New York Mets: The Importance of Signing Every Draft Pick

The New York Mets executed their draft-day plan to perfection when they finally signed J.T. Ginn to a deal. With every draft pick signed, they are moving in the right direction to revitalized a weakened farm system over the last couple of seasons.

After dealing Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, Simeon Woods-Richardson, and Anthony Kay in the same season, they had plenty of rebuilding to do. The Mets effectively replaced most of those parts during the 2020 MLB Draft.

Prosperous Future

Brodie Van Wagenen aimed to select versatile players with high potential. Every player the Mets selected fit into the category, and Pete Crow-Armstrong was the perfect player to draft with their first pick. Not only does he have five-tool potential, but he has a strong personality as well.

Ginn and Isaiah Greene fit into the high potential category, which is why they fell into the second round. Anthony Walters and Matthew Dyer are versatile players who will be able to play whatever position the Mets feel is best for them. Eric Orze seems to be a steal for what he signed for due to his battle through cancer and the ability to start or relieve.

Van Wagenen and the Mets scouting department did a fantastic job drafting a developed a great gameplan. It allowed them to cut money from their late draft picks and give the money to their top two selections. This has allowed the Mets to have the most success in the 2020 draft. Now we wait to see how each player develops in the future.

New York Mets Sign Two of Their 2020 Draft Picks

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The New York Mets took the first steps towards laying down the foundation of their future. They signed first-round pick Pete Crow-Armstrong and second-rounder Isaiah Greene to contracts. It is also a big step towards signing their entire 2020 draft class.

Crow-Armstrong earned the full value for his draft position, which is a $3,359,000 signing bonus. He is a potential five-tool outfielder and highly regarded throughout every prospect rating system. Crow-Armstrong will soften the blow of giving away Jarred Kelenic to the Seattle Mariners for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano.

Greene signed for an $850,000 bonus. The 18-year old outfielder was a compensation pick for Zack Wheeler signing with the Philadelphia Phillies. His ceiling is not as high as Crow-Armstrong’s, but he figures to be a good compliment to the Mets outfield in years to come.

One Last Signing

The Mets also signed draft picks Anthony Walters, Matthew Dyer, and Eric Orze. Dyer received a $350,000 bonus while Walters and Orze received $20,000 each. The Mets also signed six undrafted free agents. The final draft pick the Mets are still negotiating with is a second-round pick, pitcher J.T. Ginn.

Ginn is an interesting prospect because he received Tommy John surgery this year. It resulted in him falling in the draft after being regarded as a first-round pick. With the potential Ginn has on the mound, it could motivate him to return to Mississippi State to move back into the first round and receive a higher signing bonus and deal.

New York Mets Third Round Pick: Anthony Walters

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The New York Mets took shortstop Anthony Walters with their only third-round pick. He is a redshirt junior out of San Diego State University who can play multiple positions in both the infield and the outfield.

The Mets took another good athlete with a good frame at 6’1″, 185 pounds. Walters started his college career at UC Berkley and played all infield positions, other than first base, and spent time in left field. He only hit .191 over 34 games then transferred to Mount San Antonio College the following year.

Breakout Season

The change of scenery was what Walters needed. He slashed .374/.451/.718 and showed great power with ten home runs over 45 games. Walters earned numerous recognitions, including first-team all-state and first-team all-conference. A torn ACL ruined his 2019, which forced him to redshirt at SDSU. During the 2020 season, he hit .271 with only one home run and 18 strikeouts in 16 games.

From the video available on his swing, it is clear that he has the foundation for a powerful stroke. Walters is slightly crouched with his hands low and a swing designed to lift the ball in the air. His power is slightly above average but has not capitalized on it yet. An adjustment to stand him up more will bring his hands up with it and allow him to utilize his launch more.

Walters leg kick, high finish, and ability to use the ground to his advantage are already an excellent foundation to build on. Still a primary shortstop, he projects more to move to third base or second base. The Mets have an abundance of players on the left side of the infield in their farm system, so he will likely mainly play second base. He is a fluid fielder with good hands, so we could see him with the same versatility a player like Jeff McNeil brings.

I think Walters signs with the Mets and fits into the mold of the high upside players the organization wanted to draft.