SIGNED - 2017 Draft - Mets 2nd Rd. (#59 overall) Pick - 3B - Mark Vientos


2nd-rder Mark Vientos signs w/ for $1.5 mil (pick 59 value=$1,094,700). HS SS can move to 3b and fit offensive profile there

Bats: R - Class: HS - Height: 6'4" - Throws: R - DOB: 12/11/99 - Weight: 185

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 30 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

Vientos entered the spring as one of the more intriguing high school bats in the country, one who many thought had first-round potential. An up-and-down spring has made him a bit more of a polarizing prospect than that, with opinions on him varying greatly. Vientos' offensive potential is what had scouts interested in the first place, so if you saw him when he was swinging the bat well, you like him. He hasn't done that as consistently as some would have liked to see. He does show good bat speed and has definite power potential from the right side of the plate. Vientos isn't overly athletic, so even though he plays shortstop for his high school team at American Heritage, he will likely have to move to third at the next level, with some thinking he has the hands and arm strength to handle the hot corner. Vientos did miss some time this spring with a quad injury, but he certainly has been seen enough over the summer and at events like the National High School Invitational. He reminds some of Manny Machado in terms of body type, and he's also drawn a Michael Morse in high school comp. A team believing his bat will play will give the Miami commit a shot in the opening few rounds.


Youngest prospect in the draft - doesn't turn 18 until December

Hit .417 with 1 HR in 24 games this spring.

Manny Machado compMLB.com's profile of Vientos included a comp that should open eyes among Mets fans: Manny Machado. While much of that is likely due to both being right-handed hitting shortstops from the Miami area, it's exciting.
Betting on youth: Vientos is only 17 years old. With a December 11, 1999 birthday, he'll play his first professional season as a 17-year-old in the Mets system and not start his 18-year-old campaign until 2018. That means two things: We're talking about a player way ahead of the curve, but also one that requires patience. Don't expect Vientos in Queens anytime soon.

Not overly athletic
: Although Vientos played shortstop at American Heritage, he's expected to move over to third base in the pros.Mets' 1st round pick
The Mets selected Oregon left-handed pitcher David Peterson with the No. 20 overall pick in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft.

High ceiling: According to Minor League Ball's scouting report, we're talking about a player with a ceiling high enough to take a chance on with a high pick. The Mets were the team to do it.
It seems likely that Vientos' youth and bat will be too much for teams to pass up at the top of the draft and that he won't get to college. The exact shape his abilities will take down the line is uncertain, but the ceiling is certainly high enough to be worth a gamble.



Zozo said...

Hopefully he's as good as they say?

Anonymous said...

I like the 1st 2 picks!
I a sure fire starter with back of the rotation stuff,who throws a lot of groundballs, and doesn't walk anyone.
Be a great addition when this team has an above average fielding SS?

The other a player with a lot of potential who can slowly build his way up the ladder!

Hey Mack why spend FA money on Machado when you have a 17 yearold Manny

Mack Ade said...

The reason you spend on Machado is be is a proven talent.

A 17 year old is a proven nobody until proven wrong.

That being said, I love the pick... I had him as the 2nd 3Bman behind Burger in the draft... but... he will easily be 4-5 years away.

Adam Smith said...

I was a little disappointed that they didn't take the blazing fast CFer from McClancy HS (always root for the local kids) but grabbing a high-ceiling HS bat is good enough. The kid should be ready just in time for the expiration of DW's contract, so should be a smooth transition for the club at 3B. 😏

Thomas Brennan said...

Won't this kid turn 30 when Wrights contract ends? :)

Thomas Brennan said...

Big kid. Maybe he will become our Aaron Judge. You can't coach someone to get "taller"

Anonymous said...

Who is DW??
Forgotten what a shame
No Smith was a better pick than Judge??

Said nobody

Mack Ade said...

Anonymous -

You can pick any team in any draft and find someone that wasn't drafted by a team that has played better than the player drafted.

1. please Join site

2. identify yourself please

Charles said...

Yanks had 3 first round picks that draft. And drafted Judge with their 3rd first round pick. I think every team passed on Judge, including the Yankees. Safe to say they wouldn't have drafted him without the luxury of a 3rd first round pick. So....

Monday morning quarterbacking the ML draft is ridiculous. The ML draft is a crapshoot, most fans know that.

And, Smith is nearly 4 years younger than Judge. Nobody knows where Smith will be when he's 25. In 2021....

Thomas Brennan said...

Today's signing of Viento is cause for celebration. Let's now see how the rest of the draft signings shake out.

Adam Smith said...

He's only 17, so he should be ready the same week that DW comes off the DL.

Thomas Brennan said...

@ Adam Smith - ha ha!

Robb said...

A few teams passed on mike trout too....

Good to see them go overslot to get a hs kid they wanted with upside signed. The college senior drafted after are the way the game is played. Lets see if we can get one or two of those other high ceiling hs players who dropped signed too.

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