The 2022 Batting Title and Silver Slugger Award winner just signed an extension with the organization that drafted him in the 12th round in the 2013 June Amateur Draft.
With McNeil’s future no longer facing any questions with what team he’ll be on for the next half decade, the second baseman/super utility man can focus on bringing a title to Queens.
Baseball Reference has McNeil hitting .289/.350/.416/.767 with 30 2B’s, 1 3B, 10 home runs and 53 RBI’s in 537 Plate Appearances.
These numbers won’t blow you away and to be honest, they shouldn’t. With Jeffry McHits being more of a table setter, his numbers will be more geared towards runs scored as opposed to runs driven in.
RotoChamps is a bit kinder to the Santa Barbara, California native. RC has McNeil’s slash line at .304/.366/.438/.804 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI’s driven in.
Before I get into my projections for the Flying Squirrel, let’s take a look at his 2022 numbers. McNeil hit .326/.382/.454/.836 to go alongside a 140 OPS+, 39 2B’s, 1 3B, 9 home runs and 62 RBI’s.
It looks like the reason why some of the other publications have McNeil hitting under .300 going forward is due to the second baseman’s relatively low Avg Exit Velocity as well as his HardHit%.
However, in my opinion, it looks like McNeil knows how to hit with and/or without ripping the cover off of the ball and I believe it’s replicable moving forward.
I have McNeil hitting .312/.379/.444 with 35 2B’s, 3 3B’s, 14 Home Runs with 62 RBI’s driven in. His advanced stats also suggest that McNeil still should be one of the best fielding second basemen, instead of being exclusively an offensive threat.