Baseball America actually shares the same opinion as Law, although they don't have him in the 1st round in their latest mock because of the injury issuesA guy that hasn’t thrown in a year and sits at 92-94 with a below average change is the top pitcher on his board?
Honeycutt is good, but Tommy White is the best freshman in the country
Keep an eye on this kid. Best frosh in the country.
They should take Lesko at 14. That’s my totally uninformed draft take for this year.11. New York Mets
Jett Williams, SS, Rockwall Heath HS (Texas), Mississippi State commit
I've been hearing for over a month that the Mets are looking to get a high school position player on a cut deal here, with Williams and Justin Crawford the two main options. The idea would be to bank some savings to set up an over-slot play, possibly at the 14th pick, but possibly later depending on who they can get to Pick 14.
It makes sense to get an under-slot deal done before the player is picked here because while this pick is protected (i.e. they get a comp pick if the player doesn't sign), if they don't sign the player this year, next year's comp pick isn't protected and thus comes with significantly less leverage.
14. New York Mets
Daniel Susac, C, Arizona
There's a lot of Dylan Lesko buzz here, and that makes sense as a big upside swing who maybe the Mets might be able to offer an above-slot deal with some savings from the 11th pick. The Mets might also opt to just go best available for roughly slot and roll over those savings to the next pick. GM Billy Eppler was big on Vanderbilt RF Spencer Jones when he was running the Angels front office and Jones was a SoCal high school product in 2019. He eventually drafted him in the 31st round, but Jones didn't sign and he could be an under-slot target here or an over-slot option in the second round.
White is not even close to the athlete as Honeycutt. He’ll be a 30-30 threat in the majors. Plus White goes to nc state and is therefore a scum bag.
Meh. I know the draft is BPA, but I want two arms if possible. There has to be two SPs that are good enough for top 15 in this draft.Law Mock
11. New York Mets: Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech
The Mets have two picks in the first round, Nos. 11 and 14, so they are linked to a huge group of players, and other teams think they’ll get creative and move some of that huge bonus pool around – one rumor has them willing to offer Elijah Green well over slot if he gets here. Jung didn’t look great as Tech’s season finished, so he might be sliding into the teens.
Scouting report: Jung has one of the weirdest setups you will ever see in a hitter above Little League, holding the bat so far behind his back shoulder that you’d think it was covered in a toxic fungus. Or perhaps cooties. Yet he hits — he hit well enough as a sophomore in 2021, with a .337/.462/.697 line and more walks than strikeouts, that he probably would have gone in the top half of the first round last year had he been eligible. The younger brother of Rangers prospect Josh Jung, Jace gets the bat head into the zone in plenty of time to make consistent, high-quality contact, including power, with 21 homers as a sophomore and 14 this season. His position is still the main question; he’s mostly played second base in college, not that well, but doesn’t have the arm for the left side of the infield or the speed to play anywhere else but left field or first base. There’s enough reason to buy his bat that he’s going to go in the top-10 picks even with such a huge unknown in his profile.
14. New York Mets: Jett Williams, SS, Rockwall-Heath (Texas) High
The Mets have been linked to Williams for several weeks now, as well as prep lefty Robbie Snelling, while they’ve also heavily scouted a number of players who should be “tweeners” (players who’ll go between their picks) but could be under-slot candidates here, too.
Scouting report: Williams is the other 5-8 high school shortstop in this draft class, behind Termarr Johnson because of the latter’s elite hit tool … but how far behind, really? He’s a right-handed hitter with a clean, efficient swing, and his hand-eye coordination rivals Johnson’s; Williams almost never swung and missed last summer on the showcase circuit and didn’t show any trouble with velocity when he faced it. He’s an above-average to plus runner, quick enough for shortstop but lacking the arm strength or footwork for the position in the long term, so it’s more likely he’ll move to second base or possibly centerfield. There’s always some trepidation around undersized high school hitters, but I remember a similarly sized right-handed high school shortstop who rarely struck out and hit everything hard — Alex Bregman.
The draft is very position player heavy at the top - no one has any pitcher in their top 10Meh. I know the draft is BPA, but I want two arms if possible. There has to be two SPs that are good enough for top 15 in this draft.