New York Mets prospect Jeff McNeil has been raking in Double-A this season. His rise to fame has fans calling for his call-up to the MLB.
Amidst all the noise about New York Mets prospects Peter Alonso, David Peterson, and Justin Dunn, Binghamton Rumble Ponies second baseman Jeff McNeil has quietly been having himself a historic season. Through 54 games in Double-A, McNeil is tearing it apart. He’s batting .333/.406/.647 and has 14 HRs and 42 RBI.
Over McNeil’s last 11 games, he has collected 19 hits and 11 RBIs. Somehow he is heating up even more after an already hot start to the season.
New York Mets fans have certainly taken notice and many fans are eager to see him in the major leagues soon. Although McNeil has been immensely successful this season, Mets General Manager still doesn’t seem to think he will sniff the majors any time soon and wants to see more out of him.
It is important to note that McNeil has experience at seven different positions and is a MiLB free agent at the conclusion of the season. Also, The Mets have nothing to lose here and he would be an upgrade over the practically useless Jose Reyes.
McNeil was awarded Eastern League Player of the Week during the week of May 21st. Scouts and McNeil himself have credited his excellent numbers this season to health.
Over the last few years, McNeil has struggled with a plethora of injuries that hindered his development. Thanks to his health this season, he is able to show us what he is capable of.
In addition to good health, McNeil has found a trove of power in his 5th minor league season. Thus far, he has quadrupled his career high in home runs (14) and discovered his newfound ability to take pitches. His walk rate is the highest of his professional baseball career.
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Taken all things into consideration, the Mets and GM Sandy Alderson must strongly consider calling Jeff McNeil up. Trusting McNeil to hit at least .150 and stepping his foot on second base to turn a double play isn’t asking for a lot. Release Jose Reyes and call McNeil up!! #ItsMcNeilTime