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New York Mets: Report cards for everyone who played the infield in 2018

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Jay Bruce #19 and Jeff McNeil #68 congratulate Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets after he hit a three-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning of a game at Citi Field on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Phillies 10-5. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Jay Bruce #19 and Jeff McNeil #68 congratulate Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets after he hit a three-run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning of a game at Citi Field on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Phillies 10-5. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Wilmer Flores UT

The Nicknames: Walk-Off Wilmer, RBI Machine, Flo, The One with the Friends Walk-Up Song

The Review: Wilmer Flores is remarkably consistent and predictable as a hitter, but has not settled well into a position, due to lack of range and throwing issues. Future DH, but when?

The offensive stats: 429 PA .267/.319/.417/.736 (FanGraphs all stats as of 9/24)

The defensive stats: UZR/150 (1B) 0.6  (3B) -2.4  (2B) -8.6

The grade: C- (minus is more about playing too much than performance)

Strengths: Walk-off hits, Beloved by Mets fans everywhere

Weaknesses: Throwing

Jeff McNeil 2B

The Nicknames: The Real Deal, Knobless McNeil, Your 2019 Starting 2B

The Review: To say Jeff McNeil has been better than expected is the understatement of 2018, both on offense and defense. Throwback type player who makes contact and sprays the ball around, but also has some pop, and runs hard to get extra bases on a regular basis.

The offensive stats: 221 PA .340/.394/.495/.889 (FanGraphs all stats as of 9/24)

The defensive stats: UZR/150 2.2

The grade: A+

Strengths: Sprays hits all over the field, Runs hard out of the box

Weaknesses: Injury-prone in minors, Already in his prime age so little room for growth (but no need for growth!)

Note: Check out this quote from Rob Castellano from SB Nation on February 9, 2015: “McNeil has an outside shot as a utility player, much in the same way Danny Muno is hoping to break in.”

Jose Reyes INF

The Nicknames: La Melaza, Jose Jose Jose Jose

The Review: Jose Reyes‘ poor offense was surpassed only by his terrible defense. Gone from beloved franchise co-icon to sad reminder of better times. His off-field behavior has not helped at all.

The offensive stats: 243 PA .190/.263/.321/.585 (FanGraphs all stats as of 9/24)

The defensive stats: UZR/150 (SS) -15.9  (3B) -19.7  (2B) -45.7

The grade: F

Strengths: Speed, Stayed healthy somehow

Weaknesses: Everything else

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