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 Fourth Round Draft Pick: Matthew Dyer

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The New York Mets looked for versatility with their 2020 draft picks, and Matthew Dyer fit right into the mold. Typically a catcher for the University of Arizona, Dyer, can play every position, except pitcher.

We talked about the good frames for the Mets draft picks, and Dyer is a lengthy 6’4″, 187 pounds. Most people in the organization say he is closer to 200 pounds. Dyer went undrafted in 2019 but had confidence he would earn a selection from an organization during 2020.

Put Him Where He Fits

Over the last few years, Major League Baseball has seen more catchers who move out from behind the plate. Austin Barnes, Willson Contreras, and Willans Astudillo are the most notable utility catchers. Dyer’s defense is good behind the plate with a strong arm, but is not as advanced with framing and receiving. As with most catchers his height, there are questions if he can spend his career there.

If Dyer had to change positions, he would be best suited as a corner outfielder. His arm has been clocked above 90 mph from behind the plate and is faster than most players his height.

Dyer started his collegiate career at the University of Oregon. After hitting .268/.355/.362 during his freshman year, he transferred due to missing home and not meshing well with the Ducks program. Dyer’s original plan was to transfer to a Junior College. After breaking a bone in his left hand and unable to transfer credits, he went to the University of Arizona instead.

Due to NCAA transfer rules, he had to sit out the 2018 season but kept himself ready for 2019. Dyer slashed .393/.480/.571 with four home runs over 42 games but missed the final month of the season due to a broken hand. His average still finished third-best in a competitive PAC-12 behind 2019 number one pick Adley Rutschman and 2019 second-round pick, Cameron Cannon.

Over 13 games in 2020, he only batted .204 but had three home runs, which made him an enticing pick despite the slow start. Dyer has a quick swing and barely gets his front foot off the ground on his load. Despite not much power loaded behind the swing, his hand speed and good swing plane, allows him to drive the ball well. For a fourth-round pick in a year with plenty of guessing, the Mets did well with selecting Dyer, who might pan out to be a diamond in the rough.