Posted: 1/19/2014 1:32 PM
Posted: 1/19/2014 1:38 PM
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.
Posted: 1/19/2014 1:42 PM
Posted: 1/19/2014 2:02 PM
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.
Posted: 1/19/2014 2:05 PM
Posted: 1/19/2014 2:08 PM
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
Posted: 1/19/2014 2:50 PM
Posted: 1/19/2014 2:51 PM
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.
Posted: 1/19/2014 3:22 PM
VAMetsFan wrote: Early guess at Vandy's favorite player. Toukki Toussant.
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Posted: 1/20/2014 9:22 AM
Posted: 1/25/2014 1:16 PM
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.
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Posted: 1/30/2014 9:50 AM
Posted: 3/9/2014 5:30 PM
Posted: 3/9/2014 8:59 PM
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 playersIn the past under Sandy and PDP, it has led to an emphasis on position players since they're in shorter supply.
Posted: 3/10/2014 8:23 AM
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 InsiderGrant 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.
Posted: 3/10/2014 8:41 AM
Posted: 3/10/2014 10:55 AM
Posted: 3/10/2014 11:03 AM
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.
Posted: 3/10/2014 1:05 PM
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