I’ve already picked the low-hanging fruit in suggesting that Cespedes, Harvey, deGrom, and Syndergaard will make the All-Star Game. Now, how about a few dark horse candidates from the Mets roster who should have an outside shot at making it to San Diego in July.
Granderson was one of the few players producing consistently for the Mets before the Cespedes trade. The 34-year-old outfielder quietly had a very good year in 2015, slashing .259/.364/.457 with 26 homers and 70 RBIs, primarily from the leadoff spot. It had appeared that Granderson had entered a downward career arc, batting just .229/.322/.436 from 2012 to 2014. Granderson last made the All-Star team in 2012, and has a shot at making a fourth in 2016 with another good season.
d’Arnaud could emerge as one of the better offensive catchers in the National League this year if he can stay healthy. In 67 games last year, he batted .268/.340/.485 with an OPS+ of 128 and 12 home runs. He essentially equaled his run-production totals from 2014 — set in 108 games — last year. d’Arnaud definitely took a step in the right direction last year with the bat, and could project to 25 home runs over a full season. Defensively, he’s far from an All-Star, but another solid offensive year will more than make up for that.