2011 MLB Draft: An Early Look at Possible Picks for the New York Mets
There is a little over two months until the 2011 MLB draft takes place June 6th-8th.
The New York Mets hold the 13th overall pick in the draft and with one of the deepest classes in recent history, the Mets plan on taking an impact prospect. While they won't be able to get one of the top talents in a player like Anthony Rendon, the class has more than enough college and prep athletes deserving of being drafted so high.
Daniel Norris, LHP
Lefty Daniel Norris is the top pitching arm in the draft class from Science Hill High School in Tennessee.
Norris is already throwing 92-94 mph and touching 96 mph to go along with a very good curveball and better change up than you'll see from most high school players. His delivery is a bit funky, but he is athletic and repeats it well enough to not be too serious. I could see some teams wanting to try and adjust his mechanics.
He is committed to Clemson, but seems pretty likely to sign.
Archie Bradley, RHP
One of the best two-sport athletes in the draft, Bradley has committed to be a pitcher and quarterback at the University of Oklahoma. Bradley is a native of Oklahoma and the ace of the Broken Arrow HS staff. Scouts love his athleticism and his 6'4", 215-pound frame, which leads them to believe he will become a 200-plus innings workhorse when it is all said and done. He works with two plus pitches including a 90-95 mph fastball and spike/knuckle curve; however, he needs to work on his change up.
Dylan Bundy, RHP
Another Oklahoma native, Bundy pitches for Owasso HS and some consider his stuff to be the top of all high school pitchers.
He throws low-mid 90s heat (topping out at 96 mph), a plus curveball and a change up that is a bit more advanced than Bradley's at this point. There is some concern about his mechanics, but has a very sturdy build (6'1", 200 lbs.) that has enabled him to hold up on the mound and handle a heavy workload (threw 293 pitches in three games over a four day span). Committed to Texas. His helium could cause him to be drafted well ahead of the Mets pick.
Taylor Guerrieri, RHP
As one of the fastest risers in the draft class from North Augusta HS in South Carolina, Guerrieri can certainly bring the heat.
He has had a spike in velocity this year, moving from the low 90s to the mid-to-upper 90s, hitting 97 mph on the gun. Has a good pitcher's frame at 6'3", 180 lbs. with great athleticism. There is a lot of potential with his curveball and mixed reviews on his change up. Not as polished as some of the top high school arms, but with tremendous potential.
Committed to play at University of South Carolina.
Bubba Starling, RHP
Bubba is one of the most physically gifted players in the draft who should be off the board on talent alone by pick No. 13.
Oozing with talent, he is a two, or really three-sport athlete. Bubba is mainly focused on baseball and football, but is a highly talented basketball player as well. The reason the outfielder from Gardner-Edgerton HS in Kansas could fall to the Mets is a commitment to Nebraska to pitch and play quarterback. A true five-tool athlete who is also a very good pitcher. Could turn into a special player.
Francisco Lindor, SS
A switch-hitter from Montverde Academy in Florida, Lindor is a true shortstop.
He's a very slick fielder and has no questions about staying a short, long term boosting his draft status. His defense is his calling card, but the question of whether or not the Mets can get any value out of his bat still lingers.
Known mostly as a slap hitter, Lindor won the home run derby at the 2010 AFLAC All-American game and his status has taken off since then. He is hitting for more power this year, making teams drool at the rarity of a true shortstop that can switch hit well. Committed to Florida St.
Travis Harrison, 3B/OF
Possibly the best pure bat of any prep player in the draft class.
The California product from Tustin HS is as an elite of a right handed power bat as you will find. Harrison's power is so good that outdid the legend, Bryce Harper, at the Power Showcase by belting a home run 504 ft. Where he will end up defensively remains up in the air, but the bat is for real and could carry him to the majors alone. Committed to USC.
Derek Fisher, OF
A rare northeast high school product, Fisher is from Cedar Crest High School in Pennsylvania. Fisher is a monster of a kid at 6'3", 205 lbs., which tells you everything you need to know why scouts love his raw power.
Known for his sweet swing, Fisher has flown up draft boards in 2011.
Has played good defense since moving to the outfield to go along with his bat, making him one of the better two-way players. The combo of being one of the best high school bats and having average to above average defense could cause the Mets to pull the trigger on him this high. Committed to Virginia.
Matt Purke, LHP
Before the season I wouldn't have even dreamed Purke would fall down to the Mets.
Last year as a freshman at TCU Purke dominated the competition and was in consideration for the No. 1 overall pick.
He has been missing starts and pitching limited innings this year because of blister injuries, thus hurting his stock significantly. Mock drafts have him falling considerably and scouts are beginning to grow weary of Purke, I just do not see him falling out of the top five-seven picks. If he does, then I will jump for joy.
Matt Barnes, RHP
The UConn fireballer might be pitching his way out of falling to the Mets this year.
Despite pitching in the cold weather, Barnes has been arguably the best college pitcher this year with his 0.99 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 45.1 innings. Barnes routinely throws a fastball with late life at 92-96 mph and gets it up to 97-98 mph with ease. While his other pitches are more inconsistent, he features a quality curveball, slider and change up.
Trevor Bauer, RHP
On any team except UCLA, Bauer would be the stud No. 1 guy. However, he has had to live in the "shadow" of Gerrit Cole in college.
The name thrown around a lot with Bauer is Tim Lincecum because of the slight build and less exaggerated mechanics. He is not as small as Tiny Tim and is extremely durable, giving him the potential to become a major league workhorse.
Has a 93-95 mph fastball touching higher with great life and mixes in a plus curveball and quality change up. Pretty underrated to me.
Jed Bradley, LHP
The big lefty from Georgie Tech may be the most polished of any pitcher in the draft, which could cause him to be off the board by pick 13.
He sits in the low 90s with ease and compliments his fastball with a great change up. His slider lacks a bit behind his other team pitches, but shows flashes of being a plus pitch. One of those college pitchers who gets labeled as "only" a No. 3 starter because of the relatively low velocity, but who could turn out to be even more.
Jackie Bradley Jr., OF
Bradley is your prototypical do-it-all center fielder who I am not sure will fall to the Mets.
Bradley is best known for leading his South Carolina Gamecocks to a national championship last year. With great baseball instincts Bradley plays an above-average defense and has above-average power to go along with very good speed that could swipe 20 bags in the big leagues.
The closest to being ready of all the top college outfielders; a true baseball player.
George Springer, OF
The center fielder from UConn who has been the biggest faller of any player in the draft.
Before the season he seemed like a lock to be a top five pick and now could see himself fall as far as 20.
Scouts have become increasingly more weary of his strikeouts and lack of improvement over the years. Springer is still a true five-tool player at a premium defensive position, so I still wouldn't be surprised if any team from 5-20 falls in love with his potential and snags him off the board. Thought to have legitimate 30-30 potential before the year.
Mikie Mahtook, OF
Mahtook has had the most helium of any college position player since performing extremely well this spring for LSU.
The main reason for his rise is that his power has begun to finally really come around, already hitting eight home runs this year to go along with his improved patience. He has five-tool potential in center field and is projected as a safe, easy sign pick with potential.
Andrew Susac, C
Even as a draft-eligible sophomore from Oregon State, Andrew Susac will be the first college catcher taken in the June draft.
There are no worries about him sticking behind the plate. He is known for his good defense while the bat has started coming around. His power has taken great strides ever since the Cape Code league and if the Mets think his bat will continue to develop, they could draft him to be the catcher of the future.
What Should They Do?
Assuming the top players go where they should, I would love to see the Mets take Archie Bradley, Derek Fisher or Trevor Bauer with their pick. I see Bradley and Bauer both becoming top of the rotation workhorses and Fisher looks like he will develop into a huge power-hitting corner outfielder.