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New York Mets player predictions for the 2019 MLB season

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 23: Drew Smith #62 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants during their game at Citi Field on August 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

Drew Smith

Drew Smith is one of the borderline relievers hoping for more playing time in 2019. He was one of the better arms last year. However, he has plenty to prove.

One of many young bullpen arms, Smith made his major league debut in June of last season. He finished his first season with only 18 strikeouts. He will look to prove he belongs in the major leagues by attempting to carve out a role as an early inning reliever. Smith was the player the Mets acquired when they traded Lucas Duda in 2017. – Allen Settle

Drew Smith becomes the relief arm obtained in 2017 that sticks. – Jason Dye

Drew Smith probably will not be effective and spend most of the time trying to improve in the minor leagues for 2019. He throws the ball too much over the heart of the plate and needs to correct giving up too much hard contact by opponents. – Steve Malik

Smith won’t strike out enough people and he’ll be moved up and down between the majors and Triple-A. – Nick Scheurer

Smith will make the Opening Day roster. He will beat out the other young relievers for the last bullpen spot, although he may go up and down as the Mets need relievers with the AAA being in Syracuse this year. – Mark Sales

I was somewhat impressed with Drew Smith’s rookie campaign. He did a lot well and his numbers show. My only worry was a lack of strikeouts. I predict his ERA does inflate, but nowhere near bursting level. As for the strikeouts, I don’t think he turns things around in one year. – Tim Boyle

Unfortunately, I think Smith may be a casualty of the Mets’ offseason roster changes, either by being sent down or shipped out before the year is over. – Kevin Strauss

Smith was not horrible in 2018 and we saw that he has potential. I do not expect to see him on the mound a great deal next season, especially since the Mets have focused so greatly on bolstering the bullpen, but when he does pitch, I think he will get the job done. We will most likely see him more often in games where the Mets are either getting blown out, or leading by a wide margin. – Leen Amin

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