The Mets concluded Day Two of the MLB First Year Player Draft today, and continued to focus on pitching and up-the-middle prospects.With the second Jose Reyes compensation pick (71), they selected Arkansas 3B Matt Reynolds. Reynolds was a strange pick for this spot, because he has the bat of a shortstop, but profiles more as a 3B. He fit two main criteria that the Mets appear to be targeting in this year's draft however, with those being 1.) a high floor (he projects as a utility guy at worst), and 2.) the ability to limit strikeouts and draw walks (75/69 K/BB ratio for his collegiate career).Its obviously not a direct trade-off, but Reynolds and Plawecki for Reyes is certainly much less than they would have gotten had they decided to trade him at the deadline.With their second 2nd round pick, the Mets selected a much more intriguing player in Texas high-school pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz. Teddy, as I am going to call him for obvious reasons, is a projectable player. He stands at 6'4 weighing at around 200 pounds, but has room to fill out his 6'4 frame. His fastball is already 88-92, topping out at 94 at times. He shows a slider that is very hit and miss (no pun intended), and also has a curve and a change.Baseball America has this to say about Teddy, who was ranked 137 on their board.
Stankiewicz is a polished high school pitcher who fits in the third to fifth round on talent, but he may not be signable away from an Arkansas commitment outside of the top two. He flashes two above-average pitches that should improve as he fills out his projectable 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame. His fastball usually sits at 88-92 mph, topping out anywhere from 89-94 on a given day. His slider is very good at times and mediocre at others. He also uses a curveball as a show pitch and has the makings of a changeup. Stankiewicz has good body control and command for a high school pitcher …. Scouts like the way he repeats his delivery and competes.This is definitely one of the picks to get excited about, if he can fill that frame out and add velocity while developing his secondary pitches.In the third round, the Mets selected Louisville closer Matt Koch.Koch is a player that was a starter until the Cape Cod League, when he was converted to a closer. He hasn't looked back since, splitting closing duties for Louisville this past season. Due to the fact that he would pitch sporadically it was hard for many scouts to get a good read on the type of pitcher that Koch is. Jonathan Mayo said he believes that he could make it to the majors in a year as a reliever, while Jim Callis thinks he may be able to start.You can find the rest of the Mets picks here.Here are some assorted notes in bullet form from the rest of the fist 15 rounds.
Welch is one of the more intriguing prospects in the Draft. His fastball sits in the mid 90s, and he also has a hard slider. He has excellent command of both pitches and rarely walks a batter. However, Welch is not the biggest guy in the world, leading some scouts to think he will be a reliever at the next level. Either way, Welch's aggressive nature and pure stuff are what will get him drafted.Well that's that for this draft recap. The Mets will make a lot more picks tomorrow that I will sum up in similar fashion to the first two nights, so you should check in for that for sure.For my thoughts on what transpired in that horrendous game tonight, or really anything baseball, follow me on Twitter @BaseballSpencer . Thanks for reading.