The Mets should consider these prospects in the 2023 MLB amateur draft

Jul 13, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; A detailed view of a New York Mets hat and glove in the dugout
Jul 13, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; A detailed view of a New York Mets hat and glove in the dugout / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Mets are right around the corner from the 2023 Major League Baseball Amateur draft. The college baseball scene is hot, high school baseball is underway, and pre-draft showcasing is full blown active. The Mets have wiggle room on where they can stack up, and the variety of talent in this draft can be strongly beneficial.

The organization needs to prioritize key areas in the farm system that need to be supplemented after current prospects graduate to the big leagues. It is possible that top prospects could be involved in trades before the deadline in a scenario that the Mets are buyers towards contention. Which amateur draft prospects should be considered?

NY Mets possible 2023 draft selections: infield, outfield and pitching

The Mets first-pick will appear in the competitive balance round A at selection number 32, which will make things difficult in gunning for any of the top 20-ranked prospects. Thankfully the top 100-ranked list is rich in tools and projection.

Mets 2023 draft: outfielder, Enrique Bradfield Jr

The Mets first round selection could bring in a speedy and spray-type outfielder out of the notorious Vanderbilt University. This player could be a game changer for the Mets traffic on the base pads and steal-ability. Enrique Bradfield Jr is a vandy-boy Junior from Hialeah, Florida. Bradfield Jr is much more than what the grade scales show, and he is much more extravagant than the very few flaws he has in his profile. Bradfield is ranked 10th on MLB’s top draft prospect list for 2023, however he should be at least two or three spots higher.

Bradfield Jr’s top tool begins on his feet; his speed compliments every part of his game and this separates him from other outfielders in the ranks. He stands 6’1” 170lbs with an athletic-slim build and light on his toes. Defensively, Bradfield Jr covers a wide range of green in a rapid manner, displaying high explosive break on good angles, and ability to get to the ball in any format. His hands are good, and footwork is polished; his only downside is his arm, which will require development. Every defensive and athletic characteristic about Bradfield will supersede his throwing ability, as he is projected to be a big league outfielder.

 He is primarily a contact hitter that can hit to all fields, going up the middle frequently and getting on base. Once on base, he causes havoc and is a game changer with his speed. So far in 2023, Bradfield has swiped 34 bags, a fraction of his total 127 stolen bases in three college seasons. In three seasons he’s recorded 217 hits, 15 homeruns, 105 RBIs, with a .317 batting average and .434 on-base percentage.

Previous outfield picks by the Mets include Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, and Jarred Kelenic; Bradfield has the potential to join this list and be successful as a major leaguer. He will add to the running game and guarantee an on-base presence for the Mets.