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2018 Mets draft profile: Zach Fascia

With their thirty-seventh selection in the 2018 draft, the Mets selected Zach Fascia, a catcher from Ontario, Canada.

Name: Zach Fascia

Born: Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Age: 19 (9/15/98)

Height/Weight: 6’1”/190 lbs.

Position: C

Bats/Throws: L/R

School: Indian Hills Community College

Zach Fascia is the son of Frank Fascia, a former NCAA baseball player at George Washington University and St. Bonaventure University in the late 1980s, a former Houston Astros scout in the mid-1990s, and current owner and operator of the Upper Deck Baseball Academy, an indoor baseball facility and coaching service. As a result, Zach has been exposed to baseball and has had high-level tutelage his entire life. After graduating Turner Fenton Secondary School, he attended Indian Hills Community College, a community college in Iowa. In his first year playing for the Falcons, he hit .277 with two home runs, winning Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year Award. In addition, he spent some time on the mound. In his sophomore season, he hit .364/.455/.617 in 54 games, swatting 5 home runs, stealing 5 bases, and winning his second ICCAC Defensive Player of the Year Award. He spent time on the mound as a sophomore as well, posting a 3.00 ERA in 12.0 innings, walking 11, striking out 17, and saving nine games.

At the plate, he stands with a spread, open stance. He utilizes a leg kick to load and keeps himself well balanced during his swing. He has quick hands and swings with a level, line-drive stroke, showing additional bat speed when working the ball to the gaps, especially to the opposite field. Behind the plate, Fascia is an excellent defensive catcher. He consistently posts slightly above-average pop times, has a quick transfer, and with a slightly above-average arm, is able to make strong, accurate throws. In high school, he often pitched, sitting in the mid-80s with his fastball with excellent command.

In mid-November, he signed a letter of intent to Purdue University.