It’s February now, and we’re getting even closer to my favorite part of the baseball season. Well, actually, scratch that, because I love everything about the baseball season. Anyway, we’re getting very close to draft season and it’s another chance for me to write about/analyze potential Mets draft picks that could eventually be the future of the franchise. Recently, I discovered a new mock draft from Draftsite. They have predictions up until the 3rd round, so lets dive in and get a look at these guys.
Round 1, Pick 20: Hagen Danner, RHP, Huntington Beach HS-CA:
I was extremely surprised to see Danner fall this much, and I would be absolutely ecstatic to see him get picked here by the Mets. I have followed Danner for two years ever since I first saw him in the High School invitational and fell in love with him. He can really swing the bat, but scouts still don’t know whether he’ll sign for his bat or for his pitching, which both (to me at least) are drool-worthy.
When I watched him in the invitational, I saw him with the bat, but Danner has spent more time showing what he can do as a pitcher in more recent showcases. He has a live fastball that can touch 94-95 mph and complements it with a solid curveball and a changeup that flashes above-average. He can fill the strike zone with all three, coming from a high slot. Previously mentioned, he has the chance to a special catcher as well. He has good hands and a plus arm defensively. He runs at a below-average rate, but his athleticism helps him move very well behind the dish. He swings the bat well from a crouch set up, with quiet pop that could end up being average power in the future. I can’t wait to see where he ends up.
Round 2, Pick 59, Corbin Martin, RHP, Texas A&M
Being ranked #22 on MLB Pipeline‘s top draft prospects list, I was surprised to see Martin fall this low. After some research, I can see why.
Scouts are intrigued by Martin but admit they’re having trouble figuring him out. Martin has thrown in the Alaska and Cape Cod college leagues the last two summers and has performed very well there as he struck out twice as many batters as he allowed baserunners while dealing at 95-96 mph and scraping 98 with his fastball. His curveball can be just as nasty, featuring plenty of power and depth at its best.
At Texas A&M, however, he’s had some difficulties throwing strikes, which made him spend almost all of his college career as a reliever. The other pitch he utilizes well is his changeup. He has surprising feel for it, and it could really become a solid third offering if he uses it more. He has the arsenal to succeed in the rotation, but I think he should stay in the bullpen. If the Martin of the summer leagues shows up in the spring of 2017, he’ll likely go in the first round, especially if he has success if they move him to a starter.
This mock had the Mets taking Lambrick Park Seconday School (HS–BC) 3rd Baseman Jason Willow, but there was limited info on him.
Being that this is the 2nd mock I have viewed, I am quite content with this one. I think once Danner decides what he wants to do, he will be one of the most sought after players in this class, which may make him hard for the Mets to pick up. As for Martin, I think he can be dominant if he learns how to be more consistent. If he does, I think this would be a solid pick at #59.