The Mets last week promoted Triple-A infielder Jeff McNeil, who has become a popular, in-demand minor-leaguer among online fans and the prospect media.
The public interest in McNeil, 26, has been sparked by his late-blooming, left-handed power numbers, which has him looking like a totally different hitter than he was in 2015.
Back then, two years after being drafted with the organization's 12th-round pick, he has been presenting as an off-the-bench, slap-hitter. Then, in 2016, he missed time with a hernia, quad injury and needed surgery on his labrum. He entered this season having never had a true, full year to focus on his game and establish his toolbox. And so, three months ago, at 26, he had simply been looking destine to be a career minor-leaguer.
It turns out that McNeil added muscle during his rehab from surgery, worked to add lift in his swing this past off season, and exploded in Double-A where he had a league-leading 14 home runs in Double-A before a recent promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas.