2012 Mets Draft Scouting Reports: Rounds 21-25

We're at the point where I just don't know very much about the guys the Mets drafted, so we're switching to capsule mode, scouting five guys at a time. Most of these guys will not be joining the club anyway, so I don't feel too guilty about limiting these to a mere glance.

The Mets selected Bethel University lefty Gary Ward with their 21st pick. Bethel is an NAIA school, so Ward may have slipped under the radar a bit, leading the conference in strikeouts per nine innings with 13.2. I'll admit to knowing virtually nothing about him. His velocity is fringe-average for a lefty, sitting around 87-90, but I don't know anything more. He has already told the Mets than he plans on returning to college.

Tejay Antone, the Mets' 22nd-round choice, is a two-way player from a Texas high school with a commitment to TCU. His velocity sits in the upper-80s and brushes the low-90s, and he'll mix in a cutter, curve, and change. All these secondary pitches need work, and he needs to learn to repeat his mechanics better according to reports. He brings some nice size to the table (6-4, 205 pounds) and has the chance to add a little more velocity as he matures. He also plays first base, but his future is clearly on the mound. Honestly, he's a kid with a chance to drastically improve his draft standing by going to TCU, and I'm not sure there's room for the Mets to sign him.

Connor Baits from Point Loma High School, California, is a good prospect who just isn't signing, as he'll choose to attend UC Santa Barbara instead. He sits in the upper 80s right now, but his frame (6-5, 210 pounds) and the fact that he can brush 94 suggest he can add more. He brings a pretty good slurvy breaking ball and a surprisingly effective changeup that has some nice fade also. His delivery is decidedly funky, with a lot of torso torque and a short arm action but there are enough moving parts to it that repeatability is difficult for him. The command needs some work as well. He looks like a reliever to me right now, but there's enough promise that he could be a mid-rotation starter in time.

Andrew Massie has already forgone a college career with Union to sign with the Mets. Massie was a two-way player in high school and didn't really focus on pitching until his senior season. As a result, he's pretty raw, but he can throw in the low 90s with a two breaking balls, a slower curve and a harder slider. My guess is he'll eventually focus on one of those two breaking balls or try to develop a harder curve. He has a slight frame despite not having a ton of height, so he could still add a (small) tick to his fastball. He looks like a potential reliever to me.

Leon Byrd is a switch-hitting second baseman from a Texas High School with a commitment to Rice. He's a little undersized at 5 feet, 8 inches and 165 pounds, and he has some potential as a leadoff man, showing good contact ability and speed. He's considered a very good defender at second but probably lacks the arm to play short. He has a simple swing that's very hands-oriented right now, though he looks a lot looser from the right side. There's no chance of a signing here.

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