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 Second Round Pick: Isaiah Greene

The New York Mets took another risk with a high upside pick in outfielder Isaiah Greene. The left-handed hitter out of Corona High School in California was taken with the 69th overall pick of the draft. Greene’s pick was a Compensation Round B pick in exchange for Zack Wheeler signing with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Greene is a potential five-tool prospect but still has work to do with his bat. He is committed to the University of Missouri and given the talent, he already possesses he may turn down the Mets offer and play in college to move up in future drafts.

Natural Athlete

Speed is the first thing that stands out about Greene. He was at the top one percent of the 2020 draft class in the 60-yard dash and is built well with a 6’1, 180-pound frame. If he is going to be a five-tool player, it will likely happen in left field. Greene’s stellar speed may not be enough to overcome his below-average routes to the ball and arm strength. His development in either college or the minors is going to settle his primary position.

On the bases, his advancement shows. Greene is a good baserunner and base stealer, going his entire high school career without being caught. The most potential comes from Greene’s bat, he has a naturally fluid swing and hits the ball well to all fields. After playing okay during his freshman year, he .389 the following year then dropped to .321 but his the only four home runs of his high school career during 2019.

Greene only hit .067 during five games in 2020 but had five walks and only struck out five times during that span.

What makes his bat intriguing is the two separate directions it can go. Greene has a slight leg kick and his swing is flat through the zone, producing mostly low line drives. Should the Mets stay with that approach they could create a doubles/triples type of hitter, who could potentially leadoff in the future.

Two Hitting Approaches

The other direction would move towards the approach of most hitters in today’s game. Greene would add more height to his leg kick and lift to his swing to put balls over outfielders’ heads, not between them. Already with a good frame, he should be able to add strength to legitimize his power. Right now he projects around 10-15 homers but has 20-25 home run potential.

My prediction is he likely goes to college to round out his game in a solid baseball program at Mizzou. Either way, the Mets did a solid job with this draft pick.