According to Jim Callis of MLB.com, the New York Mets have officially signed third-round pick Carlos Cortes. Cortes will be receiving a $1,038,000 bonus; the 83rd overall pick had a value of $705,300.
Originally drafted by the Mets in the 20th round of the 2016 MLB Draft out of high school, but Cortes opted to honor his commitment to South Carolina. Two years later, the Mets drafted Cortes again in the third round with the 83rd overall pick.
Baseball America had Cortes ranked 177th on their top 200 draft prospect rankings. MLB.com did not have him on their top 200 board at all.
Cortes is an ambidextrous thrower (right-handed in the infield; left-handed in the outfield), with two fringe arms, and questionable defense, according to Baseball America.
Standing at 5-foot-8 and 185 pounds, and batting from the left side, Cortes sports a short, compact swing that produces many line drives.
Known as a slow-starter in his two years in South Carolina, Cortes was able to increase his final batting line in his sophomore year to .253/.380/.526 through 230 plate appearances. During his last campaign, Cortes should good command of the strike zone, walking more than he struck out (43 BB to 32 K) and had a .249 BABIP.
Other bonuses announced include:
14th round; 410 overall: LHP Andrew Mitchell (Auburn) $10,000
19th round; 560 overall: RHP Tommy Wilson (Cal State Fullerton) $90,000
22nd round; 650 overall: SS Jaylen Palmer (Holy Cross HS) $125,000