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Mar 5, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (74) bats during a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (74) bats during a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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While it’s still too early for the Mets to make any major roster moves, it’s never a bad idea to keep an eye on possible solutions.

The Mets have been struggling lately. As if that wasn’t enough, the injury bug has come to town as well. The team can’t seem to find any sort of consistency from their lineup or bullpen, causing the team to lose six of their last seven games.

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With the team going through their recent struggles and Lucas Duda along with Wilmer Flores on the DL, and Yoenis Cespedes missing a few games, many fans are searching for a solution.

Since it is only April we can expect the Mets to continue to throw out the usual lineup, but that won’t stop many from asking if there is a solution waiting in Las Vegas, where Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith — the two biggest prospects in the Mets farm system — reside.

Rosario, who many believe is the shortstop of the future, is currently hitting .370 through 54 at bats, with three stolen bases. On the other side of the diamond, first baseman Smith, who scouts also believe can be a stud at the next level, is hitting .339 and leading the 51’s in RBI.

While most experts and insiders didn’t expect to see either of these young budding stars with the big league ball club early in 2017, recent struggles have some posing why not?

In 2015 when the Amazin’s went onto the World Series, many didn’t expect to see Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, or Michael Conforto join the big league club so soon. When the young guns did arrive in Queens along with Cespedes, they provided the team with a much needed spark that jolted them into serious playoff contention.

After the Mets made their improbable run, and it came to be playoff time, the rookies did not shy away from the spotlight. Syndergaard provided the team with its only win in the fall classic, while Conforto saw significant time in the lineup, and Matz took the rubber multiple times throughout the postseason.

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Yes it is early, and maybe the Mets will play their way out of this slump with the roster they currently have. But if the team continues to trend in the wrong direction, management should not hesitate to use Smith and Rosario as a threat to guys like Jose Reyes who are under performing, or guys like Lucas Duda who struggle to stay on the field. The Mets have seen the rookie sensations come up big in past seasons, so why not this season?

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