C James McCann – 2022 Mets position player first half grade
1st Half Stats: 92 PA, .183/.250/.293, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 55 OPS+, 49.5% framing rate
James McCann’s time on the injured list hurt his overall performance in the first half, but he showed why he was a defense first catcher during his limited playing time, with his strong pitch framing ability and ability to call a game with his pitchers (just ask Chris Bassitt and his six-pitch arsenal all about it). Fans can live with his bad offensive numbers if it means McCann is a strong run prevention catcher.
C Patrick Mazeika – 2022 Mets position player first half grade
1st Half Stats: 64 PA, .180/.206/.295, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 42 OPS+, 4 2B
Patrick Mazeika has only seen playing time this year due to the injuries to James McCann, and has played like a third string catcher this season, and his pitch framing got a tad worse than last year. At the plate, he’s pulled the ball more, his exit velocity is down, his walk rate is down, his strikeout rate is down. He has thrown out four runners trying to steal in 12 tries, which is above league average. We are still awaiting the walk-off fielder's choice this season from Mazeika.
OF Travis Jankowski – 2022 Mets position player first half grade
1st Half Stats: 63 PA, .167/.286/.167, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 34 OPS+, 3 SB, 11 R
Jankowski was an interesting get for the Mets because of his speed on the basepaths and outfield defense, two areas the Mets were lacking in for much of the past few seasons. Even though Jankowski has appeared in just 39 games, the Mets are a better team when he sees action. The team is 31-8 when he appears in a game and 27-27 without him. Very few fans have pointed out Jankowski’s role on the team and how he makes them whole.