July 17 is the one-year anniversary of the start of the 2022 MLB Draft, and so far this season, the New York Mets draft class has had a better season, with pleasant surprises and great performances all around. So we will highlight the prospects from last year's draft that have stood out the most so far.
The 2022 New York Mets draft class has featured many standouts in the early going.
Kevin Parada was the Mets' first choice in last year's draft (the 11th overall pick out of Georgia Tech) and is the Mets' No. 1 prospect. He has seen his stock steadily rise thanks to a strong start to the season, where he has a .816 OPS in 323 plate appearances over 73 games for High-A Brooklyn. A promotion to Double-A Binghamton is a possibility before the end of the season.
Jett Williams followed Parada's selection three picks later, and he too is having a great season. He has shown elite plate discipline, as his .419 on-base percentage and 58 walks rank among the highest in Class-A ball throughout the entire minor leagues. He has also flashed his elite speed, swiping 28 bags, and has played great defense at shortstop and in center field. Williams is currently the Mets' 3rd ranked prospect behind Parada and Ronny Mauricio.
Blade Tidwell was the Mets' 2nd round pick last year, and after struggling in his first five starts in High-A Brooklyn, he's turned it on over his last 10 starts. In that span, he is 6-0 with a 1.73 ERA, 13.15 strikeouts per nine innings (both lead all minor leaguers), 52.0 innings pitched, and a .170 batting average against, and has pitched at least 5.2 innings in each of his last five starts. There is a strong argument he's been the best pitcher in minor league baseball for the last two months, and he too may step up to Binghamton by year's end. He will be a prospect to watch in the future.
Jacob Reimer, the Mets' fourth round pick last year, has also stood out for the Mets in the lower minor leagues. After tearing up Rookie ball, he was promoted to Class-A St. Lucie, where he is hitting .280 with a .403 on-base percentage in 258 plate appearances.
Tyler Stuart might be having the best season a Mets minor league pitcher has had in a long time. The team's 6th round pick from last year is already in Double-A after acing the High-A level in the first half. He had a 1.55 ERA in 75.2 innings in 14 starts, and allowed two runs or fewer in all of them for Brooklyn. Then, he debuted in Double-A on Saturday, where he pitched six innings of one-run ball. Whoever found Stuart in the draft deserves a raise.
Dylan Tebrake, the Mets' 8th round pick last year, also got promoted to Double-A, alongside Stuart after the All-Star break, thanks to a great first-half himself, despite missing a month due to injury. In 14 games, he struck out 40 batters over 26 innings, and pitched to a 2.08 ERA, and opponents hit just .163 against him. Tebrake has pitched out of long relief, where his filthy splitter overwhelmed his opposition. Tebrake made his Double-A debut for Binghamton on Sunday, where he gave up two runs in an inning pitched, though he finished strong by striking out his final two batters.
Paul Gervase, the Mets' 12th round pick from last year, has been a pleasant surprise this season. as he has just a 1.26 ERA over 35.2 innings pitched, with 56 strikeouts and 31 walks in High-A Brooklyn. The walks are too high for comfort though, but opponents have hit just .130 against him.
Eli Ackeney was the Mets' choice in the 20th and final round of the draft, and he hasn't looked like an irrelevant man. After wiping out the Class-A competition, he received a promotion to High-A Brooklyn, where he's done more of the same. In 23.2 innings pitched between both levels, he has 31 strikeouts, 9 walks, and a 1.14 ERA