Injuries and slumps are a constant in the MLB, so here’s a few New York Mets prospects that will make an impact on the club next season.

The disabled list almost single-handedly did in the New York Mets season in 2016, as they crumbled to Madison Bumgarner in the National League Wild Card game at Citi Field to close out their short lived October postseason trip.

Steven Matz, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, David Wright, Juan Lagares and Yoenis Cespedes all succumbed to injuries at one point or another during the year. A sophomore slump also brutally attacked Michael Conforto, as the former 10th overall selection was even dropped down to Triple-A for a few weeks to ‘figure things out.’

So if there’s any consistency in the inconsistent game of baseball, it’s that players will get hurt and fall into slumps. It’s just the way it is.

But luckily for general managers across the 30 MLB teams, baseball has a minor league system that severely rivals the NBA‘s D-League and the NFL‘s practice squad. So every season, a roster receives major contributions from guys who may have started the year in the abyss that can sometimes be the minors, but he’ll be an official major leaguer by the time October rolls around.

Follow ESNY on the journey of who’ll be the next Robert Gsellman for the Mets in 2017.

Chris recently graduated with a Journalism degree from Montclair State University. Baseball is his love and he hopes to bring back some of the old-school popularity to the game. Chris Thompson covers the NY Jets and NY Mets for Elite Sports NY. You can interact with him on Twitter @Time2Topher.