Fueled By Sports recently released their first mock draft. For the Mets, they tabbed them with 3B Mark Vientos out of American Heritage (Florida) H.S. with the 20th overall pick.
It’s nice to see a few mocks having the Mets take a 3B. With David Wright injured yet again, the Mets should definitely be looking to find their 3B of the future. Vientos could very well fit that profile. Vientos’ offensive potential is through the roof, as he has the chance to hit for both average and power from the right side of the plate at the big league level. He’s currently a shortstop at American Hertiage H.S., but most scouts expect him to move over to third as a pro. He has good hands and a solid arm and should have the tools to play very good defense at the hot corner.
What has me drooling over Vientos is two things: He has 5-tool potential, and he reminds scouts of another Miami-area high school shortstop: Manny Machado. Vientos is a below average runner, but seems like he can really hustle down the line on infield hits as he had a 6.99 sixty time. He has a very nice right handed swing with a deep hand load. His swing has strength to it, and his hands will occasionally get under the ball. His mechanics and timing aren’t very consistent at the moment, which is one of his biggest flaws, but with the right development and work, he is the player scouts dream about, and I am very excited to see how he does this spring season.
Naturally, as soon as I saw the words “5-tool potential” my jaw dropped. I watched tons of video on him before writing this and I really wouldn’t mind this pick. However, if we want to find our 3B of the future, I think we should go the college route rather than the high school route. While I could be dead wrong in passing on a guy with Vientos’ caliber if he’s available here, I think having a guy that can be fast tracked like Conforto was, but at 3B would be the better option for the Mets.
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