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2019 Mets draft profile: Daniel Maldonado

With their thirty-fifth selection in the 2019 draft, the Mets selected Daniel Maldonado, an outfielder from Puerto Rico.

Born: Camuy, Puerto Rico

Age: 17 (7/16/01)

Height/Weight: 6’4”/190 lbs.

Position: CF

Bats/Throws: R/R

School: Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy (Florida, Puerto Rico)

A graduate of the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy, Daniel Maldonado has a lean and athletic build with plenty of room to continue growing. At present, the youngster stands 6’4” and weighs 190 pounds and, at the very least, should add additional muscle mass.

Maldonado has an open, well-balanced stance at the plate, holding his hands high. He uses a very fluid leg lift and stride to load, and drifts into contact with a long, loose swing. He can spray the ball to all fields, and currently shows most of his power to his pull-side. He is a plus runner, and should become dangerous on the base paths as he gets additional experience reading pitchers and stealing bases.

As was the case with the name who lent his name to Maldonado’s alma mater, the 17-year-old is a long strider in the outfield, covering plenty of real estate quickly. As he learns to read the ball off the bat better and learns better routes, he should possess plus range, making him more than capable of playing center field. His transfer is quick and smooth, and his arm is strong- reaching as high as 87 MPH- and accurate.

Maldonado has a commitment to Florida Southwestern State College.