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New York Mets: Jeff McNeil Year in Review

by Daniel Marcillo
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Jeff McNeil carried over his successful 2018 season into 2019 for the New York Mets. The sophomore slump was non-existent for McNeil as he proved himself as one of the best all around hitters in baseball and made his first All-Star team.

The Mets touted McNeil as a potential Ben Zobrist super utility player and he lives up to those expectations. He spent time playing both corner outfield positions and played second and third base. His best position was third, where he had 3 defensive runs saved.

Sweet Swinging

McNeil emerged as the Mets leadoff hitter after Brandon Nimmo struggled in the beginning of the season. McNeil hit .318 with 23 home runs, 75 RBIs and 38 doubles. His power was a surprise this season which elevated him to one of the elite hitters in baseball.



Along with becoming an All-Star, McNeil showed his ability to spread the ball all over the field. He was the lead man for the batting title until he missed 10 days in August. Crazy to think the Mets almost shipped him away in the Robinson Cano trade.

One of McNeil’s most underrated characteristics was his hustle and drive to win. He never took any innings or plays off and could always be found playing at 110%. The only player with a higher batting average over the last two seasons (min. 800 PAs) is potential back to back MVP Christian Yelich.

McNeil puts the Mets future in a very good spot and will be a big contributor in 2020. With Todd Frazier out of the picture, it should open up an opportunity for McNeil to settle in third base or left field.

Grades:

Hitting for Average: A+, As good as any in baseball

Hitting for Power: A, No one expected 23 home runs from him

Defense: B-, Not a sparking defender, but good a third

Speed/Baserunning: C, Good baserunner, poor base stealer. Has solid speed though

Intangibles: A, Mets fans and teammates love him and his energy

Overall: A+, He would have a chance to be in the MVP category barring his injury and Pete Alonso’s season

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