Greetings and welcome to Day 2 of the MLB Draft. This post will be updated throughout the day with the New York Mets draft picks from Round 2 to 30, as well as a collection of links and video for each of the prospects.
71. Cory Mazzoni, RHP from NC State.
Mazzoni recorded a 137:29 K:BB ratio in 114.2 IP this season at NC State. According to Jim Callis, “Up to 97, hard breaker.” Most recently, he threw a stunning game in the College World Series against Georgia Southern. MLB Draft Guide has a less glowing profile, “His fastball lacks movement and ranges from 89 to 93…His command has been inconsistent.” Here are more numbers.
101. Logan Verrett, RHP from Baylor
Verrett had a 95:30 K:BB ratio in 100.1 IP with a WHIP of 1.22, FIP of 3.61 (ERA 2.67). Verrett has a fastball in the low 90′s. Here is his delivery. River Ave. Blues has this to say: “A slider that occasionally misses bats is probably his second best offering, though a sinking changeup in the mid-70′s might also stake a claim to that title. Verrett relies more on command and setting hitters up than pure stuff, but it’s a solid mix of pitches with good probability.” Verrett had a 34:5 K:BB in 41.1 IP in the Cape Cod League. From Baseball America in 2010: “he showed a 90-93 mph fastball with good tail and sink, a slider with tilt and a changeup with fade. He throws all three pitches for strikes.”
132. Tyler Pill, RHP from Cal. State Fullerton
Pill recorded a 110:22 K:BB ratio in 98.2 IP. FIP of 3.38, ERA of 2.28. Ranked by College Baseball Daily as the 86th-best college player in 2011. Prospect Junkies had this to say: “Pill will pitch as a professional as a pack of the rotation starter or a reliever.” Pill is a two-way player in college, but will end up as a pitcher. Big thrower.
162. Jack Leathersich, LHP from UMass Lowell
Lowell had a 126:27 K:BB in 89 IP at UMass Lowell. Miniscule 1.62 ERA with .175 BAA. Looks like a big-strikeout lefty. According to Salem News, Leathersich impressed in the Cape Cod League with a mid-90′s fastball. In the article, Leathersich believes that his future is in the pen. (Author’s Note: So do I.)
192. Joe Tushak, CF from Northern Senior HS
Reportedly has a nice swing. Worked out with the Mets on Sunday. This from Baseball America: “Scout told me someone might take a chance on Penn. OF Joe Tuschak. Best tool is speed. Will be a project, but intriguing athlete.”
222. Cole Frenzel, 1B from Arizona
Batted .353/.467/.473 with a wOBA of .427 this season at Arizona. BA had this to say in 2008: “Frenzel showed good hands in the infield and a strong arm. He has a strong LH bat and projects very well. He has good strength in his swing and shows good power potential. Interesting bat to watch as he continues to develop.”
252. Daniel Muno, SS from Fresno St.
Batted .346/.477/.468 with a wOba of .427 this season for Fresno St. Will likely move to another position due to defensive questions, but swung the bat well in his college career.
282. Alexander Panteliodis, LHP from Florida
44:9 K:BB ratio in 52.2 IP this season for the Gators. FIP of 5.44, ERA of 3.76. Will likely end up a reliever.
312. Matthew Budgell, RHP from Woodbridge HS
Baseball Beginnings had this: “RHP Matt Budgell is lanky and wiry, throws 85-86 with a tail.” His breaking ball and change sit in the high 70′s.
342. Christian Montgomery, RHP from Lawrence Central HS
Fastball in low 90′s. Breaking pitches in low 80;s. AOL Sports says “Soft midsection, thick body is a question mark but stuff is outstanding.” According to Perfect Game, command could use work. This is him in action. (Author’s note: I kind of like this pick, IF he can put on extra velocity.)
372. Kenny Matthews, LHP from Diamond Bar HS
Played for the USA U16 team. Perfect Game says “86-87 mph fastball from a low 3/4′s release point, repeats delivery well, big breaking slow curveball, good run on change up.” You can find his HS stats here.
402. Robert Gsellman, RHP from Westchester (CA) HS
Two-way prospect that will likely end up a pitcher. You can find his HS stats here.
432. Xorge Carillo, C from Arizona St.
Batted .320/.402/.490 for the Sun Devils. Caught 6 of 11 baserunners stealing. In 2009, Baseball America said he was a better defensive prospect, with average hitting. Here’s Carillo in action. Chicken Friars says “Carrillo tends to get out in front of pitches on his front foot, an issue he’ll likely need to correct as he deals with more breaking and offspeed pitches in the pros. He’s got an accurate and strong arm, but could stand to have a quicker release behind the plate. The other aspects of his defense are solid.”
462. Phillip Evans, SS from La Costa Canyon HS
Here’s Mr. Evans. And here, here, and here. Very good defensively. I like his swing. Good speed, and good hitting ability. Strong commitment to San Diego St., however. Replacement Level Baseball has a detailed report of his tools, which I recommend. (Author’s note: I really like this pick, but am doubtful that he signs.)
492. Bradley Marquez, OF from Odessa HS
Here’s a clip of Marquez. Has a football commitment to Texas Tech. Looks like an athletic player. (Author’s note: Signing with an MLB team does not make you ineligible to play college football. Recent examples include Jeff Samardzija and Cedric Benson as players who played minor-league ball in the summer, and college football in the fall.)
522. Jonathan Clark, CF from Lee University
552. Travis Taijeron, CF from Cal Poly Pomona
582. Dustin Lawley, OF from U of West Florida
612. Mason Robbins, CF from George County HS
642. John Gant, RHP from Wiregrass Ranch HS
672. Casey Turgeon, SS from Dunedin HS
702. Jeffrey Diehl, C from West Cranston HS
732. William Shepherd, 1B from Texas
762. Andrew Reed, LHP from Terre Haute South Vigo HS
792. Casey Houptman, RHP from Nebraska
822. Randy Fontanez, RHP from South Florida
852. Jharel Cotton, RHP from Miami Dade
882. Joshua Ake, SS from Hunterdon Central HS
912. Jacob Hansen, LHP from F. P. Walshe HS (Canada)
Well, there you have it. Day 2 is complete for the Mets. I’m not going to even begin to predict an ETA, but keep your eyes and ears open for when these guys hit Savannah, Brooklyn, and Port St. Lucie. Good luck to all of the new Mets.
Other Notables: Josh Bell was taken 61st by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rafael Santana’s son Alex Santana went 73rd to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Daniel Norris went 74th to the Toronto Blue Jays. Matt Purke went 96th to the Washington Nationals.