I realized that third basemen haven’t been covered yet… at all, so I’m going to address that in a line this week, starting with Tiberi, who was drafted in the third round in 2016. Tiberi I can safely state currently has a profile to former Met Daniel Murphy
L/R, 5’11” 205 lbs, 12/16/1995 (21), Drafted in the 3rd round, 100th overall, out of the University of Louisville in KY by Mets in 2015. Signed for 500,000 (Slot was 596,600)
Tiberi was selected in the third round out of University of Louisville in 2016 and signed for an underslot bonus of 500K. While the statistics in College are small, Tiberi can definitely hit. While at Louisville, Tiberi missed his freshman year due to an undisclosed injury. In his sophomore year he played part time in 45 games, but only 92 at bats and hit .261/.330/.424 with 3 doubles and 4 homers while sporting a 9/12 BB/K Ratio.
Tiberi opted for the Cape Cod League, a summer league for elite college baseball players, and hit .315/.364/.362, which was good enough for Louisville to think he should start. In 2016, Tiberi took off, hitting .340/.387/.553 in 64 games as a starter with 18 doubles and 10 homers. He also had a 18/20 BB/K ratio. That earned him a nice bonus with the Mets in the third round despite the low track record.
But Blake didn’t continue the success with the Mets. After signing in mid June, Tiberi struggled at Short-Season A Ball Brooklyn, with a .235/.316/.316 line in 56 games with 10 extra base hits. He didn’t continue his usual high contact ways with 32 strikeouts but upped his walks to 22. While struggling early isn’t great, it’s not the first time a
Tiberi is one to watch. While his track record is small, it’s pretty much covered by every scouting report that he can just rake. With a nice simple left-handed swing, Tiberi can get his barrel on pitches with ease, and using above-average bat speed, he can catch up to some nice velocity and has a bit of power projection. Some may think that he could be a plus hitter in time with his ability to make contact, but he still needs to make some adjustments in drawing more walks.
With power, there is some to develop. Currently projected at average power (12-15 homers, many doubles), Tiberi has easy plus power while in batting practice that he hasn’t tapped into, in-game. The Mets are attempting to adjust his swing, possibly to tap into more of that power, making him a bigger threat. He’s had trouble hitting for power with wood bats hitting three homers in two wooden bat summer college leagues.
As for defense, Tiberi is okay. He has great hands, and an above-average arm, but doesn’t pick the ball up well and get a great jump on the ball. He also does not have the best suited lateral agility for third base, and is a below-average runner in general. No matter, because the Mets don’t seem to be taking Tiberi off the hot corner anytime soon.
Tiberi should start at Full Season-A Columbia, where I expect him to bounce back and possibly jump to the national radar next year.
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