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Mets draft high school 3B with No. 59 pick

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Feb 14, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitchers gather on the mound during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitchers gather on the mound during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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While many Mets fans had gone to bed happy after Monday night’s win, the Mets were still up in the draft.

With the No. 59 pick, the organization selected third baseman/shortstop Mark Vientos from the American Heritage School.

Vientos was drafted out of high school and is only 17 years old. He stands tall at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds.

During his 26 games his senior year, he hit .417 with one home run, six doubles, and 12 RBIs.

According to MLB.com he is ranked as the No. 67 prospect in the draft. This is what their scouting report says about him:

"Vientos entered the spring as one of the more intriguing high school bats in the country, one who many thought had first-round potential. An up-and-down spring has made him a bit more of a polarizing prospect than that, with opinions on him varying greatly. Vientos’ offensive potential is what had scouts interested in the first place, so if you saw him when he was swinging the bat well, you like him. He hasn’t done that as consistently as some would have liked to see. He does show good bat speed and has definite power potential from the right side of the plate. Vientos isn’t overly athletic, so even though he plays shortstop for his high school team at American Heritage, he will likely have to move to third at the next level, with some thinking he has the hands and arm strength to handle the hot corner. Vientos did miss some time this spring with a quad injury, but he certainly has been seen enough over the summer and at events like the National High School Invitational. He reminds some of Manny Machado in terms of body type, and he’s also drawn a Michael Morse in high school comp. A team believing his bat will play will give the Miami commit a shot in the opening few rounds."

Additionally, Baseball America has him ranked as the No. 38 prospect.

Tommy Tanous, the Mets VP of International & Amateur Scouting, stated the following about Vientos:

"“We feel his signability is really strong. He’s indicated he wants to play. We’ve done our homework. We don’t see that as an issue at all.”"

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With their first draft pick, the Mets drafted LHP David Peterson with the No. 20 pick.  Tanous remarked that both Vientos and Peterson were players that the organization had on their first-road board and are quite satisfied with their picks.

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