Jeff McNeil burst onto the scene during the final two months of the season and out hit every other Mets hitter over that stretch.
After hitting .342 with a .411 OBP between Double-A and Triple-A in the Mets minor league system in 2018, he forced himself into New York’s plans and was called up to the major leagues in late July of 2018.
McNeil took over as the Mets starting second baseman after Asdrubal Cabrera was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, and he performed well enough to keep the job for the remainder of the year.
Overall, in 63 games for the Mets in 2018, he batted .329 with a .381 OBP, along with 3 home runs, 19 RBI and 7 steals. Over the final two months of the year, he performed well enough to the point where he was consistently batting second in the lineup each game.
Going into 2019, there is some conflict regarding McNeil’s role on the team, as despite his high average and performance manning second base last season, he has been displaced by the arrival of Robinson Cano from the Seattle Mariners trade earlier in the offseason, and with the recent signing of Jed Lowrie, he is likely to start over McNeil at third base as well.
Recently, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen stated that McNeil is likely to see some time in the outfield this Spring Training, which he already has some limited experience at in the minor leagues.