Mets Draft Scouting Report: Logan Verrett and Tyler Pill

While I wasn't crazy about the Mets' second-round draft pick, I do like their third and fourth rounders a whole lot, and they're actually pretty similar players, so we'll deal with them at the same time.

Logan Verrett, a 6-foot-3 righty from Baylor, has just average velocity at the moment, but he may be able to squeeze out a little more in the future. He sits 88-92 with his fastball right now, but he's been known to touch 95, and he still has the room to add at least a little muscle on his 185-pound frame. He could also lengthen his stride a little, but I'd be hesitant about making any changes to his delivery. It's mostly fine as it is: smooth, simple, and with a clean arm action. There's an occasional timing issue where his arm will jump a little ahead of his body, increasing the effort in his delivery, and I do wish he had more torque in his torso to generate velocity, but it's really nit-picking. Suffice it to say, this is a nice combo of mechanics that are fine as is, but offer some intriguing promise with some tweaks.

But while Verrett's fastball is just average, the rest of the package more than makes up for it. He also throws a slider and a changeup, both of which grade out as average for me. The slider is not a big breaker, but he's very consistent with it, and it is tight with some late bite. And the changeup has good arm speed with both fade and sink. I'd explore teaching him a curve ball, just because it would be nice to add something with some more depth to it, but the arsenal is enough to survive on right now. Control and command are also positives for Verrett. He has a long history of throwing strikes, and he will throw all three of his pitches for strikes. He does need to be a little careful of his fastball location, however, as his fastball is still hittable when he elevates it, and he's had occasional difficulty with the long ball.

All in all, Verrett projects as either a three-pitch setup guy or a back-of-the-rotation starter with a chance to become a number three. I'm putting my money on him being a starter, especially in this organization, which has a pretty good track record with pitchability guys.

Fourth-round righty Tyler Pill is a two-way player at Cal-State Fullerton, also playing outfield, but there's no doubt that his future is on the mound, mostly because he's not a good hitter. But he does offer an athletic 6-1 frame on the mound and shows enough potential to suggest he can be a starting pitcher in the majors.

His fastball has slightly below-average velocity, and that's all he's likely to ever have, as I don't see much of a way to accelerate his arm any more than he does. However, it plays up a little due to some deception in the delivery. He has a very late release that makes the fastball appear to arrive faster than it does. It's one of those little things a pitcher can do to make average tools play better. His athleticism gives him outstanding endurance, and he'll maintain that velocity deep into games. He combines that fastball with a curve that Baseball America grades as average, but I have it a little better than that. It's not quite a reliable swing-and-miss pitch, but I think enough guys will swing and miss to get Pill by. He'll also throw an above-average changeup, with good arm speed and movement. There's a slider, too, but the pitch is below average, and he's better off without it.

As with Verrett, command is a feather in Pill's cap, and he can reliably throw his fastball and change to either side of the plate. And just like Verrett, he will need to watch his fastball location; at higher elevations, the pitch is decidedly home run-prone. Finally, the arm action is clean with early elbow pronation.

If you can't tell, I really love Tyler Pill, and he was one of my top targets in the fourth and fifth rounds. I'm not sure he's definitely a starter, but the endurance, command, mechanics, and arsenal are good enough to give him every chance.

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