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 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
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