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2014 MLB Draft

Posted: 1/19/2014 1:32 PM

2014 MLB Draft 


Couple of mentions recently about what direction the Mets could go with tenth pick this year. Since its slow I figured I'd list a couple of players the Mets are linked with in early mocks and get the discussion rolling.

Brady Aiken LHP Central Catholic HS San Diego ( Jim Callis)
Derek Fisher OF (LHH) Virginia  (Jon Mayo, Bleacher Report)
Braxton Davidson OF (LHH)  Roberson HS NC (MyMLBDraft.com)
Sean Newcomb LHP Hartford (Through the Fence)

Keith Law's early top 30 prospects (HS and college):

http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/mlb-draft/

Baseball America
Top 100 College:  http://www.baseballamerica.com...by-the-numbers/

Top 100 HS: http://www.baseballamerica.com...th-commitments/

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Posted: 1/19/2014 1:38 PM

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More from BA:

Putting this list in historical context provides further evidence that the 2014 draft is a pitching-heavy draft. Pitchers headline the top of the crop: Eight of the top 12 players in the class and 60 of the Top 100 are pitchers, which is the second-highest total of the last five years (behind last year’s list). Lefthanders, in particular, are in abundance, comprising four of the top 15 players in the class (North Carolina State’s Carlos Rodon, Evansville’s Kyle Freeland, Texas Christian’s Brandon Finnegan and Hartford’s Sean Newcomb). The 18 lefties are the most of the last five years.

This class also offers a number of position players who profile as legitimate pro prospects on the mound, as five position players in the top 50 (Cal State Fullerton third baseman Matt Chapman, Cal State Fullerton first baseman/third baseman J.D. Davis, Oregon State outfielder Dylan Davis, South Carolina third baseman Joey Pankake and Virginia third baseman Nick Howard) have fastballs that can touch at least the mid-90s.

The strength of the high school class also leans pitching, as this year’s Top 100 had the most pitchers (48) of the last four years.

After a fallow year for college catchers, when one backstop ranked in the Top 100 (Andrew Knapp, 90), six made this year’s list, which matches the five-year average.

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Posted: 1/19/2014 1:42 PM

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I like what I've read about Braxton Davidson.  We can't really go wrong in terms of hitter vs pitching or college vs prep, but I'd like to see us go highest potential impact this time around, provided it's not a total boom-bust outcome.
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Posted: 1/19/2014 2:02 PM

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DocK16 wrote: I like what I've read about Braxton Davidson.  We can't really go wrong in terms of hitter vs pitching or college vs prep, but I'd like to see us go highest potential impact this time around, provided it's not a total boom-bust outcome.
I'd like to see them go college, whether its bat or pitching. With so many graduates and soon to be graduates of the PDS depleting the ranks a bit, and so many of our high upside guys (Dom, Tovar) years away, I'd like to take a more polished player to fill in the gap. After Montero and Noah come up, the only guy with a moderate chance of being somewhat impactful IMHO is Plawecki. (Not counting the Mazzoni's of the world who could be solid bullpen arms) Be nice to add another name to that list.

I'm praying Trea Turner somehow drops due to the Mets...every year a few guys who start out high n the list drop not due to their performance but because a couple of hot names pass them on the list. Hoping it happens to him, but not counting on it.

Havent really started digging into the HS guys yet, but had a chance to see HS SS Jacob Gatewood last year at the HR Derby. Him and another kid went head to head in the HS division...kid has CRAZY bat speed. Future All Star. Don't se him getting to the Mets either, but I can dream.
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Posted: 1/19/2014 2:05 PM

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Interesting about this draft being pitching heavy.  How does that effect overall draft strategy?  After this next set of graduations, the next set of prospects is all position players
Mets trade away reigning CY Young award winner.
Still have the best pitcher in Baseball.
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Posted: 1/19/2014 2:08 PM

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VAMetsFan wrote: Interesting about this draft being pitching heavy.  How does that effect overall draft strategy?  After this next set of graduations, the next set of prospects is all position players

In the past under Sandy and PDP, it has led to an emphasis on position players since they're in shorter supply.
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Posted: 1/19/2014 2:50 PM

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Early guess at Vandy's favorite player. Toukki Toussant.
Mets trade away reigning CY Young award winner.
Still have the best pitcher in Baseball.
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Posted: 1/19/2014 2:51 PM

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TNice wrote:
DocK16 wrote: I like what I've read about Braxton Davidson.  We can't really go wrong in terms of hitter vs pitching or college vs prep, but I'd like to see us go highest potential impact this time around, provided it's not a total boom-bust outcome.
I'd like to see them go college, whether its bat or pitching. With so many graduates and soon to be graduates of the PDS depleting the ranks a bit, and so many of our high upside guys (Dom, Tovar) years away, I'd like to take a more polished player to fill in the gap. After Montero and Noah come up, the only guy with a moderate chance of being somewhat impactful IMHO is Plawecki. (Not counting the Mazzoni's of the world who could be solid bullpen arms) Be nice to add another name to that list.

I'm praying Trea Turner somehow drops due to the Mets...every year a few guys who start out high n the list drop not due to their performance but because a couple of hot names pass them on the list. Hoping it happens to him, but not counting on it.

Havent really started digging into the HS guys yet, but had a chance to see HS SS Jacob Gatewood last year at the HR Derby. Him and another kid went head to head in the HS division...kid has CRAZY bat speed. Future All Star. Don't se him getting to the Mets either, but I can dream.

Agreed.
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Posted: 1/19/2014 3:22 PM

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VAMetsFan wrote: Early guess at Vandy's favorite player. Toukki Toussant.
Actually I'm hoping that Tyler Beede can fall to the Mets at #10. I would like Toukki Toussant to fulfill his listed commitment there and the Mets can draft him 3 years later.

Last edited 1/19/2014 3:23 PM by RSVandy

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Posted: 1/20/2014 9:22 AM

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I wonder if the trend of taking a HS player in the first round continues for the Mets. I'd love to see them go with a college guy (as others have said) as long as you can plausibly argue he's best on the board.

All things being equal in the draft my dream choice is a power bat followed by an SP with ace upside. For me that is probably always my order of preference regardless of the strengths in the system at the time. A power bat who can play a premium position is the holy grail.
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Posted: 1/25/2014 1:16 PM

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RSVandy wrote:
VAMetsFan wrote: Early guess at Vandy's favorite player. Toukki Toussant.
Actually I'm hoping that Tyler Beede can fall to the Mets at #10. I would like Toukki Toussant to fulfill his listed commitment there and the Mets can draft him 3 years later.
Law had Beede ranked at #18, so it's a possibility.

Brad Zimmer (OF) and Sean Newcomb (LHP) are two college players who sound intriguing.

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Posted: 1/28/2014 5:11 PM

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Here's something from Bleacher Report on 4 prospects the Mets could consider:

link

SS/RHP Nick Gordon
OF Derek Fisher
RHP Touki Toussaint
C/1B Kyle Schwarber

No rumors or anything behind this (way too early)...I just see it as something to read on some draft prospects...

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Posted: 1/30/2014 9:50 AM

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Here's a bit more on Zimmer.  A big guy, who is fast (plays CF), has good instincts, and has good plate discipline.  I can see him sparking the interest of Depo, et al.

8-14-13 – Through The Fence – Top 50 Prospects – 30. Bradley Zimmer, OF, San Francisco - The younger brother of Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer, Bradley is a 6’-5”, 205-pound, left-handed hitter who has tremendous speed for his size. He also has a great arm and instincts in the field. Over 58 games as a sophomore, he hit .320/.437/.512 with 12 doubles, seven home runs and stole 19 bases. He also shows a great approach at the plate as he drew 29 walks to 31 strikeouts and was hit by a pitch a whopping 16 times, proving he’ll do whatever it takes to get on base. He showed off his wheels for The Collegiate National Team, swiping 11 of 12 bases over 21 games while also hitting an even .300. An exciting player who could shoot up draft boards with another impressive junior season.

http://throughthefencebaseball...sFxSUZy7YC5V.99   
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Posted: 3/9/2014 5:30 PM

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Here's a new top 300 draft prospects:

www.minorleagueball.com/2014/2...-prospects-2014

Trea Turner is #10 which could be convenient if Tyler Beede doesn't fall to the Mets.
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Posted: 3/9/2014 8:59 PM

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DocK16 wrote:
VAMetsFan wrote: Interesting about this draft being pitching heavy.  How does that effect overall draft strategy?  After this next set of graduations, the next set of prospects is all position players

In the past under Sandy and PDP, it has led to an emphasis on position players since they're in shorter supply.
Personally, I believe in drafting BPA. Usually though IMO top pitchers are hard to find and are a very tradeable commodity, so all other things being equal I draft pitching. It's a mistake (if this is a pitching heavy draft) to draft a hitter just because they need hitters. Now if their pick comes up and there's a CF they love, have at it, but drafting for need is nuts. That route leads to Eddie Kunz.
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Posted: 3/10/2014 8:23 AM

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Mocks are are starting up now.  Waaaay to early to put a lot of stock in them, of course. 

Matt Garrioch, Minor League Ball

New York Mets: Touki Toussaint, RHP, Florida HS

Crazy potential and elite stuff make this reasonable. The lack of polish and risk involved makes this risky but the Mets have had excellent luck drafting and acquiring arms. Touki could add to that stable of talent.


Chris Crawford, MLB Draft Insider

Grant Holmes RHP Conway High School (S.C.)

Over the last couple of years, the Mets have gone the prep bat route with picks in this area. They could do that again this year, but I think Holmes would be great value here with three 60 pitches, though there isn’t much projection.


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Posted: 3/10/2014 8:41 AM

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RSVandy wrote:
VAMetsFan wrote: Early guess at Vandy's favorite player. Toukki Toussant.
Actually I'm hoping that Tyler Beede can fall to the Mets at #10. I would like Toukki Toussant to fulfill his listed commitment there and the Mets can draft him 3 years later.
Vandy.  Good instincts on talent.  He looks like he may by a top 5 pick.
Mets trade away reigning CY Young award winner.
Still have the best pitcher in Baseball.
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Posted: 3/10/2014 10:55 AM

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I love the idea of drafting the top SS in the draft, but Trea Turner makes me a little nervous... So far this season, he is 20-for-52, which is a .357 BA.  He's also 7-for-9 in SBs and has a 9:2 BB:K ratio.  Those are all his strengths...the concern is that he is so skinny and has little power.  So far this season in those 52 ABs, he only has 1 extra base hit, a double.  Maybe I'm reading into his numbers too much right now, but it would concern me going all in on a slap hitter with such an important draft pick.
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Posted: 3/10/2014 11:03 AM

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MetsBeast wrote: I love the idea of drafting the top SS in the draft, but Trea Turner makes me a little nervous... So far this season, he is 20-for-52, which is a .357 BA.  He's also 7-for-9 in SBs and has a 9:2 BB:K ratio.  Those are all his strengths...the concern is that he is so skinny and has little power.  So far this season in those 52 ABs, he only has 1 extra base hit, a double.  Maybe I'm reading into his numbers too much right now, but it would concern me going all in on a slap hitter with such an important draft pick.
That's the critique on him.
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Posted: 3/10/2014 1:05 PM

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Looking at Derek Fisher's college stats, he really does not seem like a first round prospect. Michael Getty's seems like a high upside guy who could slip to use. Kyle Schwarber also seems like an interesting guy for the Mets.

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