Mets’ Jeff McNeil now ‘in a good place’ tough last season

PORT ST. LUCIE — Jeff McNeil has hit in all places, at each degree and in each season — till 2021 left him confused. 

“One thing wasn’t proper,” McNeil acknowledged Monday. “It’s simply discovering no matter that was.” 

The Mets’ second baseman regressed after posting a mixed .319 common in his first three main league seasons, tumbling to a .251 marketing campaign with simply seven dwelling runs in 120 video games. 

There have been indicators McNeil’s breakthrough may very well be coming — his common exit velocity was really the second highest of his profession — but it surely by no means arrived. He stored tweaking his strategy and adjusting his hand placement, which he now thinks might have harm greater than it helped. 

It’s potential just a few totally different hitting voices — coach Chili Davis was fired final Could — didn’t assist, both. A season later with a batting coach, Eric Chavez, with whom he’s “on the identical web page” has McNeil hoping for higher and extra constant outcomes. 

Jeff McNeil swings throughout a Mets spring coaching recreation.
Corey Sipkin

Over the offseason, McNeil appeared again at video clips of his at-bats in 2018, when he shot by means of the Mets’ system after which posted an .852 OPS in 63 main league video games. 

“I feel in ’18 I had the identical swing the entire yr. You may return and watch video from Opening Day within the minors to the final day within the large leagues, and for essentially the most half it’s fairly rattling shut,” McNeil instructed The Submit. “I feel this yr, it’s simply when you have a foul recreation, don’t change something.” 

If analytics do trace at an even bigger drawback than unhealthy luck with McNeil’s swing final season, it could come up from his ground-ball charge — a career-worst 46.6 %. 

“Grounders are outs within the large leagues, particularly with the shift,” mentioned McNeil, whose pull-heavy recreation has made him a frequent sufferer of shifting. “I do know after I’m going effectively, I fly out to proper — that’s a very good signal. Meaning my bat path is nice, you simply barely missed it.” 

Supervisor Buck Showalter mentioned he can inform that McNeil is “in a very good place.” 

After a season that featured little hitting and an altercation with Francisco Lindor earlier than an offseason of commerce rumors, the Mets are hopeful he is able to bounce again. 

“You may inform he’s planning on going the opposite path,” Showalter mentioned. “He might imply quite a bit to us.” 

Jeff McNeil
Jeff McNeil

After just a few rounds of cuts, the Mets’ main league camp is right down to 40 gamers. 

Catcher Francisco Alvarez, the crew’s prime prospect, headlined the listing of prospects shuttled out. The 20-year-old went 1-for-4 with a house run in Grapefruit League play. 

Additionally reassigned have been catcher Nick Meyer, infielders Brett Baty and Matt Reynolds, outfielders Jake Mangum and Carlos Cortes, righties José Rodríguez and Antonio Santos and lefties Rob Zastryzny and Josh Walker. 

Moreover, righty Yennsy Diaz was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.


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