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2019 Mets draft profile: Blaine McIntosh

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With their thirteenth selection in the 2019 draft, the Mets selected Blaine McIntosh, an outfielder from Tennessee.

Born: Pleasant View, Tennessee

Age: 18 (6/09/01)

Height/Weight: 6’4”/175 lbs.

Position: CF

Bats/Throws: L/L

School: Sycamore High School (Pleasant View, Tennessee)

Blaine McIntosh’s father, Freddie, was a celebrated basketball athlete in the late-70s, playing for Jo Byrnes High School in Cedar Hills, Tennessee. His son, Blaine, has followed in his father’s footsteps, though he has made his mark on the baseball diamond rather than the on the basketball court. Blaine McIntosh is one of the most celebrated athletes to attend Sycamore High School, and he still has yet to graduate- though that will be happening in a matter of days. He was a force for the War Eagles in their District 9-AA/Region 5-AA title winning 2018 season, which saw him hit .310. After the season wound down, he verbally committed to Vanderbilt University, becoming the first baseball player in school history to commit to an SEC school. While both father and son have attained local fame, both have been overshadowed by Tristan McIntosh, Freddie’s daughter and Blaine’s older sister, who finished sixth in Season 15 of American Idol, has an album in the works, and currently is touring the country.

The left-hander has a smooth, level left-handed swing capable of spraying line drives across the field. He has recorded exit velocities as high as the mid-80s in tournaments, and that burgeoning power that will only grow as he fills in and matures. He can get aggressive at the plate at times, but he has plenty of time to work in his plate discipline. He is an average-to-above-average runner and should also be able to increase his speed even more as he fills in and matures, as he has an extremely athletic frame and is more likely to add quick twitch muscle rather than bulk and slow twitch muscle.

In the outfield, McIntosh has a strong arm and fields his position well, showing good instincts, and having plenty of range. His routes and initial first step still need to be improved, but that is to be expected for a high schooler.

McIntosh has a commitment to Vanderbilt University.