Mets depth chart at each position for the 2022 season
By Tim Boyle
Mets Left Field Depth Chart: Mark Canha, Jeff McNeil, Dominic Smith, J.D. Davis, Brandon Nimmo
That’s a whole lot of left field depth! And I’m sure if there was enough room, we could even add Starling Marte into the mix.
It looks like Mark Canha will be the starting left fielder for the Mets in 2022 with the next guys in line to play being Jeff McNeil, Dominic Smith, J.D. Davis, and finally Brandon Nimmo. Nimmo is only so far down the depth chart because he’s expected to start somewhere else. Moving him would weaken his spot over in right field.
The Mets have had trouble finding stability in left field just as they have in center field as well. The position has been occupied regularly by the three guys in the middle of this depth chart: none of whom we typically consider to be natural left fielders.
Something to keep in mind: the Mets had the 27th lowest WAR from their left fielders in 2021. It was tied for their lowest at any position with catchers—also 27th in the major leagues. However, with a -2.0 WAR at the position, it was slightly worse than the -1.9 WAR their catchers had.
Left field doesn’t have to be a position of greatness on a ball club. The addition of Canha should at least give them a more natural player at the position. The regulars we have seen at the position in recent seasons should at least provide them with some places to turn in case of injury.