MLB Draft Rounds 21-30: Mets Continue On Day Three

By Dilip Sridhar

June 14, 2017 1 Comment

With their 21st pick, the Mets selected LHP Aaron Ford out of Tennessee Wesleyan University. The 22nd pick was RHP Joshua Payne out of West Texas A&M. They used their 23rd selection on Jose Sierra, a LHP out of Monroe College (originally from the Dominican Republic). Their 24th pick was Joe Cavallaro, a RHP from South Florida. He’s considered one of the top relief prospects in the class by Baseball America. Their 25th pick was SS Laine Huffman out of Long Beach State.

Pick #26 was Gavin Garay, a 1B out of St. Petersburg. He’s a local kid who also went to St. Johns and grew up in Lagrangeville, NY. The next pick was Billy Oxford out of Azusa Pacific. Next came another first baseman, Jeremy Vasquez out of Nova Southeastern. Liam McCall out of Florida was their next selection. They made their 30th pick a pitcher out of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Aaron Ford

No scouting report on him. Had 101 strikeouts in 74.1 IP this past season. Posted a 1.94 ERA in those innings. He allowed 67 baserunners those innings. He is an old junior.

Joshua Payne

No scouting report on him either. He had 101 strikeouts in 86 innings. He only walked 19 but gave up 80 hits. He had a 2.51 ERA, his lowest in any single season at college.

Jose Sierra

Again, no scouting report. He’s got good size but has not posted the best stats but has shown the ability to record strikeouts. He had a 14.73 ERA this past and a 6.10 ERA last year. His favorite athlete is Aroldis Chapman.

Joe Cavallaro

Baseball America (#397)

Cavallaro was one of the best relievers in the country this season, posting a 2.28 ERA and striking out 77 while walking just 19 in 59.1 innings. He’s not overwhelming or overpowering, but Cavallaro is an above-average athlete with a loose, repeatable delivery and late life on all of his pitches. His fastball works at 87-90 and shows above-average movement, and he complements it with a plus cutter at 81-85 and a sharp three-quarter curveball. Cavallaro’s performance, coupled with his impressive command and deceptive arsenal, could allow him to succeed as a middle relief prospect at the next level.

Laine Huffman

Huffman is a low power-good OBP bat. He hit .294/.372/.369 this past season. He’s a junior who could opt to not sign this year and go back to school for one more year.

Gavin Garay

He’s got a huge frame at 6’3″ and 235 pounds. He only hit 6 HRs this year but he definitely projects to have HR ability. He hit .357/.402/.568 this past year.

Billy Oxford

Baseball America (From 2013)

D’Backs Elite Scout Team righthander Billy Oxford sat 89-90 mph with downhill plane from a high three-quarters arm slot in his first inning of work, during which he struck out two. His velocity dipped to a grade lower in his second inning as he worked out of the stretch after giving up back-to-back base hits and then walked two straight hitters to begin the inning. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Oxford (Sunrise Mountain High, Peoria, Ariz.) mixed in a 71-72 mph curveball. The uncommitted Oxford ended with three strikeouts and two walks in two innings.

Jeremy Vasquez 

Perfect Game (2013)

Jeremy Vasquez is a 2014 1B/OF with a 6-0 195 lb. frame from Palm City, FL who attends Martin County HS. Medium build, good present strength, fairly mature physically. Left handed hitter, outstanding hitting tools, quick strong hands, easy flow into contact, calm and direct to the ball from a deep load, squares up just about everything, no issues with big velocity or off speed pitches, sees the ball, gap power and a bit more at times, will occasionally stay over his back side too long. 7.25 runner, left field/first base tools defensively, smooth actions around first base with good hands, quick release on throws. One of the best hit tools in the 2014 class, highest level performer. Good student, verbal commitment to Florida.

Liam McCall 

He is a 6’4″ righty who is very projectable. He has a commitment to Seminole State College, a Junior College. He could be singable.

Ian McWilliams

UAB Website

The UAB baseball team adds another out-of-state recruit in Ian McWilliams to its signing class. Right-handed pitcher Ian McWilliams (Hendersonville, Tenn./Beech) comes to the Blazers from the Volunteer State.

“We could not be more excited to announce that Ian McWilliams will be joining our baseball program and pitching staff next fall,” said UAB head coach Brian Shoop. “Coach Hopper has been following Ian for years and has always hoped that he would eventually become a Blazer. Ian reminds us a lot of former Blazer standout James Naile with his sinking fastball and great feel for a breaking ball. We believe Ian can have the same success as James, who earned first team all-conference honors at UAB and was drafted by the Oakland Athletics after his junior year.”

McWilliams has pitched well at the high school level and will only get better in the future. He posted a 4-2 record last season with a 2.13 ERA and has struckout 102 batters over the last two years. McWilliams is a four-year letterwinner and has also stood out over summer league play.