The Mets’ 2020 Draft was an interesting one.
The team took a huge risk in selecting J.T. Ginn a pitcher from Mississippi State University who was a first-round talent but fell to the second round because he underwent Tommy John surgery in March
In order to select him and realistically try and sign him, the Mets selected some lesser-known prospects in order to free up money to give Ginn his desired signing bonus.
In this first part of this draft recap, we discussed the Mets picks for the first two rounds in which they selected three players.
3rd Round, 91st Overall: Anthony Walters
With their third-round pick and the 91st overall pick, the Mets selected shortstop Anthony Walters from San Diego State.
Walters doesn’t seem to be much of an offensive shortstop as he hit .271 for San Diego State in their season before the season was canceled. He seemingly has the range to be a utility infielder and was the first of two utility players the Mets selected in the later rounds of this draft.
4th Round, 120nd Overall: Matthew Dyer
With their fourth-round pick and the 120th overall, the Mets selected Matthew Dyer catcher from the University of Arizona. Dyer was only hitting .220 in the virus shortened college season, but it was a very limited sample size.
Dyer is listed by the school’s website as a catcher/utility player, and can possibly play the two corner outfield positions. Dyer along with Walters could provide the Mets will valuable utility player depth for the future.
5th Round, 150th Overall: Eric Orze
With their final selection in the 2020 Draft, the Mets selected Eric Orze with their fifth-round pick and 150th overall. Orze pitched at the University of New Orleans and was the Mets fourth collegiate player selected in this draft.
Orze was having a pretty good start to his second season before the college season was canceled. He had a 2.84 ERA in two starts and three appearances in 12.2 innings pitched.
This was only his second season in college because he pitched a few games in 2018 which resulted in and an 8.10 ERA in 16.2 innings pitched and was redshirted for the 2019 season. But, Orze definitely helps bolster the Mets minor league starting pitching depth.
Over the Mets’ 2020 draft strategy was interesting considering that four of the six players they selected were college players. Their strategy seemed to be building up outfield, pitching, and utility depth as they selected two outfielders, two pitchers, and two players that could be considered utility players.
With there being no minor league season in 2020 all of these players will need to wait until 2021 to first pro ball experience.
But, considering that the Mets loaded up on college-level talent we could see one, or two of these players with the Mets in the not too distant future.
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