Mets Draft Report Card

Analyzing the Mets 2008 draft class




QUICK TAKE
Holt's blazing start offset disappointing debuts by Ike Davis (no homers) and Havens (arm soreness precluded him from playing a position). The Mets didn't go over slot and will have to hit with some of their darkhorses to produce depth behind their top picks.
POSITION PLAYERS

Best Pure Hitter: The Mets' top two selections, 1B Ike Davis (1) and SS Reese Havens (1), went in the first 22 picks due to their offensive potential. Both have quick bats and hand-eye coordination that allow them to get the barrel to the ball consistently when they're going well.  >>  Best Power Hitter: Davis didn't homer as a pro but showed above-average juice at Arizona State once he learned to incorporate his lower half more into his swing. OF Sean Ratliff (4) has contact issues but tremendous raw power due to quick hands and excellent strength. At 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, first baseman Jeff Flagg (27) has huge strength and well-above-average raw power.  >>  Fastest Runner: Ratliff and OF Kirk Niewenhuis (3) both run a tick above-average, with Niewenhuis' speed playing better on the bases and in the outfield.  >>  Best Defensive Player: Davis pitched and played some right field at Arizona State, but he excels at first base, with a strong arm and sound actions. Niewenhuis could be an average center fielder or above-average on the corners, featuring a strong throwing arm.

PITCHERS

Best Fastball: RHP Brad Holt (1s) had one of the draft's best heaters, sitting in the 93-96 mph range on a downhill plane with good life, and he throws it enough to have developed solid command.  >>  Best Secondary Pitch: While he relies heavily on his fastball, Holt has flashed a plus, power curveball that got sharper and added depth as the year went on. RHP Kyle Allen (24) has polish and a feel for an average changeup with plus potential.

ODDS AND ENDS

Best Pro Debut: Holt led the short-season New York-Penn League in ERA (1.87) and strikeouts (96) while giving up just 43 hits in 72 innings. And he did it throwing 90 percent fastballs. RHP Scott Shaw (16) gave the Cyclones a second consistent starter, going 6-3, 2.80 after posting a career 6.78 ERA in three seasons at Illinois.  >>  Best Athlete: OF Javier Rodriguez (2) was the first player picked out of Puerto Rico this year due to his lean, athletic body, raw power and above-average speed.  >>  Most Intriguing Background: Davis' father Ron, a righthander, spent parts of 11 seasons in the majors, primarily with the Twins and Yankees.  >>  Closest To The Majors: Holt's combination of fastball velocity and command will put him on the fast track.  >>  Best Late-Round Pick: Allen has an average fastball and potential for an average slider to go with his change and savvy. Shaw has excellent size at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds and solid-average stuff across the board, and his confidence grew with a taste of success.  >>  The One Who Got Away: OF Neil Medchill (33) returned to Oklahoma State after a strong summer in the California Collegiate League, showing right-field tools including a plus arm and raw power.