2011 Draft Report Card: New York Mets





POSITION PLAYERS

QUICK TAKE
Under new GM Sandy Alderson and scouting director Chad MacDonald, the Mets finally decided to worry more about upside than money. They invested in several high-ceiling high school players. 
Bonus Spending: $6.8 million
BEST PURE HITTER:  OF Brandon Nimmo (1) has a selective approach to go with a smooth lefthanded swing and good barrel awareness. SS Danny Muno (8) also has a good game plan and won the short-season New York-Penn League batting title with a .355 average. BEST POWER HITTER:  The Mets see Nimmo as a plus hitter for both average and power, along the lines of Andre Ethier. FASTEST RUNNER:  OF Bradley Marquez (16) can fly from the right side of the plate to first base in 4.0 seconds. He draws Jose Reyes comparisons because of his speed, wiry build and dreadlocks. Nimmo and OF Joe Tuschak (6) are above-average runners. BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER:  Marquez is raw, but he has the wheels to run down everything in center field. Nimmo has good center-field tools, though he's 6-foot-3 and could wind up outgrowing the position.

PITCHERS

BEST FASTBALL:  RHP Michael Fulmer (1) can maintain a 94 mph fastball for several innings and touch 97. RHP Cory Mazzoni (2) also hit 97 while easing into pro ball as a reliever, though he works at 90-94 mph as a starter, his role going forward. LHP Jack Leathersich (5) operated at 88-92 mph as a college starter, then jumped to 92-96 as a pro reliever. BEST SECONDARY PITCH:  Leathersich also flashed a plus-plus curveball coming out of the bullpen, prompting short-season Brooklyn pitching coach Frank Viola to compare him to John Franco. RHP Logan Verrett (3) has an above-average slider.

ODDS AND ENDS

BEST PRO DEBUT: Muno, who also led the NY-P with a .466 on-base percentage. In 13 innings at Brooklyn, Leathersich posted a 0.71 ERA and 26 strikeouts. OF Travis Taijeron topped the NY-P in slugging (.557). BEST ATHLETE: Marquez, who's also a wide receiver at Texas Tech. His deal with the Mets allows him to play both sports for two years before choosing. Nimmo has a more well-rounded package of baseball skills, and Tuschak also shows all-around ability. MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND: Unsigned LHP Sean Buckle (49) fractured a vertebrae in his neck while diving for a Frisbee in April. He already has beaten the odds by walking again, and he hopes to eventually play for Loyola Marymount. RHP Tyler Pill's (4) brother Brett made his big league debut with the Giants in September. CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS: As a lefthanded reliever with two above-average pitches, Leathersich may not need much minor league seasoning. BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: Marquez or SS Phillip Evans (15), an offensive-minded player whose instincts allow him to play above his tools. RHP Christian Montomgery (11) had a 90-95 mph fastball and a hard curveball in the summer of 2010 before his stuff regressed last spring. THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY: New York hoped to steal a late-round lefthander, but couldn't land Kenny Matthews (12, now at Cal State Fullerton) or A.J. Reed (25, Kentucky). OF Mason Robbins (20, Southern Mississippi) and SS Casey Turgeon (22, Florida) could be early-round picks after three years of college.