Mets Merized Online » MLB Draft http://metsmerizedonline.com Tue, 17 Jan 2017 03:21:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.17 Alonso Ranked Fifth Best Power Hitter in ’16 Draft Class http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/alonso-ranked-fifth-best-power-hitter-in-16-draft-class.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/alonso-ranked-fifth-best-power-hitter-in-16-draft-class.html/#comments Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:14:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225012 peter alonso

Baseball America released its 2016 Draft Report Card on Monday, compiling lists of various top five categories, including fastest runner, best defensive player, and best pure hitter.

Under the category of “Best Power Hitter”, the Mets’ 2nd round draft pick Peter Alonso is ranked fifth among this year’s drafted players. Alonso, 21, is the lone Mets player to be listed under any of BA’s categories this year.

Alonso was taken with the 64th overall pick this year by the Mets, after a breakout season with the Florida Gators in which he slashed .374/.469/.659 with 14 home runs and 60 RBI in 58 games.

The right-handed slugger was assigned to Brooklyn after agreeing to a $909,200 contract, where he played in 30 games for the Cyclones before breaking his right pinky finger on August 10, after he slid into second base awkwardly for his 12th double on the season. In 109 at-bats for Brooklyn, Alonso slashed .321/.382/.587, with five homers, 21 RBI, and 20 runs scored. He led the Cyclones in doubles (12), slugging (.587), OPS (.969), and tied for first in homers with Brandon Brosher (5).

Alonso killed lefty pitching in Brooklyn, with a 1.331 OPS against southpaws compared to .721 against right-handers. Alonso posted solid numbers with runners in scoring position, slashing .433/.441/.900, with three homers and 16 RBI in 30 at-bats.

Alonso could progress quickly through the Mets’ system, similar to Michael Conforto who was also drafted out of college in his junior year, and was 21-years-old when he made his professional debut with Brooklyn. Alonso also has experience playing in high pressured games, as the Gators made the College World Series in back-to-back years in 2015-16.

MLB.com has Alonso ranked as the 13th best Mets prospect in 2016, and had the following to say about his raw power and the small tweak he made in his swing for better results at the plate:

“Alonso was making consistent, hard contact for the Gators as his junior season progressed. He’s always had raw power, but didn’t always look like he could tap into it consistently. He shortened his swing and began to use the whole field more effectively, showing extra-base pop to the opposite field. Much of his success stems from a more open stance which has helped him get his hips through more consistently.”

The six-foot-three slugger is one to keep an eye on next year, as he could be climbing the minor league ranks and pushing Dominic Smith at first base. Smith is the better defender at the position, however, Alonso’s raw power is intriguing and if he continues to develop as an overall hitter as he was doing with the Cyclones, then we might see some competition at first in the very near future.

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Peter Alonso Breaks Finger, But Wait ‘Til Next Year http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/peter-alonso-breaks-finger-but-wait-til-next-year.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/peter-alonso-breaks-finger-but-wait-til-next-year.html/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2016 17:38:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220128 peter alonso

Brooklyn Cyclones’ slugging first baseman Peter Alonso will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due to a broken right pinky finger. Alonso suffered the injury in Tuesday night’s home game, where in the third inning he was trying to avoid a tag at second base, and jammed his pinky while sliding into second safely for his 12th double on the season.

Although Alonso will miss the remaining few games the Cyclones have left on their schedule, he left an imprint on this season in only 30 games played.

Alonso, 21, is a brawny right-handed first baseman who was drafted in the 2nd round of this year’s MLB draft, 64th overall.

Before injuring himself in Tuesday’s game, he had a breakout game the night before at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, New York, home of the Ti-City Valleycats. Alonso went 4 for 5 on the night, with three RBI and three runs scored, and was only missing a triple to complete the cycle.

With Alonso’s season coming to a close prematurely, his impressive stat line in only 30 games looks like this: .321/.382/.587 with five homers, 21 RBI, 20 runs scored, and 11 walks in 109 at-bats in the New York Penn League.

Alonso was selected 64th overall out of the University of Florida, where he played a huge part in leading the No. 1 overall national seed Gators to the College World Series.  Although they lost an elimination game against Texas Tech at the end of June, Alonso and the Gators had a tremendous season, going 52-16 overall, and reaching 40 wins faster than any team in the college’s history.

For his part, Alonso played in 58 games, starting in 57 of them, and put up a line of .374/.469/.659 with 14 homers, and 60 RBI. He also had as many walks (31) as strikeouts (31).

Alonso also revealed his selflessness during the 2016 season, when on May 13 he was hit by a 96-mph fastball against Vanderbilt, fracturing his fifth metacarpal. There was thought of Alonso not returning this season, however, he knew his teammates needed him for their push to the CWS, and returned on June 3 in a win against Bethune-Cookman, going 3 for 4 with two homers and three RBI. Not a bad way to make a return from injury!

Alonso also returned just days before the 2016 MLB draft, potentially harming his draft status by returning too early from an injury.

Gators Head Coach Kevin O’ Sullivan knew that he had a special player on his team, especially once Alonso returned to the lineup sooner than expected.

“A lot of players might’ve quite honestly not rushed back,” coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “He’s been very selfless . . . It’s a story I’ll tell forever. Let’s do everything we can with our hand and get back to help our team win. He put his team first before the draft.” (Newsday)

In the eight ensuing games, Alonso went 16 for 32, with five homers and 13 RBI, and had multi-hit games in six of the eight games played.

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Alonso had been playing first base for the Cyclones before he sustained the injury, and had been batting cleanup since he made his Brooklyn debut on July 9. He’s mashed against lefties to the tune of a 1.331 OPS in 44 at-bats, compared to his .721 OPS against righties in 65 at-bats. So there is still some fine-tuning needed for the six-foot-three masher.

And how about this for Met fans who have had to watch the big club’s ineptitude for hitting with RISP, Alonso has a line of .433/.441/.900 with three homers and 16 RBI in 30 at-bats with RISP.

Alonso has a great work ethic and is determined to keep improving both offensively and defensively. He was a third baseman in high school, but shifted across the diamond to first base once he suited up for the Gators, and has continued to work on his craft at first. But the young slugger knew the Mets had shown interest in him for several months, and said this when learning the Mets were keen to signing him.

“I had a meeting in May with one of their scouts and he said they were going to do everything they can to get me in the organization,” Alonso said. “I want to make it worth their while for believing in me and try to get better each day.” (NJ.com)

In the same article for NJ.com, he spoke on how he grew up watching Jose Reyes and David Wright, and has followed the Mets in recent years as they went from perennial losers to National League Champions in 2015. He also quipped that he was happy the Mets selected him in the draft, because he would not look forward to facing the Mets’ vaunted starting rotation.

Alonso was selected along with shortstop Colby Woodmansee, and RHP Harol Gonzalez to represent the Cyclones in the New York Penn League All Star game on August 16 in Hudson Valley. Another accomplishment to add to an already successful, yet busy year for the 21-year old prospect.

Alonso might take a similar path to the majors as Michael Conforto did back in 2015. It might not take much seasoning for him to be on the way to Queens, especially since he had three years of collegiate play like Conforto had (although Alonso had his 2015 season was cut short due to injury), but Alonso is certainly a player for fans to keep an eye on, and add to the growing list of the exciting youth that might make their mark sooner rather than later at Citi Field.

The Mets will have some options when it comes to first base for the future, as they have Lucas Duda returning from a stress fracture in his lower back, one in which has been slow to heal and resulted in an extra 30 days of rest for the slugger. He’s entering his final year of arbitration this offseason, and doesn’t stand to see a big bump in salary due to his limited play this year. The Mets also have top-prospect Dominic Smith raking in Double A Binghamton, and expect him to open 2017 with Triple A Las Vegas. Smith plays excellent defense and has a leg up on Alonso in that category, but Alonso’s offensive propensity makes him worth keeping an eye on, and gives the Mets another option as a potential impact player for their burgeoning future.

Here’s to a speedy recovery for the young Alonso, who showed a ton of promise in his first professional month of play. While the limited sample size needs to be taken with a grain of salt, Alonso has definitely put his name out there for all Met fans to be on the lookout for, and gives hope and promise that he can be a big league contributor in the not so distant future for the orange and blue.

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Justin Dunn Reminiscent Of Young Doc Gooden http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/justin-dunn-reminiscent-of-young-doc-gooden.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/justin-dunn-reminiscent-of-young-doc-gooden.html/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:34:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=217485 justin dunn 2

To say Justin Dunn‘s 2016 was anything but exciting would be an understatement.

He pitched for Boston College as both a starter and reliever this year, appearing in 18 games while starting eight of them. Dunn compiled a record of 4-2, and pitched to a 2.06 ERA in 65.2 innings. His team was also the first New England team since UConn in 2009 to advance to the Super Regionals of the NCAA Tournament. Unfortunately, BC’s season came to end on June 12, when they lost to Miami 9-4, and watched as Miami advanced to the College World Series.

Then on June 9, Dunn and his teammates were sitting at a restaurant at Coconut Grove, Florida, watching the MLB Network as the draft was underway. Dunn and his teammates sat with bated breath as the first 18 picks went by.

The New York Mets were next up with their pick, heading to the podium to make the 19th selection. As soon as Justin Dunn’s name was announced by Commissioner Rob Manfred, the video captured Dunn and his teammates going crazy inside the restaurant, jumping up and down and celebrating with the elated 20-year-old right hander.

Boston College coach Mike Gambino knew there was a good chance that Dunn would be selected in the MLB Draft, and since his team was down in Florida to play in the Super Regional against Miami, he thought it would be a good idea to have a venue where Dunn and his “brothers” (as he calls his teammates) and family members could all watch the news together.

“When we all knew this was a possibility and knew where we were going to be,” Gambino said. “That reaction that you saw out of those boys — you know, went nuts — they were so excited for him. It shows a lot about who Justin is and how much his teammates love him, and it shows how close-knit the team in this program is.” (NJ.com)

Just over a week later, Dunn and the Mets came to terms on a deal, with a signing bonus of $2.3788 million, which was the recommended allotment for that pick.

Although Dunn grew up a Yankees fan, he was born and raised in Freeport, Long Island, except for his high school years playing at a boarding school in Connecticut. Dunn acknowledged that he and his family would make trips to Shea Stadium and Citi Field, just a short drive from home.

“I still live in Freeport. It’s about a 30-, 40-minute trip from here,” Dunn said. “So I came to Citi Field and Shea a lot over my years. I’ve loved the atmosphere ever since I was a little kid. It’s been one of my favorite stadiums to watch a game at.” (ESPN)

The Mets are hoping that Dunn can add himself to the ever growing list of pitchers who have hailed from Long Island, including Blue Jay’s starter Marcus Stroman and current Mets left-hander Steven Matz. The Mets also selected another L.I. pitcher, Anthony Kay with the 31st pick in this year’s draft as well. Kay has yet to sign with the Mets.

“A lot of people think Long Island can’t play baseball, but look at the track record. You have Marcus [Stroman] and then you have Steven Matz, and they’re doing pretty well in the league,” Dunn said. “You have guys like Keith Osik that have played, and other guys. This is something that should be known, that Long Island can play. I’m just happy to have my little part of it.”

Dunn was assigned to Brooklyn to play with the Cyclones, the Class A Short Season team in the New York-Penn League. Dunn made his debut on July 4, while facing the Batavia Muckdogs on the road. Dunn came on in relief of Cyclones’ starter Merandy Gonzalez, who went seven-innings of one-run ball with nine strikeouts. Dunn went the last two innings, giving up two hits while striking out two.

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Dunn would make his home debut in front of more than 20 friends and family members at MCU Park on July 10, picking up his first career win in relief, tossing two innings without issuing a hit, walking two, and striking out one. Having so many close loved ones at the game meant a lot to the 2016 first rounder.

“Basically my entire family was here today at the game,” Dunn said. “So it was good to pitch in front of them. A lot of people haven’t seen me pitch since I was young, so for them to be here for my first win at home was awesome.”

Dunn featured four pitches that night, changeup, curve, slider, and fastball, which topped out at 97 miles per hour. Clearly a reason why the Mets and their scouts were so intrigued with Dunn, even drawing high praise from his new manager.

“His stuff is reminiscent of a young Doc Gooden,” Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa said. “He’s not as tall as Doc, but he’s real fun to watch.” (MLB.com)

Dunn has stated in the past that he envisions himself as a starter, but the Cyclones will be cognizant of his innings this season, having already compiled 65.2 at Boston College. The plan is to have him toss two innings in relief every few days for the Cyclones this season.

“I’m not looking into it too much,” Dunn said about coming out of the bullpen. “Whenever I get a chance to get the ball, it’s just work for me, getting better every day.”

The great thing about the Mets selecting Dunn is he’s a college pitcher, which means he may not need too much polishing in the minors before he’s ready to contribute with the big club. Whether that’s as a starter or reliever remains up in the air, as the Mets might employ Dunn in the same style the Tampa Bay Rays did with their young first rounder David Price back in 2008, using him out of the pen to get his feet wet, and ultimately using him in relief roles during the Rays’ postseason run that season.

Don’t be surprised to see Dunn work his way up the Mets’ system rather quickly. The Mets are restocking their system with pitching, after trading away some of their prospects last year in trades for Juan Uribe/Kelly Johnson, Tyler Clippard, and Yoenis Cespedes. And with their other top pitching prospect Marcos Molina out this year recovering from Tommy John surgery, the Mets are looking to reload their system for the next wave of talent.

The local kid who grew up a Yankees fan now finds himself on a path to the orange and blue, but with the way the Mets have churned out pitchers, Dunn joins good company and hopes to make a name for himself in Queens in the not so distant future.

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Justin Dunn: From Little Known Closer To First Round Pick http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/justin-dunn-from-little-known-closer-to-first-round-pick.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/justin-dunn-from-little-known-closer-to-first-round-pick.html/#comments Sun, 12 Jun 2016 12:00:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=214726 tulane-ncaa-regional-justin-dunn

Prior to this year not much was thought of Boston College’s Justin Dunn, who at the time was a little known closer. It was not til his coach, Mike Gambino moved him into the starting rotation that he saw his stock sky rocket.

Dunn went from being an afterthought to a highly coveted prospect in a matter of months as he dominated in his new role. He put together a 3-1 record to go along with a 1.34 ERA in eight starts while striking out 49 in 47 innings. Dunn also held opposing batters to a .208 average in his stint as a starter. Mets scouting director, Tommy Tanous liked what he had seen from Dunn during his transition from reliever to starter.

“When he transitioned to a starter in the middle of the year, [assistant scouting director Marc Tramuta] was one of the first to see him and really kind of rang the bell of, ‘This guy could be a starter, not just a reliever,’” Tanous said. “We value starters, especially drafting them high. We value them quite a bit.” (NJ.com)

Dunn, a Long Island native out of Freeport, became the first pitcher the Mets have drafted in the first round since Matt Harvey in 2010. He has great velocity, averaging between 93-96 MPH while able to reach 98 MPH on occasion. He has a four pitch repertoire which includes a fastball, curveball, slider and change-up. Georgia Tech coach, Danny Hall notes the emergence of Dunn’s fastball being complimented by his budding change-up as a lethal combination.

“The change-up was the big equalizer for me in our game,” Hall said. “We could not hit the change-up at all. I was surprised that he lasted that long [in the draft], to be quite honest.” (NY Post)

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Justin has also been a player to already show great character at such a young age. In his sophomore year due to an abundance in starters, coach Gambino asked him if he would be willing to move to the bullpen to help on the backend of the game. Without hesitation, worry or care of how it may effect him moving forward as he readied for a major league career, Dunn obliged.

“He said, ‘Yeah, whatever you need me to do, however I can help this team, I’m in,’” Gambino said. “There’s never any hesitation at all. All he cares about is helping the team win.”

His stuff though proved too great to just warrant a closing role. He is an electric pitcher who has been receiving comparable to Kansas City Royals starter, Yordano Ventura. A big difference between the two though may be attitude, as Dunn seems to have a good head on his shoulders at the young age of 20.

With the 19th pick of the 2016 MLB Draft, the Mets hoped to have found another big piece for what has been a constant and consistent growth of homegrown starters. Dunn has proven himself in college to be a team-first player, caring about the big picture and not personal accomplishments.

“That right there shows who Justin is and shows why the New York fans are going to love him so much,” Gambino said. “He’s a young man that just got drafted in the first round by his hometown team, and he was so excited and he can’t wait to become a New York Met. But I talked to him this morning, and he said, ‘I’m so excited, but right now my job is to help my team win. And this is my team right now.’”

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With the No.31 selection of the MLB Draft, the New York Mets selected left-hander Anthony Kay out of UConn.

Kay went 9-2 this season and helped lead the Huskies to the NCAA Tournament. Posting a 2.65 ERA in 17 starts, Kay’s 263 strikeouts set a new UConn strikeout record that was previously held by Matt Barnes, now with the Red Sox.

The Long Island native was taken by the Mets in the 29th round coming out of Ward Melville high school in 2013, but he opted to go to college instead. Ward Melville was also where Mets left-hander Steven Matz hailed from.

A lifelong Yankees fan, Kay tries to model his game after Andy Pettitte.

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Kay has perhaps the best changeup in the entire draft, an 82-86 mph dying rock that ghosts away from right-handed hitters. It’s got easy plus projection in a vacuum, though Kay shows some arm slot variation on the changeup that might suppress the pitch’s effectiveness at the upper levels of pro ball.

Kay’s fastball has been into the mid-90s for starts at a time, topping out at 95, and has been around 90-95 all year, even in frigid temperatures. There’s more plane on the heater than one might expect from a 6-foot pitcher, a product of Kay’s high three-quarter arm slot.

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Kay works with a change-up as his main secondary pitch. It is above-average; all scouting reports mention that he will telegraph it on occasion, though it moves so well that hitters still can’t seem to pick it up even if they know it is coming. That may not hold true at the highest levels but he likely has the aptitude to make necessary adjustments. His third pitch is a slurvy breaking ball that needs additional sharpening but has shown progress this spring. His overall sense of command is solid and he projects well as a three-pitch workhorse.

Strike-throwing college lefties are a yearly draft staple and despite the need for some additional polish on his secondary pitches, Kay fits the mold this season. He projects as a compensation or second round pick.

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Fastball:  Kay worked between 90-93 mph on this outing, and was reportedly 92-95 mph in his previous start.  Kay locates his fastball well to both sides of the plate, taking what the umpire will give him.

Changeup:  His best pitch, Kay will throw his changeup in any count.  Whether sinking or running toward his arm side, this pitch is particularly effective against righties.  When throwing the changeup, Kay’s arm speed is consistent with is fastball.  Thrown between 82-85 mph, this already advanced pitch will only get better if the fastball velocity continues to trick upward when the warmer weather comes.

Curveball:  While the curveball is Kay’s third best offering, it has a tight spin, sharp break  and flashes average potential.  Thrown at 79-81 mph, Kay leans on this pitch significantly less often than his changeup.

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Listed at six feet, 187 pounds, Kay does not have the prototypical big league pitcher’s frame, and because of that he’s put under the microscope just a little bit more. Scouts come out looking for cracks in his game, particularly when it comes to effort in his delivery, stamina late in games, and how he carries his fastball velocity. There were 10-15 scouts in attendance on this dreary New England afternoon, and it gave them a particularly intriguing matchup of Kay versus two potential first round bats, Stephen Alemais and Jake Rogers.

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Doc Gooden On Mets Rotation: “With That Staff, Anything Can Happen” http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/doc-gooden-on-mets-rotation-with-that-staff-anything-can-happen.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/doc-gooden-on-mets-rotation-with-that-staff-anything-can-happen.html/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:50:54 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=183926 dwight doc gooden

Although this year’s MLB Draft was relatively quiet for the New York Mets without their first-round pick, Flushing was well-represented at the draft with Doc Gooden in attendance.

Speaking at the draft in Secaucus, N.J. Monday night, Gooden said he was honored to have been asked to attend by the Mets.

“It’s a great feeling to be here to represent the (Mets), because I did play for a couple teams after the Mets, so to come back, you feel like you’re back into the family now,” he said.

For many former big leaguers at the draft, it was a time for reflection on the day they were drafted. Gooden, who was picked fifth overall by the Mets in 1982, said he was shocked to have been picked so high.

“I remember my high school coach telling me that I’m probably going to be picked between the fifth and tenth round. I said, ‘that’s fine, I just want to get drafted,’” said Gooden, then a 17-year old standout high school hurler from Tampa.

“So we’re watching the draft, it got to the Mets with the fifth pick, and I see my name across the screen, ‘Dwight Gooden,’ I’m like ‘I just got picked fifth.’ I actually called New York to make sure that was right just based on what my high school coach had told me. They said ‘yeah, that’s right.’”

Though the Mets were short a first round pick due to the signing of Michael Cuddyer, New York has fortified themselves with plenty of young talent in recent years, highlighted by their current starting rotation along with Steven Matz still incubating in Triple-A. Gooden said he sees serious potential in the group of arms the Mets have put together.

“Once you get into the playoffs, with that staff, anything can happen,” he said.

The 1985 NL Cy Young award winner has been highly complimentary of the Mets young pitchers in the past, going as far to compare them to the 1986 rotation. Gooden said such comments drew some flak from former teammate Bobby Ojeda.

“I actually got a call from Bob Ojeda the other day because I had said that this staff could be better than the ’86 staff, so he didn’t like that too much,” Gooden said with a laugh.

The 2015 Mets are well-positioned to capture their first playoff bid in nine years, so long as they can overcome injuries to their primary bats and the resulting offensive woes. Gooden said if the Mets are going to without Wright or d’Arnaud–who is expected to return this week–for a long period of time, they need to make a move.

“If you can’t get both back, I think they should go out and get a veteran hitter for the middle of the order,” he said.

Although acquiring a bat should be a necessity for the Mets, Gooden said they also have to be careful not to mortgage the future with dealing an abundance major-league ready talent. Instead, he said the Mets should look to deal from the talent in the lower minors.

“You have to make a move, but it’s got to be the right fit, because you don’t give up a young pitcher, then in 3-4 years have it come back to bite you,” he said.

“So I would try to trade my lower minor league guys, because they have prospect pitchers all through the system, and try to stay away from my Triple-A and big league guys if I can do that. But if trade comes along that you can’t resist, you need to figure out what guy you want to move and go for it.”

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Who Is Newest Met Desmond Lindsay? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/who-is-newest-met-desmond-lindsay.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/who-is-newest-met-desmond-lindsay.html/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:17:40 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=183928 lindsay_080oa555_ulj0ugmm

The New York Mets made their first selection of the MLB Draft late last night, selecting OF Desmond Lindsay in the back-half of the second round. Lindsay was the first player taken outside the MLB Top 200, so he may not be as well-known as other prospects on the board at No. 53. I wanted to shed some light on the newest Met prospect, who I think gave them a tremendous value as the team’s only Day-One selection in the draft.

The first thing you notice about Lindsay is his incredible bat speed. His bat whips through the zone so fast that it even throws his own swing out of balance. Most scouting reports peg this quickness as merely “above-average”, but I think his bat speed is elite.

When I originally watched some footage of Desmond at the plate following the Mets selection, I kept replaying the clip, refusing to believe that an 18-year-old could generate that kind of bat speed. It was almost as if the video artist had fast-forward Lindsay’s swing. Multiple alternative clips proved, however, that Linday’s swing truly operated at such a rapid pace.

The next notable piece of Desmond’s swing is likely the reason he was not a consensus top-prospect: his balance. Desmond turns his front foot in anticipation of the pitch and then spins it back forward to generate power. This may help the youngster make some hard contact, however, this approach also leads to a very unbalanced and inconsistent swing that yields varying results. Hopefully, the Mets will be able to teach Desmond a more reliable foundation, allowing him to better use his legs as stabilizers and unlock his potential with the bat.

Power-wise, Lindsay could surprise in professional ball. At 6-foot, 200 pounds, Desmond has a strong build which should allow him to hit for pop. That size, coupled with his bat speed, results in a plus power potential that could exceed expectations if the Mets can hone his swing.

Defensively, the Mets seem to think Lindsay fits best in centerfield. New York’s scouting director Tommy Tanous calls him “one of the faster kids in the draft”, but the real question regarding Lindsay’s defense is his arm and inexperience.

At least right now, Desmond sports a below-average cannon that fits better in left field than it does in center. He also has rarely played the outfield, more often suiting up at third or first base in his high school career. He’s just 18, so Lindsay has plenty of time to develop the requisite skills necessary for becoming a solid defensive centerfielder. The Mets need to hope they can make this transition possible, as ending up at first base could put him in a crowded field.

Overall, I am a big fan of the Mets’ choice of Lindsay as their first (and only) selection on Day 1 of the MLB Draft. He has endured a hamstring injury, which likely kept some teams away. However, if the Mets allow Desmond to fully heal before putting him on the field, it should be a non-issue. Further, Lindsay is a near-lock to sign with the Mets, with Tanous stating there is only “a very small risk” he slips away.

Lindsay has the chance to be a solid player on a good team. You can teach balance and hitting fundamentals, but you cannot teach bat speed. His swing is not consistent enough to merit an elite projection right now, but the Florida-native certainly has the tools to become a real player in time.

The other side of the ball will likely determine Lindsay’s fate. If he can learn to play a great outfield, his value as a prospect will skyrocket. His youth and athleticism make that scenario more likely than not.

Desmond Lindsay is a very toolsy player, but he is also a very raw one. The results of this selection all hinges on the Mets player development. Still, I am very excited about the balanced package Lindsay brings to the Mets farm system. He can hit for average, hit for power, and run, with the chance to develop the fielding tool. It will be very intriguing to follow his progress up the minor league ladder.

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MLB Draft: Four Players Mets Could Select Tonight http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/mlb-draft-four-prospects-mets-could-select-tonight.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/mlb-draft-four-prospects-mets-could-select-tonight.html/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 20:31:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=183400 2015-mlb-draft

The Mets forfeited what would have been the 15th overall pick in the MLB Draft by signing Qualified free agent Michael Cuddyer to a two year, $21M deal. That’s okay with me. We’re currently just a half game out of first and Cuddyer has stabilized the lineup and clubhouse in David Wright’s absence.

Anyway, even after forfeiting their first round selection, the Mets still hold their second and third round picks in the upcoming draft, the 53rd and 88th selection. Remember, the highly-touted Steven Matz was taken 72nd overall back in 2009, so the Cuddyer signing has not eliminated all hope of Sandy grabbing a top talent from this year’s crop of youngsters.

I’m here to shine some light on potential talents that may be available to the Mets in the second and third round. Analyzing the value of players is a difficult and variable task itself. Thus, for the sake of simplicity, I used Baseball America’s top-100 list as a guide for which prospects might be available when the Mets are on the clock. Enjoy!

Baseball America’s #54 Draft Prospect:

RHP Brady Singer, HS (Florida)

It’s no secret that the Mets love pitchers. Brady Singer, at 6-5 180, is a projectable arm who could progress markedly in a pro environment. His fastball typically sits around 91 to 93, but he can touch 96 and his velocity has risen in the past year. He is not maxed out physically, so it reasonable to expect Singer to throw in the mid-90s during his prime. He owns a quick, up-tempo delivery, pitches low in the zone, and, according to Perfect Game Baseball, understands the art of pitching as well.

One problem scouts see with Singer is a 3/4 arm slot which may lend way to injury. I don’t have a particular issue with motion; his relatively low slot gives his fastball movement into right-handers and away from lefties, which, when paired with his increased velocity, could be very dangerous.

Brady also throws a sweeping curve in the low 70s, but scouts think he may be best equipped to remove that pitch and add a slider to his repertoire. The development of his changeup, like many young pitchers, will determine if he can stick in a big league rotation.

Overall, Singer is a good prospect who offers the Mets a projectable, young arm with a solid fastball and good feel for the game. He would be a nice addition to the farm system following the (likely) graduations of top pitching prospects Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz.

Baseball America’s #57 Draft Prospect:

3B Ke’Bryan Hayes, HS (Texas)

If the Mets decide against a pitcher atop their draft, third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes could be in play at #53. Hayes, is the son of former big leaguer Charlie Hayes, who, like Singer, is praised for an advanced feel for the game.

The Texan owns a very polished bat for a high schooler. Ke’Bryan has a simple, high load, which allows him to release a linear swing that produces line drives to all fields. He could be a little more consistent with his hands, but that is why he is not a first round pick.

Another knock of Hayes is that he does not run well and does not have prototypical third-base power. Still, his soft hands, strong arms, high baseball IQ give him a good chance at sticking at third base long-term. Further, Hayes is known as a strong worker, which will only help his development.

At 6-1 207, Hayes does not have much room to fill out, so (at best) he will be a 15-20 HR hitter in the major leagues. More likely, he will hover around .280 with 25-30 doubles and maybe 13-15 homers. That production may not seem like much, but I would certainly take that from a second-round pick. Plus, I think Hayes’ chances of reaching his ceiling are increased due to his compact swing, MLB bloodlines, and strong work ethic. Hayes and Jhoan Urena would be a nice pair of third base prospects ready to succeed David Wright.

Baseball America’s #89 Draft Prospect:

OF Kep Brown, HS (South Carolina)

Kep Brown could have been ticketed for a first round selection had he not tore his achilles two months before the draft. Rehabbing an achilles tear only takes six months though, and I believe the Mets would be lucky to select such a talented outfielder with second pick.

Brown uses his size (6-5 190) to generate a ton of power from the right side of the plate. Unsurprisingly, his swing features a noticeable upper cut. Kep looks very balanced while hitting and does a fantastic job staying behind the baseball. His load is sound, as his hands are strong and dynamic, allowing him to cover the entire plate and put good wood on anything within the strike zone.

Kep gets good extension with his long arms, however, his swing is long. Given his immense talent, though, his flaws seem very manageable. On defense, Brown has a decent arm, runs a 6.84 60 yard dash and likely projects as an average to solid-average left fielder.

At only 18, there is plenty of room for development and all the tools are there. If his injury has affected teams’ boards as much as it has affected that of Baseball America, the Mets should be sprinting to the podium to draft Brown with their second pick. He is one of my favorite hitters in the class (maybe second favorite behind SS Alex Bregman, projected to go in the Top 5), has the tools of a first rounder, and would be a true steal for the Mets.

The achilles injury is noteworthy, but Brown could simply sit out the remainder of the season and begin his professional career rested and healthy the spring. Here’s hoping he makes it to the Mets draft slot!

Baseball America’s #96 Draft Prospect:

RHP Cole McKay, HS (Texas)

Cole McKay is a classic power arm with the build to withstand a 200 inning workload in the major leagues. He stands 6-5 225 and throws a fastball in the 93 to 93 mile per hour range.

His fastball has running and sinking action, making it difficult to hit due to its exceptional velocity and downhill nature. His curveball has 11-5 movement and a sharp bite that allows McKay to utilize the hook as a put-away pitch. His changeup lags behind his fastball and curve, but it could still be a solid pitch at maturity. Perfect Game describes the pitch as having “big fading action”.

McKay also pounds the zone with his all three offerings, revealing a blend of power and finesse that is rarely seen in a high school prospect. There is a lot to like with McKay. Not only should he throw three solid average to plus pitches and control them well, but his big frame also could protect him from serious injuries.

McKay is committed to Louisiana State, but a third round selection and a slightly above-slot bonus should be enough to lure him away from three more years of amateur ball. The Texan has polish, upside, and an ideal build. The Mets would be lucky to add the extremely skilled McKay to their long list of high-potential arms. 

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Conforto Discusses Approach; Not A Candidate For Arizona Fall League http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/conforto-discusses-approach-not-a-candidate-for-arizona-fall-league.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/conforto-discusses-approach-not-a-candidate-for-arizona-fall-league.html/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 20:30:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=162580 michael conforto Patrick E. McCarthy

Update: According to Adam Rubin Michael Conforto is not a consideration for the Arizona Fall League. The Mets will not announce their contingent until late this month, but Brandon Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini are candidates.

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The Brooklyn Cyclones burst out of the gate this summer season to the tune of an 11-4 record in their first 15 games.

However, over the next three weeks, the team struggled offensively after its fast start to come back to the pack in the New York-Penn League.

But on July 19, the Cyclones finally received the consistent offensive punch the lineup lacked in the form of Mets first-round draft pick Michael Conforto.

Signing Conforto proved to be a lengthy process, but judging by his first 16 games for Brooklyn, it seems the organization’s patience has certainly been worth the wait.

In these games, the lefty-swinging Conforto is hitting .362 (21-for-58) with five doubles, two home runs and nine RBI. He’s homered in each of his last two games, including an absolute bomb into the right-field bleachers on Saturday – where long drives typically get gobbled up by the Coney Island wind – and an opposite field shot on Sunday.

IMG_8348Right away, it seemed that Conforto had an idea in each at-bat of what he wanted to do at the plate.

“I’m very comfortable,” the first rounder said. “I think I’ve just kind of settled into a mode where I’m seeing the ball well and I’m in a rhythm. I’m getting a lot of pitches to hit, so I’m just doing what I can with them and hitting the ball where it’s pitched.”

The Cyclones are 11-5 since Conforto joined the team, and the team’s offensive attack has picked up significantly. With his presence in the lineup, the other hitters have undoubtedly been getting better pitches to hit.

“A lot of guys have really stepped up swinging,” Conforto said. “I think it is fair to say that maybe me being there in the middle of the lineup helps other guys and maybe I’m protecting some people, but I wouldn’t be taking all that credit. We’ve just been playing really well together as a team.”

Cyclones’ manager Tom Gamboa has praised Conforto’s approach offensively and said he hopes the other Cyclones players are paying attention when Michael is at the plate or even taking batting practice.

Conforto said he credits the coaches and players at Oregon State University for helping him develop his patient approach – that seems to fit in very well with the Mets’ current hitting philosophy.

“Out of high school, I wasn’t the hitter I am now at all,” he said. “They (college coaches) really stressed the importance to me of swinging at high percentage pitches for hitters and letting the pitches that are low percentage go, which are out of the strike zone anyways. You take those balls, you get on base, you walk, and you’re also getting better pitches to hit as a hitter. There’s really no down side to it.”

It seems like every Conforto at-bat is pre-scripted. He’ll get up there and take a few pitcher’s pitches – even if they wind up being called strikes – until he a gets pitch he can handle. And when he does, he usually hits it hard somewhere.

“My hitting approach is fairly simple: I’m hunting for fastballs,” Conforto said. “Something straight is the easiest ball to hit, and I’ve been getting a lot of those lately, and that’s why the results have been showing up. Staying to the opposite field has helped me with the off-speed stuff because I’m still staying back long enough to get the bat on the ball when it’s coming in slower.”

As for his defense, the knock on him when he was drafted was that he wasn’t exactly a prototypical Major League outfielder. But he seems to be on a mission to prove the naysayers wrong.

Already he has four outfield assists and has made several acrobatic plays in left field. He said he kept his arm in shape while he was at home prior to reporting to Brooklyn and that the Cyclones’ coaching staff has helped him work on some little things to help refine his defense.

“That (defense) is something that I think was out there as a question mark, and I took that as a challenge personally,” Conforto said. “I made it a priority to work on that part of my game. I can see where that might come from to be honest. Maybe I had a bad couple of games in the outfield that some people saw, so any of that criticism is constructive for me, and I take that and use it to make myself better.

“I definitely have worked at it, and I will still work on it. You’re never perfect in this game, and so I’ll keep working on it and practicing. Repetition makes you as good as you could possibly be.”

IMG_8381It’s this sort of hardworking attitude that has made Conforto an instant fan-favorite in Brooklyn. He said he loves interacting with the fans before and after games.

“It’s really cool hearing them call my number and my name,” the 21-year-old said. “It’s pretty awesome that so quickly they’ve taken to me, and I enjoy it and that’s why I’m out there signing autographs.

“I like signing stuff for kids. It’s a lot of fun for me. As a kid, I was always asking for autographs, and I remember not getting them and being upset about it. I like to sign as many autographs as I can.”

Here’s a note to Cyclones’ fans that still haven’t gotten Michael’s autograph: You better hurry up!

If Conforto keeps hitting at his torrid pace, the Mets may be wise to promote him to Savannah. Sure, there’s no rush in his progression through the system, but he eventually needs more of a challenge than Single-A short season pitching.

But meanwhile, the Cyclones are in the thick of a playoff race, and it’s no secret that Conforto is a major factor in the team’s postseason hopes. Winning a New York-Penn League title maybe isn’t tops on the Mets’ priority list, but getting Conforto some seasoning in big spots – like a meaningful playoff series – could pay dividends in his development.

For now though, Conforto seems content with raking for the Cyclones, and Gamboa is happy to pencil his slugger’s name into the lineup each day.

Here’s hoping for continued success, and of course a clean bill of health, for the Mets first-rounder.

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Featured Post: Jacob deGrom Is The One You Keep http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/featured-post-jacob-degrom-is-the-one-you-keep.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/featured-post-jacob-degrom-is-the-one-you-keep.html/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 01:50:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=161862 jacob degrom

Incredible, amazing, spectacular… Those are the kind of words that get tossed around whenever Met fans talk about Jacob deGrom. The young and exciting righthander continues to build a case to be this year’s NL Rookie of the Year.

DeGrom was unstoppable on Saturday night as he twirled 6.2 no-hit innings against the San Francisco Giants. It all came to an end when Pablo Sandoval lined a double just past the outstretched glove of a diving Juan Lagares. Despite losing the no-hit bid, the fans at Citi Field roared with approval and responded with a rousing standing ovation for deGrom. His 6.2 innings of near perfection was the third longest no-hit bid by a rookie in franchise history. 

The 26-year old phenom put on a pitching exhibition usually reserved for a ten-year veteran, mixing speeds and utilizing the entire strike zone to overpower hitters and keep them from doing any damage. With this latest gem, deGrom is now 6-1 with a 1.52 ERA over his last eight starts, walking 14 and striking out 56 during that span.

Selected in the ninth round of the 2010 MLB Draft, deGrom has cemented himself as an untouchable fixture atop the Mets rotation. I can hardly wait to see him combine with Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler in 2015 to form a lethal 1-2-3 punch.  

“I think it’s going to be unreal,” deGrom said about the Mets’ future rotation. “When Harvey comes back, I think we’re going to have a great staff. We want to make a run at this now with what we have, but we look forward to next year, too.”

DeGrom has impressed everyone with his poise, his maturity and his pitching smarts. He may not have the high ceiling other Mets pitching prospects have, but he knows how to pitch and this is where he belongs. 

DeGrom was regarded by most, including those in the organization, as a future bullpen arm. If not for an injury to Dillon Gee, that’s exactly where he was heading until fate stepped in and said, no way…

Funny how that works sometimes. DeGrom has turned the tables on everyone, and he’s no longer the pitcher we’re going to dangle or shop… Instead, he’s now the pitcher we keep.

Way to go kid…

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2014 MLB Draft Profile: Nick Gordon, SS/RHP http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/2014-mlb-draft-profile-nick-gordon-ssrhp.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/2014-mlb-draft-profile-nick-gordon-ssrhp.html/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 17:03:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=131725 Last week, I profiled high school pitcher Brady Aiken. We’ll keep it on the high school side of things this week but shift it to a position player (probably). This week we’ll go in-depth on shortstop Nick Gordon — son of former closer Tom and brother of Dodgers shortstop Dee. He’s ranked in the 10-20 range by most experts, placing him right in the Mets cross-hairs.

Nick Gordon, Olympia H.S (FL)

Position: SS/RHP

Height: 6’2

Weight: 170

Bats/Throws: Left/Right

Gordon is a potential impact player with a great pedigree. Scouts seem convinced he’ll stick on the left side of the infield, making him an intriguing talent. He was named an Under-Armour All-American in 2013 and is verbally committed to Florida State.

Hit

Nick has a short, compact swing at the plate that generates good bat speed. He has a knack for finding the barrel and uses the entire field. Currently has trouble with offspeed stuff, but what high-school kid doesn’t? Overall solid bat that could develop into more, a definite plus at shortstop.

Current: 40

Future: 55

Power

While Gordon never figures to be a slugger at the dish, he’s not his brother either. Nick has a more solid frame that could handle more weight/muscle without impacting his other tools. It may never manifest itself in large homerun totals, but he’ll find the gaps and keep pitchers honest.

Current: 25

Future: 40

Fielding

Gordon is a natural at short– a lock to stay at the position. He’s got smooth actions, soft hands, and a great sense of awareness of the game in the field. A truly plus tool, making him a slightly less risky selection due to the low offensive expectations at his position.

Current: 60

Future: 65

Arm

Nick can hit 90+ MPH on the mound. So it makes sense that he’d have a well above-average arm in the field. Arm could easily play at third base, although I doubt that will be necessary.

Current: 65

Future: 65

Speed

Gordon possesses plus speed, helping him both on the field and on the basepaths. Projects to be a high stolen-base threat.

Current: 70

Future: 70

Video

Here is a video of Gordon’s most recent showcase.

 

Summary

While there’s always a chance Gordon shoots up draft boards with a great senior season, it appears likely that the Mets will get an opportunity to draft this kid. There’s so much to like about a no-doubt shortstop with plus arm and speed. On top of all that is a solid hit tool that could develop into plus. Even if all of that falls apart, he’s young enough to go back to the mound where scouts see a potential plus breaking ball.

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Gavin Cecchini Adjusting To Life In The Big Apple http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/gavin-cecchini-adjusting-to-life-in-the-big-apple.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/gavin-cecchini-adjusting-to-life-in-the-big-apple.html/#comments Sat, 22 Jun 2013 14:30:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=122821 When you’re a kid from Louisiana, New York must seem like another universe.

People from New York often think that Brooklyn is a completely different universe.

So imagine being Mets’ 2012 first-round draft-pick Gavin Cecchini. Not only is he a Louisiana boy playing in New York, but he’s also getting a close up taste of Brooklyn as the Cyclones’ starting shortstop.

Gavin  Cecchini (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Gavin Cecchini (Photo by Jim Mancari)

But Cecchini said that it really hasn’t been too much of a culture shock, especially since he spent a few weeks in Brooklyn last year for the Cyclones’ playoff run.

“It’s still the game of baseball and I’ve played it all my life, and that’s really all that matters,” Cecchini said. “Playing wise, you just go out and play the game hard to help your teammates out and be there for them, and everything is going to take care of itself.”

Cecchini was excited to be assigned to Brooklyn this season, especially since MCU Park with its new FieldTurf surface and the Cyclones’ fans are among the best in minor league baseball.

“It’s always packed here,” Cecchini said of the Coney Island stadium. “Right now, I don’t want to be anywhere else. This is a great place to play.”

After Hurricane Sandy, Cecchini felt compelled to make a $10,000 donation to the victims. He considers the Mets and all the fans to be his extended family, especially since he is so grateful to the Mets for selecting him in the draft.

“Coming from Louisiana where we always have hurricanes, I needed to do this for my extended family,” he said. “I’ve been there, and I’ve been in this situation that a lot of people are in right now from Hurricane Sandy. So I just felt the need to help out.”

That helpful attitude has made him a favorite amongst his teammates. Cecchini said he hopes to keep getting better and being a good teammate. He’s off to a bit of a slow start with the bat, but if he can go that going, he should have a great summer in Brooklyn.

And as for the culture shock, the game of baseball is played the same way in Brooklyn as it is in Louisiana.

“No matter where I’m at,” Cecchini said. “I’m going to have fun with it.”

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Mets 4th Round Pick L.J. Mazzilli Officially Signs With Team http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-4th-round-pick-l-j-mazzilli-officially-signs-with-team.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-4th-round-pick-l-j-mazzilli-officially-signs-with-team.html/#comments Sun, 16 Jun 2013 00:31:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=122131 Photo courtesy of Christian Abraham

Photo courtesy of Christian Abraham

The New York Mets fourth round pick, second baseman L.J. Mazzilli, has officially signed with the team according to the company’s official Twitter page.

The Mets made the announcement early on saturday posting a Tweet which read,

“Mets 4th rounder UConn 2nd baseman L.J. Mazzilli, Lee Mazzilli’s son, has officially signed and will be sent to @BKCyclones”.

The announcement marks yet another 2013 draftee to come to terms with the organization. Mazzilli, the 116th pick in the 2013 draft, was scheduled to appear at second base for the Brooklyn Cyclones and this recent announcement makes it official.

L.J. Mazzilli is the son of former Mets player Lee Mazzilli, who played right field for the 1986 championship winning team. He was chosen by the Mets with the 14th overall pick in the 1973 draft before going on to play with the team from 1976-1982 and 1986-1989.

Coming out of The University of Connecticut, L.J. Mazzilli is an offensively skilled second baseman who hit six home runs and stole 29 bases this year.

L.J. was drafted by the Twins in the ninth round of last years draft, but opted to return for his final year of college. His decision resulted in a senior year where he hit .354 with 51 RBI’s and went on to lead the Huskies to a Big East Title.

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The 2013 MLB Draft MMO Live-Blog: Dominic Smith It Is!!! http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/the-2013-mlb-draft-mmo-live-blog-dominic-smith-it-is.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/the-2013-mlb-draft-mmo-live-blog-dominic-smith-it-is.html/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:20:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=121133 Screenshot_5

Dominic Smith it is!

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Strawberry approves…

7:44 PM

Mets said they wanted Moran bad but didn’t see him falling to them

7:39 PM

The Kansas City Royals had a stack of names on their desk, at the top labeled ” #1″, should shake up their game plan.

7:24 PM

When talking with the Cubs the first hitter they mentioned was Bryant. Many of the teams I spoke with mentioned Moran among the guys that really impressed them.

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2013 MLB Draft Primer and Coverage Details http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/2013-mlb-draft-primer-and-coverage-details.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/2013-mlb-draft-primer-and-coverage-details.html/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2013 04:21:08 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=121057 2013draft

2013 MLB Draft Schedule

Rounds 1-2 will be streamed live on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network beginning with a preview show at 6:00 pm.

Rounds 3-10 will be streamed live on MLB.com on Friday, beginning with a preview show at 12:30 pm.

Rounds 11-40 will be streamed live on MLB.com on Saturday, starting at 1 pm.

To follow online, MLB.com’s coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players.

Fans can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft on Twitter, and get into the Draft conversation by tagging tweets with #mlbdraft.

The Bonus Pool

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Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team has an allotted bonus pool equal to the sum of the values of that club’s selections in the first 10 rounds of the Draft. The more picks a team has, and the earlier it picks, the larger the pool.

The signing bonuses for a team’s selections in the first 10 rounds, plus any bonus greater than $100,000 for a player taken after the 10th round, will apply toward the bonus-pool total.

Any team going up to five percent over its allotted pool will be taxed at a 75-percent rate on the overage. A team that overspends by 5-10 percent gets a 75-percent tax plus the loss of a first-round pick.

A team that goes 10-15 percent over its pool amount will be hit with a 100-percent penalty on the overage and the loss of a first- and second-round pick. Any overage of 15 percent or more gets a 100-percent tax plus the loss of first-round picks in the next two Drafts.

The Mets have a bonus pool of $6.99 million, which ranks 10th in baseball. Their top pick comes with a value of $2.84 million, roughly 40 percent of their total for the entire Draft.

The Mets have four picks in the first three rounds of the Draft, totaling $5.34 million of pool value.

Draft Order (Rounds 1 and 2)

First Round (Including compensatory picks)

1. Houston Astros
2. Chicago Cubs
3. Colorado Rockies
4. Minnesota Twins
5. Cleveland Indians
6. Miami Marlins
7. Boston Red Sox
8. Kansas City Royals
9. Pittsburgh Pirates
10. Toronto Blue Jays
11. New York Mets
12. Seattle Mariners
13. San Diego Padres
14. Pittsburgh Pirates
15. Arizona Diamondbacks
16. Philadelphia Phillies
17. Chicago White Sox
18. Los Angeles Dodgers
19. St. Louis Cardinals
20. Detroit Tigers
21. Tampa Bay Rays
22. Baltimore Orioles
23. Texas Rangers
24. Oakland Athletics
25. San Francisco Giants
26. New York Yankees
27. Cincinnati Reds
28. St. Louis Cardinals
29. Tampa Bay Rays
30. Texas Rangers
31. Atlanta Braves
32. New York Yankees
33. New York Yankees

Competitive Balance Round A

34. Kansas City Royals
35. Miami Marlins (from the Pirates)
36. Arizona Diamondbacks
37. Baltimore Orioles
38. Cincinnati Reds
39. Detroit Tigers (from the Marlins)

Second Round:

40. Houston Astros
41. Chicago Cubs
42. Colorado Rockies
43. Minnesota Twins
44. Miami Marlins
45. Boston Red Sox
46. Kansas City Royals
47. Toronto Blue Jays
48. New York Mets
49. Seattle Mariners
50. San Diego Padres
51. Pittsburgh Pirates
52. Arizona Diamondbacks
53. Philadelphia Phillies
54. Milwaukee Brewers
55. Chicago White Sox
56. Los Angeles Dodgers
57. St. Louis Cardinals
58. Detroit Tigers
59. Los Angeles Angels
60. Tampa Bay Rays
61. Baltimore Orioles
62. Texas Rangers
63. Oakland Athletics
64. San Francisco Giants
65. Atlanta Braves
66. New York Yankees
67. Cincinnati Reds
68. Washington Nationals

Competitive Balance Round B:

69. San Diego Padres
70. Colorado Rockies
71. Oakland A’s
72. Milwaukee Brewers
73. Miami Marlins (from the Tigers)

*** Mets have two selections in the third round, numbers 76 and 84 overall.

Recent Mets First Round Selections

2012 – Gavin Cecchini
2012 – Kevin Plawecki
2011 – Brandon Nimmo
2011 – Michael Fulmer
2010 – Matt Harvey
2009 – No first round pick
2008 – Ike Davis
2008 – Reese Havens
2008 – Bradley Holt
2007 – Eddie Kunz
2007 – Nathan Vineyard
2006 – No first round pick
2005 – Mike Pelfrey
2004 – Philip Humber
2003 – Lastings Milledge
2002 – Scott Kazmir
2001 – Aaron Heilman
2001 – David Wright

Mets Draft Notes

Andy Martino writes:

Considering the dearth of major-league ready prospects in their farm system, particularly position players, the Mets surprised many in baseball by making high school players their first-round draft selections in 2011 and 2012 (outfielder Brandon Nimmo and shortstop Gavin Cecchini, respectively).

According to a person with direct knowledge of the team’s thinking, the Mets were likely in the first two years of Sandy Alderson’s tenure to select high school players, because they considered the team several years away from contending.  Now, with the completion of what the source called a “four or five-year plan” drawing a bit closer, they are more inclined than before — though not totally determined — to choose a college player on Thursday who could contribute within a year or two.

Anthony DiComo writes:

Since taking over after the 2010 season, Paul DePodesta and general manager Sandy Alderson have leaned on the Draft and the trade market to infuse talent into the farm system. Specifically addressing up-the-middle areas of need, the Mets feel their system — which most experts now rank somewhere in the middle of the pack — no longer features any glaring weaknesses. Still, because pitching remains a relative strength, the Mets may look to supplement their arms with more potential impact position players.

Should the Mets decide to Draft a high school hitter in the first round for the third year in a row, plenty of possibilities await. A dream scenario could be one of the two standout Georgia outfielders, Austin Meadows or Clint Frazier, though both may be off the board by the time the Mets pick at No. 11. On the college side, infielder D.J. Peterson and outfielder Hunter Renfroe should also draw interest. Selecting a pitcher, always a possibility, could bring them face-to-face with right-handers Ryne Stanek of Arkansas or Chris Anderson of Jacksonville.

MMN and MMO Coverage

We will have Clayton Collier at MLB Network’s Draft Headquarters in New Jersey tonight, and we will provide you with live real-time coverage including quotes from the Mets selections, interviews (including one with Mets Draft Representative Darryl Strawberry), pictures and some video. Coverage will be mirrored both here and our new companion site MetsMinors.net.

Join me, Satish, Matt, Teddy, Clayton, and the rest of our MLB Draft team as we keep you covered all through the weekend.

Lets Go Mets!

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Brandon Nimmo Makes Brooklyn Cyclones Debut http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/brandon-nimmo-makes-brooklyn-cyclones-debut.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/brandon-nimmo-makes-brooklyn-cyclones-debut.html/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2012 13:05:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=85954 In between watching R.A. Dickey shut down the Baltimore Orioles to get the Mets back on a winning streak, check here for Brandon Nimmo photos and updates. Nimmo made his Brooklyn Cyclones debut tonight at MCU Park in Coney Island.

Brandon Nimmo (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Brandon Nimmo (Photo by Jim Mancari)

First at-bat: Nimmo grounds out to first base with pitcher covering. 0-for-1

Brandon Nimmo batting (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Brandon Nimmo batting (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Update: Nimmo ranges nicely to his right into left center field to record the final out of the top of the third inning. No score yet in the ballgame.

Brandon Nimmo in center (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Brandon Nimmo in center (Photo by Jim Mancari)

It gets lonely out there with all that space. Then again, Nimmo’s from Wyoming so he used to be surrounded by nothing.

Update: Nimmo chopped a ball to third in his second at-bat. The throw was short hopped to the first baseman and popped out of his glove, allowing Nimmo to be safe at first. He advanced to second on a base hit.

Nimmo rocking sweet Under Armour cleats (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Nimmo rocking sweet Under Armour cleats (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Nimmo and Cyclones manager Rich Donnelly (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Nimmo and Cyclones manager Rich Donnelly (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Nimmo's ready position (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Nimmo’s ready position (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Update: Nimmo comes to plate with a chance to drive in the game’s first run. Two on two out, bottom five.

Nimmo makes good contact up the middle by the second baseman snaps it and goes the easy way for the 4-6 putout. Nimmo 0-for-3.

Update: Nimmo reaches first with a walk. Winds up scoring the game-winning run on a bases-loaded walk.

Nimmo jogs to first after a walk (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Nimmo jogs to first after a walk (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Nimmo leads off first (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Nimmo leads off first (Photo by Jim Mancari)

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Mets 2012 MLB Draft Review http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/mets-2012-mlb-draft-review.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/06/mets-2012-mlb-draft-review.html/#comments Tue, 05 Jun 2012 23:00:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=84012

Here’s a round-up of the Mets selections of the 2012 First Year Player Draft which continues today and into tomorrow. I am including comment from MLB Draft Guru Jonathan Mayo or some other dignitary, for the first five rounds and also including their Baseball America rank in the Top 500 Draft Prospects.

Round 1 (#12) – Gavin Cecchini, SS, High School (LA) 

Jonathan Mayo: Cecchini has a quick stroke with good extension, enabling him to make consistent hard contact. He’s got mostly gap power now and his speed plus instincts allow him to be a basestealing threat and take the extra base. Those instincts also help him defensively. While his hands are good and he grades out as average with his arm and range, some think a move to second might be better. Either way, this scrappy middle infielder is sure to get plenty of looks in the spring.

Baseball America Rank: 16

Comp Rd. (#35) – Kevin Plawecki, C, Purdue

Jonathan Mayo: Plawecki is an offensive catcher with a lot of ability with the bat. He makes consistent contact with a short swing that allows him to stay in the center of the field. With a contact first approach, Plawecki’s power is fringy right now, but there’s a lot of strength to potentially tap into in the future. While his arm is fringe average, at best, the other parts of his defensive game are more than fine to stay behind the plate. He works with pitchers well, calling his own game. He has good hands, frames pitches and blocks them well. He has the size and body frame you want from a catcher.

Baseball America Top 500 Rank: 67

Round 2 (#71) – Matt Reynolds, 3B, Arkansas

Jonathan Mayo: While he might not be among the top tier of college bats in this class, he has some skills that could translate at the next level. With a balanced set-up at the plate, Reynolds has a good approach and hits line drives. He doesn’t have a ton of power, mostly to the gaps, and is more consistent to the pull side. Without average power, Reynolds will have to learn how to hit to all fields. He’s a heads-up baserunner who will swipe some bases even without particularly good speed. He’s a very good defender, with the potential to be above average with his arm and fielding to go along with solid average range. Reynolds plays mostly third, but has seen time at shortstop, and that kind of flexibility will only help his value. If the bat doesn’t progress, he could have a very good future as a utility type.

Baseball America Top 500 Rank: 147

Round 2 (#75) – Teddy Stankiewicz, RHP, High School (TX)

Jonathan Mayo: High school pitchers are often projectable. Sometimes, they have good pitchability. Every once in a while, there’s one like Stankiewicz, who’s a little bit of both. Tall and lanky, there’s room for growth in the Texas prep right-hander’s frame. That could mean a few more ticks to a fastball that can already touch 93 and sits in the 88-91 mph range. Stankiewicz backs up the fastball with plus pitching instincts, mixing in three other pitches for strikes. His slider is the better of his two breaking balls, but both could be at least Major League average. He may not throw the changeup that much at this level, but he shows a good feel for it. If the fastball develops into a plus pitch and his secondary stuff is average to go along with his outstanding command and mound presence, this is a Major League starter in the making.

Baseball America Top 500 Rank: 137

Round 3 (#107) – Matt Koch, RHP, Univ. of Louisville

Jonathan Mayo: While Koch has shared closing duties with senior Derek Self at Louisville this season, he’s still shown enough with a good two-pitch power repertoire to garner some attention. The lean, wiry and strong right-hander will throw his fastball up to 94 mph, sitting comfortably a tick below that. There’s some good life to the heater as well, and he commands it well. He also throws strikes with a hard slider that has good bite and depth. Koch seems to have the right mentality for a life in short relief, showing a willingness to take the ball at the end of the game and go right after hitters. Two Major League average or better power pitches with good command should be enough to get Koch drafted early and should help him move up the ladder quickly.

Baseball America Top 500 Rank: 61

Round 4 (#140) – Branden Kaupe, SS, High School (Hawaii)

Perfect Game: Scouts from the mainland got an early look at the top high-school talent in Hawaii, and left with the impression that the 5-foot-5, 175-pound Kaupe was the best talent in this year’s class. Despite his obvious lack of size, Kaupe showcased impressive speed and solid actions at shortstop, though he probably faces a shift across the bag to second base as he advances. Kaupe also showed some ability as a switch-hitter to drive balls.

Baseball America Top 500 Rank: Unranked (uh oh, I smell trouble)

Round 5 (#170) - Brandon Welch, RHP, Palm Beach State College

Jonathan Mayo: Welch is one of the more intriguing prospects in the Draft. His fastball sits in the mid 90s, and he also has a hard slider. He has excellent command of both pitches and rarely walks a batter. However, Welch is not the biggest guy in the world, leading some scouts to think he will be a reliever at the next level. Either way, Welch’s aggressive nature and pure stuff are what will get him drafted.

Baseball America Top 500 Rank: 135

Rounds 6-40

Rd. 6 (200), Jayce Boyd, 1B, Florida State
Rd. 7 (230), Corey Oswalt, RHP, Madison (Calif.) HS
Rd. 8 (260), Tomas Nido, C, Orangewood Christian (Calif.) HS
Rd. 9 (290), Richie Rodriguez, 2B, Eastern Kentucky
Rd. 10 (320), Paul Sewald, RHP, San Diego
Rd. 11 (350), Logan Taylor, RHP, Eastern Oklahoma State JC
Rd. 12 (380), Rob Whalen, RHP, Haines City (Fla.) HS
Rd. 13 (410), Matt Bowman, RHP, Princeton
Rd. 14 (440), Chris Flexen, RHP, Newark Memorial (Calif.) HS
Rd. 15 (470), Nick Grant, RHP, Milford (Del.) HS

Rd. 16 (500), Myles Smith, RHP, Miami Dade CC,
Rd. 17 (530), Stefan Sabol, C, Orange Coast CC
Rd. 18 (560), Paul Paez, LHP, Rio Hondo College
Rd. 19 (590), Tyler Vandenheiden, RHP, Samford U
Rd. 20 (620), Tim Peterson, RHP, Kentucky
Rd. 21 (650), Gary Ward, LHP, Bethel U.
Rd. 22 (680), Tejay Antone, RHP, Legacy (Texas) HS
Rd. 23 (710), Connor Baits, RHP, Point Loma (Calif,) HS
Rd. 24 (740), Andrew Massie, RHP, Dyer County (Tenn.) HS
Rd. 25 (770), Leon Byrd, 2B, Cypress Ranch (Texas) HS
Rd. 26 (800), Chris Shaw, 1B, Lexington (Mass.) HS
Rd. 27 (830), Zach Arnold, C, Franklin County (Ky.) HS
Rd. 28 (860), Jacob Marks, RHP, St. Clair SS
Rd. 29 (890), Austin Barr, C, Camas (Wash.) HS
Rd. 30 (920), Dustin Cook, RHP, Hargrave (Texas) HS
Rd. 31 (950), Vance Vizcaino, SS, Wakefield (N.C.) HS
Rd. 32 (980), Jon Leroux, 1B/C, Northeastern
Rd. 33 (1010), Jared Price, RHP, Twin Valley (Pa.) HS
Rd. 34 (1040), Mikey White, SS, Spain Park (Ala.) HS
Rd. 35 (1070), Brad Markey, RHP, Sante Fe (Fla.) CC
Rd. 36 (1100), Donovan Walton,SS, Bishop Kelly (Okla.) HS
Rd. 37 (1130), Ben Distefano, C, Lawrence E. Elkins (Texas) HS
Rd. 38 (1160), Jeff Reynolds, 3B, Harvard
Rd. 39 (1190), Patrick Ervin, 2B, Pace (Fla.) HS
Rd. 40 (1220), David Gonzalez, RHP, Gainesville (Ga.) HS


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2012 MLB Draft: OF David Dahl, SS Carlos Correa, C Stryker Trahan http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/2012-mlb-draft-of-david-dahl-ss-carlos-correa-c-stryker-trahan.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/05/2012-mlb-draft-of-david-dahl-ss-carlos-correa-c-stryker-trahan.html/#comments Tue, 22 May 2012 17:19:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=78373 There seems to be no shortage of names when it comes to whom the Mets will select with their first round pick next month. Can you believe it will be June in eight more days?

A few more names that I haven’t posted much about, but need to be considered, are shortstop Carlos Correa, outfielder David Dahl and catcher Stryker Trahan. The rankings and profiles are from MiLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo.

MLB Draft Guide on David Dahl:

David Dahl has above average tools across the board and can play the game.  Even after missing time during the summer due to illness, Dahl remains highly ranked by every scouting service. Dahl is advanced offensively, with a balanced level swing and quick hands.  He has good bat speed and makes consistent contact.  A line drive hitter, Dahl should add more home runs as he matures.  He is aggressive on the bases, and, with his 6.5 spped, always a threat to steal.

Dahl is one of the top defensive outfielders eligible for the 2012 draft.  He complements his speed with a legitimate plus arm. When draft day arrives, Dahl is likely to be one of the first 20 names off the board.

Baseball Prospect Nation on David Dahl:

Excellent offensive potential. Natural hitting ability with willingness to use all fields and take what’s given to him. Good strength and bat speed with projection for plus power combined with potential for averages approaching .300. Slim chance of staying in center as he fills out, but should play well on either corner with solid athleticism and good instincts. Hard worker with what scouts describe as good makeup. Good feel for the game at a young age. Tools play up in game situations because of instincts. Potential three hitter that contributes in a variety of ways. Lacks the raw athleticism of Byron Buxton but has a more natural feel for hitting and possibly more natural power. In contention to be best high school bat in the draft. Could force his way into the top five or six picks, easy top ten choice.

MLB Draft Guide on Stryker Trahan:

Stryker Trahan is a catcher with legitimate lefthanded power.  One of the things that jumps out about Stryker is the amount of athleticism he brings to the position. Trahan is known for his power and overall hitting ability.  He has a short stroke with excellent bat speed. Trahan has good plate discipline and makes solid contact consistently.  He also brings good speed to the table, running 60′s from 6.54 to 6.67.

Offense is Trahan’s calling card, but he has the tools needed to succeed at catcher, as well.  He moves well behind the plate and has a strong arm.  Reported pop times for Trahan range from 1.85 to 2.01.  Should he be needed to move from catcher in the future, right field would be his most likely landing spot. Trahan’s combination of lefthanded power and athleticism should land him in the upped half of the first round of the draft.

Baseball Prospect Nation on Stryker Trahan:

Really intriguing catching prospect with Projectable defensive tools and legit left-handed power. Good feel for the game and a hard worker. Continues to improve behind the plate. Arm is weakest defensive tool and even that will play at the position. Power offensive profile could land him fifth or sixth in the order on a good club. Some questions about his long term hitting ability, but he shows good aptitude AMD solid hands that should let his power play. Best high school catching prospect in the draft. Easy first round pick that should go in the teens.

MLB Draft Guide on Carlos Correa:

Carlos Correa was one of the players who really jumped out at me at the All-American Classic.  After researching him some more, he may be one of my favorite prospects for the 2012 draft. Correa is most known for his defense.  He is smooth and steady in the field.  Correa moves well and has a strong accurate arm that has been clocked at 97 MPH in the infield.  Should he outgrow the shortstop position, Correa would make a premium defensive third baseman.

Correa’s offense also shows great potential.  He hits from a spread stance and makes solid contact.  His hands are quick and he has good bat speed.  There is some power in his swing and there is room for more as Correa matures.  He ran a 6.79-60 over the summer. A likely first round pick in 2012, Correa is a player with plenty of potential and the work ethic to turn that potential into reality.

Baseball Prospect Nation on Carlos Correa:

Physically impressive with remaining physical projection. Still extremely young and very raw offensive player. Has strength and bat speed for power projection. Actualization of that power hinges on the development of his hitting ability which remains extremely unrefined and is the biggest question mark in his game. Believers in the bat project him as a potential .280 hitter with 15-plus home runs a year, from a premium defensive position. Some scouts are more pessimistic, wondering if he will ever hit enough to be a regular. Has defensive fundamentals to stick at shortstop, but his body may say otherwise. Very hard worker with a desire to improve and advance. High character kid that may will himself to success. Potential everyday guy that contributes across the board offensively and sticks on the left side of the infield. Good, solid player with youth and projection on his side. Teams that like him could pull the trigger as early as the middle of the first round. A strong showing in front of big league heat leading up to the draft could cement him in the first 15 picks.

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2012 MLB Draft: OF Albert Amora’s Stock Continues To Rise http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/04/2012-mlb-draft-of-albert-amoras-stock-continues-to-rise.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/04/2012-mlb-draft-of-albert-amoras-stock-continues-to-rise.html/#comments Wed, 18 Apr 2012 18:40:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=77853 MLB Dirt recently posted their latest Mock Draft in which they pegged the Mets for top high school outfielder, Albert Almora of Mater Academy in Florida. They write:

The Mets have a shallow system and they need high upside guys. They took Brandon Nimmo last year and if Almora is available I believe they would take him. He is a plus defender in center field and has a potential plus hit tool and should add power when he adds muscle to his wiry 6’2″ 170 pound frame.

Almora has been garnering plenty of attention lately and has seen his stock rise in recent weeks. He could very well be on the Mets’ radar later this year as we get closer to June. Lets take a look at a couple of scouting reports from our friends at MLB Draft Guide and the incomparable Jonathon Mayo from MLB.com.

Player:  Albert Almora
Position:  OF
School:  Mater Academy (FL)
Date of Birth:  4/16/1994
Height/Weight:  6’2/185
Bats/Throws:  R/R

Scouting Report:

The 2012 MLB Draft is deep in talented high school outfielders and Albert Almora is near the top of the list.  He has above average tools across the board to go along with good baseball skills.  His cousin, Manny Machado, was a first round selection in 2010.

Almora has an easy line drive swing and squares up consistently.  His bat speed is above average.  Almora should hit for a high average at the next level.  He has good power potential, but does no project to be a true slugger. He is an aggressive baserunner and looks natural in the outfield.  He gets very good jumps in center and has a strong arm.

Almora’s play was impressive throughout the summer and for Team USA in the fall.  In June, he will likely be off the board by the end of the first round.

MLB’s prospect expert Jonathan Mayo likes Almora’s toughness and says that he’s played in big situations and shown natural leadership abilities over the years.

He’s also got many tools to get excited about. He should be an above-avearge hitter at the next level, with an ability to drive the ball to all fields. He’ll have above-average power as well and shows it in games now, especially to the pull side. He’s a solid average runner and knows what to do on the basepaths. Defensively, he’s a plus center fielder with excellent arm strength and range.

Almora’s combination of raw skills, tremendous ability, outstanding makeup and excellent work ethic will have plenty of teams drooling for him come draft day.

By the way, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you to check out Nick Pugliese’s 2012 Mock Draft Version 2.0. He does a dynamite job on his analysis and either today or tomorrow I will post on the player he thinks the Mets will select, another highly regarded high school outfielder by the name of David Dahl.

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MLB Draft: 2012 Mock Draft Version 2.0 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/04/mlb-draft-2012-mock-draft-version-2-0.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/04/mlb-draft-2012-mock-draft-version-2-0.html/#comments Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:11:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=77794 To see my previous mock draft from February in which I had the Mets drafting left-handed pitcher Max Fried, click here.

 

1. Houston Astros – Mark Appel, RHP (Stanford)

Why: The Astros don’t appear like the team who is going to go for the risky homerun pick No. 1 overall with Buxton. Appel is having a fine season for Stanford so I think they’ll play this one “safe”.Previous Mock: Mark Appel

 

2. Minnesota Twins – Mike Zunino, C (Florida)

Why:Zimmer has pitched his way into becoming a popular choice here because he is a rather safe and unsexy pick, which fits the Twins billing. In my opinion Zunino could provide them with a sexy and moderately safe pick. He is the best college catcher since Buster Posey and that has worked out well for the Giants.Previous Mock: Mike Zunino

 

3. Seattle Mariners – Byron Buxton, OF (Appling County HS, GA)

Why:The Mariners were recently spotted scouting him (really they would be dumb not too), but the Jesus Montero trade is more telling in my opinion of what they will do with this pick. The clearly are looking for bats and Buxton is the best bat available and might have the highest potential of any player in the draft.Previous Mock: Lucas Giolito

 

4. Baltimore Orioles – Kevin Gausman, RHP (LSU)

Why:Admittedly this one is a tough call. I think they would love Buxton, but I don’t see him being available here anymore. I feel Gausman is the top college pitcher in the draft and would be a scary combo with Bundy.Previous Mock: Byron Buxton

 

5. Kansas City Royals – Lucas Giolito, RHP (Harvard-Westlake HS, CA)

Why:He is the toughest one to place because of the injury concerns. Otherwise I’d see him as a lock for the top 3 and possible No. 1. I’d have to think one of the teams at the top with think he is worth the risk and what does Kansas City have to lose?Previous Mock: Kevin Gausman

 

6. Chicago Cubs - Kyle Zimmer, RHP (San Francisco)

Why:The Cubs need to rebuild, which usually makes people instantly think high school but what better way to start a rebuilding process than with a pitcher with frontline starter like stuff and a workhorse body.Previous Mock: David Dahl

 

7. San Diego Padres – Deven Marrero, SS (Arizona State)

Why:He hasn’t had a good season with the bat, but he was never made a top prospect because of his bat. Like Francisco Lindor last year, this is right about where major league defensive shortstops go in the draft.Previous Mock: Deven Marrero

 

8. Pittsburgh Pirates – Carlos Correa, SS (Puerto Rico HS)

Why:I feel Correa compliments the Pirates system perfectly and gives them one of the highest ceiling prospects in the draft.Previous Mock: Gavin Cecchini

 

9. Miami Marlins – Max Fried, LHP (Harvard-Westlake HS, CA)

Why:Walker Weickel or Lance McCullers are the obvious choices since Florida loves to take the best players in their backyard. Either would be a fine pick as well. Fried just has that top end upside the Marlins system could desperately use.Previous Mock: Lance McCullers

 

10. Colorado Rockies – Stryker Trahan, C (Arcadiana HS, LA)

Why:Colorado always seems to make an interesting pick and the package Trahan posses from the catcher’s position could be too good to pass up for them.Previous Mock: Chris Beck

 

11. Oakland Athletics – Marcus Stroman, RHP (Duke)

Why:The A’s took a small stature pitcher last year in Sonny Gray and with the way Stroman has been dominating this season he can only last so long. The case could be made that he has the best stuff in the entire class.Previous Mock: Brian Johnson

 

12. New York Mets – David Dahl, OF (Oak Mountain HS, AL)

Why:The Mets need position players and Dahl’s polish represents a nice compliment to the upside of 2011 1st round pick Brandon Nimmo. They could also look to the middle infield with Gavin Cecchini or Addison Russell.Previous Mock: Max Fried

 

13. Chicago White Sox – Walker Weickel, RHP (Olympia HS, FL)

Why:The White Sox system is barren so they could really go anywhere with this pick and it would be an instant upgrade over whatever they have. Weickel is has big stuff, a big body, and big potential.Previous Mock: Trey Williams

 

14. Cincinnati Reds – Matt Smoral, LHP (Solon HS, OH)

Why:I’m usually not one for playing the hometown ties card, but in this situation I think it makes a lot of sense. Even though they went with Stephenson last year, Cincinnati could use a high upside pitcher and they certainly get that with the 6’8″ lefty.Previous Mock: Walker Weickel

 

15. Cleveland Indians – Michael Wacha, RHP (Texas A&M)

Why:The critics are torn on Wacha—some love him, some just see a pitcher with one major league pitch. Now I don’t know how the Indians feel about him, but after dealing Alex White and Drew Pomeranz they could use some pitching depth.Previous Mock: Victor Roache

 

16. Washington Nationals – Lance McCullers, RHP (Jesuit HS, FL)

Why:The Nationals are another team who depleted their pitching depth because of a trade. McCullers just seems like the Nationals’ type to me.Previous Mock: Stryker Trahan

 

17. Toronto Blue Jays – Joey Gallo, 1B/3B (Bishop Gorman HS, NV)

Why:With a stacked farm system the Blue Jays have the luxury of going best player available more so than almost every other team in the draft. Gallo’s power is just too good too stay around for too much longer.Previous Mock: Carlos Correa

 

18. Los Angeles Dodgers – Gavin Cecchini, SS (Barbe HS, LA)

Why:The days of Chris Reed’s in the 1st round are over. Cecchini has a good bat, great defensive, and provides terrific value at this part of the draft.Previous Mock: Jake Barrett

 

19. St. Louis Cardinals – Albert Almora, OF (Marion Christian Academy, FL)

Why:The Cardinals M.O. is usually a college player with their first pick, but Almora isn’t a traditional HS player. He has as much “big game” appearances as anyone and has extreme polish. With two first round picks I think it also gives them the luxury of going the HS route.Previous Mock: Joey Gallo

 

20. San Francisco Giants – Rio Ruiz, 3B (Bishop Amat HS, CA)

Why:The Giants are a pitcher heavy organization and lack upside position players. Ruiz has a beautiful swing that he gets the most out of. The question regarding him is how strong teams feel his USC commitment is.Previous Mock: Matt Smoral

 

21. Atlanta Braves – Stephen Piscotty, 3B (Stanford)

Why:At some point the Braves are going to realize they have too much pitching about to break through and what better time to snag the heir apparent to Chipper Jones than in the season he announced his retirement.Previous Mock: Albert Almora

 

22. Toronto Blue Jays – Lucas Sims, RHP (Brookwood HS, GA)

Why:The Blue Jays have an upside addiction. And it has been working for them recently so why stop now?Previous Mock: Michael Wacha

 

23. St. Louis Cardinals – Chris Beck, RHP (Georgia Southern)

Why:Even with a somewhat mediocre season this has to be the floor of how far Beck can fall.Previous Mock: Duane Underwood

 

24. Boston Red Sox – Courtney Hawkins, OF (Mary Carroll HS, TX)

Why:The Sox are always waiting to pounce should someone fall to them, but they are more than happy to take Hawkins and try to develop his amazing power.Previous Mock: Kenny Diekroeger

 

25. Tampa Bay Rays – Zach Eflin, RHP (Paul J. Hagerty HS, FL)

Why: He has a big body, present velocity, and a projectable curveball. Strikes me as the type of pitcher the Rays can develop into a stud.Previous Mock: Addison Russell

 

26. Arizona Diamondbacks - Trey Williams, 3B (Valencia HS, CA)

Why:After taking all those starters last year I would be absolutely shocked if they went for another pitcher. Trey Williams has some pop, good defense, and good bloodlines. Should fit in nicely in Arizona.Previous Mock: Stephen Piscotty

 

27. Milwaukee Brewers – Travis Jankowski, OF (Stony Brook)

Why:They have a good crop of pitchers in their system at the moment and Jankowski would bring some balance to that. He has looked great this year and could be the Brewers leadoff man before not too long.Previous Mock: Marcus Stroman

 

28. Milwaukee Brewers – Victor Roache, OF (Georgie Southern)

Why:They get the speedster with their first pick and then add the big bopper with their next pick. Roache could still fall out of the first round because of his injury but he is a top of the first round talent.Previous Mock: Rio Ruiz

 

29. Texas Rangers – Clate Schmidt, RHP (Allatoona HS, GA)

Why:He has that big arm Texas loves with their pitchers and has been pretty underrated thus far. I wouldn’t be shocked if they went after someone like Carson Fulmer or Hunter Virant either.Previous Mock: Lucas Sims

 

30. New York Yankees – Brian Johnson, 1B/LHP (Florida)

Why:Johnson has been slipping and could fall even further then this because of a poor season. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see the Yankees try him at first base. Could you imagine his power with that short porch? “It could happen”.Previous Mock: Travis Jankowski

 

31. Boston Red Sox – Hunter Virant, LHP (Camarillo HS, CA)

Why:Virant is the epitome of a Red Sox first round pick. It is a match made in heaven.Previous Mock: Hunter Virant

 

 

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2012 MLB Draft: Updated Mock, Stephen Piscotty, Mark Appel http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/04/2012-mlb-draft-updated-mock-stephen-piscotty-mark-appel.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/04/2012-mlb-draft-updated-mock-stephen-piscotty-mark-appel.html/#comments Sun, 15 Apr 2012 21:44:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=77473 MLB Draft Insider posted their latest mock and this time they have a new name for Mets fans to consider. Check it out:

You can see the rest of their mock here.

MLB Draft Guide has the following scouting report on Piscotty:

Player:  Stephen Piscotty
Position:  3B
School:  Stanford
Date of Birth:  1/14/1991
Height/Weight:  6’3/195
Bats/Throws:  R/R

Stephen Piscotty is one of the better pure hitters eligible for the 2012 draft.  He has topped .300 in both of his seasons at Stanford and captured the batting crown at the Cape in 2011.

Piscotty brings a good approach to the plate.  He has a smooth swing and good bat speed.  Power is where, to this point, Piscotty has fallen short as a batting prospect.

Defense is an area where Piscotty still needs improvement.  There were some encouraging reports on his defense from the Cape League.  He has plenty of arm to play third at the next level.

Piscotty should be able to hit at the next level.  The question is whether he will hit with enough power to be an every day player at a corner infield spot, particularly if his defense does not play at third.

So far this season, Piscotty is batting .348/.419/.621 in 66 at-bats with five doubles and three homers for Stanford.

Want to talk about run production?

Piscotty drove in seven runs for the second time this season as Stanford clobbered Cal St. 19-6 on Monday. Not once, but twice!

There’s always a lot of debate regarding the draft as to whether your top picks should be expended to fill organizational needs rather than selecting the best players available when you’re on the clock. I definitely lean towards the latter myself. Give me the best player on the board and I’ll figure out where they fit in later.

I bring this up because I think many of these mocks are done base on perceived organizational need, but I still think they’re fun to read.

I’m going to leave you with this gem regarding Mark Appel’s last start on Friday:

Mark Appel: 9 IP: 10 H, 1 ER, 2 BB’s, 13 K’s — Here’s the good from Appel’s start, he was 97-99 early, and he missed bats. Wonderful. Here’s the disgusting part of Appel’s start; He threw 149 pitches. Yes, you read that right. A 21 year-old in a college baseball game threw 149 pitches. You all know how I feel about these type of pitch counts now, and hopefully I don’t need to explain my position as to why this is reprehensible.

You see? I told you that you need to add MLB Draft Insider to your bookmarks.

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