PORT ST. LUCIE — Jeff McNeil knew that Jose Reyes was the last Met to win a batting title, knew that it was in 2011. “Great to have another one,” McNeil said.
Inside the Mets clubhouse, McNeil is the Chosen One to get one.
“I think he’s fully more than capable. He’s Jeff McHits,” Pete Alonso told The Post. “I would not be surprised if he were to win a batting title one day. He’s extremely dynamic at the plate. He’s probably just as tough of an out as they come. He very well could. I hope he does. I hope he wins more than one.”
McNeil (aka Squirrel) finished fourth in the NL last season (.318), with a .916 OPS. He resists the notion that it has whet his appetite to win a batting title, but he’ll never stop believing that he can, now that he has proven he belongs.
“It was always kind of a goal of mine in the minor leagues. I always wanted to be the best hitter,” McNeil said. “I like to see my name at the top in average.”
McNeil is what Aaron Boone would call a Savage in the Box. He is a blue-collar throwback with the true grit of a Lenny Dykstra or Wally Backman.
“I think his competitiveness as a player, as a person, I think that’s gonna…