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.
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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.