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The first round of the MLB Draft is in the books, and the Mets certainly brought some excitement to the fanbase with the selection of Vanderbilt RHP Kumar Rocker with the 10th overall pick. In over a decade of covering the draft, there has never been a draft prospect who caused more Mets fans in my mentions on Twitter demanding the team draft him.
As exciting as that pick was, there are still 19 more prospects for the Mets to draft and add to their organization. Right now the top of this minor league system -- with the likes of Francisco Alvarez, Brett Baty, Ronny Mauricio and others -- can compete with almost any system in the game. But once you get past those handful of top prospects, the system does take a bit of a dip and the draft is where you rebuild it.
My best guess now is Rocker will take at least full slot value, which is $4,739,900. It may even take over slot money to bring him into the fold. In that case, I do think it may prove a little difficult to pull off a J.T. Ginn/Matt Allan type of draft plan, but there are plenty of good prospects still available.
Day 2 of the draft begins at 1 p.m. EST on Monday, covering rounds 2-10. The Mets have a pick in each of those rounds, starting with their second-round pick, which is the No. 46 overall selection.
Here are some names to watch as we head into Day 2 of the MLB Draft...
1. OF Will Taylor – Dutch Fork HS (South Carolina)
Clemson commit to play slot receiver in football and baseball. Also a two-time state wrestling champion wrestler in high school.
2. RHP/SS Bubba Chandler – North Oconee HS (Georgia)
Committed to Clemson as a quarterback, but in baseball is a two-way player.
3. RHP Jaden Hill – LSU
First-round talent who had to undergo Tommy John surgery in the spring. Will take an over slot bonus to sign.
4. OF Jud Fabian – Florida
Possible top 15 pick coming into the spring, but had major contact issues. He turned it around in the back end of the season, but that did not get him into Day 1.
5. OF James Wood – IMG Academy (Florida)
Exciting power bat who struggled this spring. If he does not go early Day 2, he might fulfill his commitment to Mississippi State.
6. LHP Matt Mikulski – Fordham
Huge arm up to 98 mph with a slider that flashes plus. Development of his change-up will determine if he can be a No. 3 or No. 4 starter, or a reliever.
7. LHP Anthony Solometo – Bishop Eustace Prep HS (New Jersey)
Delivery very similar to Madison Bumgarner. Above average pitches across the board, headed by a fastball that tops at 94 mph. Committed to North Carolina.
8. SS Peyton Stovall – Haughton HS (Louisiana)
Just a pure hitter. Consistently barrels balls up, and shows power. Likely to end up as a second baseman long term.
9. C Adrian Del Castillo – Miami
Del Castillo entered the season as a possible top 5 pick, but he struggled this spring with a .775 OPS. If you can fix the swing, there is some thump in that bat. Questions if he will stick behind the plate too.