Mets Draft Picks 26-30: Mets Opt for College Seniors

By Dilip Sridhar

June 6, 2018 No comments

Chandler Avant/Jake Stevens Alabama Crimson White

Round 26

Brian Sharp

Position: 3B

Bats/Throws: Left/Right

Date of Birth: 2/18/1997

Height/Weight: 6’2″, 205

The Mets selected Brian Sharp out of the University of Missouri. Sharp hit .321/.418/.500 this past season but has always had a swing-and-miss issue. The Mets drafted him as a third baseman but he has experience behind the plate and can pitch too. It would appear though he will begin at the hot corner in the event he signs.

Round 27

Zach Rheams 

Position:OF

Bats/Throws: Left/Right

Date of Birth: 7/05/1996

Height/Weight: 6’0″, 235 LBS

Rheams is a big outfielder who hit for a ton of power this year. Rheams hit .329/.460/.686 with 17 homers. He also has some problems with swinging and missing too much but the raw power potential exists.

Round 28

Mitch Hickey 

Position: RHP

Date of Birth: 11/16/1995

Height/Weight: 6’0, 184

From Baseball Census:

“Worked from the stretch the entire time. Undersized without real downward plane; high three-quarters release with short, quick arm action through arm swing in the back; more a thrower than a pitcher in my look with some encouraging power attributes but very little feel/nuance for working side to side on purpose … Sat 88-94 with his fastball during my look; paired it with an 83-84 changeup, a 78-82 sharp slider, and a 71-76 curveball. Timed 1.20 – 1.28 to the plate with runner on first base … Command sucked. Even in a blowout (UC San Diego was up 11-1 when he left the game), couldn’t find the strike zone with nine walks in three innings of work; no sense of urgency to get hitters out even when up ten runs and much better than competition. Command shaky all day but really lost release point and feel for the plate in top 3, and never made an adjustment to get it back; overthrew, particularly with breaking stuff, and failed to show feel for working within the strike zone, even with a big lead … Both breaking balls are sharp, and each distinct from the other; curve a true 12-to-6 look that’ll occasionally bleed into 11-to-5, but shows good, sharp depth. Slider is harder with more tilt and late break, though also decent depth in its own respective path; tunnels better with fastball. Both could be above-average breaking balls if/when he proves ability to throw them early for strikes; wipeout attributes are there, but needs another look early to start ahead … Obviously, tough to say whether command problems here were just a one-off that clouds this report based on my first look, but Mitch Hickey has walked 39 in 64 innings of work across the season; command/control issues probably shouldn’t be completely written off … Pro profile here is of a reliever with potential for some high-leverage work in time. Arm strength and velocity will surge in shorter stints with age and development, and the two breaking ball look could be a difference maker for late-inning work. All hinges on command, though; even in relief, Mitch Hickey needs to prove he can throw enough strikes to keep hitters honest early before he shows off the wipeout stuff to put people away. Good arm; no doubt worth an MLB Draft pick as a senior sign next month, but there’s significant command consistency to iron out here and it’ll severely limit his ceiling if not fixed.”

Round 29

Nelson Mompierre

Position: C

Bats/Throws: Left/Right

Date of Birth: 9/26/1995

Height/Weight: 6’0″, 195 LBS

From Point Streak:

“As productive an offensive player as you can find, Mompierre hit .355 with three home runs and 31 RBIs 37 games for Miami Dade College. Not just gifted with the stick, he also proved to be patient at the plate as evidenced by 23 walks and an on-base percentage that was almost 100 points higher than his batting average. Overall, Mompierre produced an on-base plus slugging of over 1.000, making him a feared opponent. For the Sharks, he had the fourth best batting average on the team and a pair of four RBI performances against Indian State River College in 2016.”

Round 30

Chandler Avant

Position: 2B

Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Date of Birth: 7/11/1995

Height/Weight: 5’11, 170

Avant is a small second basemen with not much power nor is he a high contact hitter. I’ll guess that this is a sign at a low price type of pick to save some money for the other guys later on.