Jeff McNeil
Jeff McNeil
28-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
New York Mets
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Even after batting .329 over his first two-plus months of MLB action in 2018, McNeil was slated to open last season in a utility role until injuries intervened. Suffice it to say, McNeil now owns a full-time lineup spot after demonstrating that the exceptional contact skills he exhibited as a rookie weren't a fluke. More surprisingly, McNeil showed he wasn't merely a slap hitter, either. He raised his barrel rate from 2.4% to 4.8%, allowing him to tap into power (62 extra-base hits) that was mostly absent from his minor-league profile. The 2019 baseball undoubtedly helped McNeil, but his high batting-average floor and spot near the top of the order are enough to make him a quality building block for fantasy teams even if the power production proves unsustainable. McNeil's eligibility at three spots (second base, third base and outfield) only burnishes his value further. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Mets in March of 2020.
Cleared to play Sunday
2BNew York Mets
March 8, 2020
McNeil (illness) will start at third base and bat leadoff in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
ANALYSIS
McNeil missed the past couple days of action while battling flu-like symptoms, but the Mets were apparently satisfied with his health when he reported to the ballpark Sunday. The 27-year-old saw action at several different spots in 2019, but he's expected to find a permanent home at third base this season for the Mets.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
74
11
12
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
18
3
4
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .822 218 25 4 20 4 .303 .367 .455
Since 2017vs Right .924 597 93 22 74 8 .328 .390 .534
2019vs Left .825 156 17 3 16 3 .312 .378 .447
2019vs Right .951 411 66 20 59 2 .320 .387 .564
2018vs Left .812 62 8 1 4 1 .281 .339 .474
2018vs Right .866 186 27 2 15 6 .345 .396 .470
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .900 382 50 10 39 5 .332 .400 .500
Since 2017Away .893 433 68 16 55 7 .311 .369 .524
2019Home .877 275 36 9 31 2 .310 .389 .488
2019Away .951 292 47 14 44 3 .325 .380 .571
2018Home .959 107 14 1 8 3 .388 .429 .531
2018Away .771 141 21 2 11 4 .283 .345 .425
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Jeff McNeil compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.47
 
BB Rate
6.2%
 
K Rate
13.2%
 
BABIP
.337
 
ISO
.214
 
AVG
.318
 
OBP
.384
 
SLG
.531
 
OPS
.916
 
wOBA
.398
 
Exit Velocity
88.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.6%
 
Barrels/PA
3.4%
 
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
McNeil has stellar bat-to-ball ability, as evidenced by the minuscule 9.7% strikeout rate he posted with the Mets last season. Those skills helped McNeil to a .329 average after his late-July callup, which was a top-10 mark among second-half qualifiers. McNeil had a K-rate above 13.3% at only one stop on the farm (16.4% in 30 games at High-A). While there isn't a ton of pop to be found here (.142 ISO, 30.2% hard-hit rate), he uses the entire field with balanced batted-ball distribution. McNeil can also run a little. His recorded average sprint speed of 27.8 ft/sec actually wasn't very good, but he was caught stealing just once in eight attempts, giving him 13 steals total across three levels. New general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said early in the offseason that McNeil was "penciled in" as the starter at second base, but that changed after the team's acquisition of Robinson Cano. Look for McNeil to open in a utility role.
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Dealing with illness
2BNew York Mets
Illness
March 6, 2020
McNeil was sent back to his Port St. Lucie lodgings Friday after reporting flu-like symptoms, per Anthony Rieber of Newsday Sports.
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May find permanent home at third
2BNew York Mets
February 3, 2020
McNeil said Saturday that he expects to man third base on a full-time basis in 2020, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports. "I think I'll be playing a lot of third. I've gone through my normal offseason routine," McNeil said, referencing the wrist surgery he required in early October. "It was a good two-month rehab, then back to a normal offseason."
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Wrist fully healed
2BNew York Mets
January 25, 2020
McNeil (wrist) said Saturday that his injury is fully healed, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
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Undergoes surgery on wrist
2BNew York Mets
Wrist
October 2, 2019
McNeil (wrist) underwent surgery to repair a fractured bone in his right wrist on Wednesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Moves to 60-day IL
2BNew York Mets
Wrist
September 26, 2019
McNeil (wrist) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Thursday.
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