PORT ST. LUCIE — Jeff McNeil has hit all over the place, 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 could possibly be coming — his common exit velocity was really the second highest of his profession — but it surely by no means arrived. He saved tweaking his strategy and adjusting his hand placement, which he now thinks might have damage greater than it helped.
It’s potential a number of totally different hitting voices — coach Chili Davis was fired final Might — 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 sport. Corey Sipkin
Over the offseason, McNeil seemed 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 12 months. 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 informed The Put up. “I feel this 12 months, it’s simply if in case you have a foul sport, don’t change something.”
If analytics do trace at a much bigger downside than dangerous luck with McNeil’s swing final season, it will come up from his ground-ball price — a career-worst 46.6 p.c.
“Grounders are outs within the large leagues, particularly with the shift,” stated McNeil, whose pull-heavy sport has made him a frequent sufferer of shifting. “I do know once I’m going effectively, I fly out to proper — that’s a great signal. Which means my bat path is nice, you simply barely missed it.”
Supervisor Buck Showalter stated he can inform that McNeil is “in a great 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 route,” Showalter stated. “He might imply loads to us.”
After a number of rounds of cuts, the Mets’ main league camp is all the way down to 40 gamers.
Catcher Francisco Alvarez, the crew’s high prospect, headlined the checklist of prospects shuttled out. The 20-year-old went 1-for-4 with a house run in Grapefruit League play.
Additionally reassigned had 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.