The Mets went heavy on pitchers with the ability to move quickly through the minor league system
Fans were concerned that the Mets didn't draft pitching with the first pick with potential stars like Charlee Soto and Josh Knott available. However, starting with their second pick, the Mets went heavy on pitchers with potential.
With their second pick, the Mets selected Brandon Sproat, a familiar face to the organization, selected in the 2022 draft in the third round, but the team failed to sign. Sproat possesses one of the most consistent fastballs in the draft traveling between 96-98 mph and reaching 101.
Including Sproat and Nolan McLean (two-way player), the Mets selected 16 pitchers out of the total 23 picks in the draft. Of all these, only one pitcher was from high school, while the remaining 15 were already in their senior year of college, which guarantees the necessary maturity to travel quickly through the minors of the organization.
The Mets prioritized pitchers with high swing and miss potential and good command of their pitches, among which Wyatt Hudepohl and Jack Wenninger stand out, or like late-round picks, John Valle, who has a high spin fastball. The organization prioritized pitchers with great potential who, together with Eric Jagers, director of pitching development, can start testing the pitching lab created by Steve Cohen.
The Mets did the job correctly, boosting their first pick and managing to maximize pitching depth in the organization—something that was a major need. From these talents, we will be able to see how their development will be remarkable and accelerated within the system, being able to become major league-level starters and relievers, something that the Mets have not been able to develop in recent years.