2B/OF Jeff McNeil – 2022 Mets position player first half grade
1st Half Stats: 309 PA, .300/.362/.418, 4 HR, 35 RBI, 123 OPS+, 19 2B
Oh, so the old Jeff McNeil returned we see. After a miserable 2021 season, he has returned to All-Star form, becoming a tough hitter to strike out, and spraying the ball across the field for hits. His .300 average is eighth in the NL. He’s continued to embrace his role as a utility player on the field, splitting time between the outfield and second base, and remains an above average defender too. And tonight, he becomes the first Met to start at second base for the NL at the All-Star Game since Ron Hunt in 1964 at Shea Stadium.
OF Mark Canha – 2022 Mets position player first half grade
1st Half Stats: 303 PA, .269/.370/.381, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 116 OPS+, 10 HBP
A reason the Mets brought Mark Canha to New York was that he was part of a winning culture in Oakland while Bob Melvin was their skipper. Canha understands what it takes to win a lot of games, and he’s demonstrated that with his ability to get on base and keep the line moving (his .370 OBP was sixth best in the NL in the first half), and has been a steady presence at left field this season.
INF Luis Guillorme – 2022 Mets position player first half grade
1st Half Stats: 224 PA, .293/.369/.369, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 113 OPS+, 25 R
Mets fans have fallen in love with Luis Guillorme’s contact hitting and defense even more this season as the Mets keep winning. Any Mets fan would sign up for the success he had, especially in April and May when he sprayed the ball all over the place and applying pressure on opponents. He’s also created a nifty infield double play duo with Lindor this season as his playing time increased with his hot streak. It has become difficult for Buck Showalter to keep him out of the lineup with his terrific defense.