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The Mets Top Two 2018 Draft Picks Gives them Hope for the Future

The New York Mets had a rough 2017 season with a 70-92 record and it allowed them to get a very high draft pick in the first round. Back in June, the Mets selected outfielder Jared Kelenic with the sixth overall pick and then they drafted right-handed pitcher Simeon Woods-Richardson with the 48th overall pick.

Those two picks give the Mets hope for the future. They currently have a 50-67 record this season and if the season ended now, New York would have the seventh pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. It seems like in the long run, Kelenic and Woods-Richardson are going to pan out.

They also have quite a bit of international prospects. New York doesn’t have the best farm system in baseball, but it is getting a little better. The Mets probably won’t be a playoff team in 2019 or 2020. In 2021 or 2022, the New York Mets will probably be considered legitimate contenders again.

They are going to have to nail the draft for the next couple of years to make this farm system better.

In 44 games in the minors this season, Jared Kelenic’s batting average is .266 with four home runs and 28 RBI’s, along with 11 stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .354. Kelenic is just 19 years old and he is the New York Mets third best prospect and the 67th best in baseball.

He is currently playing rookie ball with the GCL Mets. Jared Kelenic will be a player who hits for contact and get on base a lot in his career. He is also a good fielder. Kelenic is projected to reach the major leagues in 2022.

Right-handed pitcher Simeon Woods-Richardson is only 17 years old and he is currently playing for the GCL Mets in rookie ball. His record is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. In 11.1 innings pitched, Woods-Richardson has given up nine hits and two runs. He has walked four batters and has struck out 15.

Simeon Woods-Richardson throws a fastball in the high 90s and he also has an effective changeup. If he can ever find an effective slider or breaking ball, Woods-Richardson could be a very good pitcher for a long time. Woods-Richardson isn’t projected to reach the majors until 2022.

 

 

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