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New York Mets: Grading the 2018 rookies we saw regularly

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 18: Jeff McNeil #68 of the New York Mets hits an RBI triple in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game at Citizens Bank Park on August 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets defeated the Phillies 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 18: Jeff McNeil #68 of the New York Mets hits an RBI triple in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game at Citizens Bank Park on August 18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets defeated the Phillies 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Drew Smith – B-

I’m a big Drew Smith mark even if he has looked like a rookie many times. Acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for Lucas Duda, Smith ended up as one of the more trustworthy arms in the Mets bullpen this year.

Still, there’s nothing to get overly excited about. He didn’t strike out batters often and his WHIP was far too high. Now 25-years-old, he is also at the age when it’s time to either sink or swim.

Despite his weaknesses, I think Smith is one of the few guys from the 2018 bullpen that will see his minutes carry over into 2019. The Mets need at least a couple of cheap arms in the relief corps. Smith is easily one of the better choices.

Smith looks unprepared for a major role. However, I do believe there’s an opportunity to climb the depth chart. It really depends on how aggressive the team is this offseason with adding veteran arms.

Eventually, I do see Smith becoming a setup man. The 2019 season is his time to dig in his heels and show off that his rookie year was no fluke. He must take advantage of every opportunity he gets. This team has plenty of opportunities for relievers and enough bad ones to replace anyone who struggles.

Of all the relievers the Mets have acquired in trades during the last two trade deadline sales, Smith looks like the most promising. For his rookie year, a B- is a solid grade.

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All four of these rookies should appear again in 2019. Hopefully, we see them all improve.

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