Jim Callis of MLB.com reports that the New York Mets have signed second round pick Simeon Woods-Richardson. He will get a $1.85 million bonus, the 48th overall pick had a value of $1,485,100.
Woods-Richardson was committed to Texas before signing with the Mets out of Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas.
Baseball America had the right-handed pitcher ranked No. 76 among draft prospects while Perfect Game had him at No. 101 and MLB was lower at No. 160.
Eric Longenhagen had this to say about today about Woods in the FanGraphs chat, “I like him. We had him ranked at 100 on our board. He went 48th. That makes it look like a reach (or at least we might call it one) but we had a 40 on Simi and a 40+ on the guy ranked 48th, so pretty marginal difference.”
Woods-Richardson, also a third baseman in high school with pop, has been up to 95 mph with his fastball though the velocity has been inconsistent. Also throws a big breaking curve, sweeping slider and a changeup that improved this season.
The issues with Richardson are inconsistencies with fastball velocity and control of his secondary pitches. He also underwent a sizeable growth spurt going from 5’4”, 120 pounds as a freshmen in high school to be now being listed at 6’3” and 210 pounds.
Earlier on Friday, it was reported that the Mets signed first round pick Jarred Kelenic at $$4.5 million, significantly under the $5,525,200 slot value.