Jeff McNeil told reporters after the Mets loss to the Marlins on Friday that he’s going to start at third base on Sunday.
McNeil, 26, has been playing only left field in spring games up to this point. The Mets brought in veteran infielders Jed Lowrie and Robinson Cano during the offseason pushing McNeil to get reacquainted with the outfield. He played left field in college, but has only 65 innings of outfield experience in the pros.
Unfortunately, veterans Lowrie (knee sprain) and Todd Frazier (oblique sprain) have yet to play in a spring game and are questionable for Opening Day. The two injuries have forced the Mets to reconsider McNeil in the outfield.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway said McNeil will now have a 50/50 split between infield and outfield work, it was previously a 80/20 respectively.
McNeil broke out in 2018 with a .852 OPS and 2.4 bWAR in 248 big league plate appearances.