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LOD’s 2018 Top Prospects: New York Mets – Second Base

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During the 2017-2018 offseason, we here at LOD are putting together a different kind of prospect list than you’re used to seeing. As opposed to typical prospect rankings, we are going position by position to give you the names to look out for in the upcoming season.

You can view previous articles in this New York Mets series here: Pitcher, Catcher, First Base

Second Base – Jeff McNeil – 2017 Teams: St. Lucie Mets (Class-A+) Binghamton Rumble Ponies (Double-A) 

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2017 Statistics (Minors): .295/.351/.432, .782 OPS, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 48 G

There are 30 spots on the Mets Top Prospect list for 2018 and there is only one viable second baseman in Gavin Cecchini, even though he plays mostly shortstop. So if looking in the system for anyone else that can become an impact player in the near future at the position, Jeff McNeil looks like a good fit.

McNeil was drafted by the Mets in the 12th round of the 2013 June MLB draft out of Long Beach State University.

In his first season in pro ball that summer, McNeil batted .329 in 47 games with the Kingsport Mets (Rookie). Then the 2014 season saw him split time between the Savannah Sand Gnats (Class-A Full Season) and the St. Lucie Mets (Class-A Advanced) batting a combined .292, with 128 hits, 28 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 51 RBIs, 42 walks and 17 stolen bases in 117 games.

The California native started the 2015 season with St Lucie, appearing in 119 games, amassing the Florida State League’s third best with 146 hits, along with 18 doubles, six triples, one home run, 40 RBIs, 35 walks and 16 stolen bases. He also had 44 multi-hit games on the season and one streak where he had six straight games with at least two hits. He had four 4-hit games and eight 3-hit games. McNeil earned a selection to the FSL All Star game was also named a MiLB Organization All Star.

For the last four games of his 2015 season, he was promoted to Binghamton (Double-A) and was 3 for 12, with a home run and 2 RBIs.

In 2016, McNeil started the season in Double-A, and after homering in his first game, he played just two more games before going on the DL with what was diagnosed as a double sports hernia, causing him to undergo season ending surgery.

To start the 2017 season, McNeil went 4 for 5, with a double, home run three RBIs for the St. Lucie Mets. Three games later he homered again but McNeil was placed back on the DL with a setback causing him to miss more time away from the diamond.

On July 9th, McNeil returned to action with the St. Lucie Mets and it didn’t take long to get back in the hit column as he went 2 for 4, with two doubles on July 14th. After batting .324 in 30 games with Port St. Lucie, McNeil was promoted to the Las Vegas 51s (Triple A) and in 18 games, he batted .254, with five doubles, a home run and six RBIs.

McNeil, who is a career .303 hitter in the minors, has to be looked at as one of the best pure hitters in the Mets farm system and the 2018 season should be a healthy one with a start in Triple-A. Keep your eyes on this young hitter, as he will make an impact with the big club in the near future.

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