Recapping The New York Mets 2021 Draft Picks (Rounds 11-15)

Round 11 Selection: OF Rowdey Jordan (Mississippi State)

Jordan is the first outfielder the New York Mets selected in this year’s draft. He was a member of the National Championship winning team at Mississippi State and had a terrific season. Jordan batted .323 with ten home runs and 45 runs batted in. He has good speed out of the leadoff spot and was successful in nine of ten stolen base attempts. Jordan joins J.T. Ginn, Jake Magnum, and Cole Gordon as former Bulldogs in the Mets farm system.

Round 12 Selection: OF Jack-Thomas Wold (UNLV)

Wold was the second consecutive outfielder the Mets selected, and what he lacks in height, he packs in muscle. He is just 5’10” but is 220 pounds, and it helped lead to a monster offensive season. Wold batted .429 with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs over 33 games in his senior season. His 19 walks to 14 strikeouts showed his newly found ability to control the strike zone. Defensively, he only made one error on the entire season.

Round 13 Selection: OF Matt Rudick (San Diego State)

Rudick is a 5’9″, 170-pound outfielder who is known for his speed. He spent all four years of his college career at SDSU and slashed .341/.424/.859 with his career-high .410 average this past season. Rudick also 17 stolen bases, 41 RBIs, and 26 walks to just nine strikeouts. While not containing a stunning figure, Rudick’s steady improvements at the plate and great speed show the potential for a versatile outfielder in the future.

Round 14 Selection: LHP Nathan Lavender (Illinois)

Lavender is a 6’2″, 210-pound sophomore who had a solid season working both in the rotation and bullpen. Over 57 innings, he had a 4.11 ERA and 79 strikeouts while only walking 15 batters. Lavender features a fastball, slider, and changeup, and each has good movement. His fastball sits 90-92 MPH with good sink, the slider is 81-84 MPH with great horizontal movement, and his changeup is his out pitch at 82-84 mph with over a foot of break vertically and horizontally.

Round 15 Selection: SS Wyatt Young (Pepperdine)

Young is a 5’7″, 160-pound shortstop out of Hawaii and is coming off a terrific junior season. He batted .332 with 62 hits and drew a career high 22 walks. Young projects to be a utility infielder due to his versatility and probably will not add much in the power department. He could become another Luis Guillorme type of player the Mets can plug into multiple positions.

Recapping The New York Mets 2021 Draft Picks (Rounds 6-10)

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As we count down the days until the New York Mets start their second-half schedule, let’s continue our look at the rest of their draft picks. Here is a recap of their selections in rounds six through ten.

Round 6 Selection: RHP Carson Seymour (Kansas State)

Seymour is a mountain of a man at 6’6″ and 260 pounds and brings power to the mound. His frame allows him to sit in the high-90s with his fastball and throw a power slider which sits in the 89-91 mph range. While scouts are not in love with his fastball, they love the potential surrounding his breaking ball. The movement is 12-6 and has a spin rate of 1,800 RPMs, according to Rapsodo. Seymour struggled to keep runners off base in 2021, which led to an ERA over six and a 1.59 WHIP. His control needs plenty of polish after averaging about five walks per nine, but there is a lot of promise in his arm.

Round 7 Selection: SS Kevin Kendall (UCLA)

The Mets went back to the UCLA well by selecting their second position player from there. Kendall is a 5’10”, a 170-pound shortstop who had a solid year batting .356 with four home runs, 18 RBs, and had 88 hits. He is also a speedy player who is versatile enough to play the outfield and play all of his defensive positions very well. Scouts always like his tools but were waiting for him to emerge as a hitter. His slight frame is unlikely to lead to more power, but he projects to be an athletic player the Mets can move all over the field.

Round 8 Selection: RHP Mike Vasil (Virginia)

Vasil is a well-built 6’5″, 225-pound right-handed pitcher ranked 114 on Baseball America’s Top 500 prospects. He is not a power pitcher as his fastball can touch the mid-90s but sits in the low 90s. Vasil also brings a slider, curveball, and changeup as his secondary pitches, but scouts feel his changeup is the best out of the three. This season he pitched 81.2 innings with a 4.52 ERA and allowed just 18 walks. The command is certainly there for Vasil, but an increase in velocity will be his difference-maker.

Round 9 Selection: RHP Levi David (Northwestern State)

David is another 6’5″, 220-pound pitcher, but he pitches to his size. In 61 innings, he had a 4.41 ERA and an incredible 104 strikeouts, and just 34 hits allowed on the season. Those numbers look amazing, but his 46 walks, 23 wild pitches, and 19 hit batters show his extreme lack of command. His fastball can reach the upper 90s, but it leads to control issues. David’s curveball is a dominant pitch that hitters got five hits and struck out 80 times against. He is also a 50-meter freestyle state champion from his swimming days in high school.

Round 10 Selection: LHP Keyshawn Askew (Clemson)

Askew is a lanky 6’4″, 190 pounds left-handed pitcher, the first lefty the Mets took in this year’s draft. In 57 innings, Askew had a 5.84 ERA with 69 strikeouts and a .289 batting average against. He started red hot when the season began but ran out of gas and pitched to an ERA over ten in his last handful of starts to finish the season. Askew projects as a soft-tossing left-handed reliever with a sinking fastball in the high-80s and a sweeping curveball. As he improves in the minors, he has the ability to turn into an Aaron Loup or Pedro Feliciano type of reliever.

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 First Round Picks in the Last Ten Drafts

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The slightly modified MLB Draft takes place today as teams search for their future stars. The New York Mets’ success on their first-round picks in the past was solid. Some contributed with the Mets, and others found success across the league.

2019: Brett Baty, Third Base (12th Overall, Lake Travis High School)ย 

The 20-year old first-round pick had his ups and downs during his first season in professional baseball. Through 56 games, mostly at rookie ball, he slashed .234/.368/.452 with seven home runs and 33 runs batted in. Baty’s struggles at the plate were primarily due to fatigue, but his power/walk potential is very high. He already ranks as the fourth-best prospect in the Mets system, according to MLB.com.

2018: Jarred Kelenic, Outfield (6th Overall, Waukesha West High School)

Kelenic was a rising prospect in the Mets system before they dealt him in the infamous Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz trade. During his first season with the Mets, he slashed.286/.371/.468 at only 18-years old. In 2019, he set the bar even higher, hitting .291/.364/.540 with 23 homers and 31 doubles between A, A+, and AA. Kelenic is the 11th overall prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com, and each day the trade stings the Mets more.

2017: David Peterson, Pitcher (20th Overall, University of Oregon)

Peterson is currently the 10th ranked prospect in the Mets system. He was on track to pitch in Triple-A during the 2020 season. There were also talks of bringing him up to supplement the lack of rotation depth. With Binghamton last season, he had a 4.19 ERA in 24 starts with 122 strikeouts. At his highest potential, Peterson projects to pitch in the middle of the rotation.

2016: Justin Dunn, Pitcher (19th Overall, Boston College)

Dunn was also part of the Kelenic trade to the Seattle Mariners. After two good seasons in Double-A during 2018 and 2019, he earned an opportunity to pitch for the M’s. They used him as an opener during his four 2019 outings. After allowing two runs in his debut, his next three opens were all scoreless.

2016: Anthony Kay, Pitcher (31st Overall, University of Connecticut)

Kay underwent Tommy John Surgery before he ever threw a pitch for the Mets. He understandably did not pitch to his full potential during his first season in professional ball. Kay had a 4.26 ERA over 122.2 innings but averaged about one strikeout per inning. During a stellar 2019 season in Double-A, the Mets moved him to Triple-A, where he struggled. They traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman, and he made his MLB debut in 2019. Kay had a 5.79 ERA over three outings but should be an excellent addition to a young Blue Jays roster.

2015: No First Round Pick

2014: Michael Conforto, Outfielder (10th Overall, Oregon State University)

The Mets struck gold with Conforto. It only took 133 games for him to make it during the big leagues. He helped the Mets make it to the World Series in 2015 and became the fifth rookie to homer twice in a World Series game. After a rough 2016, which involved his demotion, he has produced in the last three seasons, including an All-Star selection. Conforto is hitting .257/.363/.492, averaging 29 homers, 81 RBIs and plays all three outfield positions.

2013: Dominic Smith, First Base (11th Overall, Serra High School)

Smith has overcome plenty to become a contributing member of the Mets. He was on track for stardom after hitting over .300 throughout the minors. Dealing with sleep apnea, injuries, and weight issues caused a stunt to his journey of becoming a solid big leaguer. In 2019, all three points were no longer problems, and it allowed him to have his best season so far. His playing time tougher to find due to Pete Alonso at first base, but Smith showed the versatility to play the outfield as well.

2012: Gavin Cecchini, Shortstop (12th Overall, Barbe High School)

2012 was the only year where the Mets missed on a quality big league prospect. They had two first-round picks, and Cecchini was the first one. Known for his bat more than glove, it took a couple of years for him to figure things out at the plate. Two straight seasons above .300 in the minors earned him a 2016 promotion. Cecchini went 2-for-6 with a double and waited some time to return in 2017. He struggled with the bat, only hitting .208 but off Clayton Kershaw for the only one of his career. Cecchini remained stranded in the minors for the last two seasons and signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks before spring training. Unfortunately, he was released in May as teams across baseball were cutting players to save money.

2012: Kevin Plawecki, Catcher (35th Overall, Purdue University)

The combination of Plawecki and Travis d’Arnaud was supposed to carry the Mets catching corps through the next decade. Neither of them hit successfully at the big league level. Plawecki only hit .218 with a .330 slugging percentage with the Mets. He was also known for his abundance of groundouts to the left side of the infield. The Mets traded him before 2019 for Sam Haggerty and Walker Lockett.

2011: Brandon Nimmo, Outfielder (13th Overall, Cheyenne East High School)

The Mets took a risk on the Wyoming native, but it has paid off so far. The Plawecki/d’Arnaud combination is what Nimmo/Conforto became. Nimmo’s grit and grind make him a fan favorite with the Mets. He broke out during 2018 when he received everyday action for the first time. Nimmo’s propensity for getting on base led to his career .254/.387/.440 and is a very underrated player.

2011: Michael Fulmer, Pitcher (44th Overall, Deer Creek High School)

Fulmer was another pitcher who never saw time with the Mets. They dealt him in the Yoenis Cespedes trade during the 2015 playoff run. Fulmer ended up winning the rookie of the year award and becoming an All-Star during his first two seasons with the Detroit Tigers. His disappointing 2020 ended early when he learned that he needed season-ending Tommy John Surgery.

2010: Matt Harvey, Pitcher (7th Overall, University of North Carolina)ย 

The Matt Harvey story is one that draws the same intrigue as the one of Dwight Gooden. A fantastic young arm, destined to be the next Tom Seaver but ran into an obstacle they could not overcome. Harvey had the excellent rookie campaign, then the 2013 All-Star Game start with a 2.27 ERA, which succame to the dreaded Tommy John Surgery. An excellent 2015 season led to a rough 2016, which led to Thoracic-Outlet Surgery. Harvey never returned anywhere near his Cy Young quality form and has a 5.89 ERA over the last three seasons.