McNeil is expected to be used more in the outfield following Thursday's addition of Jed Lowrie, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
The Mets have now acquired both Robinson Cano and Lowrie over the offseason, so they'll plan to use McNeil in the outfield more than previously anticipated. The 26-year-old has yet to make a single start in the outfield at the big-league level and has played just four games in the outfield while in the minor leagues, so it's unclear as to how he'll fare when the Mets roll him out there.
McNeil was previously penciled in as the Mets' starter at second base, but the acquisition of Robinson Cano (knee) from the Mariners in early December alters that significantly. According to DiComo, the team has discussed the 26-year-old as an option at all four infield positions in addition to left field. McNeil may not start the season as an everyday starter, but with Dominic Smith, Todd Frazier, Amed Rosario and Cano currently rounding out the Mets' infield, there should still be ample opportunities to accrue at-bats.
McNeil settled in as the Mets' starter at second base following the trade of Asdrubal Cabrera in July of 2018, slashing an impressive .329/.381/.471 with three homers and seven stolen bases across 63 games over the remainder of the season. The 26-year-old rookie was buoyed by a .359 BABIP, though his impressive contact skills -- he struck out just 9.7 percent of the time in 2018 -- was also a crucial part of his success.
McNeil will be on the bench Saturday against Washington.
McNeil sits after making nine straight starts, a stretch in which he hit .289 with a .799 OPS. Jack Reinheimer will play second base in his absence.
McNeil went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox.
McNeil singled and stole second base -- his fifth steal of the season -- in the fourth inning before Brandon Nimmo brought him and Todd Frazier home with a three-run homer. The rookie is now hitting an impressive .373/.396/.549 with one homer, seven RBI and two stolen bases through 14 games this month.
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|2014||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||58||207||31||51||8||2||1||13||22||25||2||2||.329||.319||.246|
|2014||AFX-Savannah Sand Gnats||59||232||38||77||20||2||2||38||20||34||15||3||.401||.461||.332|
|2015||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||119||468||80||146||18||6||1||40||35||59||16||5||.373||.382||.312|
|2017||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||18||71||12||18||5||0||1||6||3||10||2||0||.295||.366||.254|
|2017||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||30||105||13||34||7||0||3||15||7||19||2||2||.388||.476||.324|