Mets Draft Picks 16-20: Mets Go Primarily College

By Sam Lebowitz

June 6, 2018 No comments

Allan Winans/Bennett Scarborough

Round 16

L.A. Woodard

Height/Weight: 5’11”, 165 LBS

B/T: R/R

Position: SS

In the 16th round, the Mets took Middle Tennessee shortstop L.A. Woodard. The right-hand hitting Woodward swiped 23 bases in 25 tries as a junior this year, slashing .267/.386/.356. Woodard won’t hit for power, only hitting one home run this year, but has above average speed. He is said to be a solid top-of-the-order hitter with good knowledge of the strike zone. He walked 40 times in 52 games.

Round 17

Allan Winans

Height/Weight: 6’2″, 165 LBS

B/T: R/R

Position: RHP

The Mets took Campbell University right-hander Allan Winans in the 17th round. Winans, like 14th round selection Andrew Mitchell, is a redshirt senior, meaning he is old for the class. Winans struck out 96 batters in 82 innings, pitching to a 2.73 ERA in 15 games, 14 of which he started. Winans started the year as a mid-week starter to Campbell, but has become their ace as he has performed admirably. Winans earned the jump by halving his run total from last season, 44, to this season, 22.

Round 18

Chase Chambers

Height/Weight: 6’1″, 250 LBS

B/T: L/L

Position: 1B

The Mets took big left-handed first baseman Chase Chambers out of Tennessee Tech University in the 18th round. The 250 pound slugger drove 15 home runs this year, averaging one every 15 at bats. He also knocked in 76 runs and hit .400 overall with a 1.150 OPS and only 24 strikeouts as a senior. Chambers is a large man, and although he can slug, there have to be questions about his defensive ability and general athleticism.

From Perfect Game in 2014:

“Chase Chambers is a 2014 1B/LHP with a 6-2 225 lb. frame from Knoxville, TN who attends Farragut HS. Thick physical build, good present strength, young face. Left handed hitter, high hands, long power swing, inconsistent timing getting barrel started, lots of length with wrapped start and high back elbow, generates bat speed, mid field contact, confident swing, can keep improving with adjustments. 7.23 runner, moves well for his size, good footwork around the bag at first, has agility and balance.”

Round 19

Tommy Wilson

Height/Weight: 6’4″, 220 LBS

B/T: R/R

Position: RHP

From Baseball America:

“Wilson spent his freshman year at St. Mary’s, his sophomore year at Pierce (Calif.) JC and his junior year this spring at Fullerton. He began the year in the Titans bullpen before taking over as their Saturday starter just prior to conference play and went 6-0, 2.93. Wilson pitches at 88-91 mph but throws strikes with above-average control. He’s already physically filled out at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and doesn’t offer much projection, but stands to be drafted as another accomplished Fullerton strikethrower.”

From Scout Trio:

“Wilson was 90-92 (93) with his fastball in the first inning, versus more 88-90 (91) in the 2nd and out of the stretch. His fastball is primarily straight, yet plays up half a grade because of how well he conceals it, also with Wilson showing the ability to change up the pace in his delivery with efficiency. Wilson has a hand-glove separation where he hides the ball behind his front knee. Wilson’s slider (80-82) is a very effective offering, flashing as high as 60, sitting in that average to strong average range. It has tight spin and rotation, but when it flashes 60, it has power depth late, causing it to be a swing and miss offering. Wilson fits the physical build of 6’4 220. He attacks hitters and keeps them on their toes. Think Wilson has a chance to be an up and down big leaguer with more refinement and I would consider him in the 11th-15th Round range.”

Round 20

Brooks Warren

Height/Weight: 6’3″, 215 LBS

B/T: L/L

Position: LHP

With their 20th pick, the Mets selected East Central Community College (Miss.) left-hander Brooks Warren. Warren is 20, and, per BA, works 89 to 91 with his fastball and has a decent slider. He started eight games and relieved in six this season, and had a 6.05 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 38.2 innings.