These members of the New York Mets could have a bigger year than expected just as J.D. Davis did in 2019.
J.D. Davis surprised just about everyone with his performance on the field in 2019. When the New York Mets acquired him, like many people, I thought he would sit on the bench and maybe get the occasional start.
Due to injuries, Davis found himself in the middle of the Mets lineup in midseason. He became the team’s everyday left fielder and one of the best bats in their starting nine.
In 2020, there are a few guys who could surprise us the same way as Davis. Although they may be a little more well-known, they do fit one major part of the criteria. All three of the players I want to cover here have the capability to start on this team should the need arise. They have a chance to become much bigger contributors than originally expected.
Jake Marisnick – OF
If there’s anyone I think on this Mets team most likely to make the leap from the bench to the starting lineup it has to be outfielder Jake Marisnick. In a regular 162-game season, he was probably going to play in about 120-130 games anyway.
Marisnick has already gotten some love on social media from fans who would even prefer to see him start every day in center field. Those lineups fans have put together include Marisnick in center field, Brandon Nimmo in left field, and Davis on the bench.
I think Marisnick’s path to regular starts is only happening if a Mets outfielder suffers an injury. It doesn’t matter which outfield position it is. Marisnick is the first in line to take over for him because of his terrific defense.
The Mets have quite a few outfield options in 2020. However, none have defensive skills that come close to what Marisnick can do.