The Mets have signed J.T. Ginn, their second-round pick in this year’s greatly-reduced amateur draft, for $2.9 million, which is one-and-a-half million dollars above the value assigned to the slot in which he was drafted. With that, the team has signed all six of its picks from the five-round draft, during which the Mets had one extra pick as compensation for Zack Wheeler having signed with the rival Philadelphia Phillies.
Here’s some of what Steve Sypa had to say about Ginn in his profile of the 21-year-old on draft day:
Prior to Tommy John, Ginn had an explosive fastball that sat in the low-to-mid-90s and topped out in the upper-90s. In addition to healthy velocity, the pitch also featured plenty of life and sink. He complemented the pitch with a slider and a changeup. His slider is his best secondary pitch, a wipeout breaking ball with two-plane depth sitting in the mid-80s. While his changeup is not as advanced as his slider, it is a potent pitch as well, with plenty of tumble and fade and generally featuring roughly 5-10 miles per hour of velocity differential from his fastball. The slider is graded by many evaluators as a true plus pitch, and his changeup has shown flashes of being one as well.