Tyler Zuber: Hunting & Blue Rocks

-The K Zone-

July 20th 2018

Tyler Zuber

 Interview by Mike Duffy


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Mike Duffy: What was your favorite part about going to Arkansas State?

Tyler Zuber: I loved the family type atmosphere and the guys I played with.


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Mike Duffy: Why did you pick #23 as your jersey number?

Tyler Zuber: It was the number given to me, but I don’t mind wearing the number Michael Jordan wore haha.


Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite part about being a part of the Royals Organization?

Tyler Zuber: It’s still one big family, I love that.


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Mike Duffy: Do you have any game day superstitions?

Tyler Zuber: Not really any.


Mike Duffy: Do you have a second job during the offseason?

Tyler Zuber: Either lessons or just finding some small jobs to work.


Mike Duffy: Do you stay with a host family when you stay in Wilmington?

Tyler Zuber: I do.


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Mike Duffy: What are some of the best and hardest things about being a minor leaguer?

Tyler Zuber: Definitely managing money, also embracing the grind and playing with a chip on your shoulder everyday.


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Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite player growing up?

Tyler Zuber: Derek Jeter or Greg Maddux.


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Mike Duffy: What team were you the biggest fan of growing up?

Tyler Zuber: Yankees.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite hobby besides baseball?

Tyler Zuber: Hunting and fishing.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite stadium?

Tyler Zuber: That I’ve been to would have to be Fenway because I got to go on the field but now would have to say Cincinnati. The background at it is unreal.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite movie?

Tyler Zuber: Anything with Will Ferrell.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite Tv show?

Tyler Zuber: Impractical Jokers.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite book?

Tyler Zuber: Not a big reader honestly.


Mike Duffy: Do you have a motto or a thing to do to get you out of a rough time?

Tyler Zuber: Fall back on my training that got me here.


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Mike Duffy: When did you know you wanted to play professional baseball?

Tyler Zuber: When I picked up a ball for the first time.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite baseball memory?

Tyler Zuber: Getting drafted honestly.


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Mike Duffy: Who is your favorite Musician and what’s your favorite song?

Tyler Zuber: Kevin Gates, Don’t really have a favorite song just like abunch of types of music.


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Players and Fans Are Upset Over Blake Snell Snub. Verlander Has a Way to Prevent it in the Future.

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July 8th 2018

Players and Fans Are Upset Over Blake Snell Snub. Verlander Has a Way to Prevent it in the Future.

by Mike Duffy


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After this year’s controversial All Star picks were announced this evening, many fans and players stormed to social media to comment on this. One of this year’s general consensus snubs is Tampa Bay Rays Blake Snell. Snell has put up monster numbers this season, distinguishing himself as maybe even the best AL pitcher this year. Here are his stats.

I’ll have his best friend and teammate Chris Archer tell them to you.


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This Tweet caught the eye of two of the best arms in the Astros rotation, Lance McCullers and the ace of Houston’s rotation, Justin Verlander. McCullers suggests that the system is broken for picking pitchers in the MLB All Star Game, which is done by players themselves. Verlander has a suggestion to make on how it should be changed:


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Lance McCullers suggests it is all a popularity contest.


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You heard it from the pros, what do you think?


Pat Biondi Interview: Elevating through the levels of Baseball

The K Zone

June 28th 2018

Pat Biondi

Interviewed By Mike Duffy



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Mike Duffy: Starting your advanced baseball career at University of Michigan, what tools did you learn there that helped you become successful in the Mets organization today?

Pat Biondi: I think aside from growing as an individual(learning how to live on your own, interact and work with people from different backgrounds, how to think critically for myself) one of the baseball related things I learned both at Michigan and in summer baseball was how to steal bases–what to look for from pitchers, good situations to run, different techniques to steal second and third base.


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Mike Duffy: What gave you the idea to create the elevate movement? What are your goals with it? Can you tell me a little bit about it?

Pat Biondi: A few different things lead to me starting the Elevate Movement. I had always enjoyed drawing and designing things, and around the time I started the company, it seemed like there was a lot of division and tension in our country–politically, interpersonally, in news outlets–and so I had a desire to create a company that brought people together and had a positive impact on the world. These two areas merged together and formed the Elevate Movement, a clothing company whose goal is to unify and create positive change–by donating a portion of our profits to different charities, working with charities, and providing information that will inform and challenge people to grow in their own lives.


Check out the Site here: theelevatemovement.com


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Mike Duffy: When you won the 2012 cape cod league batting title, how did that effect your confidence? Was that when you realized you had a chance to move to the next level?

Pat Biondi: Winning the cape cod batting title definitely gave me confidence..especially after struggling in cape cod the summer before, it allowed me to prove to myself I was capable of playing at the highest level.

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Mike Duffy: You were seen as a steal in the 2013 draft by the Mets. Has that had any impact on the drive it took to get you to AAA which is already a huge accomplishment?

Pat Biondi: I think the way the draft played out for me just motivated me to always prove myself at every level throughout my pro career.


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Mike Duffy: Had you ever felt being 5’9 in professional sports was a obstacle? If so how did you beat that mental or physical roadblock?

Pat Biondi: As far as my height, I think because it gets talked about as far as “projectability” in the draft process, it’s something that I have viewed as an obstacle at times. But as I’ve played for longer, I realize that it has no effect on how I play the game, and so it’s not something I view as a roadblock or obstacle in my career.


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Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite player growing up?

Pat Biondi: Curtis Granderson (had the chance to interact with him a few springs ago–he’s an even better person than he is player!)


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Mike Duffy: What team were you the biggest fan of growing up?

Pat Biondi: I was a big Tigers fan growing up.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite hobby besides baseball?

Pat Biondi:  Playing the guitar, music, writing, reading, drawing, the outdoors/ hiking.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite stadium?

Pat Biondi: So far, Fenway.

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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite movie?

Pat Biondi: Forgetting Sarah Marshall.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite Tv show?

Pat Biondi: Right now, Westworld.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite book?

Pat Biondi: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.


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Mike Duffy: Do you have a motto or a thing to do to get you out of a rough time?

Pat Biondi: I don’t have a motto, but for me, I think meditating, doing yoga, just taking the time to take a step back and slow down helps me refocus and reconnect.



Mike Duffy: When did you know you wanted to play professional baseball?

Pat Biondi: Growing up, I always wanted to play in the NBA..I think probably my sophomore or junior year in high school is when I began to think about playing baseball professionally.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite baseball memory?

Pat Biondi: Winning a state championship in high school, winning the batting title in cape cod, sweeping Michigan state  my senior year at Michigan.



Mike Duffy: Who is your favorite Musician and what’s your favorite song?

Pat Biondi: Chance the rapper, rebelution, dirty heads, slghtly stoopid, John Mayer, Dave Matthews, odesza..just kind of depends on my mood


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite part about being in the Mets organization?

Pat Biondi: My favorite part of being in the Mets organization is the relationships I’ve made with teammates and coaches during my five seasons.


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Max Muncy, That Funky Muncy!

Friday: June 15, 2018

by Brandon Gutierrez

One of the many surprises this year around the league, has been the Dodgers’ Max Muncy. He has been called “This years’ Chris Taylor,” and for good reason. Entering play on Friday, he has a slash line of .277 / .395 / .631. His 1.030 OPS is 5th in MLB (min. 150 PA). His 176 wRC+ trails only Mookie Betts and Mike Trout (min. 150 PA). Last year in Triple A, he hit 12 HRs in 109 games. This year in the majors, Muncy has hit 13 through 46 games. But how is he doing this?

It’s deffinitley not on cutting strikeouts. In 2016 with Oakland, Muncy had a 18.0 K %. This year, 24.8 %. It is also not with walks. 15.0 BB% in 2016, 15.9 BB % this year. It’s not like he is chasing at less pitches. 20.5 O-swing  % compared to 19.4 %. So what gives?

What Muncy did do is decrease his groundball rate drastically. 2016, 51.2 %.  This year with the Dodgers 33.7 %. His average launch angle went from 10.4 degrees to 16.7.He is also crushing the ball tremendously more than he did with the A’s. 29.2 % hard hit rate compared to 45.7 % with the Dodgers. His average exit velocity has risen to a 91.9 mph from 82.3 mph. All these stats have combined to a  29.4 HR/FB %. and a .445 xWOBA.

What Muncy has really improved on, is crushing pitches he should crush. Below I have two charts of Muncy’s SLG. for each quadrant of the strike zone.

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SLG in 2018

As you can see, he’s starting to destroy more middle-middle pitches in 2018

In conclusion, Max Muncy has not done anything with his strike outs and walks. But a combination of hitting the ball harder, hitting the ball in the air more, and mashing on pitchers mistakes. Has led to a break out season.

Sources:

Baseball Savant

Baseball Reference

Fangraphs

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Logan Gilbert : Inside the 2018 Draft Interview

The K Zone

June 12th 2018

Logan Gilbert

Interviewed By Mike Duffy


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Mike Duffy: What emotions went through your mind during this very exciting draft?

Logan Gilbert: It was really overwhelming and a huge excitement to know my childhood dream came true and all the hard work is paying off.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite baseball memory?

Logan Gilbert: Winning the regional championship with Stetson in 2018.


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Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite player growing up?

Logan Gilbert: My favorite player was Chipper Jones.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite hobby besides baseball?

Logan Gilbert: I really like playing golf or beach volleyball when I’m not playing baseball.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite movie?

Logan Gilbert: My favorite movie is The Dark Knight.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite book?

Logan Gilbert: My favorite book is Relentless by Tim Grover.


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Mike Duffy: When did you know you wanted to play professional baseball?

Logan Gilbert: When I first started playing baseball when I was 4 and watched the pros on tv.


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Article Index

Player Profiles

Austin Barnes

Walker Buehler

Gavin Cecchini 

Odúbel Herrera

Kenley Jansen

Matt Kemp

Max Muncy

Daniel Murphy

Brandon Nimmo

Kevin Plawecki

T.J. Rivera

Amed Rosario

Sixto Sánchez

Corey Seager 

Chase Utley

Joey Votto

Front Office Profiles

Billy Eppler

Ray Searage

Saber Definitions

wRC+

WAR

Articles

We the Fans

Kansas City Royals Mistake

The Curious Case of Rookie Salary

A Look at Luck

Stars & Scrubs

Statology

League Change

The Relieving Future

The Road Rockies

The Correlation Conundrum 

The 2018 NL Cy Young Race

How MLB Teams Got Their Names

AL West

AL Central

Nick Schnell : Inside the 2018 Draft Interview

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June 11th 2018

Nick Schnell

Interviewed By Mike Duffy


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With the No. 32 pick in the draft, the Rays selected outfielder Nick Schnell from Roncalli High School in Indiana. – 


Mike Duffy: Many kids today have been raised to think fun is not important when playing baseball. In your opinion how crucial is it to have fun while playing the game?

Nick Schnell: It is crucial to play the game and have fun. When you are having fun that is when the most success occurs because you are just relaxed and playing a game you love.


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Mike Duffy: What was the honor of being drafted in the first round like?

Nick Schnell: It was extremely humbling. It just was reassurance all the hard work was for something so special.


Mike Duffy: Tons of friends and family were there to celebrate with you. What was it like having them there?

Nick Schnell: The support system I have is incredible and I can’t thank my family, friends and supporters more.


Mike Duffy: What are you looking forward to most playing for the Rays?

Nick Schnell: Bringing a winning attitude to the organization, and hopefully eventually helping in providing a World Series.


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Mike Duffy: Who was your favorite player growing up?

Nick Schnell: Javier Baez.


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Mike Duffy: What team were you the biggest fan of growing up?

Nick Schnell: Cubs.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite Tv show?

Nick Schnell: Game of Thrones.


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Mike Duffy: Do you have a motto or a thing to do to get you out of a rough time?

Nick Schnell: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”


Mike Duffy: When did you know you wanted to play professional baseball?

Nick Schnell: When I started playing baseball.


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Mike Duffy: Who is your favorite Musician and what’s your favorite song?

Nick Schnell: Young Thug, For y’all by young thug.


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Recapping the Mets 2018 Draft

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June 7, 2018

Recapping the Mets 2018 Draft by Mojo Hill

Over the past few days, the 2018 MLB draft took place for all 30 teams, with teams drafting high school and college amateur talent through the process of 40 rounds. There are many factors that go into what player a team picks, such as their upside, their floor, their skillset, and their signability. Early in the draft, teams tend to go with the more talented players, rather than drafting for a need, but overall by the end of the draft it is good to draft a wide variety of players.

Here I will be reviewing the 40 picks selected by the New York Mets in this year’s draft. With their 40 picks, they took 27 college players and 13 high school players. Additionally, 15 of the picks were right-handed pitchers, five were left-handed pitchers, 10 were infielders, five were outfielders, and five were catchers.

1. Jarred Kelenic, OF, Waukesha West High School

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With the sixth overall pick in the first round of the 2018 draft, the Mets selected outfielder Jarred Kelenic.

Kelenic was born on July 16, 1999 and is 6’1″, 196 lbs. He is a tall, strong, true athlete, and has the ability to man center field very well with his above-average speed, although some pessimistic scouts do believe that he may end up having to move to a corner spot. Regardless, he has a very strong arm from the outfield.

With Kelenic’s name being linked to the Mets previously, this pick was not too much of a surprise. Kelenic is known for his impressively well-rounded skillset, as well as his strong all-around hitting ability. Scouts believe he will have the ability to hit for average and power as he was the one of the more polished hitters in this year’s draft class, and they also believe that he has the frame to tap into even more power as he develops.

Obviously there’s a still a long way to go, with Kelenic having just finished high school, but the Mets have done a very good job recently of developing fellow first-round picks who are also left-handed outfielders in Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo. The hope is that Kelenic will one day follow in Conforto and Nimmo’s footsteps.

2. Simeon Woods-Richardson, RHP, Fort Bend Kempner High School

Date of Birth – 9/27/00

Woods-Richardson had a commitment to the University of Texas, but he announced himself on Twitter that he was withdrawing that commitment to sign with the Mets and that he was excited for this opportunity.

Woods-Richardson has good stuff all-around, with fastball in the low-90s that touches 95 along with a big curveball in the mid-70s that really messes with hitters. He also features a changeup usually thrown around 80 mph that has plenty of potential as well. There’s a lot to like about Woods-Richardson.

He was also a right-handed hitter and played third base in high school, but his focus will be on becoming a pitcher in the Mets organization.

3. Carlos Cortes, 2B, University of South Carolina  

Date of Birth – 06/30/97

Cortes is small at 5’8″, 185 lbs, but he has a nice left-handed swing with some pop. He is ambidextrous and throws left-handed in the outfield and right-handed in the infield, although he was announced primarily as a second baseman. The Mets drafted him and didn’t sign back in 2016.

He had some contact problems and was streaky at the plate for South Carolina, but he started to add some lift to his compact swing to gain more power in his last season. After a slow start offensively last year, he was able to raise his line to .253/.380/.526 through 194 at-bats, likely raising his stock. For the Mets to pick him in the third round, they must have had a very optimistic belief in his streaky bat.

With Cortes possessing a below-average arm and speed, he’s really going to have to hit to move up the ranks. His best quality is his hit tool, although he has some defensive versatility as well. This was a bit of a risky pick, and is likely an underslot pick to save money for later rounds, but there is plenty of upside in his strong power and on-base skills. Cortes was ranked as the No. 177 draft prospect by Baseball America, and was unranked by MLB Pipeline.

4. Adam Hill, RHP, University of South Carolina  

Date of Birth – 03/24/97

Hill is a big righty, standing at 6’6″ and 215 lbs. He has a good fastball with late life on it that usually sits in the low 90s and tops out in the mid-90s. He also has a good slider in the low- to mid-80s and a changeup that is particularly effective against lefties, but he’s had issues with consistency and control of his secondary stuff.

This past season. he posted back-to-back starts with 14 strikeouts, but ended up struggling a bit to bring his numbers to a 4.58 ERA through 11 starts with 79 strikeouts and 35 walks in 57 innings.

Hill has shown flashes of brilliance but he will need to find consistency to be successful. The keys for him will be to improve his control and to keep his velocity up into the later innings. He was ranked 81st by Baseball America and 139th by MLB Pipeline.

5. Ryley Gilliam, RHP, Clemson  

Date of Birth – 08/11/96

Gilliam is a bit small at 5’10”, 175 lbs, but generates velocity into the mid-90s with very fast arm speed. As well as the fastball, he relies heavily on his 12-6 curveball which sits in the upper-70s.

He has experience starting, but broke out in 2017 as Clemson’s closer. He carried his success as a closer into 2018, when he posted a dominant 0.79 ERA with 50 strikeouts but a high 19 walks in 34.1 innings. His success stemmed from his electric fastball-curveball combination, mostly ditching his effective changeup that he threw more when he was starting.

He projects as a reliever going forward, and is a good athlete despite his lack of size. Control will be the area in which he most needs to improve. Ranked 207th by Baseball America and 127th by MLB Pipeline, he could very well have a future as an impact reliever. Here’s a video of him pitching from 2017.

6. Nick Meyer, C, Cal Poly  

Date of Birth – 02/18/97

The 6’0″, 175-lb backstop is about standard size for a catcher, and is known for his superb defensive skills. He receives praise in all aspects of catching, said to call his own game and to be an advanced receiver. He is great at framing and blocking pitches as well as guiding and mentoring his pitchers. He also has a very strong arm behind the plate, and can throw out base-stealers as well as pick runners off first base.

His offensive profile is where questions arise. He doesn’t strike out much and has decent on-base skills, but he offers little else offensively and does not have much power. Baseball America says about him, “Meyer’s upside is that of an A.J. Ellis-type, who makes a long career out of his defense and intangibles.”

There’s not a lot of upside offensively, but the defense is so good that if he utilizes his contact and on-base skills just enough, he could progress through the Mets system. He was ranked at No. 186 by Baseball America and No. 167 by MLB.com.

7. Kevin Smith, LHP, Georgia 

Date of Birth – 05/13/97

Smith is tall and big at 6’5″, 233 lbs, but his fastball only sits about 88-92, although it has been reported to reach 94. His out pitch is his sweeping slider to both sides of the plate, which is very effective against left-handed hitters especially. He also has a changeup which is more of a work in progress, but is coming along.

Smith’s future is definitely as a reliever, a role in which he thrived at Georgia Tech. He led Georgia with 76 strikeouts in 59 innings this season. He was unranked by both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline, but could become an effective reliever with his high spin rate and fastball-slider combo.

8. Tylor Megill, RHP, University of Arizona

Date of Birth – 07/28/95

Megill is another pitcher with a large frame, at 6’7″, 230 lbs. He has a loose arm action from a three-quarters slot, and throws strikes with some late tailing action on his fastball. He is said to sit 91-93 with his fastball with an 82-85 mph slider that has said to be average at best, as well as an 11-5 curveball that has been inconsistent but shown flashes of potential.

Like Smith, he will probably wind up as a reliever, and it will be interesting to see how he utilizes his large frame in the minors. He struck out 38 batters in 32.1 innings this year though he also walked 14. He was ranked 396th by Baseball America, and was unranked by MLB Pipeline.

9. Bryce Montes de Oca, RHP, University of Missouri

Date of Birth – 04/23/96

At 6’7″, 265 lbs, Montes de Oca is another pitcher with a large frame, but is much more overpowering than the previous two. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and can reach 100 with heavy sink on it. He also has a wipeout slider in the upper-80s at its best.

He’s had to battle ulnar nerve transposition surgery, Tommy John surgery, and control issues, but there’s a lot of upside with this pick. He showed flashes of dominance as a starter, but most scouts believe his future is in the bullpen where he will be able to let loose and utilize his 100 mph fastball as well as his strong slider.

Experts believe that he can be a guy that sees the big leagues within two years. The biggest issues for him will be control, and of course, staying healthy. He was ranked 154th by Baseball America and 138th by MLB Pipeline.

Here’s a video of the strong righty pitching for Missouri in 2017.

10. Manny Rodriguez, SS, University of Cincinnati

Date of Birth – 07/04/96

A smallish and slender infielder at 5’10”, 165 lbs, it is believed that he will be able to stick at shortstop due to his good arm and range. There is also some power potential, as his slugging percentage increased by over .200 points between his last two seasons at Cincinnati.

If he keeps this newfound power up, he could become a very good shortstop prospect. He has also pitched, and has a fastball that tops out in the mid-80s with a curveball in the low-70s that he could throw for strikes. Still, his future is definitely as a shortstop, especially if he hits.

11. Franklin Parra, LHP, Copiague High School

Date of Birth – 9/13/99

Parra, a lefty reliever who stands at 6’1″, 170, has a fairly average fastball that sits in the low 90s but he has been able to wipe out high school hitters with his low-80s slider. This past season, he posted an eye-popping 19.5 K/9 due to his effective fastball-slider combo. Still fresh out of high school, there is a lot of development in Parra’s future before he will have a chance at getting Major League hitters out, but there’s a nice amount of potential for an effective lefty here.

He is expected so sign.

12. Ross Adolph, OF, University of Toledo

Date of Birth – 12/17/96

Adolph is a good-sized college outfielder at 6’1″, 192 lbs who was considered the top hitter in the MAC by many scouts when considering the positional and defensive value. He batted an extremely impressive .322/.445/.654 as a junior for Toldeo this past season, tying the school’s single-season home run record with 15. Adolph has the potential to hit for a lot of power and is also considered to be a very good runner, so there’s a good amount of upside with this pick.

He has indicated he has signed with Mets.

13. Christian Tripp, RHP, University of New Mexico

Date of Birth – 3/13/97

Tripp, another large reliever at 6’7″, 200 lbs, has battled some inconsistencies with his stuff and delivery but had a nice season for New Mexico last year, collecting eight saves with a 2.44 ERA. He has a cut fastball that ranges from 88-94 mph and an 83-84 mph slider that runs in on left-handed batters. He has the potential to be a quality reliever if he improves the consistency of his stuff and movement. He was ranked No. 460 on Baseball America’s list of draft prospects.

He is expected to sign.

14. Andrew Mitchell, LHP, Auburn University

Date of Birth – 10/23/94

At 6’0″, 190 lbs, Mitchell is a good-sized southpaw who has been overshadowed by his teammate and No. 1 overall pick Casey Mize. He has experience at both starting and relieving, and has been a bit inconsistent as evidenced by his 4.01 ERA last year, but he struck 11.6 guys per nine innings last year, so the stuff is there. He was one of the older players in the draft at 23 already due to being red-shirted as a Freshman, so his development will be interesting to watch.

He Tweeted out that he will join the Mets.

15. Phil Capra, C, Wagner College

Date of Birth – 10/1/96

Capra, 5’10”, 205, lbs, is a switch-hitting catcher who had a good offensive season for Wagner College last year, batting .312/.409/.551, and most notably breaking out some newfound power. He also had a very good strikeout-to-walk ratio and plays some infield positions as well as catcher. His future is a bit uncertain, but there’s a lot to like in this pick. Capra was ranked 27th in New York by Baseball America.

Expected to sign.

16. L.A. Woodard, SS, Middle Tennessee State University

Date of Birth – 6/13/97

Woodard is a relatively small shortstop at 5’11”, 165 lbs, and doesn’t have much power in his bat at all. However, he has very good speed and base-stealing skills as he stole 23 bases in 25 attempts last year while hitting a solid .267/.386/.356. In addition to his speed, he has good strike zone knowledge, hence the high OBP, as he walked 40 times in 52 games. He is also very good at limiting strikeouts. There isn’t a ton of upside due to the lack of power, but there’s potential for a solid player here if he can utilize his speed and on-base skills. He is also said to play very good defense at shortstop and have a leader’s mentality by his assistant coach Tim Donnelly.

Woodard says he will forgo his final season to go pro.

17. Allan Winans, RHP, Campbell University

Date of Birth – 8/10/95

Another older draftee at 22 years old, Winans is 6’5″, 175 lbs. He has been worked mainly as a starter, posting a 2.73 ERA last year in 15 games (14 starts). He also struck out 96 in his 82 innings. His season was a bit of a breakout as he had never had that type of success previously, so it will be interesting to see if he can carry it into the minor leagues.

18. Chase Chambers, 1B, Tennessee Tech University

Date of Birth – 8/22/95

Chambers, at 6’1″, 250 lbs, is a big slugging lefty first baseman who had a monster senior season, hitting .400 with a 1.150 OPS and 76 RBIs, while only striking out 24 times. There’s a lot of upside here with his powerful, sweet lefty swing, although there are questions about his athleticism and defensive ability. However, in 2014 Perfect Game stated that he moved well for his size and had good footwork, agility, and balance at first base. Chambers was also a left-handed pitcher, but it’s clear that his future is as a slugger. He was ranked 16th in Tennessee by Baseball America. The Mets did well to take someone with this high of an offensive ceiling so late in the draft.

19. Tommy Wilson, RHP, California State University, Fullerton

Date of Birth – 5/26/96

Wilson is a large right-hander at 6’4″, 220 lbs, and has a fastball ranging from the high-80s to the low-90s. It is said to be fairly straight, but he commands it in the strike zone with above-average control. He also has an effective slider in the low-80s that has the potential to get swings and misses. He has experience both starting and relieving, going 6-0 with a 2.93 ERA his junior year at Fullerton. Baseball America ranked him 74th in Southern California.

20. Brooks Warren, LHP, East Central Community College (Mississippi)

Date of Birth – 3/25/98

The 6’3″, 215-lb right-hander is said to have fairly average stuff, with a fastball ranging from the high-80s to low-90s along with a decent slider. He has experience both starting and relieving, so it’s unclear what the future holds for him in that regard. He did struggle last year with a 6.05 ERA, so there’s probably not a lot of upside with this pick. He was, however, ranked 17th in Mississippi by Baseball America.

21. Zachary Hammer, RHP, Alexander Central High School

Date of Birth – 7/04/00

At 6’3″, 170 lbs, Hammer has a tall, lean body type, and is said to have good stuff with a fastball topping out at 92 and a power curveball that really sets him apart from others. He’s still young at seventeen years old, fresh out of high school, and needs to work on his control, but there’s a good amount of upside here.

22. Jaylen Palmer, SS, Holy Cross High School

Date of Birth – 7/31/00

Palmer also has a tall and lean body, standing at 6’3″, 190 lbs, and has a plus arm at shortstop. He has also played outfield, but his strong arm and range, as well as his athletic frame should keep him at shortstop for now, although a move in the future would not be impossible. He’s said to have a very good amount of power potential, especially for a shortstop.

23. Saul Gonzalez, RHP, Montverde Academy

Date of Birth – 12/28/99

Gonzalez is an interesting pick because he’s a very big guy, standing at 6’7″, 235 lbs. He also has a power fastball in the mid-90s that scouts believe he may eventually be able to get into the upper-90s. His fastball is so good that it’s said to be potentially be a 70-grade pitch in the future.

However, he is still very far from developing any kind of consistent breaking pitch, as he pitched almost exclusively with his fastball in high school, only occasionally mixing in a work-in-progress curveball. There is plenty of upside with Gonzalez, but to get outs at the higher levels, he’s going to need to make significant progress on developing his secondary offerings. Baseball America ranked him at No. 401 in the draft.

24. Hayden Senger, C, Miami University

Date of Birth – 4/03/97

Senger, who is about standard size for a catcher at 6’1″, 210 lbs, broke out last year after a terrible year offensively in 2017. He bounced back to hit .349/.435/.530, increasing his stock that already had value due to his defensive prowess. He has been praised for his work behind the plate, and had a very impressive 42 percent caught stealing rate last year for Miami. His bat is still a bit of a question mark, but there is certainly potential there.

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25. David Miranda, OF, Florida Atlantic University

Date of Birth – 3/23/95

Miranda is a strong left-handed outfielder at 6’0″, 210 lbs., and is coming off a very good senior season at Florida Atlantic where he hit .321/.406/.542. He was among the Conference USA’s leaders in RBIs, runs, and hits, certainly boosting his draft stock.

26. Brian Sharp, 3B, University of Missouri

Date of Birth – 2/18/97

Sharp has a large 6’2″ frame and weighs about 205 lbs, and was drafted as a third baseman but also has experience as a pitcher and catcher. A left-handed batter, he hit a strong .321/.418/.500 this past season but has had issues with strikeouts. He is expected to sign.

27. Zach Rheams, SS, Texas Tech University

Date of Birth – 7/05/96

Rheams, 6’0″, 235 lbs, is a big outfielder who swings from the left side. He had a great season overall last year for Texas Tech, hitting .329/.460/.686, but particularly impressed with his power, swatting 17 homers and posting a monstrous .357 ISO. Like many sluggers, he has some strikeout issues, but there’s a lot of power potential here. This is another very good pick for this late in the draft, as Rheams has a lot of upside for a 27th-rounder.

28. Mitch Hickey, RHP, University of California San Diego

Date of Birth – 11/16/95

Hickey, a righty listed at 6’0″, 184 lbs, has a wide arsenal of pitches, with a fastball ranging anywhere from 88-94 mph, an 83-84 mph changeup, a sharp slider at 78-82 mph, and a 12-6 curveball at 71-76 mph. His stuff has received praise from scouts for its sharpness and depth, but command and control have been cited as huge issues. His future is as a reliever.

29. Nelson Mompierre, C, Miami Dade College

Date of Birth – 9/26/95

Mompierre, a 6’0″, 195-lb catcher, is known for his hitting. As a senior, he hit .355 with an OPS over 1.000, helped out by his strong on-base skills. He also had a knack for driving in runs as part of his well-rounded offensive profile, recording 31 RBIs in 37 games.

30. Chandler Avant, 2B, University of Alabama

Date of Birth – 7/11/95

A small second baseman at 5’11”, 170 lbs, Avant has one of the lower offensive ceilings of the players the Mets selected in this draft. He doesn’t have a lot of power mainly due to his small size, but is also not expected to make a lot of contact either. His defense is more of an unknown, but the fact that he’d already been moved off shortstop entering the draft is a bit worrisome.

31. Brendan Hardy, RHP, Harrison Central High School

Date of Birth – 12/15/99

Hardy, tall at 6’4″, 190 lbs, played shortstop as well as pitched in high school but was drafted as a right-handed pitcher. He had a 29 percent strikeout rate in high school, so there is some upside there, and will likely require an overslot deal to sign.

32. Jake Mangum, LHP, Mississippi State University

Date of Birth – 3/08/96

Listed at 6’1″, 185 lbs, Mangum is known for his strong contact ability from both sides of the plate, as well as well above-average speed. However, he is also said to be very aggressive at the plate as he doesn’t draw many walks, and there also isn’t a lot of power potential. He is a very good defender in center field due to his speed, so Mangum probably has a relatively high floor with his well-rounded skillset. There’s not a ton of upside, but it seems like a pretty solid pick. Mangum was ranked 134th by Baseball America and 180th by MLB Pipeline.

He already announced he will be returning to school for his senior season.

33. Michael Picollo, RHP, Blue Valley North High School

Date of Birth – 9/22/99

Picollo, 6’2″, 170 lbs, is not a huge upside pick, with a fastball that has been said to top out at 86 mph, but his velocity has supposedly been improving, so the Mets drafted this guy with the belief that he’s someone they could sign for a small amount and develop into something useful.

34. Duke Kinamon, 2B, Stanford University

Date of Birth – 9/04/96

Kinamon is a small player, listed at 5’10”, 190 lbs, without a lot of power and not a great hit tool. He does have very good speed. He missed his junior season (2018) with an injury, so he may not sign in order to boost his stock for the 2019 draft. He hit .284/.365/.379 in the 2017 season.

35. Ian Mejia, RHP, Sahuarita High School

Date of Birth – 1/31/00

The 6’4″, 175-lb righty has a simple pitching motion with a fastball that reaches 93 mph. Solid pick here with some upside, although for now he does have a commitment to the University of Arizona, so his signability is in question. He was ranked 19th in Arizona by Baseball America.

36. Denzel Clarke, OF, Everest Academy High School

Date of Birth – 5/01/00

A tall outfielder listed at 6’4″, 190 lbs, Clarke is a natural athlete. He has experience playing center field, but as he fills out his large frame, he is likely to move to a corner spot. His hit tool is graded higher than his power, but he could gain some power as he adds more muscle. He has dealt with timing issues and lack of strength as some of the main concerns with his offensive profile. He still has a good amount of potential, and was ranked 384th by Baseball America.

37. Zach Fascia, C, Turner Fenton Secondary School

Date of Birth – 9/15/98

The 6’1″, 225-lb catcher is a left-handed hitter who also has experience pitching. He has an athletic build and possess a quick, compact swing with some gap power. The information provided on his defensive skills makes him out to be a solid backstop.

38. Nick Zona, SS, Hanover High School

Date of Birth – 7/09/99

The 6’2″, 180 lb shortstop also has experience pitching, but is expected to play shortstop due to his strong arm and athleticism.

39. Kody Darcy, SS, Kentridge High School

Date of Birth – 6/17/99

Darcy, who also has experience at the other infield positions, has a 6-1″, 175-lb frame. He’s said to have clean and smooth footwork, range, and glove actions, as well as a pretty strong arm. At the plate, he has an open stance with a loose swing that generates solid bat speed, and has the ability to make some very hard contact.

40. Brian Metoyer, RHP, Louisiana State University

Date of Birth – 11/13/96

The tall, lanky righty Metoyer is 6’4″, 160 lbs and is another guy who gets a lot of strikeouts but also has problems with control. He posted a 5.60 ERA in a hitter’s league, and has plenty of issues to work out, but there’s enough upside that the Mets felt he was worth taking a shot on. He was the 40th and final pick of the Mets’ 2018 draft.