These three members of the 2020 New York Mets can help themselves earn a bigger role for the 2021 season.
The 2020 MLB season isn’t just about competing for a World Series with a debated asterisk next to it. For those on the New York Mets roster, it’s also a chance to show they have what it takes to earn more playing time in 2021.
We know of a few guarantees for the 2021 roster. There are multiple players who aren’t going to get traded or lose playing time regardless of how this year goes. Other members of this organization are on the rise, possibly set to see many more innings next season.
These three Mets have already gotten some chances early on in 2020. How they perform this season could have a big effect on how much more we see of them next year.
It’s fairly obvious to add David Peterson to a list like this. Peterson began this season as the team’s fifth starter due to Marcus Stroman’s place on the IL. He pitched well in his first two outings, giving hope that he may be the prized prospect many believe he is.
Peterson is already a top candidate to join the 2021 Mets rotation. Considering they have three free agent starters and another coming off of Tommy John Surgery, I would fully expect the Mets to hand at least one rotation spot to a guy on a rookie deal.
Peterson is a fine choice for that job and how he performs in 2020 will say a lot about how the Mets plan to use him in 2021.
The full verdict on Peterson’s future will have to wait until we get a full offseason. The Mets could always go out shopping for veteran help.
However, based on the payroll situation, I feel like a rotation spot in 2021 is already Peterson’s to lose.