The Amateur draft has come and gone and there were a number of surprises but none were bigger than the Rangers’ selection of Kumar Rocker with the 3rd overall pick. The Mets wound up with a tremendous value pick in Kevin Parada and had a very good first day of drafting but should the Texas Rangers not be proven fools, the 2021 draft will look absurdly bad for the Mets franchise in years to come.

Back in 2021 the Mets were astonished to find Kumar Rocker, once ranked #1 overall, falling to them at the 10th overall pick. Perhaps the team had not bothered doing research on a player they assumed would be well off the board or perhaps the team truly discovered something concerning in the medical reports after draft day but the Mets allowed their #1 pick to fall by the wayside and instead hope for more out of the 11th overall pick in 2022.

Rocker spent the time between that draft and this getting healthy and playing some baseball in the independent league. “Experts” predicted he’d be selected in the latter half of the first round or perhaps even as late as the second. Nobody predicted he’d be selected as the 3rd overall pick in the 2022 draft and the Mets front office has to be seriously concerned with the optics of this whole situation.

If Rocker winds up becoming the Ace pitcher one expects of a 3rd overall selection, the Mets will look like abject fools. This looks catastrophically worse, if Kevn Parada fails as a prospect and Rocker succeeds. Right now the Mets brass is hoping that the player they passed on in 2021 proves to be a disaster for the Texas Rangers.

If this works out for them, this appears to be a coup for the Rangers. They get to reunite Kumar Rocker with Jack Leiter and wound up selecting Brock Porter in the fourth round, despite Porter being ranked 11th overall. Porter will be hard to sign but Kumar Rocker signed under slot and might give them the bankroll to do it.

11th Overall Pick: Kevin Parada, C

Hopefully Parada is not another case of the Mets having an unexpected prospect fall to them at their pick. Thankfully, a handful of mock drafts had the Mets netting Parada which suggests they properly vetted this pick. He’s a strong bat with the chops to potentially stick at the position and while the Mets have Francisco Alvarez, he was the best prospect on the board. Of particular note, even though Parada was just drafted, he’s the same age as Francisco Alvarez and likely a minimum of 3-4 years from reaching the majors. Still, it’s a solid pick and one it’s hard to be upset about… unless, of course, if you view Kumar Rocker as a Top 3 talent. 20/20 hindsight might make the Mets regret not taking Jace Jung who also profiled as a Top 5 pick but fell to 12th overall. Certainly the positional scarcity makes Parada the more valuable pick right now.

14th Overall Pick: Jett Williams, SS

The Mets go with a second value-first pick in a draft heavier in hitting prospects and take the diminutive Jett Williams 14th overall. He has the raw tools of a leadoff hitter with a little pop but questions are circulating if he’s actually going to stick at shortstop. He’s probably far enough away from the majors to be looked at as a potential replacement to Francisco Lindor but he could wind up at second base or the outfield. 20/20 Hindsight is clearly Dylan Lesko, who I had the Mets getting in almost all of my personal mock drafts. Taken 15th overall, the pitcher would have meant more to the Mets as they have few big name pitching prospects.

52nd Overall Pick: Blade Tidwell, RHP

Before the season had begun, Tidwell was one of the highest ranked pitching prospects. An injury later and he falls to 52nd overall. Tidwell is 6’4” and has a strong repertoire of pitches. He was an extreme bargain at this pick and the Mets were wise to have nabbed him when they did. 20/20 Hindsight: This was the right pick for the Mets.

75th Overall Pick: Nick Morabito, OF

A contact hitter with the tools to play anywhere in the outfield and maybe even mix in some shortstop and second base. Morabito is a bit of a surprise for the Mets who had a number of options left on the board at positions they needed more. Morabito is a low-ceiling prospect who looks on paper like a fourth outfielder. 20/20 Hindsight: Jonathan Cannon was still on the board when the Mets made this selection and he both plays a position of significantly more need and has a higher ceiling.

90th Overall Pick: Brandon Sproat, RHP

Another head scratcher of a pick with players of better quality left on the board. In his favor, sproat has great raw stuff. He throws around 100 MPH and he boasts four pitches. Against him, he has terrible control and limited experience. 20/20 Hindsight: In the beginning of the fourth round the Rangers selected Brock Porter who, thanks to the money saved by selecting Kumar Rocker and their lack of other picks, might be signable this late in the draft for them.

119th Overall Pick: Jacob Reimer, 3B

I’ll start by saying I have zero problem with Reimer at this selection. He’s a quality bat who should be able to stick at third with a chance of becoming a major league starter. The issue is more with the Mets previous two picks who were selected instead of much better talent that the Mets just missed out on for this round. 20/20 Hindsight: The Mets waited too long on Nazier Mule selecting questionable talent in Morabito and Sproat making the Cubs ultimately winners of an extremely high ceiling local kid. You could also argue that Jake Madden, who was selected 118th overall was someone they could have picked up earlier too.

149th Overall Pick: De’Andre Smith, SS

Another small bodied shortstop who may not stick at the position. Smith doesn’t profile as a major league starter and while any prospect could catch fire and turn a corner there is little reason to believe this is a meaningful pick.

179th Overall Pick: Tyler Stuart, RHP

He’s 6’9” and he’s a college senior making him exceedingly easy to sign. He’s a relief pitcher and his numbers in Southern Mississippi aren’t particularly good. This just feels like minor league depth.

209th Overall Pick: Jonah Tong, RHP/OF

The Mets scouted Tong back in 2019 and he seems like a fine pick for the 7th round. The Canadian player wasn’t ranked by but has a 90 MPH fastball with a Curveball and a Changeup to mix things up.

239th Overall Pick: Dylan Tebrake, RHP

Not any name recognition to speak about. Tebrake is another Collegiate senior whom the Mets are hoping will fill out their minor leagues. He has solid numbers this past season with a K/9 over 9.0 but he’s got pedestrian “stuff”.


Overall, I’m not terribly pleased with this Mets draft. The selections of Kevin Parada, Blade Tidwell and even Jacob Reimer stand out as bright spots but there is a lot of Hindsight to this draft as the Mets have done little to restock a minor league system badly hurting for pitchers. Below is my own 20/20 Hindsight draft.

● 11th Overall – Mets take Kevin Parada
● 14th Overall – Mets take Dylan Lesko or Brock Porter
● 52nd Overall – Mets take Blade Tidwell
● 75th Overall – Mets take Jonathan Cannon
● 90th Overall – Mets take Nazier Mule
● 119th Overall – Mets take Jacob Reimer

5 comments on “Mets Minors: Kumar Rocker could make the Mets look foolish

  • Jimmy P

    To me, Jett Williams profiles as a versatile flex-position guy who could play INF/OF for the Mets. That’s a key role that teams are valuing more and more these days. I don’t see him as strictly “shortstop.”

    And if he sticks at 2B, or CF, that’s fine, too.

    My hope is that they looked at him and thought, “ballplayer.”

  • JamesTOB

    I agree with you about selecting Lesko and Porter. Looking back at the past 20+ drafts, it is evident that most of the top-of-the-line pitchers are taken in the first half of the first round. There’s occasionally a Jake DeGrom, but he’s a rarity. Getting Lesko and Porter would have given them the kind of starters it will be hard to find next year when they pick a lot later in the draft.

  • BrianJ

    I don’t follow amateur baseball. I try to read stuff by Keith Law and one or two others. That being said, the one guy I did not want was Jace Jung, so I’m glad the Mets got Parada.

    I wasn’t doing cartwheels about Jett Williams but with Parada already on the club, I feel better about it. Everyone points out Alex Bregman as the undersized guy who’s made it. Still, feels like the deck is a little stacked against him because of his size. I’m not so worried about which position he’ll play but if the bat can be worthwhile against MLB pitching.

    Tidwell and Morabito are exactly the type of guys you’d like to see the team grab after the first round. Tidwell was knocked down due to injury questions but has first-round talent. Morabito has a power-speed combo that could turn into something with proper coaching. Are the Mets the org to do it? That would be nice…

  • NYM6986

    Often the draft is a crap shoot. deGrom went in the 9th round and there is no better story then the 69th round where Piazza was selected with over 1300 players selected ahead of him. A number of their picks project to play positions other than where they played when drafted. Having followed Rocker’s pitching at a local A ball affiliate, it was clear he was healthy. If we had signed him last year and then he could not immediately pitch, as was the case, we would have blasted management. For us old timers, we remember drafting Steve Chillcot, selected as the first overall pick in the 1966 draft, ahead of #2 some guy names Reggie Jackson – oops. They also could have taken future MLB players Ken Brett, Tom Grieve, Richie Hebner, Steve Garvey who went at #60, Bernie Williams who went at #217, and on and on. Let’s hope the college kids are a few years away and we catch lightening in a bottle with the HS kids. These draftees are part of the future.

    In the meantime Parada does make trading Alvarez in a Soto deal a stronger possibility. We are poised to win now and need to bring In the best there is. It will be an interesting couple of weeks leading to the trade deadline.

    • Jimmy P

      Seems there are significant signs that Parada might not stick at catcher. Still a hugely valuable hitter, but that leaves a big hole in the backstop position.

      To me, have a strong offensive player at the catcher position is such a massive competitive advantage for a team. We saw this with Piazza. Most catchers are black holes offensively. We have one now, on the verge, who looks like a 30 HR guy. A 5-hitter behind Alonso. That’s such a massive leap over Nido/McCann.

      I don’t trade Alvarez. I just don’t.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The maximum upload file size: 100 MB. You can upload: image, audio, video, document, spreadsheet, interactive, text, archive, code, other. Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded. Drop file here