As the Mets look ahead to next season, there are lots of young players trying to cement themselves as part of the 2018 solution.
Top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith are expected to open next season in the majors. Meanwhile, others are trying to use their late-season auditions as a spingboard to join Rosario and Smith as the Mets look to return to immediate contention after an injury-riddled 2017 campaign...
Brandon Nimmo, OF
The 24-year-old Nimmo has gotten a chance to play regularly due to season-ending injuries to Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes. He's hitting .282/.413/.409 with three HR and five doubles in 110 at-bats, and has excelled in September, hitting .345/.512/.586.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last week that the Mets will know more about Nimmo by the time the season ends, and Nimmo's on-base ability is definitely something to keep an eye on.
Kevin Plawecki, C
Plawecki may be turning a corner after struggling during his rookie year in 2015 and a brief stint with the Mets last season. The 26-year-old is hitting .239/.307/.403 with two HR and five doubles in 23 games this season, and was recently given a vote of confidence -- along with Travis d'Arnaud -- by GM Sandy Alderson.
Jamie Callahan, RH reliever
Callahan was acquired from the Red Sox in the trade that sent Addison Reed to Boston. He was Boston's 13th-best pitching prospect, according to MLB.com, which wrote in June that he is ready to help as a big league middle reliever. The 23-year-old Callahan made his Mets debut on Sept. 2, and has allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings (three appearances).
Jacob Rhame, RH reliever
Rhame was acquired from the Dodgers in exchange for Curtis Granderson, and has held the opposition scoreless in both of his relief outings since being called up earlier this month. "The 2013 sixth-round pick ranked No. 31 on BA's Dodgers farm system coming into the year and has improved many elements of his performance in 2017," Baseball America wrote about Rhame shortly after the Mets traded for him.
Phillip Evans, INF
The 25-year-old Evans, who won the Eastern League batting title last season while hitting .335 for Double-A Binghamton, made his Mets debut last week. He hit .279./.341/.418 with three HR and 26 doubles this season for Triple-A Las Vegas. If Evans can stick, his future is likely as a backup infielder.