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 Fifth Round Pick: Eric Orze

With their final pick of the 2020 MLB Draft, the New York Mets selected right-handed pitcher Eric Orze. His story is one of strength and perseverance just to make it to this point in his distinguished baseball career. Orze is a two-time cancer survivor and suffered through it during his college career.

Orze began his collegiate career pitching in community college at Northwest Florida State College. In back to back seasons, he posted ERAs over 4.5 but transferred to the University of New Orleans. During 2018, he struggled with an 8.10 ERA in only 16.2 innings. The short season was due to increasing pain in his abdomen, which had been testicular cancer.

He underwent surgery to prevent cancer from spreading. Orze’s fight was not over yet as fluid in his lungs had made it hard for him to breathe. One thing piled on to another as, during the process, doctors found a mole on his back that was melanoma. After a final surgery and due to his weight and strength loss from both cancers, Orze lacked the same energy. He sat out the entire 2019 season to recover.

Long Road Back

Orze finally pitched again in the shortened 2020 season. Over four outings, three starts, he had a 2.75 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 19.2 innings pitched. Orze throws at a high three quarters arm slot but lowers the release point enough to cause the ball to sink. He will not overpower hitters with a 92-94 mph fastball, but the sink makes it a heavy ball to hit.

Orze features a splitter, which has a good drop to it at 83-85 mph. Like most young pitchers who throw the split, it needs more work on its control to become a true strikeout pitch. His slider sometimes looks like a cutter when thrown in the high-80s instead of the mid-80s. If he can effectively differentiate both, he can be a very useful sinker/slider/cutter pitcher who can be a groundball machine.

The physical and mental makeup is all there with Orze. Despite only having a handful of success in college, the fight and performance over the last two years were enough for the Mets to take a risk.