As the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft moved into the fourth round, the Amazin’s were again on the clock, and this time they decided to take another pitcher with their 127th overall selection.
Tony Dibrell out of Kennesaw State marks the third college player taken by the Mets so far this draft. The right-hander Dibrell features a fastball that can hit 96 miles per hour, a good curveball and change-up that he can locate for strikes. He worked on another breaking ball pitch this season, and ended up settling on a hard slider/cutter that rides into lefties.
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Scouts view his fastball, curveball and change-up as plus pitches at their best, so he does have a good base to start his professional career. With his comfortability lying on a slider as well, it’s possible the Dan Warthen slider also gets taught to him at some point of his development.
His latest season at Kennesaw State, Dibrell was 7-4 with a 2.45 ERA. He completed three games out of the 14 he started and threw over 110 pitches on four of those occasions. He struck out 103 batters in 95 2/3 innings pitched while walking 39 and giving up 77 hits.
His command will definitely be something the organization will have to address as he develops, but at 21 years of age, Dibrell still has room to grow and improve tremendously from an already solid foundation.
Dibrell did suffer a bit of a dip in speed towards the latter the part of the season, but that’s mainly being attributed to a heavy workload. Some scouts believe his velocity could actually get better once he gets more time and work under his belt.