2) Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Nimmo has grown to be loved in New York because he is a fan favorite and a good player. He has been solid since making his debut in 2016 and established himself as a great lead-off hitter, especially because of his consistently good OBP.
He had a great year in 2018, hitting a career-high 17 home runs and batting in a career-high 47 runs while slashing .263/.404/.483. Fans were excited about his season-long performance and were optimistic that he would only get better in 2019.
Unfortunately, Nimmo suffered a neck injury and has not played in a game since May 21. Granted, he was not playing well at all before landing on the IL, slashing an unimpressive .200/.344/.323, but I attribute these poor numbers to his injury.
Losing a player like Nimmo for an extensive period of time is not easy for any team but it has been especially difficult for the Mets because of their lack of outfield depth.
This has been an issue all season-long and was constantly brought up in the offseason, as well, even when Nimmo was still healthy. That is why van Wagenen decided to trade for outfielder Keon Broxton, which ended up being a poor decision.
Thankfully, Nimmo has been progressing nicely in his rehab starts and should finally be back with the Mets sometime next week. He is going to be a welcome addition to the team as they push to stay in the playoff race and he will help remedy the problem the Mets have in the outfield.