While the Mets are taking an off day today, the front office will be making phone calls, changing up their draft boards, and hoping to land a future star with the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft beginning tonight at 7 pm. The Mets will hold the sixth overall pick in tonight’s draft, giving them a prime opportunity to reload a depleted farm system. Although the Mets may miss out on a few attractive top prospects like Auburn’s Casey Mize and Oregon State’s Nick Madrigal, there are a few candidates that may become available at the sixth pick.
Matt Liberatore (LHP), Mountain Ridge High School (AZ)
Considered the consensus top high school prep product entering this year’s draft, the broad-framed Arizona commit is hoping to break the stigma surrounding prep pitchers and become a household name in the major leagues. His 6’5″, 200lb frame is all-imposing on the mound, and his abilities to mix his pitches well and keep hitters guessing has scouts heralding him as a pitcher who has strong potential to become a star.
In terms of his pitching arsenal, the movement on his pitches makes him a special prospect. Although his fastball tops off at 94 mph, it has some strong cutting action which can throw off hitters. His looping curveball is beyond lethal, especially when he pairs it well with his cutting fastball. Given his stellar tools and already high floor, whoever picks Liberatore may not have to keep him in the minor leagues for a long time.
Carter Stewart (RHP), Eau Gallie High School (FL)
Another big-framed high school prep pitcher, Stewart can become a formidable power pitcher once he reaches the major leagues. The Mississippi State commit arguably has the best breaking ball in his draft class, an low-to-mid 80 mph curveball which dives quickly once it reaches the plate. His fastball can reach the mid-to-high 90s, and he can become a dangerous pitcher if he can mix his breaking balls and fastball effectively. The lone concern about the prep star is his whip-like release on his pitches, which could spell trouble in terms of his durability.
Joey Bart (C), Georgia Tech
Originally drafted by the Rays as a 27th round selection in the 2015 draft, Bart opted to play at Georgia Tech in hopes of boosting his draft stock down the line. The 2018 ACC Player of the Year shows plenty of raw power and quick bat speed which gives him a lot of potential as a power hitter. He is an above-average catcher in terms of defense, and he possesses enough arm strength and swiftness to make effective pickoffs.
Alec Bohm (3B), Wichita State
After a very successful junior year, Bohm has jumped from a late first-round talent to a potential top-5 talent. Bohm has shown he has great game power in his three years playing for Wichita State, but the 21-year old shown refined mechanics and improved plate discipline to skyrocket his offensive potential. The major knock on Bohm is his inconsistent defense at third base, which means he may have to become a first baseman, primarily.
Jonathan India (3B), Florida
Like Bohm, India has used his junior year as a launch pad for his draft stock. Bohm was originally projected to become a second or third round prospect, but through his newfound game power, he has soared through the draft boards in recent months. India displays great plate discipline, and has shown he is very selective in the strike zone. The junior already shows he is a good defender at third base, and he has the potential to play multiple positions in the infield.
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