Three Mets who have been more fun than expected in 2020
By Tim Boyle
Luis Guillorme can do more than field
Remember when the highlight of Luis Guillorme’s career was catching an errant bat bare-handed during a spring training game? That’s old news now. The slick-fielding infielder is putting up many more highlights and it’s not just for entertainment purposes like when he stepped on the mound in a game earlier this year.
Nope. Guillorme is actually making the Mets fun by playing well. He continues to field and show off his defensive skills. What makes this year more special is how he has hit.
After 33 trips to the plate, Guillorme is slashing .464/.515/.571. It’s hardly enough to trade Amed Rosario, put Guillorme at shortstop every day, and consider retiring his number.
However, with the way Guillorme has consistently hit, it’s getting harder to not put him in the lineup on a more regular basis. Fortunately, it’s exactly what the Mets are doing.
Guillorme is still a light-hitter who will probably never smash a whole lot of home runs in his career. He has just a single dinger in 177 plate appearances in the big leagues. Guillorme is someone who will slap a single or possible bloop one into the corner.
Something about this majestic bearded athlete resonates well with Mets fans. He plays a slightly different style of game than many others. His brand is more small-ball. Remember when we fell in love with Jeff McNeil? It’s happening all over again with Guillorme.
I’m still not sure how Guillorme will fit into the future plans. Regular at-bats will be hard to find and it’s tough to imagine he continues to hit this well.
If he can somehow muster up a .300 batting average in a full year, it’s going to be hard to not play Guillorme regularly. Even as a lesser producer of runs, he saves more than enough with his defense alone.