6) Yoenis Cespedes in 2016
It’s quite amazing that the 2016 season will likely go down as the lone full year of Yoenis Cespedes in Flushing. Unless he miraculously comes back and stays healthy for the 2020 campaign, Cespedes’ half-decade in New York will have included a lone full campaign.
When he did manage to stay healthy in 2016, Cespedes lived up to the hype. He slashed .280/.354/.530 with 31 home runs and 86 RBI. This was accomplished in only 132 games played. So, when I say “full season” I don’t actually mean all 162 games or close to it.
For his performance, Cespedes was awarded the second of his two career All-Star appearances. The season was one of the best in his career in just about every category. His 51 walks helped make him a new kind of weapon. Often seen as someone who didn’t have much plate discipline, he put it to rest in 2016.
Mets fans didn’t get to see Cespedes repeat this performance. In an abbreviated 2017 campaign, he put up similar, if not better, totals. Unfortunately, this was over just 81 games played.
5) Jeff McNeil in 2019
Jeff McNeil’s 2019 season was a special one for the surprise star. His abbreviated 2018 campaign gave hope for a brighter future ahead. McNeil more than lived up to expectations in 2019.
McNeil continued to smack doubles, avoid strikeouts, and hit for a high batting average. He concluded the season hitting .318/.384/.531 with 38 doubles in 567 trips to the plate. Something we got to see him do more of was trot around the bases. The Flying Squirrel surprised many with 23 dingers in his first full MLB season.
Despite moving around all over the field, McNeil managed to earn his way onto the National League’s All-Star roster. Because he was an early-season contender to win the league’s batting title, it was impossible to leave him off.
The 2019 season was a historic one for multiple Mets. Although McNeil didn’t smash any records, it was an incredible year for one of the league’s most versatile players. He proved he can do anything and hit in any situation. Statistics only tell a portion of the story as to why this was such a great year.