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2018 Mets draft profile: Brian Sharp

With their twenty-sixth selection in the 2018 draft, the Mets selected Brian Sharp, a third baseman from Missouri.

Name: Brian Sharp

Born: Liberty, Missouri

Age: 21 (02/18/97)

Height/Weight: 6’1”/200 lbs.

Position: 3B

Bats/Throws: L/R

School: University of Missouri

If you only had one word to describe Brian Sharp, athlete would be the word. In high school, he played baseball, basketball, and football, compiling 11 varsity letters. As a baseball player, he played virtually every position, including pitcher. He started every single game over his four-year baseball career there, and holds the school record for single season hits (48), career hits (130), career runs (111), career RBI (74), career doubles (39), pitching wins (seven), career wins (14), strikeouts in a game (11), single season strikeouts (71), career strikeouts (137) and single season innings pitched (57.2). After high school, he attended the University of Missouri, where he continued as a two-way player. As a freshman, he hit .252/.371/.268 in 48 games and posted a 4.84 ERA in 22.0 innings, allowing 25 hits, walking 15, and striking out 19. As a sophomore, he hit .246/.358/.395 in 52 games and posted a 3.38 ERA in 13.0 innings, allowing 6 hits, walking 5, and striking out 11. In his final year with the Tigers, he hit .321/.418/.500 in 56 games and posted a 3.38 ERA in 32.0 innings, allowing 29 hits, walking 10, and striking out 29.

Sharp has always considered himself a position player first and foremost, and the Mets drafted him as such. He stands square at the plate and has a quick bat with a smooth, level swing. He has below average speed, posting 7.0+ times in the 60-yard dash. He has an above-average arm, capable of hitting 90 MPH. As a pitcher, Sharp’s fastball sits 88-90 and has sink. He complements it with a changeup and a slider, the former of which is the more advanced pitch.