Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith undoubtedly will make their major league debuts during the second half of this season with the Mets -- even if the opportunity may be limited to a September call-up in Smith's case, assuming Lucas Duda remains healthy and is not traded.
Which other Mets farmhands may debut during the second half? You're going to be disappointed with the answer.
With Triple-A Las Vegas filled with journeymen as well as farmhands who already have had some experience in the majors (Kevin Plawecki, Gavin Cecchini, Matt Reynolds, Tyler Pill), don't look for a wave of new faces in Flushing the remainder of 2017 -- that is, unless trades later this month bring back near-MLB-ready prospects.
And let's hope the Mets don't create a circus by giving Tim Tebow a September call-up.
The Mets have no shortage of players who could be dealt, although the biggest market presumably would be for Jay Bruce, Addison Reed, and possibly Duda.
Normally, the place to look for potential call-ups is the 40-man roster. But a review indicates only three players on that roster have yet to appear in the majors: right-handers Chris Flexen and Marcos Molina and catcher Tomas Nido.
There are no indications any of those players will receive late-season call-ups. Flexen had a late start to the season because of arthroscopic knee surgery and only made his Double-A debut on June 7. Molina is 0-5 with a 4.94 ERA in five starts since a promotion to Binghamton. And Nido, albeit a Futures Game participant, would be the fourth catcher on the MLB roster. Plus, he's also 23 years old and has only a half-season of Double-A baseball under his belt.
If anyone currently with the organization makes his MLB debut with the Mets during the second half beyond Rosario and Smith, the best odds seemingly belong to right-handers Logan Taylor and Kevin McGowan. And yet the odds are not stellar.
Taylor has a 3.96 ERA in 20 appearances (four starts) with Las Vegas. And because he was drafted in 2012 out of East Oklahoma State College, the Mets would need to add him to the 40-man roster in November anyway if they were inclined to shield him from the Rule 5 draft.
McGowan was drafted out of Franklin Pierce College in 2013, so he faces the added obstacle of not needing to be protected for another year. He has a 4.01 ERA in 31 appearances (one start) with the 51s.
Adding a prospect to the 40-man roster before the season ends might be significantly trickier than waiting until all the free agents are cleared off at the end of the season. Jeurys Familia and Noah Syndergaard both are on the 60-day DL. Each time one of those players is activated, a spot needs to be opened on the 40-man roster to accommodate the return.
Of course, the Mets could have 40-man spots open soon if they trade veterans before the July 31 deadline and get back younger minor leaguers.
Regardless, while fans will be pleased by the promotions of Rosario and Smith in the coming weeks, don't expect a wave of other new faces to accompany them.
Adam Rubin (Facebook | Twitter | Contact) has covered the Mets since 2002. He previously worked for the Daily News and ESPN. He also serves as assistant athletic director for strategic communications at NYIT. He is a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the University of Pennsylvania.