With the draft later today we’re going to look at some of the names that the Mets might be looking at in the draft with their 20th pick. Let’s take a peek at who the experts think the Mets are likely to draft:
- Baseball America – Trevor Rogers: A left handed pitcher out of highschool Rogers doesn’t have a high velocity offering which leads me to feel that he’s not going to actually be on the Mets agenda. He does rank 25th overall on MLB.com but a lefty who sits in the low 90s isn’t that special as draft targets go.
- CBS Sports – Keston Hiura: A right handed outfielder/second base combo out of UC Irvine. Hiura’s hitting is definitely something that draws the eye. He isn’t a huge guy so you’d hope he might be able to play second base long term. Unfortunately he’s also a guy who comes with a healthy amount of injury risk. He’d be ranked far higher than 22nd on MLB.com if not for that injury risk.
- Bleacher Report – Nate Pearson: MLB.com only ranks Pearson at 35th despite the right handed pitcher hitting 102 MPH on the radar gun. Pearson does fit the mold of Met pitchers as Sandy Alderson could be looking to begin cultivating a new generation of fireballers for the future. He also comes with some injury risk as he’s already pitching with a screw in his elbow.
- com – Nick Pratto: Why would the Mets be drafting a firstbaseman? Well, Pratto ranks 13th overall in MLB.com’s rankings and I believe the thinking with this mock was that the Mets could not pass on Pratto’s bat to draft a position they need more. Pratto is a high school lefty and his hitting tools are among the best in the draft.
Now for a few names that I think the Mets will be looking at:
- Jake Burger – MLB.com ranks Burger 16th overall. This right handed third baseman comes from Missouri State and is the best third baseman in the draft (according to MLB.com). While not a natural fielder his contact and power are going to earn him passage to the majors and his defense is said to be “good enough”.
- David Peterson – Ranked 19th overall, he’s a left handed pitcher who can hit the mid-high 90s and back that up with a solid breaking ball arsenal. He’s a college pitcher who doesn’t have any obvious flaws. The Mets could do worse than to take a player who profiles as a top of the rotation lefty.
- Tanner Houck – While nothing is going to scream on paper about this right handed pitcher, he does fit the Met mold. He pitches in the mid-high 90s, he’s a big guy and he generates strikeouts. Scouts don’t love his arm angle and the Mets might not want a guy who could turn into a project but he’s got the chops to be a front-end starter. For what it is worth, MLB.com ranks Houck 20th overall.
- Hans Crouse – Ranked at 31st overall you might think that Crouse is a stretch but like Pearson, Houck and Peterson he fits the “typical” mold of what the Mets have made their successful starters from. What makes this right hander even more interesting is that being from high school he could technically ratchet his fastball up even farther,
AAA: Las Vegas 51s
Amed Rosario levels off – It’s been a few weeks since Rosario was really crushing things in AAA.
Dominic Smith striking out more – He’s still hitting but he has an uncharacteristic 11 strikeouts in the last 10 games.
Gavin Cecchini still not impressing – Sure he hit .270 over the past 10 games but is that impressive in Las Vegas.
Rafael Montero is the best pitcher left in Vegas – Take that for what it is worth.
AA: Binghamton Rumble Ponies
P.J. Conlon gets by – Certainly not as smooth sailing as earlier but still putting together decent outings.
Chris Flexen says “AA, no problem!” – His first start after his promotion went very well and the team will hope for more from him.
David Thompson keeps at it – He’s hit .300 over his last 10 games. He has to make up for a dismal start to his season.
Tomas Nido still hitting – He may never be more than a backup catcher with some pop but, backup catchers have value too.
A+: Port St. Lucie Mets
Justin Dunn finally looks like a prospect – His first start back from the bullpen and we hope this means he’s turned a corner.
Wuilmer Becerra hitting and striking out – While he does these things in equal proportions we won’t get too excited.
Peter Alonso struggles – He’s coming off an injury and doesn’t seem to be having much success after skipping Columbia.
Patrick Mazeicka slumping badly – He’s only hit .216 over the past 10 games.
Jhoan Urena is probably a prospect again – He’s only 22 and he’s been the hitting star for the Port St. Lucie Mets.
Nabil Crismatt pitching well consistently – Consistency is the name of the game and Crismatt has proven he is more than a match for A+.
Marcos Molina heating up – He’s found his groove and is pitching like a front-end starter.
A: Columbia Fireflies
Desmond Lindsay we’ve missed you! – He’s hit .344 with 3 home runs over his last 10 games. It’s about time!
Thomas Szapucki Getting himself together – He doesn’t look like his 2016 self yet, but he’s pitching.
Jordan Humphreys disappoints us? – He gives up 1 run and only strikes out 4. If you can’t tell… I was being sarcastic. This guy has just been phenomenal!
Merandy Gonzalez keeping pace – The Mets are likely to keep Gonzalez and Humphries together when it comes time for mid-season promotions.
Michael Paez needs to be promoted – He’s hitting but he’s too old for Columbia.