The fans at Citi Field may not be harboring dreams of postseason glory for this season, but diehards that are in search of hope for the future should be excited at what they have recently been witnessing. In 25 games since the all-star break, the Mets have posted a 13-12 record while moving into third place in the NL East just 2.5 games behind Washington. This has largely been achieved on the backs of prospects looking to secure their place with the franchise. As the New York front office has its sites set on the future, lets take some time to see what these young players can deliver for your fantasy team in the present.
Juan Lagares CF - The Dominican born center fielder has spent the majority of the regular season with the big league club. Lagares appeared in 52 games before the break with very little fanfare putting up a .234/.255/.340 line while typically looking over matched with a near 26% K rate. The second half has been a different story. The rookie has cruised to an .871 OPS while swiping five bases and belting a couple of home runs over 92 at bats.
Wilmer Flores 3B - If the suspicions that David Wright might be done for the season come to fruition, Flores could provide huge value at the third base position. Debuting just one week ago on his 22nd birthday, the Mets #4 ranked prospect (MLB.com) has been the sixth best third baseman fantasy wise with a homer and nine driven in since his call up. If he comes anywhere close to the form (.321/15 HR/36 Doubles) showcased at the AAA level this season, Flores will turn into a "must own" down the stretch.
Jenry Mejia SP - Has the 23 year old finally discovered the command necessary to keep him in the Majors? It sure seems so if his last four starts are any indication. Mejia has put a up a fantastic 2.22 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 24 1/3 innings. Most impressive is his 22/3 K:BB ratio over this stretch. The hard-throwing righty is scheduled to make his next start on Saturday, August 17 at San Diego. Petco Park provides a perfect setting for Mejia to deliver big once again with his 8.14 K/9 and 57.5% ground ball rate.
Not one of these three young players is currently over 10% owned in Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball Leagues. If you are in search of deep league, under-the-radar production you should snatch one or more of them up before word gets out.