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.
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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.