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Mets 2017 Season Preview: Which player is most likely to surprise?

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Feb 24, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a solo home run during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 24, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a solo home run during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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James Stumper Jr.,Staff Writer

Even though Rivera had some big hits down the stretch for the Mets last season, I think a lot of people still view him as minor leaguer/depth player.

Unfortunately, with all the health questions surrounding David Wright, Lucas Duda and Neil Walker coming off back injuries, and Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes getting up there in age, Rivera will likely be on the big league roster at some point.

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In a perfect world, all the starters stay healthy and can play a full season. Unfortunately, that will likely not be the case and I think T.J. Rivera will play a crucial role in keeping the lineup afloat. In 33 games last season, Rivera hit .333 and played all over the diamond. I think he has a lot of value and even though his numbers would almost definitely dip with a larger sample size, the New York native will be a very important asset for the Mets in 2016.

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