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Ok – enough paraphrasing the Beastie Boys (‘She’s Crafty’ for those of you who do not respect your elders). As much as we all love speculation, and I’m sure you all don’t really care about my mock draft, let’s just recap what the Mets might be looking for a few hours from now when the first round of the MLB Draft kicks off.
Baseball America Executive Editor Jim Callis believes the Mets will be targeting the bevy of college arms, hoping that one of the better ones drops to them at #13. This would mean Taylor Jungmann from Texas, Sonny Gray from Vanderbilt, Matt Barnes from UCONN, or Jed Bradely form Georgia Tech. Other experts (Keith Law of ESPN and Jonathon Mayo from MLB.com) tend to agree. The question is, what happens if those arms are gone? – and they very well may be.
Callis believes they will turn to a college bat, like LSU outfielder Mikie Mahtook (“never too old to be called Mikie” says Callis), or UCONN’s George Springer. When they come up again to pick at #44, they will then try to angle in on a high school arm (such as Oakland righty Joe Ross or OK righty Michael Fullmer).
Mayo and Law seem to think if the college arms are gone at #13, they will move quickly on a premium high school pitcher, such as Tyler Guererri from Columbia, SC.
Overall, with the state of the franchise, Sandy will likely look for someone with polish – close to major league ready – rather than take a project with high upside, who might take a while more to develop.