Future Watch: Jeff McNeil Rookie Baseball Cards, Mets

Future Watch: Jeff McNeil Rookie Baseball Cards, MetsFuture Watch: Jeff McNeil Rookie Baseball Cards, MetsJeff 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:

In 2019, he has been nothing short of stupendous. Hitting from the beginning of the year, then seeing a hamstring injury only slow him down a bit, he hit 32 doubles, 15 homers with 55 RBI in his first 402 at-bats. His .333 average at the time was the highest in the National League. Besides leading the NL in hitting he was in the Top 10 in WAR, doubles, on-base percentage, OPS and hit by pitches. He was responsible for the Mets resurgence this year and now at the age of 27, he’s become a star. He’s very collectible at this point.

Follow him on Twitter @JeffMcNeil805.

Future Watch: Jeff McNeil Rookie Baseball Cards, Mets – Stats

Standard Batting
2018 26 NYM NL 63 248 225 35 74 11 6 3 19 7 1 14 24 .329 .381 .471 .852 138 106 2 5 4 0 1 4/5 RoY-6
2019 27 NYM NL 107 448 402 67 134 32 1 15 55 4 5 28 62 .333 .402 .530 .932 148 213 4 18 0 0 2 7945 AS
2 Yrs 170 696 627 102 208 43 7 18 74 11 6 42 86 .332 .395 .509 .903 144 319 6 23 4 0 3
162 Game Avg. 162 663 597 97 198 41 7 17 71 10 6 40 82 .332 .395 .509 .903 144 304 6 22 4 0 3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/27/2019.

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