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New York Mets outfield report cards for the 2018 season

By Judy Kamilhor
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 14: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrates with Brandon Nimmo #9 after scoring a run against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park on September 14, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 14: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrates with Brandon Nimmo #9 after scoring a run against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning at Fenway Park on September 14, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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Dominic Smith LF (and 1B)

The nicknames: Dom, Medium Hurt (thanks to Kenny DeJohn of Newsday)

The review: The New York Mets moved Dominic Smith to left field on a somewhat regular basis to give both Peter Alonso and Jay Bruce more opportunities to play first base at their respective levels. It did not go well for Smith, and I wonder if he will play the outfield for the Mets again, or at all for that matter.

Clearly, learning LF on the fly did not help Smith’s offense any as he hit much better as a first baseman (see Infield report card)

The offensive stats: PA 42, .175/.214/.275/.489 (FanGraphs LF only) (see Infield report card for offensive stats at first base)

The defensive stats: UZR/150 (LF 90 innings) -54.7 (see Infield report card for defensive stats at first base)

The grade: F+ (plus for willingness to play the outfield given the Mets history with Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda, and Todd Hundley)

The strengths: getting in shape enough to actually play left field

The weaknesses: not an outfielder unless his offense reaches his ceiling

Jack Reinheimer LF (and IF)

The nicknames: Who’s in LF?, JR, Jackhammer

The offensive stats: 10 PA .200/.400/.250/.650 (FanGraphs LF only)

The defensive stats: UZR/150 (LF 26 innings) -109.3

The grade: Incomplete

Strengths: an ability to play multiple positions, useful minor league filler

Weaknesses: as an outfielder, everything

Ty Kelly LF (and IF)

The nicknames: TK

The review: When the New York Mets signed Ty Kelly as a free agent on January 26, 2018, I had a feeling of déjà vu (from Ty Kelly’s Baseball Reference transactions: November 19, 2015: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.) As much as I like Ty Kelly and the idea of Ty Kelly, he is just a 4A player who seems happy to play baseball wherever you put him.

The offensive stats: PA 12, .091/.167/.091/.258 (FanGraphs, all positions)

As LF only: PA 4, .000/.000/.000/.000

The defensive stats: UZR/150 (LF 9 innings) -81

The grade: incomplete, but probably as complete as it will ever be again

The strengths: the ability to play just about every position, has a history of drawing walks (career 10.6 BB%), useful minor league filler

The weaknesses: not an MLB player except in September as a pinch runner/defensive replacement

Notes: Played on Team Israel in the last World Baseball Classic

Related Story. Grading the 2018 Mets infielders

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