Open Thread: MLB Draft, Rounds 3-10, 6/7/13

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The Mets have nine picks in the MLB Draft this afternoon.

The MLB Draft continues this afternoon at 1:00 pm EDT, and you can watch the proceedings on MLB.com. Rounds 3 through 10 will take place this afternoon, and the Mets have nine picks: the 76th and 84th overall picks, both in the third round, and then 10th pick of each round thereafter.

Last night, the Mets made their first two picks in the draft: first baseman Dominic Smith and pitcher Andrew Church. Our very own Alex Nelson provided in-depth scouting reports of each player. On Smith, Alex writes:

"He’s a very good looking high school hitter, displaying batspeed, raw power, and a smooth swing with a very mild uppercut. In time, I expect him to become a guy who can hit for average and power, somewhere in the vicinity of a .280-.300 hitter with 25 dingers or so a year, provided he makes some adjustments. There’s a chance for better, especially considering that Smith is one of the draft’s youngest players, not turning 18 for another week or so. I don’t think I see superstar potential here, but there is enough to make me think that Smith should be a long-term, above average regular."

Read Alex's full report: 2013 Mets Draft Scouting Report: 1B Dominic Smith

On Andrew Church, Alex writes:

"Church has a high ceiling, roughly that of a number two starter, but he’s very, very raw, even by prep pitcher standards. With more experience and superior coaching, Church should be able to take a step forward, but if he isn't able to clean up his mechanics or find a consistent breaking ball, there’s an excellent chance he’ll end up pitching in relief, if he’s lucky enough to make the majors at all. High risk, high reward."

Read Alex's full report: 2013 Mets Draft Scouting Report: RHP Andrew Church

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