Rodriguez First Puerto Rican Off Board

The Mets are always heavyweights in the international talent market. They should make another splash on July 2 when the international signing period begins, but they already scooped up one talent from outside the United States, grabbing outfielder Javier Rodriguez in the second round with the 68th overall pick.

Rodriguez was one of the top talents in Puerto Rico last month heading into the Excellence Tournament, which attracts a plethora of scouts, crosscheckers and scouting directors. Rodriguez improved his stock there further, showcasing execllent bat speed, athleticism and pure hitting ability to establish himself as the top prospect on the island.

The next two best players available from Puerto Rico are Danny Ortiz, a sweet-swinging outfielder, and Antonio Jimenez, a catcher with premium defensive skills who could have been the first player taken from Puerto Rico were it not for an injury to his throwing elbow.