Mets Add Five Players on Day 2 of 2020 MLB Draft

Lou DiPietro
June 11, 2020 - 10:29 pm
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After selecting high school outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong with the No. 19 overall pick on Day 1 of the 2020 MLB Draft, the Mets were set to round out their draft haul with five picks on Day 2. Below are some quick capsule profiles of those selected by the Mets in Rounds 2-5, including a compensation pick at the end of the second round:

Round 2, No. 52 overall: LHP J.T. Ginn, Mississippi State
Last year, the Mets used their third-round pick to get a potential first-round talent in Matt Allan, and they have done it again in 2020 by selecting Ginn at No. 52.

Ginn was a first-round pick two years ago, going No. 30 overall to the Dodgers, but went to college instead and became SEC Freshman of the Year after going 8-4 with a 3.13 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 86 1.3 innings over 17 starts. As a pending draft-eligible sophomore, he looked to build on that in 2020, but it wasn’t COVID that cut short his second season – instead, it was Tommy John surgery that limited his sophomore year to one three-inning appearance.

Per MLB.com’s scouting report, Ginn sits 91-95 on his fastball, topping out at 97 with great movement, and has a “wipeout slider” that “combines mid-80s velocity with two-plane depth.” He also has a changeup they consider a potential plus offering and has excellent command, but injury and durability concerns plus a complicated delivery could push him into a relief role long-term.

Round 2 Compensation, No. 69 overall: OF Isaiah Greene, Corona (CA) High School
The Mets nabbed their second prep outfielder from the Golden State in Greene, a member of the scout team that played against Pete Crow-Armstrong’s Team USA 18U National Team last summer. Greene’s calling card is his speed, which allows him to wreak havoc on the bases and makes up for developing instincts in the outfield.

Per MLB.com’s scouting report, “his swing is pretty flat, but he can really hit with a contact-oriented approach, and scouts think power will come as he figures that part of the game out.” MLB.com also notes Greene as “maybe the most improved player in the area over the last year” with “plenty of room for growth.” He is committed to Missouri, but a slot bonus of nearly $930K could sway him.

Round 3, No. 91 overall: SS Anthony Walters, San Diego State
Walters is an interesting case of a journeyman who is still unproven. He spent his freshman year at Cal, hitting .191 as a utility player, then spent a strong sophomore year at Mt. San Antonio College in the California JUCO ranks, hitting .374 with 10 homers and 62 RBI en route to earning All-State honors.

And that’s the book on Walters, who redshirted in 2019 after transferring to San Diego State and hit .261 in 16 games in an abbreviated redshirt junior year. He wasn’t in Baseball America’s Top 500 or MLB.com’s Top 200 prospects, but was selected in the Top 100 overall.

Round 4, No. 121 overall: C Matthew Dyer, Arizona
A chicken in every pot and an Arizona catcher in every organization for all of New York, as the Mets take Dyer nearly 100 picks after the Yankees selected fellow Wildcat backstop Austin Wells in the first round.

Dyer was Oregon’s No. 1 catcher as a freshman in 2017, where he hit .268, but he sat out 2018 while transferring to Arizona. He spent 2019 playing behind the plate, at first base, and in left field, hitting .393 with a 1.051 OPS in 42 games en route to an Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention selection, but he hit just .220 in an abbreviated 15-game 2020 season.

Per MLB.com. Dyer has a “limited offensive profile,” but has a plus arm and “shows above-average defensive skills behind the plate, and is also athletic enough to play center field and second base, pointing to a potential future career as a super-utility type.”

Round 5, No. 151 overall: RHP Eric Orze, University of New Orleans
Not ranked among MLB.com’s Top 200 Prospects, Orze is a redshirt college senior who comes with an inspirational story, having beaten testicular cancer and melanoma.

Orze began his college career at Northwest Florida JC, where he went 9-5 in 123 1/3 innings over 30 appearances, and was a significant signing for UNO in 2017. However, after making just nine appearances in the 2018 season and struggling in those outings, a trip to the emergency room revealed why Orze had been playing through constant abdominal pain: he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The righty redshirted in 2019 while undergoing treatment, and had a second cancer scare when, two surgeries after being declared cancer-free, he was diagnosed with melanoma. Orze, however, overcame it all and was able to return to the mound for an abbreviated final season, where he was UNO’s opening day starter and went 2-0 with a 3.84 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings over three starts before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the 2020 college baseball season.