Which position should the New York Mets target at the 2018 MLB Draft?
With the MLB first-year player draft just around the corner, the wheels start to spin on who will be taken first overall. For New York Mets fans, we can look down to the number six spot. This is where they will find their first pick.
Of the nine positions, let’s speculate as to which one they need most.
The Mets should definitely target a third baseman in the first round of the draft in 2018. Third base has been a hot topic for the Mets over the past couple of years. The captain David Wright‘s future looks bleaker as he gets older. It hurts us all to say there might not be enough in the tank for Wright to make a comeback.
So why third base?
Well, right now the Todd Frazier occupies the hot corner and he is on a two-year deal. But when those two years expire, Frazier will be older and most likely the team would want to replace him with some fresh young talent.
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This is where drafting a third baseman comes in handy because if you draft a college third baseman, you may be able to put him on the fast track to the big leagues in two years time.
New York does not have many options when it comes to third base for the future. You cannot continue to rely on utility guys like Wilmer Flores or Ty Kelly and we do not know how much longer veterans like Asdrubal Cabrera will be a part of the team.
Also for those who are hoping the Mets go deep into their wallets to sign Manny Machado, you can forget about it. There is a very unlikely chance that Machado dawns the orange and blue.
The Mets need to play it smart when it comes to the first round. Sure you always need pitching and no one would be upset with another arm added to the system.
But realistically, this baseball team needs to have a plan for the hot corner.
They need to draft a player that could potentially hold down the infield with Amed Rosario and whoever plays first between Dominic Smith and Peter Alonso. They need a third baseman they can count on for a decade.
The Mets future sure has a lot of questions going forward.
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Will one of them get solved in the first round of the draft?