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Mets 2017 ZiPS Projections released

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Aug 21, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (44) greets relief pitcher Jeurys Famillia (27) after their 2-0 win over the San Francisco Giants iat AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (44) greets relief pitcher Jeurys Famillia (27) after their 2-0 win over the San Francisco Giants iat AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
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Bench/Prospects

"“The Mets appear to feature a rather large collection of competent role players. Juan Lagares (364 PA, 1.5 zWAR) is coupled with Jay Bruce in the depth-chart graphic below, but is more likely to actually appear in center when he plays, moving Granderson over to right. He receives a +8 fielding-runs mark in center. Outfielder Brandon Nimmo (526, 1.8) earns the top wins projection among the club’s rookie-eligible players. The forecast for shortstop Gavin Cecchini (531, 1.6) is also promising. Robert Gsellman (155.0 IP, 1.4 zWAR) earns the top wins projection among those pitchers not included in the depth-chart graphic below. His cumulative forecast is more promising than Zack Wheeler‘s (97.0, 0.8), although the run-prevention numbers on a per-inning basis are nearly identical.”"

The biggest surprise in this category is again an outfielder. Brandon Nimmo is projected to get 526 plate appearances somehow, and is slated to have a more productive year than Travis d’Arnaud, Juan Lagares, and Jay Bruce. Hey, weirder things have happened, so I won’t completely count any possibility out.

Next: Jose Reyes is already training for the outfield

With baseball right around the corner, these projections only help fuel our desire for Spring Training to get started already. Only 11 days to go until the unofficial beginning with pitchers and catchers arriving at Port St. Lucie.

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