4 Mets players most likely to have a breakout year in 2023
By Tim Boyle
A breakout season can be defined in a couple of ways. Some of the New York Mets players capable of having what could fall into a list like this have already had big league success. A true breakout year, however, requires a little more than playing well.
The Mets are a team made up largely of veterans with some younger players mixed in there. Someone like Brooks Raley could have a career year but he seems disqualified from being a candidate to breakout. He’s closer to 35 than he is 34 at this point.
Fortunately, there are other Mets players who have the capability of being a true breakout success. It’s these four who seem most destined to do it.
1) NY Mets player most likely to have a breakout year: Brett Baty
The bustling Brett Baty bandwagon brakes for no one. He has taken over as the prospect many believe will have the biggest year in 2023 if only because the Mets aren’t equipped to have Francisco Alvarez on the major league roster as a catcher. Baty tore up pitchers during the spring and looks ready to get regular at-bats in the majors.
The excitement level for Baty grew more so last year when he swatted a home run in his first MLB at-bat against the Atlanta Braves. An injury sidelined him not long after. Fans have been curious ever since where he’d fit in with the team moving forward.
When Carlos Correa almost became a member of the Mets, it looked like Baty was either getting traded or moving more toward becoming a starting left fielder. He should still be a candidate to play some outfield along with third base. If there is one rookie to put your faith in this year, it’s Baty.