8. Lucas Duda (New York Mets)
Lucas Duda is in a very interesting position going into these next few years. The Mets finished just under .500 in 2014 (79-83), 9.0 games from a wild card birth. However, it seems that the Mets flew under the radar this year. David Wight is probably the most talented position player on the Mets, but he is certainly in the latter half of his career. He is past those 25+ HR 100+ RBI years, but Lucas Duda is not.
Lucas Duda is the player most likely to put up flashy numbers on this Mets team, and with the Met’s starting to become a contender, he could possibly become a big name in this league. Let me throw out a hypothetical scenario. Let’s say that the Mets clinch a wild card berth in 2016. David Wright finishes the year with a line of 14 HR, 53 RBI, .307 BA and Lucas Duda finishes the year with a line of 32 HR, 98 RBI, .260 BA, then who gets more credit? The answer is Duda.
The former USC Trojan is 28 years old and still has probably five to seven years of production left. If he plays well in these next two years, expect to hear the name “Duda” a whole lot more.