With the non-waiver trade deadline nearly upon us, there will surely be a shake up of the Mets roster.
New York currently sits 13 games out of the National League East and 10 games behind the Colorado Rockies for the second wild card spot.
At 44-50 as of July 22 and a playoff berth highly unlikely, the Amazin’s should be all but gearing up for next season.
With that being said, here are five Mets prospects we can see in Flushing before the end of the year.
This one is a no-brainer. The consensus top Mets prospect and one of the best in all of baseball, Amed Rosario‘s long anticipated debut will happen at some point within the next couple months, most likely after New York sheds several of its veterans.
The 21-year-old is hitting at a .330/.368/.473 clip with seven homers and 53 RBI in 87 games at Triple-A Las Vegas this season.
Whether he should have been called up already or not, fans will be pleased to see the future stud in Flushing by the end of the year.
Even if it doesn’t happen, Smith will probably receive a promotion as he leads all Triple-A batters in hits this season.
The 22-year-old projects to be the Opening Day first baseman for the Mets in 2018, and like Rosario, could get a shot the last month or two of the season to gear up for a full season of big league action next year.
The Mets bullpen has struggled mightily this year and will be even more uncertain if Addison Reed and Jerry Blevins are moved at the trade deadline.
While New York could try several guys out as the rest of the season unfolds, one that could get a shot is 25-year-old Kevin McGowan.
McGowan is 5-3 with a 4.30 ERA, 4.30 FIP, .292 BABIP and 1.325 WHIP in 33 games for the hitter-friendly climate of Las Vegas this season.
While his numbers are inflated this season, McGowan had a nice season in 2016, pitching to a 2.35 ERA in 84 1/3 innings pitched across three minor league levels last year.
While Tomas Nido has yet to replicate his success at the dish this season for Double-A Binghamton, the 23-year-old catcher recently appeared in the MLB Futures Game and Eastern League All-Star Game last week.
For Nido, it’s less about how he is doing this year, but grooming him for the future.
I believe he will get a September call-up this season since neither Binghamton or Las Vegas project to be in the playoffs, and for that matter, neither do the Mets.
Nido will work with Glenn Sherlock and Rene Rivera, getting him accustomed to the big league level and preparing him to catch in Queens long term.
With the medley of injuries the Mets starters have suffered this season, the team will likely need starts later in the year, especially as they close out the season in September.
Between Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton in 2017, Chris Flexen has a 6-1 record with a 1.66 ERA in 10 starts.
The No. 22 Mets prospect according to MLB.com, I think Flexen gets a chance to toss a couple games for the Mets if Zack Wheeler is shut down.
In addition to my candidates above, my dark horse rookie to make an appearance in Queens this season is…
Mets fans: What say you? What other prospects do you think we see in Flushing this season?