Future Watch: Jeff McNeil Rookie Baseball Cards, Mets – Jeff McNeil was drafted by the New York Mets in the 12th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft. He’s had quite a journey to get to the big leagues.
He was in Class A through 2015. He hit .312 that season for St. Lucie but he only had one home run. That wasn’t going to get him a lot of praise. He did get in a few games with Double-A Binghamton, so the Mets still had faith in him.
A sports hernia and eventual hip surgery killed his 2016 season. In 2017, he was back in A-ball with St. Lucie, but he drove in 15 in 30 games and hit .324 so he was promoted to Triple-A.
In 2018, he started with Binghamton and slugged 14 home runs while driving in 43 in 57 games while hitting .327, he was starting to hit his stride. He was called back up to Triple-A and he had five homers and 28 RBI in 33 games while hitting .368! The Mets called him up and he hit .329 in 63 games. He had climbed the mountain.
Collectors can find his rookie card in 2019 Topps Chrome.
He got a hit on the first pitch he ever saw in the majors:
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