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2018 Mets draft profile: Hayden Senger

With their twenty-fourth selection in the 2018 draft, the Mets selected Hayden Senger, a catcher from Ohio.

Name: Hayden Senger

Born: Liberty Township, Ohio

Age: 21 (4/03/1997)

Height/Weight: 6’1”/215 lbs.

Position: C

Bats/Throws: R/R

School: Miami University

Hayden Senger was a standout athlete at Lakota East High School. In addition to lettering four times in baseball, he lettered three times in football. After graduating, he honored his commitment to Miami University, and made the Redhawks’ baseball team as their starting catcher. In 2016, his first year there, he hit .269/.336/.431. He suffered a sophomore slump in 2017, hitting .172/.281/.242, but recovered in 2018, hitting a career-best .344/.429/.511 in 48 games.

Senger is known primarily for his prowess behind the plate. He generally puts up pop times a shade under two seconds, which is slightly above average. His arm is above average, and combined with his quick pop, threw out an impressive 42% of runners attempting to steal against him last season.

The catcher is much less of a known quality with the bat. He has good bat-to-ball skills, and rarely strikes out. He uses a fluid, level, line drive swing, wrapping the bat behind his head and swinging after a toe tap. Despite his solid 6’1”, 210-pound frame, the swing is not suited for power and he is unlikely to hit for much.