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NY Mets best players at each position five years from now

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) National League All-Star David Wright of the New York Mets greets baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver after the pair combined for the ceremonial first pitch before the 84th MLB All-Star Game on July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The American League defeated the National League 3-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) National League All-Star David Wright of the New York Mets greets baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver after the pair combined for the ceremonial first pitch before the 84th MLB All-Star Game on July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The American League defeated the National League 3-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 09: Jeff McNeil #6 of the New York Mets smiles after hitting a 2-run home run to left field in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field on September 09, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

All-time best Mets second basemen five years from now

The Mets have a pretty good history of employing solid second basemen. Even through some lean years and major misses like Carlos Baerga and Roberto Alomar, it’s a position of pride for the franchise.

With their current employment of Jeff McNeil, I’m expecting to see him appear on all three lists. How many of our Rising Apple writers will rank him at the top?

Matt
1. Jeff McNeil
2. Edgardo Alfonzo
3. Wally Backman
4. Daniel Murphy
5. Jeff Kent

Elizabeth
1. Edgardo Alfonzo
2. Jeff McNeil
3. Daniel Murphy
4. Wally Backman
5. Felix Millan

Michael
1. Edgardo Alfonzo
2. Jeff McNeil
3. Wally Backman
4. Jeff Kent
5. Tim Teufel

As expected, there’s no Robinson Cano on any of these lists. Matt, Elizabeth, and Michael also agree on one thing: Jeff McNeil and Edgardo Alfonzo should be number one or two.

Matt believes in McNeil the most, ranking him number one five years from now. Wally Backman is the only other man to appear on all three lists with a combination of a few other Mets second basemen on there as well.

I find it interesting to see the absence of Daniel Murphy on Michael’s list. I wouldn’t rank Tim Teufel over Murphy. Based on what Murphy did, I would probably put him number three or four.

Elizabeth was the lone wolf willing to add Felix Millan to her top five. I think this is a good and underrated selection.

Jeff Kent has always been a strange case for any list like this in Mets history. He was good with the team but not nearly as fantastic as he was once he joined the San Francisco Giants. I think it’s fair to consider him for the bottom of this list.

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