By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on April 3, 2014
With the MLB season kicking into full gear, the minor league baseball season is also getting underway. That means young players are starting to make their mark as prospects. Here are 10 prospects in the New York Mets’ farm system who are due to have a breakout season in 2014.
Morris showed signs of breaking out last year with an ERA of 1.00 in 45 innings while striking out 60. But he's finally moving to a full-season league this year, and with a good season he'll start to become more than a blip on the radar as a reliever with an electric fastball.
Welch has just 22 professional innings in two seasons, but he was a high draft pick with good potential. He should get more of an opportunity to show what he can do in 2014.
Mazzilli is a polished player with big league potential, and he'll be poised to have a good year in his first full season in the minors after a solid debut last summer. He's also a little old, so if he doesn't have a great year and move up a level or two, he'll have a tough time getting to the big leagues.
Tuschak has been slow to get going over the last few seasons, but he has good tools and put up a line of .271/.313/.376 last year. If he can build off of that he's due for a good year.
Urena is one of the sleepers of the Mets' farm system, and he has some outstanding raw tools. He won't play until the summer, but he's someone who more Mets fans will become acquainted with in the years to come.
Lupo had a rough season in 2013 after tearing up the Dominican Summer League in 2012, but he'll be more comfortable this summer in his second season stateside, allowing him to emerge as one of the Mets' best young outfield prospects.
Gsellman is one of the leaders of the Mets' next generation of pitching prospects that will be making their way to full-season leagues for the first time this year. He put up a 2.58 ERA and he's poised to have another sub-3 ERA year in A-ball this season.
This will be Herrera's first full season in the Mets' organization, and after getting adjusted late last season, he'll be ready to show the organization what he can do in 2014. He has the talent to become an above average big league second baseman, and this year will be an important one for him.
Very quietly, Cessa had a real good season in 2013, putting up a 3.12 ERA. He has a nice three-pitch mix and throws strikes. 2014 will be the year more people start to consider him as one of the Mets' top pitching prospects.
Nimmo was held back by a wrist injury last year, but when he was healthy he was a productive hitter. As long as he avoids injury this year he's due for a big season. Many fans have been disappointed in him and have questioned the Mets drafting him a few years ago, but he's ready to have a breakout season and prove the doubters wrong.
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