Jeff McNeil
Jeff McNeil
29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
New York Mets
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Many players will have a breakout in their third season in the big leagues, but it could be said that came in McNeil's second year with his big sophomore power season. His third season at the big-league level was a disappointment if you viewed 2019 as his new performance level, but a satisfactory performance if you viewed him against the backdrop of most of his minor-league career. In this day and age of low-contact and low-average hitters, McNeil shines as someone who makes excellent contact, hits the balls to all fields and will accept walks. He has a career .319 batting average and a .383 OBP spanning over 1,000 plate appearances. The expected stats do not love him, but the actual results are tough to overlook, as long as he continues to feast on fastballs (.354 BA in 2020). As good as his batting average was, it could have been even better were it not for his .146 average against breaking balls. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#98
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $642,251 contract with the Mets in March of 2021.
Not starting Thursday
2BNew York Mets
July 29, 2021
McNeil isn't starting Thursday's game against Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
McNeil racked up two hits in each of his last two games, and he went 6-for-12 with a home run, two doubles, four RBI and two strikeouts during that time. Brandon Drury will start at second base and bat eighth.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
16
2
7
11
4
5
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
2
1
1
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .779 282 24 3 29 3 .302 .379 .399
Since 2019vs Right .901 709 102 29 92 4 .311 .379 .522
2021vs Left .668 50 5 0 3 0 .268 .400 .268
2021vs Right .762 178 21 5 20 2 .278 .343 .420
2020vs Left .747 76 2 0 10 0 .303 .368 .379
2020vs Right .942 120 15 4 13 0 .333 .408 .533
2019vs Left .825 156 17 3 16 3 .312 .378 .447
2019vs Right .951 411 66 20 59 2 .320 .387 .564
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+33%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .881 488 58 17 63 3 .310 .387 .494
Since 2019Away .840 508 69 15 58 4 .302 .366 .474
2021Home .857 106 12 4 15 1 .313 .377 .479
2021Away .644 122 14 1 8 1 .243 .336 .308
2020Home .920 107 10 4 17 0 .308 .393 .527
2020Away .738 94 8 0 6 0 .306 .362 .376
2019Home .877 275 36 9 31 2 .310 .389 .488
2019Away .951 292 47 14 44 3 .325 .380 .571
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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
0.63
 
BB Rate
8.3%
 
K Rate
13.2%
 
BABIP
.304
 
ISO
.113
 
AVG
.276
 
OBP
.355
 
SLG
.389
 
OPS
.744
 
wOBA
.335
 
Exit Velocity
82.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.5%
 
Barrels/PA
6.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
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.
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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Belts fifth homer
2BNew York Mets
July 28, 2021
McNeil went 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run home run in Tuesday's 12-5 loss to Atlanta.
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Back for Game 2
2BNew York Mets
July 26, 2021
McNeil (leg) is starting Game 2 of Monday's doubleheader against Atlanta, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
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Remains out of lineup
2BNew York Mets
Leg
July 26, 2021
McNeil (leg) isn't starting Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader against Atlanta.
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Available on bench in series finale
2BNew York Mets
Leg
July 25, 2021
McNeil (leg) won't start Sunday against the Blue Jays, but manager Luis Rojas said the infielder is available off the bench in the series finale, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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Out again Saturday
2BNew York Mets
Leg
July 24, 2021
McNeil (leg) is not starting Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
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