New York Mets Draft Preview

by Gordon Watkin | Posted on Sunday, June 7th, 2015
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New York Mets Draft Preview

Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B Concordia Lutheran HS (TX)

Why This Pick Makes Sense:

Organizational Need: The New York Mets have a deep, young rotation capable of winning ball games when the offense produces few runs. While this is a luxury few ball clubs have, the Mets truly need to address a lack of organizational depth in position players. Wilmer Flores is showing great progress, while Travis d’Arnaud has remained injury prone, David Wright may not play again this season and David Murphy like Wright, has too landed on the disabled list. Yet here they are, tied with the Washington Nationals for the division lead in the N.L East with a battered lineup, blowing the roof off with their young pitching. 2015 will mark the first time in the Sandy Alderson era the Mets will remain without a first round pick, scheduled to select 53rd in 2015 as a result of the Michael Cuddyer signing. Luckily for the Mets, despite Cuddyer’s lack of production thus far (.268 AVG/6 HR/24RBI), this is a very deep draft with good prep bats to be had well into the second round. David Wright continues to battle injuries, and his body will only further degrade, especially with back, shoulder and knee issues that always prove to be chronic and permanent. The Mets need to find their future third baseman, and while Hayes certainly is not a phenom by any means, he will be a productive talent at the major league level. Hayes is committed to play at Tennessee this coming season, and is considered by many experts to be one of the more likely prep bats to sign and forego college in this draft.

Prospectus: Hayes lives with Major League Baseball in his blood and has grown up with pedigree of having a father who played in the majors. Charlie Hayes amassed an admirable career appearing in 1547 games over 14 years, hitting 144 Homeruns, driving in 740 and possesses a career batting average of .262. Hayes is a near mirror image of his father; listed at 6 ft 1, 207 pounds Hayes is not a premier athlete like other underclassmen in this draft. However, what Hayes does possess is a great batters eye, and an extremely high baseball IQ. Scouts predict Hayes ceiling to be an above average third baseman who hits for both average and extra base power. Hayes may not be a premier slugging first baseman, but an average above .300 and 20 HR remain an astute possibility. Given his smaller stature compared to many major league third basemen, and his well-rounded approach to the game, I perceive Hayes to be similar to Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals as his ceiling; demonstrative of a keen ability to get on base, possesses great bat speed and hits for a high average and still possess 15-20 Homerun ability.

OTHER DRAFT CANDIDATES

Josh Naylor, 1B, St. Joan of Arc High School

            The young Canadian has a TON of power and is ranked the best prep power bat in the draft. He has a vicious swing that generates a lot of backspin leading to methodical home runs. He has his deficiencies in his swing, but is at 17 (6 ft 1 225 lbs) already big enough to man first base at the major league level. The Blue Jays are heavily tied to Naylor who is projected to potentially fall out of the second round, making it perhaps unlikely of the Mets to ignore bats ahead of him on the board.

Lucas Herbert, C, San Clemente High School

            Herbert is one of the more intelligent players in the game, and possesses upside to one day own an elite arm behind the dish. He is a tremendous blocker, calls an excellent game and should be an average major league hitter. The Mets have D’Arnaud playing at the Major League level, but his durability issues, and the premium value of catchers in todays game make this pick a very real possibility.

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Gordon Watkin
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Gordon is a Sport Management graduate from Brock University. He has a background playing professional soccer, but is an avid sports fan particularly of the Cleveland Indians. Follow Gordon on Twitter @GordonWatkin.







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