Mets Draft - 16th Round - LF - Raphael Gladu - Louisiana Tech U


Raphael Gladu

2017 stats - 

    223-AB, .378/.439/.579, 8-HR, 55-RBI

A USA Today affiliate noted:

After the first two full days and 15 rounds, the first Louisiana Tech player came off the board when Raphael Gladu was selected by the New York Mets with the 487th overall pick in the 16th round of the 2017 MLB First-Year Amateur Draft.
Gladu, Tech's senior left fielder, topped Conference USA in batting average and finished top five in most offensive categories for his senior season with the Bulldogs, hitting .378 through 56 games with 88 total hits, 55 RBIs and 63 runs scored.
He is turning 22 in a few days (DOB 6/23/95), is a lefty bat who throws righty, and is listed at 6’2″/195 lbs. 
Gladu to have you, Raphael.  Good luck.


Thomas Brennan said...

Another good college hitter. Hopefully a successful one in the future.

Here is an example of why I like to draft hitters: Rhys Hoskins is a 24 year old for Phils minors. In AA and AA in 2016 and 2017, in 200 games, he has 42 doubles, 4 triples, 52 homers, 165 RBIs, .285, 106 walks, and a decent K rate. A righty hitter who hits righties well. He was picked not in rounds 1-4, but in the 5th round. He could possibly be a very good future major leaguer hitter, but it won't be for the Mets, since they rarely draft such guys in early rounds.

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