By Jerry Del Priore
The New York Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed on Tuesday morning that the New York Mets have promoted Jeff McNeil form Triple-A Las Vegas.
McNeil, 26, has been one of the hottest hitters in the Mets’ farm system, slugging 368/.437/.600, to go along with five home runs and 28 RBI in 125 at-bats in 31 games with the 51s this season.
Plagued by injuries the last two campaigns, McNeil, who has been healthy this year, has launched a total of 19 dingers between two minor league stops: Double-A Binghamton and Las Vegas.
McNeil, a left-handed hitter, has mostly played second base this season, but could see time at third, according to the New York Post article.
The Santa Barbara, California, native is a career .311 hitter with 28 homers and 203 RBI in 1613 at-bats in 426 contests. Though McNeil lacks power numbers, he does sport a healthy .380 OBP.
In additional moves, New York has selected the contract of infielder Phillip Evans from Las Vegas, placed left fielder Yoenis Céspedes on the ten-Day disabled list and designated outfielder Ty Kelly for assignment, as per Twitter.
Could this indicate that infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, whose contract is up at the end of the season, is likely on the trading block? I would say so, and several Mets fans would most certainly agree.