Round 2, Pick 071: 3b Matt Reynolds, Arkansas U (BOOOOOOOOOOOOO)
Playing for a top-notch program in one of the best college conferences in the country, Reynolds has been seen by plenty of scouts. And while he might not be among the top tier of college bats in this class, he has some skills that could translate at the next level. With a balanced set-up at the plate, Reynolds has a good approach and hits line drives. He doesn’t have a ton of power, mostly to the gaps, and is more consistent to the pull side. Without average power, Reynolds will have to learn how to hit to all fields. He’s a heads-up baserunner who will swipe some bases even without particularly good speed. He’s a very good defender, with the potential to be above average with his arm and fielding to go along with solid average range. Reynolds plays mostly third, but has seen time at shortstop, and that kind of flexibility will only help his value. If the bat doesn’t progress, he could have a very good future as a utility type.
Round 2, Pick 075: RHP Teddy Stankiewicz, Ft Worth Christian School (This one is really good)
High school pitchers are often projectable. Sometimes, they have good pitchability. Every once in a while, there’s one like Stankiewicz, who’s a little bit of both. Tall and lanky, there’s room for growth in the Texas prep right-hander’s frame. That could mean a few more ticks to a fastball that can already touch 93 and sits in the 88-91 mph range. Stankiewicz backs up the fastball with plus pitching instincts, mixing in three other pitches for strikes. His slider is the better of his two breaking balls, but both could be at least Major League average. He may not throw the changeup that much at this level, but he shows a good feel for it. If the fastball develops into a plus pitch and his secondary stuff is average to go along with his outstanding command and mound presence, this is a Major League starter in the making.
Round 3, Pick 107: RHP Matt Koch, Louisville, KY (A RELIEVER YAYYYYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYY!!!!!!!)
While Koch has shared closing duties with senior Derek Self at Louisville this season, he’s still shown enough with a good two-pitch power repertoire to garner some attention. The lean, wiry and strong right-hander will throw his fastball up to 94 mph, sitting comfortably a tick below that. There’s some good life to the heater as well, and he commands it well. He also throws strikes with a hard slider that has good bite and depth. Koch seems to have the right mentality for a life in short relief, showing a willingness to take the ball at the end of the game and go right after hitters. Two Major League average or better power pitches with good command should be enough to get Koch drafted early and should help him move up the ladder quickly.
Round 4, Pick 140: SS Branden Kaupe, Baldwin HS
Round 5, Pick 170: RHP Brandon Welch, Palm Beach CC, 8/24/91
Welch is one of the more intriguing prospects in the Draft. His fastball sits in the mid 90s, and he also has a hard slider. He has excellent command of both pitches and rarely walks a batter. However, Welch is not the biggest guy in the world, leading some scouts to think he will be a reliever at the next level. Either way, Welch’s aggressive nature and pure stuff are what will get him drafted.
Ok, I’m done with this bullshit. The draft class blows and isn’t gonna get better from Rounds 6 on. If there’s some intriguing pick, I’ll blog and/or tweet it. @MetsProspecthub. Else – see ya with the links and MLR tonight.
Round 8, Pick 260: C Tomas Nido
Intriguing plus/plus power potential, strong arm. Good pick for the round.