In a conference call this afternoon, Mets VP of player development Paul DePodesta characterized the first two days of the 2013 MLB Draft as very productive, adding that he was “thrilled with the way everything has turned out.”
DePodesta said the Mets have had more moments of jubilation, when players they wanted fell to them, than those where they missed getting the players they wanted.
With regard to the drafting high school players with their top four selections, DePodesta said they all have significant upside, and that once he got into the fourth round they targeted college players that could move more quickly through the system.
Here are the results of Friday’s rounds 3-10.
Round 3 (76): Ivan Wilson, CF, Ruston H.S. Louisiana (6’3”, 220 LB, R/R)
Wilson’s combination of tools and athleticism is among the best of this year’s prep outfielders. He is listed at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds with good strength and plus speed. Wilson, out of Ruston H.S. (La.), has good power and can hit home runs to any part of the ballpark. He takes advantage of his power-speed combination thanks to good instincts on the basepaths. Wilson has excellent range in the outfield and enough arm for right field if he can’t stay in center field. By mid-May, he still hadn’t committed to college, leaving scouts wondering about his signability.
Round 3 (84): Casey Meisner, RHP, Cypress Woods H.S. Texas (6’7”, 185 LB, R/R)
Meisner is a rare Texas pitcher who remains projectable. Meisner has touched 94 mph with his fastball, but more typically throws it around 90 mph. As he physically matures and learns to be more consistent in his delivery, scouts expect his fastball to eventually sit around 94 mph instead of just touching it. He also throws a curveball and changeup, both of which have a chance to be Major League-average offerings. Meisner has clean arm action, but struggles to repeat his delivery, which affects his command and velocity. He is committed to Texas Tech.
Round 4 (116): L.J. Mazzilli, 2B, University of Connecticut (6’1”, 190 LBs, R/R)
The son of former big leaguer Lee Mazzilli was selected in the ninth round of the 2012 Draft by the Twins, but he opted to go back to UConn for his senior season. He responded with a solid all-around season that could very well help his Draft status. Mazzilli has a solid swing with decent bat speed and projects to keep hitting for average at the next level. He’s not a huge power guy, but he should run into a handful of home runs and could pile up the doubles. He’s an excellent baserunner who makes the most of his decent speed. Mazzilli has made progress on his defense and most feel he should be able to stay on the infield as an offensive-minded second baseman.
Round 5 (146): Jared King, OF, Kansas State (6’1, 200 LBs, S/L)
King is a solid college performer with good tools across the board. His best tool is his bat, and he has the chance to hit for both average and power. He has tremendous bat speed with a short stroke from both sides of the plate and the ball carries off his bat. He’s a solid average runner who might be better suited for a corner outfield spot and that could mean left given that his arm is his weakest tool. It’s his bat, though, that will get him drafted, and he might have enough to be taken off the board in the first few rounds.
Round 6 (176): Champ Stuart, OF, Brevard College (6’0, 175 LBs, R/R)
A native of the Bahamas, Stuart played three sports at Christ School in Asheville, N.C. Brevard is a Division II school and is off the beaten path for scouts, but they have taken notice of Stuart. He is a special athlete who is still learning the game and has exciting raw tools. His swing is a work in progress, but he generates good bat speed. His tools profile best as a top of the order hitter where his speed can play up. Stuart has a solid arm and can play right field or center field, though he must improve his reads.
Round 7 (206): Matthew Oberste, 1B, Oklahoma University (6’2”, 220 LBs, R/R)
Oberste would be higher on this list if we thought he could handle the OF, but he looks like he will be relegated to 1B. He’s a R/R so he’s going to need to really hit to make it. He has the bat, but his power is just average. Our Instinct: He doesn’t project as a true power hitting 1B, but could be enough of a hitter to carve out a nice career. He’s one of the nation’s leaders in BA in College ball and projects to hit 15-20 HR annually. Not bad. If he can play the OF, even better. (Baseball Instinct)
Round 8 (236): Ricky Knapp, RHP, Florida Gulf Coast University (6’1”, 195 LBs, R/R)
Knapp benefitted from the instruction of his father, Rick, the Tigers former pitching coach, growing up. He has the kind of feel for the game and pitchability that might be expected for the son of a Major League pitching coach. Knapp adds and subtracts from his fastball as the situation dictates, but generally throws around 90 mph. He also throws a changeup, which is his best pitch, as well as a curveball and slider. Knapp commands his whole arsenal well and all four of his pitches have a chance to be at least Major League-average offerings.
Round 9 (266): Patrick Biondi, CF, Michigan, (5’9”, 165 LBs, L/R)
College seniors got a lot of attention in last year’s Draft as teams took many of them early to try to be creative with the new bonus pool system. That could work to Biondi’s benefit, who’s speed an defensive ability should be of interest to many teams. Biondi is a Brett Gardner type, a left-handed hitter who sprays line drives and uses his speed to get on and then wreak havoc on the basepaths. The Cape Cod League batting champion is also an excellent defender and can no doubt stay in center field at the next level. The only thing Biondi doesn’t have is power, but he has the chance to be a leadoff-type hitter who can impact the game with his legs as much as with his bat and glove.
Round 10 (296): Luis Guillorme, SS, Coral Springs Charter High School (5’10”, 170 LBs, L/R)
A native of Venezuela, Guillorme came to the United States as a teenager. He is a slick fielder following in the tradition of excellent Venezuelan shortstops. Guillorme is one of the best defenders in this Draft class. He has plus range, a plus arm and is capable of making every play asked of a shortstop. Offensively, Guillorme makes a lot of contact with an inside-out swing. He has minimal power and is a below-average runner, but it is his glove that will carry him as a professional. Guillorme is committed to the State Junior College of Florida.
Site Note: Rounds 11-40 will be conducted on Saturday, the third and final day of the draft. We will have a summary post with each selection at the conclusion of the draft.