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10 New York Mets Prospects Facing A Make Or Break Season In 2014

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10 New York Mets Prospects Facing A Make Or Break Season In 2014

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For minor league baseball players, every year is important, but every player gets to a stage in their career when they have to take a significant step towards getting to the big leagues or face the reality of never getting there. Here is a list of 10 New York Mets prospects who have reached that point in their careers; for these players, the 2014 season will be a make or break season.

10. Jack Leathersich, P

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10. Jack Leathersich, P

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After the way Leathersich struggled with his control in triple-A last year, he'll have a hard time ever getting to the big leagues if those problems continue this season. If he throws strikes, he'll be in the majors at some point this season, but if not he'll be quickly forgotten and will likely never get to the big leagues.

9. Dustin Lawley, OF

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9. Dustin Lawley, OF

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Lawley has never been a top prospect, but he's on the Mets' radar after hitting 25 home runs in A-ball last year. However, he has to prove that he can hit for that kind of power in the upper levels of the minors. Otherwise his standing as a prospect will fall this season as quickly as it rose last season.

8. Cam Maron, C

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8. Cam Maron, C

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Maron has enough tools to be a big league catcher one day, but he's starting to get passed over by the Mets' other catching prospects. If he doesn't start to hit after a disappointing .235 average last season, it'll be hard to see him getting anywhere close to the big leagues.

7. Travis Taijeron, OF

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7. Travis Taijeron, OF

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Taijeron has some real power after hitting 23 home runs last year, but he's already 25 and hasn't made it out of double-A yet so time is running out for him. Also, the Mets' outfield is getting crowded, so this could be Taijeron's last chance to make a serious push for the majors.

6. Jayce Boyd, 1B

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6. Jayce Boyd, 1B

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Boyd had a great season in A-ball in 2013, but now he has to prove he can do that in the upper levels of the minors. He also needs to show more home run power if he's going to be a big league first baseman after just nine long balls last year. If Boyd can't continue to hit the way he did last year as he makes the move up to double-A, his stock will drop fast.

5. Matt Reynolds, SS

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5. Matt Reynolds, SS

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Reynolds has the potential to be useful utility player in the big leagues and possibly a starting shortstop. But he hit a disappointing .225 last season, and that's not nearly good enough to get him to the majors. If Reynolds doesn't become more productive at the plate this year, his time as a legitimate prospect with a big league future will be all but over.

4. Phillip Evans, SS

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4. Phillip Evans, SS

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Evans struggled to the tune of .203 average last season, and though he's still young he really needs to get things turned around this season. The Mets had high hopes for Evans when they drafted him, but he has not lived up to that promise. A third subpar season in a row would enough to take him off the Mets' radar.

3. Cory Vaughn, OF

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3. Cory Vaughn, OF

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Vaughn has the tools to be in the big leagues, even if it's only as a platoon player, but his strikeout rate has been alarming. That's something that needs to be improved before he can become a Major League player. The Mets have a lot of competition in the outfield these days, so Vaughn needs a big season to separate himself from the pack and get to the majors; if it doesn't happen this year, it probably won't happen at all.

2. Tyler Pill, P

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2. Tyler Pill, P

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Pill was great in 2012, but he missed most of 2013 with an injury. It's critical that he has a bounce-back season in 2014, or he'll have a tough time getting back of the Mets' radar, especially considering all of their other quality pitching prospects.

1. Darin Gorski, P

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1. Darin Gorski, P

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Gorski has had an up and down career in the minors and has been close to reaching the big leagues, but he's about to get lost in the shuffle of all the Mets' other top prospects getting to the big leagues in 2014. If Gorski doesn't have a great 2014 season and prove he's still capable of pitching in the majors, he'll likely never get there.