Mets Sign 11th and 12th Round Draft Picks Schneider and Hutchinson

By Jacob Resnick

July 1, 2017 2 Comments

According to the Messener-Inquirer, the Mets have agreed to terms with Jack Schneider, their 11th round selection in this year’s draft. Schneider, an outfielder from Daviess County High School in Kentucky, officially signed on Wednesday.

The Mets have also signed Bryce Hutchinson, their 12th round pick from Deland High School in Florida. Hutchinson made the announcement in a tweet Friday morning, which confirmed his decision to forgo his commitment to play at Mississippi State.

Schneider’s signing bonus has not yet been made public, while Jonathan Mayo of MLB Pipeline relays that Hutchinson agreed to a bonus of $360,000. Both players will likely report to the Gulf Coast League.

Schneider’s scouting report touts him as a gap-to-gap hitter, who always puts a good swing on the ball. He has an lean build, but at 19, he still has room to get bigger. Schneider has also been clocked in the high 90s from the mound, although the Mets will not even consider moving him from the outfielder in the professional ranks.

Hutchinson, meanwhile, received a report that is sure to pique the interests of Mets fans. Hutchinson, an 18-year-old who stands at 6’6″, 245 lbs., draws physical comparisons to Noah Syndergaard, and he is no slouch on the radar gun either. Hutchinson can hit 95 mph, although his inexperienced mechanics sometimes cause him to start throwing in the high 80s.

With these two signings, the Mets have officially inked 29 of their 40 selections, with four players strongly indicating that they will not turn pro this year. The team expects to have a deal in place with their first round pick, David Peterson, in the coming weeks.