Taking a Look At The Other 2021 New York Mets Draft Picks (Rounds 2-5)

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After the New York Mets made a big splash by drafting Kumar Rocker, they moved on to the later rounds of the 2021 MLB Draft. Here is a look at the Mets draft picks for rounds two through five in their first draft under new owner Steve Cohen.

Round 2 Selection: RHP Calvin Ziegler (St. Mary’s High School)

Ziegler is a native Canadian who had to move to Florida during last year’s pandemic to keep his draft hopes alive. He is six feet and 205 pounds, with a consistent low to mid 90s fastball. Ziegler has shown an ability to get into the high 90s at times. His secondary pitches are a curveball and changeup. The break on his curveball varies from a typical over-the-top movement one with more side-to-side break than most. His changeup sits in the mid-80s but rarely throws the pitch. Ziegler is not a lock to sign as he is committed to Auburn University.

Round 3 Selection: RHP Dominic Hamel (Dallas Baptist)

Hamel went undrafted in 2020’s five-round draft and is a 6’2″, 205-pound right-handed pitcher. He had a solid junior season with a 4.22 ERA and 13-2 record over 91.2 innings. Hamel had 136 strikeouts and held batters to a .204 average despite allowing 16 home runs. His fastball ranges from 90-94, but the Mets revamped analytics department was enamored with his spin rates. Hamel allowed 14 home runs on the heater, which shows how important his secondary pitches were.

Round 4 Selection: 1B J.T. Schwartz (UCLA)

The Mets ended their streak of drafting pitchers by drafting the 6’4″, 215 pound Schwartz out of UCLA. After a 2019 redshirt and COVID shortened 2020, Schwartz put himself on everyone’s radar during the 2021 season. Surprising for his size, he batted more like a contact hitter by hitting .405/.528/.635 with eight home runs and 45 RBIs. The best part of his game is his 35 walks to just 22 strikeouts. Despite the contact approach at the moment, he has the size to round into an all-around hitter.

Round 5 Selection: RHP Christian Scott (Florida)

The Mets went back to the trend of selecting right-handed pitchers with Scott. At 6’4″ and 215 pounds, he certainly projects to be a power pitcher as he matures. Scott pitched out of the bullpen for all but one of his 26 games but was a multiple inning pitcher, throwing 53 innings in those appearances. He was an outstanding control pitcher with just nine walks and 51 strikeouts. Scott is a power reliever who can reach into the high 90s with his heater and mid-80s with his slider.

New York Yankees Analysis: Is Rule 5 protected Alexander Vizcaino headed for a big payday?

Before the 6 pm deadline on Friday evening, the New York Yankees protected four players from the Rule 5 draft grabbag on December 10th. Those players were Alexander Vizcaino, Roansy Contreras, Yoendrys Gomez, and Oswald Peraza. Whether Vizcaino or any of the protected players have a big payday in their future remains to be seen, but being protected is the first path to that goal.

This year on the tenth, held each December because the baseball winter meetings have been canceled, the Rule 5 Draft allows clubs without a full 40-man roster to select certain non-40-man roster players from other clubs. … Players signed at age 18 or younger need to be added to their club’s 40-Man roster within five seasons or become eligible for the Rule 5 Draft.

For Vizcaino and the other protected players, it means they will automatically be invited to spring training at the George M. Steinbrenner training complex in Tampa, Florida. There they will be able to show their stuff and impress coaches and the front office. There is no guarantee that any of these players will make the team when the season begins. By being there and leaving a good impression, they know that when there are injuries, which there are sure to be, the impression they leave may trigger a shuttle ride to Yankee Stadium.

Vizcaino, a 23-year old that reminds scouts of a young Domingo German, was the pitcher the New York Yankees most wanted to protect. “He reminds me of [Domingo] German,” a scout said of the 6-foot-2, 160-pounder from the Dominican Republic, who went 6-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 21 games for High-A Tampa and Low-A Charleston in 2019, and struck out 128 in 115 innings. Vizcaino worked out at the alternate site at the Yankees’ Triple-A complex this past season.

Vizcaino is just one of the up and coming prospects in the Yankee pitching pipeline. He is following in the path of Luis Severino and Domingo German. This a product of that pipeline, say the young Deivi Garcia get one step closer to being a regular part of the New York Yankees making his major league debut in a doubleheader against the New York Mets. His final line was: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. He ended the season pitching in six games with a 3-2 record and an ERA of 4.98.

New York Yankees News/Rumors: The Yankees have selected their 40 man roster and protect Vizcaino and others

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The New York Yankees had until 6 pm last night to protect prospects from the Rule 5 draft, and as expected, they protected right-hand pitcher 23-year-old, Alexander Vizcaino from being grabbed by another team. At 6 pm, the Yankees and the other 29 teams had the ability to add players to their 40 man roster to protect them from being claimed by other teams. The actual vote will be taken on December 10, 2010.

Vizcaino, a 23-year old that reminds scouts of a young Domingo German, was the pitcher the New York Yankees most wanted to protect. “He reminds me of [Domingo] German,” a scout said of the 6-foot-2, 160-pounder from the Dominican Republic, who went 6-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 21 games for High-A Tampa and Low-A Charleston in 2019, and struck out 128 in 115 innings. Vizcaino worked out at the alternate site at the Yankees’ Triple-A complex this past season.

The New York Yankees also selected Roansy Contreras, a 21-year-old right-handed starter from Venezuela. The 6-foot, 160-pounder went 12-5 with a 3.33 ERA in 24 starts for Charleston in 2019. He is a righty that the Yankees drafted in 2017. He worked his way up from the Gulf League. He moved on to the Staten Island Yankees and then the River Dogs in 2018 and 2019. He is known for his cutter-like fastball and reminds scouts of Luis Severino.

Added to the 2021 40 man roster was Yoendrys Gomez, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound right-handed starter from Venezuela, 21, went 4-5 with a 3.99 ERA for Charleston and Pulaski (Rookie League) in 2019. Baseball America says, “I think he is a guy who, when it clicks, is going to fly through their system like Deivi Garcia.”

Oswald Peraza, a 20-year-old right-handed hitting shortstop from Venezuela who is 6-foot, 176 pounds, batted .263 with four homers, 20 RBIs, and stole 23 bases 30 attempts for Charleston in 2019. He rounded out the additions to the 40 man roster.

Peraza and Cabrera stand out in those the Yankees wanted to protect because they are shortstop deficient in their minor league system. The Yankees are always interested in protecting up can coming pitcher prospects too. Contreras, Gomez, and Vizcaino have all yet to reach Double-A, but each ranks among New York’s top 20 farmhands at MLB.com. The same is true of Peraza, who hit .273/.348/.333 in Low-A in 2019. The well-regarded defensive shortstop is MLB.com’s fourth-ranked Yankee prospect.

The New York Yankees have other decisions to make, such as how much to pay DJ LeMahieu to keep him in pinstripes. The deal to sign his will likely require a contract length longer than the contract they offered him in 2019. DJ is looking for a five-year contract that will most likely be whittled down to four years and in an amount near or over $80 million. The Yankees also have to strengthen their pitching rotation following Yankee ace Gerrit Cole and the returning Luis Severino.

 

New York Yankees News/Rumors: Yankees have until 6 pm to protect players from the rule 5 draft, who will they protect? (video)

Major League baseball dictates that the New York Yankees have until 6 pm on Friday to protect prospects and put them on the 40 man roster. Any team can claim those that are not protected. The Yankees have some huge decisions to make with little information available to them due to the 2020 minor league season being canceled.

The Yankees and their scouts diligently watch players so that they can know those players they plan to protect, the Yankees and the other 29 MLB teams don’t have that luxury today. The Rule 5 draft will be held virtually on Dec. 10 since the Winter Meetings have been canceled.

According to the New York Yankee website, their 40 man roster presently sits at 36. That means that they have to pick the 4 players they most want to protect. They also could take someone off the 40, giving them another pic, although that is remote. Here are some of the players, most pitchers that they might want to protect and move to the 40 man roster.

Roansy Contreras, a 21-year-old right-handed starter from Venezuela. The 6-foot, 160-pounder went 12-5 with a 3.33 ERA in 24 starts for Charleston in 2019. He is a righty that the Yankees drafted in 2017. He worked his way up from the Gulf League. He moved on to the Staten Island Yankees and then the River Dogs in 2018 and 2019. He is known for his cutter-like fastball and reminds scouts of Luis Severino.

Alexander Vizcaino, a 23-year old that reminds scouts of a young Domingo German, may be the pitcher the New York Yankees may most want to protect.

“He reminds me of [Domingo] German,” a scout said of the 6-foot-2, 160-pounder from the Dominican Republic, who went 6-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 21 games for High-A Tampa and Low-A Charleston in 2019, and struck out 128 in 115 innings. Vizcaino worked out at the alternate site at the Yankees’ Triple-A complex this past season.

Oswaldo Cabrera, who can also play third and second base. The 21-year-old from Venezuela hit .260 with eight homers, 56 RBIs, and posted a .687 OPS in 120 games for Tampa in 2019. He is a shortstop that the Yankees might want to protect because he will be on the other teams’ radar. He s also a switch-hitter.

Yoendrys Gomez, is a 6-foot-3, a 175-pound right-handed starter from Venezuela, who is 21, went 4-5 with a 3.99 ERA for Charleston and Pulaski (Rookie League) in 2019. Baseball America says, “I think he is a guy who, when it clicks, is going to fly through their system like Deivi Garcia.”

Lastly is Oswald Peraza, a 20-year-old right-handed hitting shortstop from Venezuela who is 6-foot, 176 pounds, batted .263 with four homers, 20 RBIs, and stole 23 bases in 30 attempts for Charleston in 2019.

Peraza and Cabrera stand out in those the Yankees might want to protect because they are shortstop deficient in their minor league system.  The Yankees are always interested in protecting up can coming pitcher prospects. These are the most likely to be protected, but other dark horses could emerge.

 

 

New York Yankees Prospects: Alexander Vizcaino

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If there is one New York Yankees prospect that has flown under the radar, it would be right handed starter, Alexander Vizcaino. Vizcaino was signed as an international free agent when he was almost nineteen which is late for elite international prospects. Another tell was the fact that the Yankees signed him for just $14,000, but that low risk/high reward investment might be paying off for the Yankees. Vizcaino has a really dynamic fastball/changeup combination. Reminds me a lot of current Yankees reliever, Tommy Kahnle. Vizcaino’s fastball sits in the mid-90s but he did hit triple digits a few times in 2019. His changeup sits in the low 90s with incredible drop to it. Scouts have graded both pitches as “Plus Plus” pitches when he’s on top of his game. 2019 was a turning point for this young Yankees pitcher.

Coming out party

Vizcaino made 21 stars in 2019 where he had a 6-6 record with a 4.38 ERA. In the 115 innings that he pitched, Vizcaino struck out 128 batters, but he had a WHIP of 1.31 and opponents were hitting .261 off of him. The strikeouts came off the heels of his two top pitches, but in watching him, it seems like his breaking ball is one of the main issues for Vizcaino at this stage. In watching tape, his slider doesn’t seem to have a lot of sharp break. The pitch has a tendency to either hang in the zone where it’s easier to hit, or is so far out of the zone it’s easier to lay off. Vizcaino definitely has incredible arm talent, but the lack of a true breaking ball is hurting him currently. Now honestly I’m nitpicking when it comes to the Yankees seventh ranked prospect. Vizcaino climbed there after the 2019 season because scouts saw his devastating two pitch combination. As is, he’s projected to be a mid-tier starter but a very high end reliever. 2019 was definitely a coming out party for the right hander from the Dominican.

Reliever or Starter?

You could probably guess that when 2020 starts, I’d really like to see Vizcaino continue to develop his slider. He’s ahead of the game right now with two devastating pitches, but he needs a third if he wants to be a starter. To me, the Yankees need to use this season to figure out where they want to go with Vizcaino. In all honesty, he could be in the majors as a high leverage reliever sooner rather than later, but if they want to develop him as a starter, he’s got a ways to go. He needs to work on his command a little, but the raw arm talent cannot be questioned. The Yankees farm system is loaded with arms, but Vizcaino’s arm might intrigue me the most. Not many prospects have two plus plus pitches like Vizcaino which is why watching him progress will be very interesting. Time will tell if he’s a starter or reliever, but there’s a lot of reason to be excited about Alexander Vizcaino.