According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets “haven’t forgotten about Jeff McNeil with the Jed Lowrie addition, plan is to play him more in the [outfield] than previously thought.”
McNeil primarily played infield last season, both in the majors and in both levels of minor league ball that he played. While the experience may not be substantial at all, McNeil has appeared in eight career games in the outfield, with 56.1 innings under his belt. McNeil also played a majority of his games as a freshman in college in left field.
Little experience is better than no experience, but the Mets seem to be confident in McNeil’s ability to pick up a new(ish) position on the fly. The crafty fielder has shown athleticism at second base, including an amazing showing at Fenway Park with a diving, over-the-shoulder catch, and showed flashes of good speed, which can be part of the reason Brodie Van Wagenen and his team of experts believe McNeil is more versatile than he was allowed to be last season.
The bottom line is that the Mets need to find playing time for McNeil, who was the team’s most exciting rookie since Michael Conforto in 2015.