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2018 Mets draft profile: Nelson Mompierre

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With their twenty-ninth selection in the 2018 draft, the Mets selected Nelson Mompierre Jr., a catcher from Florida.

Name: Nelson Mompierre

Born: Miami, Florida

Age: 22 (09/26/95)

Height/Weight: 6’0”/195 lbs.

Position: C

Bats/Throws: L/R

School: St. Thomas University

A .400 hitter at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, Florida, Nelson Mompierre initially attended Miami Dade College. As a freshman, he hit an underwhelming .231/.400/.359 in 14 games, but as a sophomore, he hit a much improved .355/.456/.512 in 37 games. He transferred to the University of Missouri in 2017 and thrived, leading the team with a .327 batting average, .427 on-base percentage, and .510 slugging percentage. The problem was that he only appeared in 38 games and got 98 at-bats because he was playing behind firmly established starting catcher Brett Bond. After playing for Mizzou for just one season, Mompierre transferred to St. Thomas University, citing his inability to get much playing time. He hit .395/.522/.754 for the Bobcats and helped lead them to the 2018 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series, though the team lost to the University of Northwestern Ohio.

At the plate, Mompierre stands square and somewhat pigeon-toed at the plate, wrapping the bat behind him. Using a small leg kick, his quick hands give him power, particularly to his pull side. He brings a good approach to the plate, showing a strong awareness of the strike zone. Behind the plate, Mompierre moves well and has an average glove. He generally posts slightly below-average-to-average pop times and has a below-average arm, but is accurate with his throws.