Round 16 Selection: RHP Trey McLoughlin (Fairfield)
McLoughlin is a 6’2″, 210-pound pitcher who was a very interesting late-round selection for the New York Mets. Injuries and a COVID shortened 2020 have held him to just eight starts in his final two seasons, but he has been productive when he has been on the field. McLoughlin made five starts with a 4.94 ERA and struck out 32 while allowing just four walks. He has a good fastball, but his power slider is what gets him his strikeouts.
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Round 17 Selection: LHP Nick Swack (Xavier)
Swack is coming off a very dominant season where he had a 3.15 ERA over 80 innings pitched and allowed just four home runs. He also contributed three complete games and even picked up a save in his only relief outing of the season. Swack does not bring much velocity as he throws in the mid-80s with his fastball but has a good 12-6 curveball and a change-up which still needs to be refined.
Round 18 Selection: RHP Kolby Kubichek (Texas)
Kubichek is a 6’0″, 180 pound redshirt sophomore who had a very impressive 2021 season. Over 12 starts, he had a 3.86 ERA in 51.1 innings and allowed just three home runs. Kubichek has plenty of growth to do as a pitcher, allowing him to add speed to his low-90s fastball. He struggled towards the end of the season, but it is an enticing project for any farm system to take a chance in developing further.
Round 19 Selection: C Drake Osborn (Louisiana Lafayette)
Osborn was the only catcher the Mets took and is 5’11”, 195 pounds with a solid 2021 campaign. He slashed .339/.417/.497 with three home runs and 24 runs batted in. Osborn was terrific behind the plate, throwing out 19 of 40 base stealers and allowing four passed balls. Reports from Osborn rising through the ranks show his natural leading ability, and he is a good catcher for the Mets young prospects to work with.
Round 20 Selection: SS Justin Guerrera (Fairfield)
The final pick for the Mets was another Fairfield University product in Guerrera. He is a 5’9″, 185-pound shortstop who broke out in the power department during 2021. In 43 games, Guerrera slashed .340/.409/.685, with 13 home runs, 45 RBIs, and eight stolen bases. Scouts are very pleased with his ability to play the middle infield and continue playing there in the Mets farm system. Guerrera is an excellent final pick of a good 2021 draft for the Mets.