6/29/12

C2C - 2012 Draft Review: New York Mets

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Overall Draft Grade: B
While we're not necessarily high on Cecchini at the top, the Mets did well to balance out some upside and some safer college guys in the early rounds. Plawecki and Reynolds are both advanced college bats that are good defenders at their respective positions and should be interesting follows who could rise fairly quickly through the system. Stankiewicz, Koch and Welch are an interesting trio of arms with varying degrees of projectability and present stuff. There's not a lot of potential superstars in this class, but it has some good depth and a nice balance between college and high school products. The Mets were clearly looking for baseball players first, rather than athletes, as they have seen how a crop of solid all around players has helped them win games this year.

1st Round (12): Gavin Cecchini, SS, Barbe HS (LA), 6'2", 180, R/R
Cecchini has benefited from a relatively weak shortstop class this year, but is still a strong, overall talent. He has the tools to stay at shortstop at the next level and his bat profiles as more of a gap-to-gap guy at this point. He's a bit of a reach here, and we're not wild about him overall, but Cecchini is a solid prospect at a premium position who could prove us wrong in a few years, as he really knows how to play the game.
Supplemental Round (35):Kevin Plawecki, C, Purdue University (JR), 6'2", 215, R/R
Plawecki is an all-around catcher who can do a bit of everything on the field. He consistently squares the ball up and is an advanced hitter with a very good, patient approach at the plate. His power isn't notable now, but given his frame and solid swing mechanics, there could be a little more power in his future. His arm is only average at best, but Plawecki has all the tools necessary to stay behind the plate at the next level.
2nd Round (71): Matt Reynolds, 3B, University of Arkansas (JR), 6'1", 200, R/R
Reynolds has an exceptionally patient, disciplined approach at the plate to go along with a nice, line-drive swing. He has 27 XBH to date at Arkansas, a BB:K ratio well above 1:1 and 15 stolen bases in 20 attempts. His game is very well-rounded and polished and Reynolds is a plus defender who has also seen time at shortstop for the Razorbacks.

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