It's wait until next year for the New York Mets -- or the year after that, or maybe three years from now. Unfortunately, it may take some time before the Mets return to contender status in the National League East. Whenever it happens, the team's top prospects probably will have something to do with it. So who are the team's potential future stars? Here's a look at the Mets' top prospects by position.
1B Zach Lutz -- Lutz, who also plays third base, spent most of this season at Triple-A Buffalo where he batted .299 with 10 home runs. A fifth-rounder in 2007, he received a call-up when rosters expanded earlier this month. However, at 26-years old, time is running out for Lutz to make the jump to the majors. Realistically, the first baseman of the future remains 25-year-old Ike Davis.
2B Reese Havens -- Havens has been on the Mets' radar since at least 2008, when the team drafted him in the first round with the 22nd overall pick. Unfortunately, injuries have slowed his progress in the minor leagues. This season, Havens batted a career-worst .215 with a career-high 113 strikeouts. Does he have a future at Citi Field? I'll let you draw your own conclusion.
3B Wilmer Flores -- Flores saw his stock rise this season by hitting a combined .300 with 75 RBIs in 130 games between Class-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. Furthermore, he represented the Mets at the 2012 All-Star Futures Game. However, if David Wright signs an extension, Flores will be blocked at third base and his lack of range makes a move to shortstop a risky proposition.
SS Gavin Cecchini -- Cecchini, the 12th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, hit .246 with one home run and 22 RBIs in 53 games for Kingsport, the team's rookie-ball affiliate.Those numbers aren't special, but the Mets are high on the 18-year-old's potential. He is a long-term prospect and won't be ready for the major leagues for a few years. Unfortunately, the Mets need help sooner rather than later.
C Kevin Plawecki -- Plawecki, an offensive-minded catcher out of Purdue University, is one of the organization's top 20 overall prospects. However, he's very much a raw talent with average defensive skills at the moment. The Mets hope he can develop with a few years of seasoning in the minor leagues. Former catchers Gary Carter and Mike Piazza made hitting look easy all those years, didn't they?
OF - Brandon Nimmo -- More seasoned prospects Cesar Puello, 21, and Juan Lagares, 23, may arrive at Citi Field before Nimmo, but last year's first-round pick has more skills and upside than both of them. Nimmo was a prep legend in Wyoming, where he raked as an amateur. The team's No. 4 overall prospect, he projects as a power-speed combination. Let's hope the scouts are right about him.
SP -- Zack Wheeler -- Wheeler, rated the top overall prospect in the Mets' system, completed this season with a combined record of 12-8 and 3.26 ERA between Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo. As a result, he was named the Most Valuable Player of the B-Mets. Wheeler has to polish his pitches before being MLB-ready, but he has the stuff to be the ace of the Mets' staff a few years from now.
Adam Martini is a freelance sportswriter who grew up in Queens, N.Y. with a view of Shea Stadium from his bedroom window. He spent many nights in the upper deck at Shea rooting for the Mets. Adam follows back Mets fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.
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