Mack - Players To Target in the 2015 Draft


I’m still big on drafting a power outfielder with the Mets first pick in the second round and at least one of these guys should still be around:

Chris Shaw | Rank: 42  School: Boston College Year: JuniorPosition: OFAge: 21 DOB: 4/25/1994  Bats: L Throws: R Height: 6'3" Weight: 248 lb.  Previously Drafted: 2012, 26th (800) - NYM

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 65 | Run: 20 | Arm: 50 | Field: 40 | Overall: 50

Jonathan Mayo - A 26th-round pick by the Mets from a Massachusetts high school in 2012, Shaw struggled as a Boston College freshman before breaking out in 2014. He led the Cape Cod League with eight home runs and established himself as the best power hitter in the 2015 college crop. He carried it over into his junior season before a broken hamate bone shelved him for a while.

Shaw packs a lot of strength in his 6-foot-3, 248-pound frame and his well above-average pop extends to all fields. He can get too aggressive at times, though he does a nice job of shortening and controlling his left-handed swing. While he has arm strength and has played right field as a sophomore and junior, Shaw likely faces a move back to his freshman position of first base in pro ball. He's a well below-average runner but has the hands and enough athleticism to be a capable defender at first.

A hamate injury won't deflate Shaw's stock and he still has the chance to join Chris Lambert (2004) and Tony Sanchez (2009) as the only BC first-rounders ever.

Demi Orimoloye | Rank: 64 - School: St. Matthew's HS (Ont.)        Year: Senior - Position: OF        Age: 18 DOB: 1/6/1997  Bats: R Throws: R       Height: 6'4" Weight: 225 lb. Commitment: Oregon

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Run: 60 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

Jonathan Mayo - One of the best all-around athletes to come out of Canada in years, Orimoloye could become the first first-round pick out of Ontario since Scott Thorman in 2000 -- if he has a strong spring. Born in Nigeria, he moved to Canada when he was 10 months old.
Orimoloye is built like a linebacker at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, and all of his physical tools (raw power, speed, arm strength) grade out as plus. With his strength, bat speed and leverage, he can hit the ball farther than most high school players.
Relatively new to baseball, Orimoloye lacks polish at times at the plate, on the bases and in the field. But he has shown significant improvement in the last year and has prototypical right-field tools. He'll attend Oregon if he doesn't turn pro.

Kep Brown | Rank: 61 - School: Wando HS (S.C.) Year: Senior Position: OFAge: 17 DOB: 7/14/1997 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6'5" Weight: 195 lb.

Scouting grades: Hit: 40 | Power: 60 | Run: 40 | Arm: 50 | Field: 45 | Overall: 50

Jonathan Mayo - Brown possesses some of the best raw power in the 2015 Draft, though his status is clouded by two factors. First, there are concerns as to whether he'll make enough contact to tap into his home run potential. Second, he barely played this spring after missing the start of the season with an elbow injury and then tearing an Achilles tendon in mid-April.

A Miami recruit, Brown hit some of the most impressive home runs on the showcase circuit last summer. He has power to all fields, using the strength and leverage in his big 6-foot-5 frame to smoke line drives that travel great distances. His long arms create a long swing, however, which combined with pitch-recognition issues lead to a lot of swings and misses.

While he's a decent athlete for his size, Brown's below-average speed relegates him to an outfield corner. He throws well enough to handle right field.


Thomas Brennan said...

Definitely draft a power bat. We need power.

Michi L. said...

Or a young highschool pitcher with a high ceiling like Matz in 2009 or the Brewers did 2013 with their first pick. Although I would prefer a power bat too

Richard Jones said...

I wouldn't even wait for someone to get hurt. Matz numbers in AAA indicate he is ready now. I subscribe to MiLB tv and watched a couple of his games. I saw a couple of routine fly balls off of him clear the fences. If he were playing in a normal park he would probably have an ERA under one.
Right now Matz is better than at least 3 of the 6 starters. The 6 man rotation would also be good for Matz.
The question then would be do you keep the 6 man rotation if Harvey, Syndergaard, deGrom or Matz went down? Montero would be next depending on his health.
I would keep the 6 man rotation all the way through 2016 unless something indicates it is not working. Harvey, Syndergaard, Matz, deGrom, Wheeler, and a 6th starter like Gee who would likely get about 20 starts because I would skip his spot when the Mets do have a lot of off days. The fab five would pitch every 6th day no matter what and the 6th would be plugged in when needed.

Thomas Brennan said...

I am with you, Richard, that'll wait until Super 2 unless something desperate arises, and then bring him up. Matz will be great. I can't wait. Sorry, but I've seen enough of Niese.

Mack Ade said...

I'm the last one to adhere to drafting by position, but I'd really like to develop a stud outfielder.

Charles said...

With Nimmo and Conforto, I think the mets should simply draft the best player available in terms of ceiling.

If that's a pitcher great? If it's not, whatever.

In 2010, Toronto drafted a kid from Las Vegas as a flyer and hoped he'd eventually develop into something great. Unfortunately he didn't sign and went to college instead.

That kid is Kris Bryant. Players like him are out there and aren't going in the first round. This is the year the Mets need to find him.

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