The Mets have done a lot this offseason to improve and add depth to the infield. They have added Robinson Cano in a trade and Jed Lowrie through free agency. These moves have been helpful, but where do they put the infield compared to those of other NL East rivals?
We have concluded that the Mets have the fourth-ranked first baseman, first-ranked second baseman, third-ranked shortstop, third-ranked third baseman and second-ranked catcher.
When the positions come together, the Mets rank third in the division.
The Nationals come in at number one, with an infield made up of Zimmerman-Dozier-Turner-Rendon-Suzuki. They have an above-average player at each position and are going to be much better than people are giving them credit for.
The Braves are ranked second, with Freeman-Albies-Swanson-Donaldson-Flowers making up the infield. Freddie Freeman is a fantastic player, and when he is complimented with a great veteran like Josh Donaldson and an electric youngster like Ozzie Albies, he can make that infield very dangerous.
The Phillies come in at number four, with Hoskins-Hernandez-Segura-Franco-Alfaro. We don’t know exactly what Maikel Franco will be this season, Hernandez and Alfaro are question marks, and Segura can possibly regress this season. Unless the team signs Manny Machado, the infield will rank fourth in the division.
The Marlins, just like the team as a whole, place fifth in the infield standings. The team simply does not have the pieces to field an elite infield, and the lone star they have will more than likely be traded within the next month.
The Mets’ infield comes in at third for the following reasons:
At first base, Peter Alonso is a big question mark. He has an extremely high upside, but he has never played in a Major League game. We cannot know for sure what he is going to turn into.
At second base, the Mets have one of the most elite players in baseball in Robinson Cano, but a player who can possibly take a step back given his age.
At shortstop, the Mets have another young question mark in Amed Rosario. He now has two seasons under his belt, and he is primed to have a breakout year. If he continues on his path, the Mets could have a top-two shortstop in the division.
At third, the Mets will go with Todd Frazier for now. If he doesn’t hit or goes down with an injury, the team has two capable backups in Lowrie and McNeil. They are both high-average, high on-base players who are consistent in hitting the ball and can play most positions.
The Mets’ new catcher, Wilson Ramos, is a bright spot in this infield. An above-average catcher is an extremely important piece for a baseball team to have, and the Mets have just that in Ramos.
It is important to keep in mind that this analysis is just speculation, and it only involves the infield. The rankings in this article in no way predict the outcome of division standings, as pitching and outfield are important aspects of the game.
It is also important to note that the Mets’ plan for the infield is not definite, and a lot will change between now and April.
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For now, when focusing on the infield, alone, the Mets seem to be in pretty good shape going into 2019.