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2019 Mets draft profile: Ryan Shinn

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With their thirty-fourth selection in the 2019 draft, the Mets selected Ryan Shinn, an outfielder from New Jersey.

Born: Jobstown, New Jersey

Age: 22 (12/09/96)

Height/Weight: 6’2”/215 lbs.

Position: OF

Bats/Throws: R/L

School: University of Kentucky (Lexington, Kentucky)

Ryan Shinn was a four-year letter-winner at Northern Burlington County Regional High School in Mansfield, New Jersey. Over his four years there, he hit a cumulative .407/.485/.670 in 104 games. As a freshman, he hit .393/.464/.540 in 19 games. As a sophomore, he hit .370/.416/.739 in 27 games. As a junior, he hit .368/.457/.643 in 27 games, and as a senior, he hit .489/.581/.712 in 31 games. He was named All-County and All-Conference three times, was named All-County and All-Area twice, and was named to the All-State First-Team in 2015. After graduating, he attended Florida Gulf Coast University.

He only appeared in 15 games in total there, hitting .125/.256/.125 in 32 at-bats. In 2017, he transferred to Hartford Community College, a junior college in Bel Air, Maryland. He appeared in 57 games for the Fighting Owls and hit .374/.474/.765, slugging 20 home runs and stealing 11 bases in 12 attempts, being a major contributor to Hartford Community College becoming the Maryland JUCO and NJCAA Region 20 champions. He transferred to the University of Kentucky following his season at Hartford and appeared in 37 games for the Wildcats, hitting .259/.355/.432 in 81 at-bats. After going undrafted, he returned to Kentucky for his senior season. Having adjusted his swing, Shinn hit .286/.399/.568 in 199 at-bats over 55 games.

At the plate, Shinn uses a slightly closed stance, holding his hands high. He swings with a big leg kick, generating plus power from his pure physical strength and above-average bat speed. His swing has plenty of uppercut and plane, designed to lift balls. Because his swing is long, he strikes out a fair amount, but generally has been able to draw enough walks to mitigate that. In the field, he is an average runner and should be able to handle right field thanks to his strong, accurate arm. He takes good routes to the ball and generally shows good defensive fundamentals.