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NY Mets: Mid-term grades for the 5 starting infielders

May 8, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates his home run with New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) against Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (29) in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
May 8, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates his home run with New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) against Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (29) in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 20, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Mets third baseman J.D. Davis – Incomplete

We have an incomplete grade! J.D. Davis has missed way too much time in order to get a real grade.

When he was healthy, Davis was awesome. He looked like he was about to go on to have a career year for the Mets. Unfortunately, two separate IL stints have limited him to only a handful of games.

Because Davis has barely played this year, I thought it might be worth at least looking into what grades we can award to the guys who filled in for him. Jonathan Villar and Luis Guillorme have seen a lot of action at third base. Their grades are dependent in part because of their expected roles.

I give Villar a strong B for his efforts. He may not have been a brilliant offensive player for the Mets, but when we consider what he did do for the team while filling in for Davis, Villar brought a lot to the table. His speed and decent power helped the team from having a lineup that looked even more like a Triple-A squad than it already had.

For Guillorme, I award him with a B+. He hasn’t done enough to actually earn a starting role over anyone yet he has done exactly what we wanted. His third base defense doesn’t compare to what he does at other positions. A strong OBP guy who can make any play in the field possible, he’s a guy who can easily earn himself an A.

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