We are separated by about two years since Luis Guillorme hit the national spot light making a one handed catch of a bat in the dugout showing off his quick hands. Since that time Luis made it to the big leagues, and to dismay of many Mets fans, didn’t get an overwhelming amount of playing time:
2018: 74 PA, 67 AB, 0 HR, .209/.284/.329, -0.3 WAR, 92 DRC+
Why Luis was sitting on the bench while players like Jose Reyes were getting regular play is beyond our comprehension.
Also slightly beyond our comprehension is why we are even writing this article in the first place. In a moment you’ll see 5 different projections for what Luis could do in 2019 but ultimately it’s not his bat that will get him to the majors again, it’s his glove.
(Citations: Baseball Prospectus (BP) projections are from the Baseball Prospectus annual which can you can get here. It’s highly recommended. ESPN projections can be found here. ZiPS can be found here. Steamer can be found here. Baseball Reference projections (BR) can found on the players BR page which linked elsewhere on this article. )
It’s impressive how close the slash lines for Luis are, especially considering that he hasn’t logged 75 major league PA’s yet. All the projections say he will hit better than he did last year. Which is good. His glove may be worth for those numbers.
Ultimately what’s working against Luis right now is how many infielder the Mets have in camp. Cano pushed McNeil to the outfield, Lowrie pushes both Frazier and JD Davis out of position, Alonso pushes them out of position again. On the roster, Luis is the best option to back up Amed at short stop. He just needs to have a better spring than Hechavarria who has more major league experience, but would also need to find room on the roster to play.