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How the Mets infield in 2019 compares to the rest of the NL East

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 04: Amed Rosario #1 and Jeff McNeil #68 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Atlanta Braves 3-0 at Citi Field on August 4, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 04: Amed Rosario #1 and Jeff McNeil #68 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Atlanta Braves 3-0 at Citi Field on August 4, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Last season, the Mets committed to second-year player Amed Rosario at shortstop, but in 200 career games in the big leagues, he hasn’t exactly lived up to his potential. In 2016, he was the MLB’s 11th ranked prospect, and Mets fans became impatient with the team for not calling him up. In his career, he has a .290 OBP with 13 home runs and 61 RBI.

While he hasn’t exactly gotten off to a fast start, there is still so much potential in this 23-year-old and he began to make strides toward the end of the season. In 2018 he had 8 triples, tied for 7th in the MLB. During the offseason, he played in the MLB Japan All-Star Series, in which he had a 1.265 OPS.

His speed is a problem for opposing teams and as long as he keeps improving, he will be the Mets’ starting shortstop for a long time.

The Braves believe they have their shortstop in Dansby Swanson. He, like Rosario, has yet to really pan out. He was the number one overall pick out of Vanderbilt in the 2015 MLB Draft and was traded to the Braves for starting pitcher Shelby Miller.

Swanson had the best season of his career in 2018, batting .243 with 14 home runs and 59 RBI.

In the trade that sent Carlos Santana to Seattle, the Phillies received shortstop Jean Segura in return. Barring a Manny Machado signing, Segura will be the 2019 shortstop for Philadelphia.

Segura has been a consistent player during his time in the majors and had himself a solid season in 2018. He had a .304 batting average and going into his age 29 season, he is not expected to slow down.

Unless Machado signs with the Phillies, the best shortstop in the NL East belongs to the Washington Nationals. Trea Turner has been a fantastic major leaguer, who had his best season last year. He played in all 162 games, had a .344 OBP and stole 43 bases, good enough for second in the MLB.

As for the Marlins, the shortstop position is up in the air according to manager Don Mattingly. Right now the frontrunner is believed to be J.T. Riddle, who is another average infielder for Miami. In 2018 he hit .231 with 9 home runs and 36 RBI. If he is indeed named the starting shortstop, he won’t be much of a threat within the division.

In the NL East division, the Mets rank third at the shortstop position.

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