May 20, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; General view of baseballs before the St. Louis Cardinals game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Here’s a blurb (with videos and scouting reports often included), on each player the Mets selected between the 2nd and 10th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft…
Round 10 (296th overall) – Mets select Luis Guillorme, 5’11”, 175 pound lefty hitting SS from Coral Springs High School in Florida:
Guillorme is known for his defense…fast forward to the 35 second mark of the video below to see why:
Round 9 (266th overall) – Mets select Patrick Biondi, a 5’9″, 165 pound lefty hitting CF from Michigan:
Biondi recently set a big ten record by stealing six bases in one game.
Here’s some footage of Biondi in game action:
Round 8 (236th overall) – Mets select Ricky Knapp, a RHP from Florida Gulf Coast University:
Knapp is the son of former Detroit Tigers pitching coach Rick Knapp. Here’s a recent article on Knapp from the Atlantic Sun Insider.
Here’s video of a postgame interview with Knapp from last year:
Round 7 (206th overall) – Mets select Matt Oberste, a 6’2″, 209 pound 1B from Oklahoma:
Oberste, who was ranked 120th by Baseball America, just finished his Junior year of College.
Here’s a prospect video of Oberste:
Round 6 (176th overall) – Mets select Champ Stuart, a 5’11”, 175 pound OF from Brevard College:
Stuart is recognized as one of the fastest players in this year’s draft, but his bat needs lots of work.
Here’s a quote from Brevard’s coach, Matt McCay:
"Champ Stuart may well be the most talented baseball player to come out of Brevard since Gil Coan in the 1940s, and scouts tell me that he’s almost sure to go in the early rounds of the draft"
Round 5 (146th overall) – Mets select Jared King, a switch hitting LF from Kansas State University:
King, listed at 6’1″ and 215 pounds, is someone who can hit for both average and power according to MLB Network’s Jonathan Mayo. Both Mayo and Jim Callis thought King could’ve been selected during the first few rounds, as he was rated the 68th best prospect by Baseball America.
Here’s what Jonathan Mayo had to say about King before the draft:
"King is a solid college performer with good tools across the board. His best tool is his bat, and he has the chance to hit for both average and power. He has tremendous bat speed with a short stroke from both sides of the plate and the ball carries off his bat. He’s a solid average runner who might be better suited for a corner outfield spot and that could mean left given that his arm is his weakest tool. It’s his bat, though, that will get him drafted, and he might have enough to be taken off the board in the first few rounds."
Here’s a video of King:
Round 4 (116th overall) – Mets select L.J. Mazzilli, a 2B from UCONN:
40 years after selecting Lee Mazzilli in the draft, the Mets selected his son L.J., a 22 year old righty hitting second baseman.
Here’s a scouting report on Mazzilli from Coast2Coast Prospects:
"Mazilli has some major bloodlines and shows some potential on both sides of the ball. The son of former major leaguer Lee Mazzilli, L.J. shows average tools across the board. At the plate, he has a simple, quiet, compact swing that generates solid-average bat speed. He has hit for some power this year at UCONN (9 HR’s in 223 at-bats), though he is definitely more of a gap-to-gap guy and power isn’t a big part of his game. His arm, range and good foot speed will allow him to stay at second base easily and he’ll steal a few bags at the next level. He has no tools that will wow you, but Mazzilli has a good approach, plays the game the right way, and competes in all aspects of the game."
Here’s an in depth video on Mazzilli:
Round 3 (84th overall) – Mets select Casey Meisner, a RHP from Cypress Woods High School in Cypress, Texas:
This dude is huge – 6’7″, 190 pounds. Jonathan Mayo of the MLB Network says Meisner touches 94 MPH with his fastball and has the chance to have three plus pitches. Meisner was rated 91st by Keith Law (hat tip to @PSLToFlushing).
Here’s a scouting report on Meisner from Perfect Game:
"Meisner has a tall lanky body with a projectable build. He pitches from an over the top arm slot with a long loose arm action. He has good arm speed with projectable velocity. Meisner pitches on a downward plane and works downhill. He maintains balance through his delivery and repeats his delivery well. Meisner throws an 11/5 curveball with tight spin. He showed some feel for his curveball and was around the plate with it. He also throws a change up with some slight sink to it. Meisner has a very projectable body and velocity and should be followed closely. Signed with Texas Tech."
Here’s a video of Meisner:
Round 3 (76th overall) – Mets select CF Ivan Wilson, an OF from Rustin High School in Louisiana:
Listed at 6’3″, 220 pounds. Toolsy, righty hitting outfielder who profiles best in right field.
Here’s a scouting report on Wilson from Baseball America:
"Wilson immediately stands out with his chiseled 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame. He has his ‘man strength’ already and played wide receiver for his high school football team, but his future is on the baseball diamond. Wilson is an above-average runner, posting a 6.72-second 60-yard dash time at the East Coast Professional Showcase. While his speed isn’t quite good enough to stick in center field long term, Wilson fits the right-field profile well and shows solid-average arm strength. He has natural rhythm and balance in his righthanded swing and obvious strength. Wilson is the type of player who could really take off when he starts focusing on baseball full-time, and scouts are intrigued by his power-speed combination. He played summer ball for the NOLA Prospects and he is not yet committed to a college."
Here’s a video of Wilson:
Round 2 (48th overall) – Mets select RHP Andrew Church, a RHP from Nevada (high school):
Church’s story is a bit odd, and can be read here. He hasn’t pitched much lately in high school due to eligibility issues, which likely knocked him down some prospect ranking boards.
Church, 18, is listed at 6’3″ and 200 pounds. His best pitch is his fastball, which sits in the low 90’s and touches 95 MPH. Paul DePodesta noted that the Mets view him as someone who can be a mid-rotation starter. Here’s a video of Church:
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