The MLB First Year Player draft is in the wings and the Mets will pick at 11 a spot they coveted this off-season. It is no secret at this point that the Mets are in the rebuilding stage and the draft is important for this franchise if they want to rebuild. The Mets have a pitching dominated farm system that lacks depth with their positional players making it more of a necessity for them to go for a lights out hitter. Many mock drafts have come out and there has not been a consistent name associated with who the Amazins' might choose. Who are a three potential players the Mets can take with that 11th pick:
Dominic Smith 1B/OF (Sierra HS): This is a top flight High School hitter that has shown that he can hit to all fields. His swing is smooth and easy which at the pro-level might not translate into a great deal of power. Scouts believe Smith will be groomed as a first baseman because of his great defensive skills at the position despite having a strong arm for a corner outfield position. This will be a tough player for the Mets to get as he is high on most teams draft boards but if he falls to them that this might be a steal for Alderson and DePodesta. I know some fans are thinking not another high school player but if there is any high school player it is this kid.
Hunter Renfroe OF (Mississipi State): This is a player with just incredible power and explosiveness with the bat. Scouts say he has quick wrist and a short swing that generates a great deal of power. Renfroe has good size and athletic stand at 6-1 and 216 pounds. Renfroe has played center field but is more likely to be a corner outfielder. Now in his junior Renfroe has not dominated every year of college until now. His freshman year he was 4 for 26 at the plate and his sophomore year followed with a 252 average at the plate. His Junior year he is hitting .403 with 14 home runs, 48 RBIs, and .799 slugging pct. Scouts say Renfroe will need sometime down in the minors to become a more advanced hitter.
Austin Wilson OF (Stanford): Austin Wilson's stock took a little bit of a hit after suffering an elbow injury which sat him out for a good portion of the season. If Wilson had not suffered that injury he was easily a top ten or maybe even top 5 pick in the draft. If you think Hunter Renfroe has great size, Wilson is a physical specimen standing at 6-4, 245 pounds, which the perfect build for a corner outfielder. Scouts say Wilson is a great hitter who can hit for both average and power and displays good plate discipline. Defensively Wilson is very solid, can cover ground with his good speed and has good arm. Wilson seems to be a person who is projected not to take a great deal of time to develop which is good for the Mets who have Zack Wheeler who is expected to come up soon and D'Arnaud who should be up soon once he can get healthy and play more.
It will be interesting June 6th to see what direction Alderson and DePodesta will go and if they can find a player with star potential to contribute in the future.
What is your opinion on who the Mets should take at 11?