Rating Every Mets Player’s Spring Training: Hitters

Over the course of Spring Training, I have been keeping track of every single Mets player and giving each one a rating on an A-F scale. Here are my ratings for every single Mets hitter in Spring Training.

Francisco Lindor A+

Pete Alonso A+

Mark Vientos A+

Drew Ferguson A+

Kevin Pillar A

Brandon Nimmo B+

Ronny Mauricio B+

Patrick Mazeika B+

James McCann B+

Luis Guillorme B+

Jose Martinez B-

Johneswhy Fargas B-

Wilfredo Tovar B-

Nick Meyer C

Brett Baty C

Bruce Maxwell C

Jake Hager C-

JD Davis C-

Michael Conforto C-

Albert Almora Jr. C-

Dom Smith C-

Caleb Joseph C-

David Rodiguez C-

Mallex Smith D+

Tomas Nido D

Pete Crow-Armstrong D-

Brandon Drury D-

Jonathan Villar F

Jose Peraza F

Khalil Lee F

Francisco Alvarez F

Jeff McNeil F

Review

What an interesting Spring from the Mets hitters. One week ago, Lindor was barely scraping a B, and finished the Spring with a shining A+. Alonso really hit consistently all Spring and seems to be back to his 2019 form, if not better.

Mark Vientos and Drew Ferguson were the major surprises for me, being names that we didn’t really talk much about entering Spring Training. Those two could possibly be late-season call ups, or even call ups with injury.

The players with F’s really stand out to me most. Jonathan Villar, Jose Peraza, Khalil Lee, Francisco Alvarez, and Jeff McNeil all finished the Spring with an F rating. Jonthan Villar was signed to the Mets to be a bench bat, but his Spring performance would entail that he may not be as reliable as they expected. Similar situation with Jose Peraza- Mets signed him to be a bench bat.

Khalil Lee and Francisco Alvarez are the two that I am less worried about. Lee and Alvarez are not supposed to play at the Major League level until at least 2022. Their struggles in Spring are not going to impact their careers, but definitely were not a great sign.

Lastly, there’s Jeff McNeil. McNeil is supposed to be one of the Mets most impactful bats, but he struggled mightily this spring. He finished the Spring batting hardly over .100. For a player that is expected to hit over .300 every season, those numbers don’t look good. Hitters are going to hit, whether it be in Spring Training or mid-May, which is why the Spring provides a cautious tale for Jeff McNeil. Hopefully he can bounce back from that.

Most of the Mets main hitters had good Springs, some even had great ones. Here is what the Mets Opening Day lineup may look like with their ratings.

  1. Brandon Nimmo B+
  2. Francisco Lindor A+
  3. Pete Alonso A+
  4. Michael Conforto C-
  5. Dom Smith C-
  6. James McCann B+
  7. Jeff McNeil F
  8. JD Davis C-

The top of the Mets order is already looking potent, and the players behind them will certainly fall in line as the season gets started.

2021 is going to be a fun season for the Mets.

Photo Credit Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

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