The 2020 MLB Draft has come and gone.
The draft was shortened to five rounds due to the Coronavirus Pandemic meaning that teams needed to be much more careful with their draft choices.
Brodie Van Wagenen opted to be gutsy in this draft very similar to how he acted during the 2019 Draft.
During the 2019 Draft, Van Wagenen took risks by drafting Matt Allen and Josh Wolf two top pitching prospects that had signability concerns, but the Mets did their research and were able to sign both.
Without further ado let’s examine the Mets selections for the first few rounds of the 2020 MLB Draft.
Round 1: OF Pete Crow-Armstrong
With the 19th overall pick, the Mets selected high school Outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong. This was a solid pick. Crow-Armstrong was the 20th ranked prospect on MLB.com’s Top 200 Prospects. The 18-year-old California prospect profiles as a center fielder who has 60 fielding, and 60 run tools. Meaning he is very fast and is a great fielder.
The Mets needed to draft outfielders in this draft, and specifically starting centerfield prospects, and Crow-Armstrong fits the Mets center fielder needs to a tee. He also has an above-average hit an arm according to the 20/80 scale with his hit tool being 55 and his arm also being a 55.
Round 2: RHP J.T. Ginn & CF Isaiah Greene
The Mets had two selections in the second round. Their first second-round selection was J.T. Ginn a right-handed pitcher from Mississippi State. Ginn was the 44th ranked prospect and the Mets selected him with the 52nd pick in the draft. Ginn was selected by the Dodgers in the first round of the 2018 Draft, but couldn’t meet his signing bonus request.
Ginn throws his fastball anywhere from 91-97 MPH and has a great slider and good changeup. There are some signability concerns with Ginn, however, and he had Tommy John Surgery this spring. If the Mets can sign him this could turn out to be a very good pick.
Isaiah Greene was selected with the Mets’ 2nd round pick they received from the Phillies when they signed Zack Wheeler. Greene was the 62nd ranked prospect in this draft, and the Mets selected him with their 69th overall pick. Greene like Crow-Armstrong is a high school outfielder from California who profiles as a centerfielder.
Greene has above-average tools in everything except power, and scouts believe he’ll figure that out in the minors. He has an above-average speed tool with it grading at a 65. The MLB.com profile on him describes his skillset as raw with the belief that he can remain a centerfielder in the future.
Overall, the Mets made some bold draft choices as they did in 2019, and hopefully, the signability concerns over some of their choices don’t hurt them.
In Part II, we will look at the Mets’ selections from the third through fifth rounds.
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