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New York Mets player predictions for the 2019 MLB season

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 04: Jeff McNeil #68 of the New York Mets advances to third base on Austin Jackson #16 single in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves 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)

Jeff McNeil

Jeff McNeil delivered at the plate plenty in 2018 regardless of the level he was at. After his long-awaited MLB debut, the left-handed hitting infielder lived up to expectations. He’ll have a new role in 2019, paving the way to a new challenge.

McNeil was excellent in 2018 and has shown great promise. It is unknown what exactly his role in 2019 will be because the Mets have added several infielders, but we should expect to see him in the lineup regularly. I expect him to continue to contribute to the offense positively. – Leen Amin

Even though Jeff McNeil is more of a super utility player, I think he gets 450 at-bats. I predict the combination of Keon Broxton and Juan Lagares will underperform early in the season and about six weeks in Jeff McNeil is starting in the outfield on an everyday basis. McNeil does not have much power for extra base hits or home runs and will be a slap hitter. – Steve Malik

McNeil has a lot of work to do in Spring Training. He will get a look in the outfield. There is little to no question about McNeil’s bat, but it will be tough to get his bat in the lineup. – Mark Sales

With Cano in the lineup, McNeil should get time as a utility man around the infield. I like what he did offensively in 2018, but I don’t think that guarantees him a starting spot just yet. – Kevin Strauss

In his rookie season in 2018, McNeil proved he belonged in the major leagues by posting a .329 batting average over 248 plate appearances. While he played mostly second and third base last season, the Mets are expected to use McNeil as an outfielder this year. He is one of several versatile that Mickey Callaway can deploy at multiple positions. – Allen Settle

Turns out that left field suits McNeil just fine, as he pleasantly surprises the Mets again in the field while continuing his steady climb to greater and greater offensive prowess. – Jason Dye

McNeil will continue to hit for a high average and even flash some power. He’ll steal bases and play average defense all around the diamond. He’ll do everything Amed Rosario was supposed to do in 2018. – Nick Scheurer

There will come a time when we question the level of Jeff McNeil’s talent. Without a chance to play every day, he’ll slump. He will still find a groove and hit in the .280s while proving he can fill in defensively at several positions. He’ll still fail to do enough to convince the Mets he should start at third base in 2020. – Tim Boyle

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