Mickey Callaway is high on Triple-A Las Vegas infielder Jeff McNeil, who he hinted could get his shot with the Mets soon.
"He's probably earned the right to have a chance up at the big leagues at some point," Callaway said about the 26-year-old, who is hitting 386/.444/636 in 22 games in Vegas after hitting .327/.402/.626 earlier this season in 57 games for Double-A Binghamton.
McNeil, who has 18 homers this season, was referred to by Callaway earlier this week as strictly a second baseman, played third base on Thursday night and is playing left field on Friday night.
McNeil has played the majority of this season at second base, but has played 149 games at third base during his career while also getting very limited time in the outfield and shortstop.
Callaway said that for McNeil to have a better chance to succeed, he needs to play all over the field, adding that some of the Mets' player development people view McNeil as a future super utility player.
"He's a valuable asset at this point," Callaway concluded.