I have to say, I am pleased with what the Mets chose to do in the draft. I came into the draft hoping they would target college hitters who could be promoted quickly, considering that right now, most of the talent is in the lower areas of the organization, with St. Lucie and New Orleans being particularly bereft of talent, and Binghamton has some fringe major leaguers. With Ike Davis and Reese Havens, the Mets have two young players who aren’t necessarily high ceiling, but can be promoted quickly to fill holes at the major league level.
Ike Davis projects as a first baseman/corner outfielder, two holes this Mets team could sure use right now, considering the real problems they have at first and in left field. Davis projects as a good power/low contact type hitter, with average plate discipline. He seems somewhat low ceiling, but should he improve his contact rate, he’s going to be a 30+ home run guy in the majors, and should be a decent 5-6 hitter. That may not sound particularly great, but considering how the Mets are currently treading water with a below average first baseman, and severely below average left field projection, simply getting a player close to average should help this team immensely, and any power boost will be welcomed with open arms.
Reese Havens looks like a guy who will be in the Mets’ plans at either second base or catcher, without a defined position. He played shortstop in college, but is blocked there by Jose Reyes, and besides, he was not a player considered good enough defensively to stick as a shortstop in the majors. He’s a player with above average power and plate discipline, though not particularly fast. I suspect the Mets are going to try him as a catcher, since Luis Castillo is signed for another 3 years whether we like it or not. I’m intrigued by Havens, moreso than Davis, because he is both a guy who should rise quickly through the minors, and also a guy who offers good offensive potential at another two positions where the Mets are getting little production.
The rest of the Mets’ draft was OK – Brad Holt looks like an Aaron Heilman type to me; starting pitcher in college without a great deal of pitches who becomes a set-up man in the majors. He was probably a reach in the sandwich round, but the Mets might think they can promote him aggresively and get him into the bullpen by next year. Javier Rodriguez and Kirk Neuwwenhuis both look like toolsy outfielders that this team has loved in the past – they seem more like long-term prospects. Sean Ratliff feels like a poor man’s Ike Davis – a guy with great power potential who doesn’t make a lot of contact. After that, who knows – the baseball draft is, moreso than even the NBA or NFL drafts, so hard to predict. It does seem like teams are making better choices than they were even 10 years ago, as more highly drafted players are reaching the majors than in years past, but it’s still a crapshoot. If 1-2 of the players listed here become regular major league contributors, Mets fans should consider this draft a success.