Draft Day Two Recap: Mets Load Up on College Talent

By Teddy Klein

June 11, 2016 290 Comments

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The Mets had eight selections on day two of the draft and they went with all college selections including three infielders to get the day started. To see what happened in day one of the draft check here:

We’ll be starting with #100 and giving you as many scouting reports as we can find:

Pick: Round 3, Pick 100 Overall

Slot Value: $596,600

Name: Blake Tiberi           School: University Of Louisville, Sophomore        Position:  3B         

Bat/Throws:   L/R             Height:  5’11”                      Weight: 200

Scouting Report: 

MLB.com

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 40 | Arm: 50 | Field: 45 | Overall: 45

In his first two years of college, Tiberi had more success in summer ball than he did at Louisville. He redshirted in his first season with the Cardinals and played sparingly in 2015, but he earned all-star honors in the New England Collegiate and Cape Cod leagues. He led the Cape with 15.6 plate appearances per strikeout and finished eighth in the batting race at .315 last summer, and he has recorded similar numbers as Louisville’s everyday third baseman this spring.

Tiberi has good feel for hitting and rarely swings and misses. The downside is that he makes contact so easily that he draws few walks, so his batting average will be more impressive than his on-base percentage. While he homered just once in 34 games with wood bats on the Cape last year, leading to some concerns about his power, he has driven the ball consistently as a redshirt sophomore.

Tiberi has below-average speed but has worked hard on his conditioning and his quickness at third base. He’s a decent defender with good hands and an average arm, though he could be in trouble if he doesn’t have the pop to profile at the hot corner. He doesn’t have the tools for second base and the offensive demands would be even greater in left field.

Baseball America #157

One of the best high school hitters in Kentucky history (his .510 career average ranks among the top 10 in state history), Tiberi has always hit, but finding the right pro position for him is a tougher call. A draft-eligible redshirt sophomore, Tiberi has answered some of the questions about his ability to stick at third base by doing a good job of tightening up his body. He is a thicker-bodied, stocky third baseman who has an above-average arm. He does a good job of charging slow rollers and throwing on the run. But Tiberi’s inside-out swing, whole-field approach and fringy home run power doesn’t fit the traditional third base profile. The lefthanded hitter has a long track record of hitting for average–he hit .315 in the Cape Cod League last summer. Tiberi’s lack of plus power will cause him to slide despite his success in the ACC. Tiberi’s body, arm strength and short-range quickness could entice a pro team to look at him as a catcher as well.

 

Pick: Round 4, Pick 130 Overall

Slot Value: $446,500

Name:  Michael Paez          School: Coastal Carolina      Position:   SS

Bat/Throws:   R/R             Height:  5’8″                      Weight: 165

Scouting Report: 

MLB.com

Paez is a Coastal Carolina shortstop that may project better as a second baseman. He is something of a raw hitter with a big home run swing, but he has good speed and an overall solid player.

Baseball America #403

Paez impressed evaluators in the Cape Cod League over the summer, batting .295/.417/.372 in 129 at-bats. The Coastal Carolina shortstop went on to hit 14 home runs through 240 at-bats this spring, batting .296/.382/.558, but those numbers came in a hitter’s friendly park, and the buzz around him has generally decreased. Paez has shown less feel for hitting this spring and instead seems more intent on trying to hit home runs, overswinging from his compact 5-foot-9, 175-pound frame. An average runner, Paez doesn’t have a clear carrying tool, and most scouts view him as a second baseman in pro ball.

Pick: Round 5, Pick 160 Overall

Slot Value: $334,500

Name: Colby Woodmansee    School: Arizona State            Position:     SS      

Bat/Throws: R/R               Height:   6’3″                     Weight: 195

Scouting Report:

BA #133/500

Woodmansee has anchored the Sun Devil offense for the last two seasons, progressively improving both at the plate and in the field during his time as ASU’s starting shortstop. While not flashy, he’s a solid middle infielder capable of playing above his tools. He’s a slightly below-average runner but is athletic and makes the plays at shortstop. His feet have shown increased quickness during his junior season and he projects to be at least an average defender with an average or better arm. He can stay at shortstop for now, but if he grows out of his 6-foot-3, 192 pound frame he’s athletic enough to handle other positions. At the plate Woodmansee’s swing has a good bat path, allowing him to get to inside pitches. He’s a disciplined hitter who strikes out in only 13 percent of his plate appearances and draws nearly as many walks as strikeouts. He has good bat speed and above-average raw power. Woodmansee projects to go off the boards in the top five rounds.

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Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 45 | Arm: 50 | Field: 45 | Overall: 45

A Phoenix area native who stayed home to attend Arizona State, Woodmansee has been the Sun Devils’ starting shortstop for two-plus years, with a solid track record to show for it. It’s unclear exactly where he profiles, but college position players who perform well for major programs tend to do well come Draft time.

There are definitely some Woodmansee supporters in the scouting industry. Tall and lanky, he has shown some ability with the bat. He has some power to left, though the right-handed hitter can get a little pull happy as a result. A fringy runner, at best, he might not have the range to stay at shortstop long-term. If he has to move to third, then the question becomes about if he’ll grow into enough power to profile at the infield corner.

At worst, Woodmansee could be a valuable utility type with some feel to hit. A team that believes he has the tools to stick as an everyday shortstop might be the one to take him in the first few rounds.

 

Pick: Round 6, Pick 190 Overall

Slot Value: $250,500

Name: Christopher Viall                        School:  Stanford                      Position: RHP          

Bat/Throws: R/R               Height: 6’9″                       Weight: 230

Scouting Report: 

BA 337

Massive at 6-foot-9, 230 pounds, Viall never has thrown enough strikes in three seasons at Stanford to earn regular innings, with 99 innings for the Cardinal in three seasons. He’s walked 72 and struck out 68 in that span but still could go out in the first 10 rounds thanks to his arm strength. He’s hit as high as 97 mph regularly and can sit 92-95 mph at his best. He also throws a power curveball that reaches the low 80s at his best. He was outstanding in three scoreless innings against San Jose State, striking out five in a mid-April start, but struggled significantly the rest of the way. Viall doesn’t repeat his release point and needs innings that the lower levels of the minor leagues should provide.

 

Pick: Round 7, Pick 220 Overall

Slot Value: $187,800

Name:   Austin McGeorge                      School:  Cal State Long Beach     Position: RHP          

Bat/Throws: R/R               Height:  6’2″                      Weight: 185

Scouting Report: 

The Baseball Draft Report.

Austin McGeorge, Austin Sodders, Brendan Hornung, Miles Chambers, Scott Serigstad, Keaton Leach, and Trevor Bettencourt are all draft-worthy arms with fastballs that creep past 90 MPH. McGeorge’s low-80s slider makes him stand out among the pack, though Sodders doing it from the left side intrigues me as well.

College Statistics

 

Pick: Round 8, Pick 250 Overall

Slot Value: $175,400

Name:  Placido Torres           School: Tusculum College, Senior      Position: LHP          

Bat/Throws:  L/L              Height:    5’11”                    Weight: 170 LB

Scouting Report:

Baseball America #499

Torres had as good of a season as he possibly could have. Granted, it was against Division II competition, but it’s hard to walk away from his performance without taking a closer look. Over 14 starts, he went 11-0, tossing seven complete games as he racked up 116 innings. Torres struck out 162 batters and allowed just 61 hits and 24 walks all season. He allowed nine earned runs. Torres doesn’t have explosive stuff, but he’s lefthanded, pitches at 88-92 mph and shows scouts an average curveball at times. Torres is 5-foot-11 and undersized for a starter. He originally pitched for ASA College in New York, serving as the ace of the staff for two years before transferring to Tusculum. He could be picked in the top 10 rounds as an underslot senior sign.

 

Pick: Round 9, Pick 280 Overall

Slot Value: $163,700

Name: Colin Holderman      School:  Heartland Community College      Position:   RHP        

Bat/Throws:    R/R            Height: 6’6″                       Weight: 220

Scouting Report:

Not ranked in BA’s 500, but a scouting report from the State Draft Report for Illinois

Colin Holderman, rhp, Heartland (Ill.) CC – A 6-foot-5 righthander who has signed with Mississippi State, Holderman has a promising three-pitch mix led by a low-90s fastball with run and sink. He struck out 88 in 67 innings and also was Heartland’s leading hitter–he hit .509 with 13 home runs.

 

2080baseball.com

Colin Holderman, RHP, Heartland C.C. (Bloomington, IL) – At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Holderma’s frame has been compared to that of Adam Wainwright. He is athletic on both sides of the field, and he could play third base if the situation called for it. Even with his athleticism and plus raw power at the plate, Holderman’s future is on the mound, though. The Mississippi State commit has had cross checkers and scouting directors paying regular visits to his starts at Heartland this year, and deservedly so. His fastball can sit anywhere from 90-to-95 mph with solid command. He’ll mix in a nice running two-seamer to jam up right-handed bats, as well as an average changeup and a low-80’s slider that flashes plus. Holderman throws from a high ¾ slot, and uses his size to create angles. At present, the stuff is more about missing barrels than missing bats, but as the secondaries continue to improve, I’d expect the strikeout numbers to improve as well. Praised for a being a “team guy”, Holderman has taken some of the freshman under his wing and has embraced the role of being a leader.

Pick: Round 10, Pick 310 Overall

Slot Value: $156,600

Name:   Gene Cone    School:  University Of South Carolina, Junior          Position: OF          

Bat/Throws:     L/L           Height:  6’0″             Weight: 170

Scouting Report:

Baseball America #310/500

After two seasons at South Carolina hitting in the low- to mid-.200s, Cone exploded this spring, establishing himself as one of the most consistent hitters in the SEC and in the country. The outfielder set a school record with a 31-game hitting streak, coming in the heart of SEC play, and he was batting .357/.467/.500 as of early June. Those numbers may very well catch the eye of more statistically inclined draft evaluators, as Cone’s raw tools don’t stand out. At 6 feet, 170 pounds, he’s not a physical specimen. An average runner, Cone was displaced in center field by teammate Dom Thompson-Williams late in the season and is more suited for left than right. Cone has obvious feel for the barrel, but his future is likely as a fourth outfielder.

We’ll be continuing tomorrow at 1:00 with the remaining 30 picks.

 

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