Luis Guillorme stays in Mets lineup as hitting warms up

SAN FRANCISCO — Luis Guillorme’s job description with the Mets is “be prepared for anything.”

Best known for his glove throughout his career, 27-year-old Guillorme is a versatile man. He’s starting to get attention for his racquet, and presents manager Buck Showalter with tougher lineup-building decisions every day.

Guillorme started Monday with a .395/.439/.526 slash in 41 plate appearances for May, returning to the bench after four straight starts. The Mets have needed the offensive contributions, with players like Eduardo Escobar, Dominic Smith and JD Davis struggling at plate.

“It’s a little different, playing a little more than usual, but I’m just more consistent when I come off the bench,” said Guillorme. “Even when I was struggling earlier in the year, I felt like I was hitting the ball right at people. The main difference now is that my swing is in a place where I can repeat it. I swing at pitches and have good bats.”

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Luis Guillorme picked it up at the plate after his preseason struggles.
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These at-bats usually involve swinging at strikes.

“One of the things I’m proud of is that I’m consistent at the plate and I’ve got good bats, whether it comes off the bench, whether it starts, whatever it is,” Guillorme said. “My goal is every day when I start to go out and have a punch or a walk.”

Along the way, he and Francisco Lindor have formed a solid double-play combo. On other days, Guillorme can play at third base — he started there Sunday in Colorado and his dive stop on a grounder in the seventh inning with two runners on base was a key defensive play in the team’s win.

“I’m very happy for him,” said Lindor. “He is ready every day, no matter what. When he gets into the seventh, he’s ready. The reason for his success is because he embraces his role and he wants to play every day, everyone wants to play every day, but he embraced his role and he’s doing his best.”

Lindor was asked about Guillome as a double play partner.

“He’s a skilled infielder and that makes it easier for me,” said Lindor. “I just throw the ball and I know it will be there [at second base]. He is very reliable.”

Guillome said the fact that he and Lindor have comparable defensive styles helps.

“It’s easy to go out there and perform when he’s out there and keep it casual,” Guillorme said. “We communicate always and 98 or 99 percent on the same page.”

This month’s release of Robinson Cano opened up playtime for Davis and Smith on the DH spot, but in more subtle ways they created opportunities for Guillorme, who allowed him to finish second with Jeff McNeil in left field.

“[Guillorme] has good racquet and ball skills,” Showalter said. “He’s a valuable guy because he can do so many things for us in a day that some people need a day [off]. I fooled around, he played too much. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, but Luis is a big part of our club because it’s difficult to find people who can do what he’s doing in different positions.”

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Luis Guillorme can play in multiple positions in the Mets infield.
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Showalter has also come to appreciate Guillorme’s inquisitive nature.

“A guy who’s always thinking about the game, always asking me ‘Stump the Manager’ questions, and always good at it,” Showalter said. “He’s engaged.”

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