New York Mets fans seemed to overwhelmingly laud the Dominic Smith selection when the Mets made him their 2013 first-round selection last week.
In the third round of the 2013 MLB draft, the Mets made another solid selection in Ivan Wilson, a chiseled high school outfielder out of Louisiana. It was a little bit of a boom-or-bust pick for the Mets. However, after looking at all of the kid's intangibles, he could turn out to be a great value pick in the third round and add the impact bat that the organization so desperately needs.
Wilson is an imposing figure on the field. He has a solid build, and a cannon of an arm. Wilson definitely projects as a corner outfielder and his arm strength should have him playing in right field.
Offensively he's raw, but that is to be expected considering he is a high school player. He will have to adjust to seeing more advanced off-speed pitches and focus on being patient at the plate, using his potential power to take advantage of pitchers' mistakes. He has a pretty solid swing which generates excellent bat speed through the hitting zone.
The follow-through on his swing needs a little bit of work, as he finishes his swing pretty flat. If he wants to take advantage of his power and translate it to home runs, he has to generate loft with his follow-through (finish with his bat head on an upward slope, above his shoulders). He projects to be a middle-of-the-order hitter, but his ability to make consistent contact will ultimately determine where he falls in lineups.
Wilson has the potential to be something special. He has some things to work on, but the tools are there. He is going to be an exciting prospect to watch over the next few years. Mets fans should definitely be very excited with this pick. There were some questions surrounding his sign-ability, which is probably why he slipped, but the fact that the Mets were able to nab him in the third round is great.
Look for Wilson to start the season with the Gulf Coast League Mets if and when he signs.