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Mets Draft Review: Taking a look at the team’s first five picks in 2018

By Chris Rocco
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Age: 18

Position: INF/OF

School: University of South Carolina

Height/Weight: 5’8″/190 lbs.

At 5’8″ and under 200 lbs, Carlos Cortes draws comparisons to perennial All-Star Jose Altuve. That’s a comparison the Mets would love to see come true. The Mets have had faith in him for awhile, as they drafted him in the 20th round of the 2016 Draft out of Lake Howell High School in Florida.

In 2018, Cortes played in 59 games and averaged .260. He had 57 hits and 15 home runs.

Cortes is ambidextrous, throwing with the right hand as an infielder, and with his left as an outfielder. Although he was a journeyman on defense and generally played in the outfield at South Carolina, Cortes projects to be an infielder, specifically, a second baseman in the Mets organization.

Cortes has the ability to be an excellent pull hitter and the potential to be an everyday big-league contributor some day. He is known for his compact, line-drive producing swing and is excellent at controlling the strike zone.

On the downside, scouts say that he is one to chase on breaking balls. He needs to rid himself of this habit to succeed, but it not worrisome to the Mets. as many young players have this same issue and figure it out sooner or later.

When Cortes was asked what he was looking forward to most, he had a great answer:

"“Just to be a professional. It’s something you dream about. And I guess to meet Tim Tebow, that’s pretty cool, too.”"

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