The MLB Draft is about a month or so away. The Mets will pick sixth overall, the highest pick they have had since 2010. Mock drafts are now starting to come out and the Mets will have a plethora of options to pick from.
Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com has the Mets picking catcher, Joey Bart. Bart has legit power and should be able to stick behind the plate. He also has a strong arm behind the dish and is a good receiver too which gives him a good chance to stick at catcher. He is someone who could go as high as number two in the draft and Fangraphs said this regarding the 21-year old: “One scout with whom we spoke yesterday said he doesn’t think Bart gets out of the top five.” The Mets would probably be happy to take Bart but there are also other quality options, the perks of picking sixth overall.
Baseball America did their mock draft this week. They have the Mets taking Shane McClanahan, a lefty out of South Florida. McClanahan was a Mets pick in 2015 and until recently, it appeared the Mets were not going to even have a chance at taking him. A cold streak as of late has dropped him in mock drafts though and it could give the Mets a shot. His walks are probably the biggest issue, but he has some electric stuff. There were reports of him throwing 99 this spring.
It looks like Matthew Liberatore might be a legitimate option for the Mets at the sixth pick as well. In his mock draft, Jonathan Mayo mentions the Mets might go with Liberatore if they go the high school route. Fangraphs had the Mets taking him last week in their mock draft. Liberatore is a lanky lefty who has a lot of room to grow. As MLB.com said, “he has the potential to eventually develop three pitches that could garner a 60 on the 20-to-80 scouting scale.” His fastball was already touching 96-97 this spring and his curveball is still improving. I personally love him, but some in the Mets organization might want a more sure thing at the sixth pick.
Travis Swaggerty remains an option too. If you’re looking for the advanced college bat who can move quickly, this is probably your guy. I would absolutely not be surprised if he goes in the top-five, but the plethora of college pitchers makes me hopeful that he can fall to sixth overall. If he does, I expect the Mets to seriously consider him. They have loved advanced college players in more recent years.
At this point though, I would not hold your breath on Nick Madrigal. Most mocks have him in the top-three and for good reason. He’s healthy again and is showing why he is the best hitter in the draft. It would take a real miracle to get him in New York and I just do not see that one happening.
As of right now, I would guess Travis Swaggerty will be the pick with Matthew Liberatore lurking behind. That could change quickly though.
Teddy Klein’s thoughts
Honestly, I believe it’s still too early to take these mocks seriously. Bart would be an interesting get with some great pop and a good arm behind the plate. The Mets are looking for the best athlete currently, and that could be Joey Bart, or Travis Swaggerty, Jonathan India, or Shane McClanahan.
McClanahan is probably the most high-risk, high-reward arm in the draft that is likely available at #6 pick, and would be a true boom or bust pick. It will be interesting to see how this will shake out and what the team will find as their prize. I’d keep the speculation at the college-level moving forward.