2018 New York Mets Depth Chart
There was quite a bit of hype for the New York Mets leading into the 2018 season. Granted, following a 70-win season there had to be room for optimism. With only 58 wins to their name, the Mets are struggling to reach their 70-win mark from 2017. Now that we are 131 games into the season, the Mets find themselves fourth in their division and 15.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves. With their playoff chances dashed, there are still 31 games left in the season for players to make their mark and vie for playing time and for a higher placement on the depth chart for the next season.
|Catcher||Kevin Plawecki||Devin Mesoraco||Tomas Nido|
|1st Base||Jay Bruce||Wilmer Flores||Dominic Smith|
|2nd Base||Jeff McNeil|
|Shortstop||Amed Rosario||Jose Reyes||Jack Reinheimer|
|3rd Base||Todd Frazier|
|Left Field||Michael Conforto||Yoenis Cespedes|
|Center Field||Austin Jackson|
|Right Field||Brandon Nimmo|
A pitching rotation sporting the names of Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and Matt Harvy appears on paper to be a dominant and strong bulk of the Mets rotation. Of the three, Noah Syndergaard has had the best 2018 season thus far sporting a 9-3 record despite a higher ERA than deGrom at 3.51. Jacob deGrom has struggled this season along with Matt Harvey. The only difference between those two is that the Mets shipped off Harvey back in May leaving the Mets rotation. Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz, and Jason Vargas round out the other 3 pitchers in the Mets rotation. Of these three, Jason Vargas is the intriguing veteran that has been rounding into form over the last 2 months and has provided some great production for the Mets. A strong finish to the 2018 season is crucial for Vargas if he wants Mickey Callaway to keep him in the rotation for 2019. Vargas was brought in this season to bring another veteran presence when he signed a two-year deal with the Mets. While performance in September will not always be a great indicator to the next season, we have seen pitchers in the past that struggled all season until September when they started improving and then translated that success into motivation for the following season.
2018 Free Agent Signings
Possibly the biggest signing for the Mets was the addition of Jose Bautista in May. The right-handed power hitter was added to the roster with Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier on the long-term disable list. It was a low-risk experiment for the Mets that ultimately did not work out as the Mets traded Bautista to Philadelphia two months later before the July 31st trade deadline.
So who is the biggest free agent signing or new addition to the Mets? Jose Reyes was a familiar name that has failed to produce and produced more errors than positive plays for the Mets this season. Adrian Gonzalez had been producing well for the Mets at the beginning of the season before falling into a slump and then being released in June. This leaves us with Todd Frazier who is recently off of the disabled list and slated at the top of the third base depth chart. He did find himself on the disabled list for part of the season but is back healthy and playing well. He is credited for helping turn around the culture in New York with his locker room presence. Frazier could end up being the veteran that the Mets need to bring in and develop younger players while still being able to contribute at a high level and produce the offensive game that he is capable of doing.