A Who’s Who On Players The Mets Drafted This Week
Round 1 – Pick 18 – IKE DAVIS, 1B/OF, Arizona State
Baseball America: The son of former big league reliever Ron Davis, Ike was not a scouts’ favorite coming into his junior season. A decorated high school career that included a star turn with Team USA’s youth national squad and an MVP award at the 2004 Aflac Classic, and his pitching family pedigree, had most scouts regarding him as a pitcher out of high school. He decided to go to Arizona State rather than sign as a Rays 19th-round pick, and he started on the mound and batted cleanup in his first game as a Sun Devil. He struggled with wood in the Alaska League in 2006 and in the Cape in 2007, when he cut his summer short to have right wrist surgery. He returned to the mound as a closer in 2008 and played first base to keep his arm fresh. He also worked to incorporate his lower half more and was having a banner season, leading the Sun Devils in the triple crown categories as well as saves, before missing time with a ribcage injury. Davis has excellent raw power, comparing to former ASU star Jeff Larish, but he’s a much better defender with a better swing and better pitch recognition. Davis is above-average at first base and should be able to play an outfield corner as well due to his plus arm; his below-average speed could limit him to left.
MLB. com: On radars since high school, when he was a 19th-round pick of the Rays in 2005, the son of ex-big leaguer Ron Davis has a sweet left-handed swing that should generate more power in the future. He’s not speedy, but he is a solid base runner and would be fine as a corner outfielder or first baseman at the next level.
Round 1 - Pick 22 - REESE HAVENS, SS, South Carolina
Baseball America: Coming off a strong showing in the Cape Cod League last summer when he hit .314 with five home runs, Havens positioned himself to be one of the top middle infielders in this draft class. Steady and durable, Havens has been a fixture in the middle of the diamond for the Gamecocks since his freshman year. His consistency in always being in the lineup parallels his consistent improvement offensively and defensively every season since arriving in Columbia. Drafted out of high school by the Rockies in the 29th round, Havens has improved his range, hands and agility and now has the defensive ability and arm strength to stay at shortstop in the professional ranks. He makes up for his lack of foot speed with proper routes to the ball and advanced instincts. At the plate, Havens changed his hand position this season, moving them lower to an unconventional location around the bellybutton. Scouts have split opinions on his new batting style, but he he has hit for better power and average and leads off for a strong South Carolina lineup. He has great makeup and is a prototype "baseball player" with all the intangibles.
MLB. com: A legitimate prospect in high school, teams were scared off because of a strong commitment to South Carolina. He’s improved steadily in his three years there and has evolved into a good all-around hitter with outstanding plate discipline. He may need to move to third down the road because of his lack of range, but his smarts in the field may at least give him the opportunity to play his way off of short as a pro. At either spot, he’s sure to go off the board pretty quickly.
Round 1 Sup - Pick 33 - BRAD HOLT, RHP, UNC Wilmington
Baseball America: Holt emerged this spring as the ace of a surging Seahawks baseball team. His fastball has improved since arriving in Wilmington and now sits between 92-94 mph, touching 96. Not only does he have a big arm, but he is able to maintain his velocity deep into games. However, the major difference between this year’s Holt from the past is his vastly improved command. Holt at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, has a perfect pro body with a clean delivery and a first-round arm. He is coordinated and athletic on the mound, attacking hitters with his fastball. The only thing holding him back is the lack of a usable secondary pitch. He offers a slider with loose spin and tends to slow his body and arm down when throwing it. Even though his secondary stuff is in need of refinement, teams will not walk away from the pro body, strong arm and life on the fastball.
Round 2 – Pick 68 - JAVIER RODRIGUEZ, OF, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R.
Baseball America: Considered one of the better prospects in Puerto Rico heading into the Excellence Tournament that annually draws scouts to see the island’s best talent each May, Rodriguez elevated his status after his strong showing there. He is the best pure hitter from Puerto Rico and has good bat speed. With a lean, athletic body, Rodriguez should have the ability to add muscle to his long frame. He shows above-average raw power to the pull side, though there is some length to his swing. Rodriguez is an average to above-average runner, clocking in at 6.7 seconds in the 60-yard dash. Reviews of his fielding are mixed, though his arm is above-average for both the length and carry he gets on the ball and for its accuracy.
Round 3 – Pick 100 - Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF Azusa Pacific
Baseball America: Nieuwenhuis entered the season as BA’s top-ranked NAIA prospect after being the Alaska League’s player of the year last summer. He’s physical at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, has good arm strength and has pitched at times in his career. He has a strong swing and hit .400 with 15 home runs this spring for Azusa Pacific.
Round 4 – Pick 134 – Sean Ratliff OF Stanford
Baseball America: Stanford’s top talent, junior outfielder Sean Ratliff, might have worked into the first-round mix with more polish at the plate. His 18 homers ranked fifth in the Pac-10, he runs well for his 6-foot-3, 225-pound size, and he has enough arm to hit 92 mph off the mound. It’s a prototype right-field profile, but Ratliff has an unorthodox swing with holes in it, and he swings and misses a lot. His 72 strikeouts tied for second-worst in Division I entering regional play.
MLB. com: College power hitters are always going to draw interest, even inconsistent ones. Ratliff hasn’t always been able to make consistent contact, but he manages to show enough to remain intriguing. A center fielder for now, the team who thinks he’ll turn his sometimes power into something frequent enough to man a corner spot will take a chance on him.
Round 5 – Pick 164 – Dock Doyle C Coastal Carolina
Baseball America: The top catching prospect in the state is lefthanded-hitting Dock Doyle from Coastal Carolina. Athletic behind the plate, Doyle has tools that should play at the professional level. He has an average arm and good receiving mechanics. At the plate, Doyle led the Chanticleers with a .365 average and hit 16 home runs.
Round 6 - Pick 194 – Joshua Satin 2b UC Berkley
Baseball America: After two difficult springs Satin put it all together as a senior. Satin showed he can hit with wood in the Cape Cod League—he was the league’s all-star MVP in 2006–and has above-average bat speed that produces excellent power. He has played mostly second base in college, though many scouts believe he’s a better fit in the outfield as a pro due to fringy range and infield actions
MLB.com: How did Josh Satin last until the sixth round? That’s a surprise, but he’s a college value pick with legit power and a small chance to stay at second base as a pro. The California senior has enough ability to be a useful outfielder and has the raw power to at least have a chance to reach the big leagues. He could be a utility player if he retains his athleticism and can play second or third base. Satin was the Cape Cod League all-star game MVP in 2007.
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
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