McNeil Wasting Away In Minors After Not Getting Promoted — Again

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Prior to Monday’s double dip with the Philadelphia Phillies, third baseman Todd Frazier landed on the disabled list with a rib cage strain.

Instead of calling up scorching hot infielder Jeff McNeil from Triple-A Las Vegas, New York instead opted to promote journeyman Ty Kelly.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway essentially told the media before Game 1 that McNeil was snubbed because of his limited defensive ability.

“He’s obviously an option for us,” Callaway said. “One thing we have with him is he’s purely a second baseman. Obviously Asdrubal Cabrera is kind of holding that down for us right now.”

Oh, so now this is a concern for the Mets? A team that has experimented with Dominic Smith and Jose Reyes in the outfield and Kevin Plawecki at first base? And they also want to keep Cabrera at second where he as an MLB worst -15 defensive runs saved (DRS)?

Not promoting McNeil is an issue, plain and simple. You can use his age as an excuse and tell me that because he’s 26 he’s not a legitimate option.

I would tell you that he has been injured in his minor league career and now that he’s healthy, he has performed, but this is beyond that.

This just goes to show how deep the Mets love affair with Jose Reyes is.

I mean, what other way can you justify trotting a guy out there everyday who is hitting .168/.238/.235, has a .213 wOBA and a 32 wRC+?

In the field as well, Reyes has played 97 games at third base. McNeil, who Callaway says is strictly a second baseman, has played 148 games there.

The Mets have no issue playing guys other than in their natural positions. Their roster management this year has been a joke, so them saying McNeil is exclusively a second baseman is a slap in the face.

And with the team 36-52, you think they would want to call up players to see what they’ve got in a lost season.

McNeil is a minor league free agent after next season and is Rule 5 eligible this offseason, so I’m not sure what the Mets are waiting for. But keeping him down while they refuse to swallow their pride and play Jose Reyes and Ty Kelly is a crime.

If they are trying to showcase Cabrera for a trade, that’s fine. But what difference does it make if it’s at second or third? He’s bad at the former anyway.

But we know that’s not the only reason when it comes down to it, and that other reason is No. 7, who started both legs of yesterday’s doubleheader.

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