2021 MLB Draft: RHP Gunnar Hoglund mocked to Mets by MLB Pipeline

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Gunnar Hoglund Mets draft prospect delivers pitch
Gunnar Hoglund Mets draft prospect delivers pitch

The 2021 MLB Draft is less than three months away, and the recent mock draft from MLB Pipeline has the Mets taking right-handed starting pitcher Gunnar Hoglund.

Writes Jonathan Mayo of MLB Pipeline:

"We’re talking a four-pitch mix from a 6-foot-4 frame here, with all his stuff ticking upward this spring."

Hoglund, 21, is in his junior season at Ole Miss, where he has posted a 2.73 ERA in 56 innings over nine starts while allowing just 37 hits and striking out 87 batters to just 16 walks.

Per MLB Pipeline, Hoglund's stuff improved last fall, with his fastball now sitting between 92 and 95 mph with him also featuring a "tighter, harder" slider and a changeup that he uses as his third pitch.

Hoglund was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the supplemental round of the 2018 MLB Draft but did not agree to deal, instead choosing to go to college.

If the Mets end up selecting Hoglund with their first-round pick, it will be the first time they've taken a pitcher in the first round since 2017, when they drafted David Peterson at No. 20.

The last three years, the Mets have taken high school bats with their top pick, drafting Jarred Kelenic in 2018, Brett Baty in 2019, and Pete Crow-Armstrong in 2020.

The Mets' crop of starting pitching in the minors is headlined by Matt Allan and J.T. Ginn, who might have higher ceilings than Hoglund, but who are likely two years away from making an impact in the bigs.