On March 8, MyMLBDraft released their updated mock draft. They tabbed the Mets taking Jacob Heatherly, a LHP out of Cullman HS in Alabama with the 20th overall pick.
The Mets went with two college pitchers in the 2016 draft, so it would definitely be very interesting to see if they went pitching this year, although they would be going the high school route with this pick. Heatherly is an interesting case. He’s similar to the Marlins’ pick last draft, Braxton Garrett. He doesn’t have a fastball with that “WOW! Factor”, but he has outstanding command and control of all of his pitches. He also doesn’t have the best velocity as his velocity dips as low as 89 mph, but the highest he’s hit was 95 mph. He gets by though, because he knows exactly where to locate his pitches and goes inside very well with his fastball and throws hitters off balance. He also can manipulate his breaking ball into a shorter, harder slider as well as good curve and above-average change-up.
Like I mentioned before, Heatherly is incredibly athletic, which enables him to repeat his delivery well and put his pitches almost exactly where he wants. He has a very strong frame, which scouts say is built for durability. Scouts say he has a higher ceiling than most high school pitchers because of this and because of his strong command, but his velocity is mainly the biggest concern.
I’m not really a huge fan. While it may be a good thing that he doesn’t really bring the hit because of the Mets’ injury history, I just don’t think we really need this. It’s always good to have pitching depth, but with PJ Conlon, Anthony Kay, Justin Dunn, among others, I think the Mets’ pitching depth is just fine at the moment and we really don’t need what I call a “project” necessarily. I’d pass on him.
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