MLB Draft: Mets Select West Coasters Marcel Renteria and Conner O’Neil on Day Two

By Dilip Sridhar

June 13, 2017 1 Comment

The Mets selected RHP Marcel Renteria out of New Mexico State University. He was a transfer there and can run his fastball up to 99 MPH while sitting at 94-97. Renteria has a 4.78 ERA in 79 innings this season with a 1.41 WHIP and 86 strikeouts in those innings.

They later selected RHP Connor O’Neil in the seventh round. O’Neil is a college reliever who was drafted out of Cal State Northridge. He was also drafted last year in the 32nd round. O’Neil had a 2.70 ERA in 50 innings this past season with 63 strikeouts and a 1.24 WHIP in those innings. He did have 27 walks which might be something to keep an eye on going forward.

Baseball America (#483)

Just 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, Renteria nevertheless may have a bullpen future in pro ball. A transfer from Pima (Ariz.) JC, he stepped in as New Mexico State’s ace and led it to the top seed in the Western Athletic Conference tournament. He pitched poorly there but had a strong season thanks to two above-average pitches, a 92-94 mph fastball that touches 97 but can lack plane, and a power curveball that he used as his strikeout pitch. His 9.8 K/9 led the conference.

Baseball America (#490)

O’Neil played at Central Arizona JC for one season before transferring to Cal State Northridge. He became the Matadors’ all-time career saves leader with 39. O’Neil was drafted by the Tigers in the 32nd round after his junior year but returned to school and had his best year yet as a senior, going 5-4, 2.70 with 35 hits allowed in 50 innings. His fastball tops out at 92 mph and he serves hitters a healthy diet of sliders to get his outs. O’Neil also has a curveball and changeup that he can mix in to keep hitters off-balance. He commands the strike zone, reads swings well, manipulates the ball as necessary, and stays composed on the mound. O’Neil isn’t flashy, but his track record, deep arsenal of pitches and makeup make him an interesting bullpen option.