Prior to every Major League Baseball season, the “Shredder” on MLB Network releases its top ten players at every position. As we approach the start of the 2021 baseball season, the shredder has released its lists and some familiar New York Mets faces are on it.
The shredder breaks every position up and lists the top ten players at each one, which includes starting pitchers and relief pitchers. The shredder analyzes various parts of a player’s game between their offense and defense.
At the beginning of the 2020 season, the shredder featured seven different Mets players out of the ten different positions to be ranked. At the beginning of this 2021 season, the Mets have an additional player from last year as they have eight players out of the ten lists.
As the 2020-2021 offseason is approaching its end, the Mets appear to be in good shape with a player on eight out of the ten top ten lists.
With multiple additions to their already deep team this winter, the Mets appear to be a legitimate threat this upcoming season.
Let’s take a look at what Mets found themselves as a top ten player at their position.
The first position ranking released for the 2021 season was relief pitchers. Prior to the 2020 season, the Mets had Seth Lugo make his shredder debut as he came in as the seventh-best relief pitcher in the game.
Going into 2021, Lugo’s role has been a bit of a question mark as he was pushed into the rotation going down the stretch in 2020 and struggled. With his struggles in the rotation, Lugo did not find himself back on this list, and unfortunately for the Mets, they did not have any other relief pitchers ranked on the top ten list for this upcoming season.
Moving on to the main position of the field we have starting pitchers. Entering the 2020 season the Mets had the best starting pitcher in all of baseball in Jacob deGrom. Coming off of back-to-back Cy Young awards it was no surprise to find deGrom at the top of the list of starting pitchers.
Entering the 2021 season, the Mets are in good shape once again. Following his back-to-back Cy Young awards, deGrom finished the 2020 season third in Cy Young voting and finding himself back at the top of the starting pitching rankings as a result.