2012 Draft Report Cards: New York Mets
No Surprise On Koch, Taylor and Flexen getting mention here as I had them on the end of season top 50 prospects, thought they were in the 40's.
The Mets added three solid up-the-middle players at the top of their draft. On the downside, however, Stankewicz was the highest-selected prep pick in the entire draft not to sign.
Bonus spending: $7.0 million
Best Pure Hitter: SS Matt Reynolds (2) has a short stroke and advanced plate discipline. His swing and approach should allow him to be a line-drive machine and post solid on-base percentages. SS Gavin Cecchini (1) has a polished approach and handles the bat well. C Kevin Plawecki (1s) utilizes a compact swing to make consistent contact, striking out just 29 times in three seasons at Purdue.
Best Power Hitter: C Tomas Nido (8) has well above-average raw power but is still raw at the plate. Plawecki has plus raw pop to his pull side and is more of a doubles hitter when he goes the other way.
Fastest Runner: 2B Brandon Kaupe (4) was one of the biggest surprise picks in the draft, but he's a tightly wound, energetic player whose best tool is his 65 speed on the 20-80 scouting scale.
Best Defensive Player: Cecchini is a steady shortstop with a solid, accurate arm and a better chance to stay at the position than Reynolds, who could be an above-average defender at third base. Plawecki shows soft hands and quick feet behind the plate, helping his average arm play up.
Best Fastball: RHP Matt Koch (3) shows the best pure velocity, running his fastball up to 96 mph. RHP Logan Taylor (11) isn't far behind, topping out at 94 and throwing his fastball on a steeper plane to the plate.
Best Secondary Pitch: RHP Brandon Welch (5) throws a filthy slider with good, tight tilt at 84-85 mph. He has the feel to manipulate the pitch, change its shape and also throw it for strikes.
ODDS AND ENDS
Best Pro Debut: A $1,000 senior sign, crafty RHP Paul Sewald (10) posted a 1.88 ERA and 35-2 K-BB ratio in 29 innings at short-season Brooklyn. Plawecki led Brooklyn with seven homers and threw out 32 percent of basestealers.
Best Athlete: Cecchini's sum is greater than his parts, as his tools play up because of his instincts and work ethic. He's a solid athlete who can impact the game from the batter's box, in the field or on the basepaths.
Most Intriguing Background: Cecchini's brother Garin is a blue-chip prospect in the Red Sox system. Unsigned C Benny Distefano's (37) father, also named Benny, played parts of five seasons in the majors. Kaupe is the highest-drafted Hawaiian prep since the Blue Jays took Brandon League in the second round in 2001.
Closest To The Majors: Reynolds is polished after spending three years in the Southeastern Conference and was the only Mets pick to start out in a full-season league.
Best Late-Round Pick: In addition to owning a plus fastball, Taylor can throw his tight mph curveball for strikes. RHP Chris Flexen (14) has a pair of potential above-average pitches in his fastball and curve.
The One Who Got Away: The Mets never offered RHP Teddy Stankiewicz (2) the full value for his draft slot. Originally committed to Arkansas, he opted to attend Seminole State (Okla.) JC so he'd be draft-eligible in 2013.