Posted by Mack Ade at 2:00 PM
I follow the Mets minor league affiliates and the draft. Other than that, I take the garbage out.
I’ve never been able to predict correctly the name of the Mets first pick. I came close under Omar Minaya because you could easily predict “the kind” of person he liked. Minaya liked traditional guys like Mike Harvey. I wanted C Yazmani Grandal, but the Harvey pick was just as good. He was a projected star in major league baseball and someone was intelligently going to pick him early.
(side bar – the Mets now have two 2010 picks, Harvey and LHRP Josh Edgin, playing at the major league level. Since we’re living only in 2013, this makes the 2010 draft already an A+ one)
Regarding this June, we don’t have to spend much time picking this name for this slot. Certain guys get picked very early. The Harvey pick was made much easier because you knew that guys like Bryce Harper, Jameson Taillon, and Manny Machado weren’t going to be around.
Arkansas’ RHP Ryne Stanek, Indiana State’s LHP Sean Manaea, Grayson HS (GA) OF Austin Meadows, and Loganville HS (GA) OF Clint Frazier will be long gone before the Mets pick 11th. None of these are a Harper or a Stephen Strasburg, but they remain ‘A’ players.
That leaves six more players to be picked before the Mets get their shot. The ‘must pick’ list used to be headed by Stanford’s RHP Mark Appel, but the blush is simply off the rose. Will he still be around at 11? If he is, and the Mets don’t pick him, I’m turning Muslim.
Here’s the hit list:
RHP – Stanford Mark Appel – 93-97, 99, plus slider, 83-85 change
Mississippi Bobby Wahl – control pitcher, 92-93, 95, 82-84 slider
KY HS Clinton Hollon – 90-94, 82 slider, 78 change
Florida Jon Crawford – spotty command, 92-94, 97
Arizona State Trevor Williams – 4 pitches, 91-95, 78-82 curve
LHP – CA HS Stephen Gonsalves – 92-FB, poor showing this past Sat
IN HS Trey Ball – 87-89, 73-76 curve, also projects in OF
CA HS Ian Clarkin – ¾ slot, 88-93, 4 pitches, 8-2, 0.62,106K/68IP
C - WA HS Reese McGwire – 1.83-POP, 83-throw, 6.97 0-60
OK HS Jonathan Denny – exc. Defense, + power, 1.89 POP
1B - Serra HS (CA) Dominic Smith – 100+ 1B, + power, 91-OF throw
SS - CA HS J.P. Crawford – 6.77 0-60, 90-throw – top SS in draft
FL HS Oscar Mercado – all speed, 6.61 0-60, 89-infield throw
3B - San Diego Kris Bryant – projected to OF, 7.00 0-60
North Carolina’s Collin Moran – best college bat
OF - Stanford’s Austin Wilson – 5-tools, drafted 2nd round 2009
Mater Academy Willie Abreu – U16 – 11-26, .423, proj + power
Fresno State Aaron Judge – huge power – won College HR derby
LA HS Justin Williams - ++ power potential
All of the above the names have the talent and potential to be picked in the first ten picks of this draft. Players like 1B Smiith, C’s McGwire and Denny, and SSs Mercado and Crawford do not project out as possible Mets picks; however, all have consistently been projected the past two months in at least 50% of the top 10 picks in the mocks.
The more of these guys picked leaves more outfielders and pitchers for the Mets.
I have my favorites, but, at this point in the process I’d be thrilled with Appel, Bryant, or Wilson.