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5 players who deserve an A grade for the 2022 season

Jul 31, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20), shortstop Francisco
Jul 31, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20), shortstop Francisco / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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4) Mets player who deserves an A grade: Jeff McNeil

There were plenty of Mets fans who wanted New York to trade Jeff McNeil after a lackluster 2021. McNeil never seemed right last season and hit just .251. I expected a bounce back in 2022 but did not expect what ended up being a career year for McNeil.

The 30 year old slashed .326/.382/.454 with nine home runs and 62 RBI. McNeil won the National League batting title, stealing it during the final series of the year from Freddie Freeman. He's the second Met to win the award after Jose Reyes won it in 2011.

McNeil was an all-star for the second time and one of the most valuable Mets. He was not only valuable at the plate, but he was outstanding all year long in the field. McNeil saw time at second base and both corner outfield spots. He excelled at all three posititions.

From August 1st until the end of the regular season, McNeil hit .371 with a .420 OBP and a .925 OPS. He was one of the best hitters in baseball in that stretch where the Mets were trying to win the division. McNeil was one of the few Mets who showed up in the big Atlanta series in September.

Hopefully the Mets can figure out a way to get him locked up long-term.

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