We’re less than a month away from the draft and it is a good time to assess where we are. The Mets will be picking sixth and have a $9,580,900 bonus pool. Most mock drafts have the Mets being linked to college players. Lets dig in on the options.
India was mocked to the Mets in Keith Law’s Mock Draft last week. India, an infielder, is currently slashing .392/.531/.791 for the Florida Gators. The increase in power and OBP from him is remarkable. He currently has 15 homers this season after having 10 the last two years combined. His OBP the two seasons before this were .367 and .354.
Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs held a chat yesterday to talk prospects. Kiley McDaniel mentioned that India is a potential underslot name to the Mets. He also mentions that his talent is more of the 12-18 range but the idea of an underslot is to afford another good player later on. Mark Vientos was a major overslot in the 2017 draft.
Jim Callis of MLB.com also had the Mets taking Jonathan India. He has the first six picks of the draft being college players. He also mentions Jarred Kelenic and Matthew Liberatore as options if the Mets go the High School route. I wrote about Liberatore last week.
Baseball America released their updated Top 500 draft prospects with India being the helium guy and moving up from 15th to fifth.
The skinny on India is that he is a solid college hitter who is seen as someone who can hit for a solid average, get on base a good amount, and hit for a good amount of power going forward. He just might not be spectacular at any of those three in particular. He should will be able to handle third in the long run so there is no fear that he will need a position change. He should advance through the system quickly.
Video courtesy of Vincent Cervino.
Baseball America pulled a shocker in their latest mock draft and had the Mets taking Nick Madrigal. This was a shock because most mocks before this had Madrigal as a top-3 draftee. He has one of the highest hit tools of this draft and he can fly through the system. He has also rebounded nicely from a wrist injury he suffered early in the season. This mock also had Jonathan India going fourth overall, so maybe other teams are considering him as a underslot draft pick.
Madrigal has just played 16 games this season but is hitting .435/.467/.580 in those games. He has played shortstop mostly but will likely move to second in the majors. Madrigal is only 5’7″ but Jose Altuve has shown height does not matter.
I mentioned Swaggerty as an option last week and it looks like he should still be one if they really want a college hitter. Swaggerty is hitting .301/.466/.584 this season and has a good track record behind him. MLB.com has said he draws comparisons to Brett Gardner but I think he can be a better power hitter than Gardner.
I am of the firm belief that this pick will be a college hitter and one will allow them to get another first round talent in the second round. My total guess for now is Jonathan India followed by Travis Swaggerty. I’m not holding my breath on Madrigal but I would be ecstatic if he is available.