. He was one of just 11 players to hit 30 home runs.
Breakout Candidate: Travis d’Arnaud
d’Arnaud got hot late last season, hitting .265 after the MLB All-Star game, with a .313 batting average in September. His .474 SLG in the second half was fifth in the MLB among catchers. That helped him score 30 runs over the final 53 games, second to just Buster Posey’s 38 to finish the year. That is the hitter everyone was expecting to see, it just took time — and a trip back to Triple-A — for the rookie to blossom.
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Bust Candidate: Matt Harvey
Harvey will be valued highly in Fantasy drafts, and while he might be very successful on the mound, his innings will be monitored closely, as he returns from Tommy John surgery. For this reason alone, besides the fact that I don’t draft players on my favorite teams because I don’t want to jinx them, I am avoiding Harvey in drafts. (I’m not the only one that considers Harvey a bust candidate.)
Top Sleeper: Wilmer Flores
Flores is going to be the Mets’ everyday shortstop to start the season. He hit .263 after the All-Star Game, once his playing time was almost guaranteed. He finished the season with a .278 average in September over 90 ABs and he hit four home runs, tied for the most among shortstop. He is just 23 years old and has been on Mets fans radars for almost a decade now, so it’s about time we finally get to see if he can put it all together. The fact that the shortstop position is so weak offensively, Flores has a chance to be a Fantasy relevant player in 2015.
Top Rookies: Noah Syndergaard, Brandon Nimmo, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz
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The New York Mets could see two top prospects make their Major League debut in 2015, but it might be too little, too late for most Fantasy owners. Noah Syndergaard is highly likely to make a few spot starts towards the end of the season and Brandon Nimmo could join the club when the rosters expand in September.
Syndergaard very easily could make 10-plus starts this season, should the Mets suffer any major injuries to their pitching staff. Rafael Montero and Steven Matz are also names that could be called up to make some spot starts. Remember, Dillon Gee has yet to be traded and is the Mets sixth starting pitcher at the moment.
Cuddyer was brought in on a two-year contract to be a stop gap in the outfield, until one of Nimmo/Michael Conforto are ready to roll. Nimmo will get the first crack if everything works out in Triple-A.
Last season, between advanced Class A and Double-A, Nimmo hit .278 with a .394 OBP and .426 SLG. He hit 21 doubles, nine triples and 10 home runs, while driving in 51 and scoring 97 times.
What Should We Know About the 2015 New York Mets?
It has been rough for Mets fans since Carlos Beltran failed to swing at strike three in Game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship Series, but things are looking brighter in Queens these days. The pitching staff is stronger than ever, their farm system is starting to produce Major League talent, and overlooked players, like Juan Lagares and Zach Wheeler, could provide Fantasy owners with some very valuable pieces.
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