The Mets had a draft in 2022 that may very well be instrumental in the franchise’s future success that included two first spherical picks and 5 of the primary 90 picks of the draft.
I’m going to go over how every of the Mets’ draft picks did in their transient professional debuts in the course of the 2022 season. Unfortunately, the Mets didn’t signal the third rounder Brandon Sproat as he determined to play one other yr for the Florida Gators. Additionally, prep picks Jackson Jaha and Jackson Lovich didn’t signal with the Mets and are headed to school.
Let’s check out how every draft decide did in their professional debut.
1st Round (#11) Kevin Parada – C
The Mets prime decide of the 2022 draft class made his presence recognized in just a few video games to complete off the 2022 season between the FCL Mets and Low-A St. Lucie Mets. The right-handed hitter slashed .275/.455/.425 with three doubles, one residence run, eight RBIs, and nearly as many walks (12) as strikeouts (13) in his first 13 video games.
The 21-year-old performed a key position in the St. Lucie Mets received the Florida State League Championship with a .400/.471/.467 slashing line and 5 RBIs in 4 playoff video games. He additionally supplied worth defensively getting 13 referred to as balls become strikes with the ABS problem system in these 4 video games.
Look for Parada to start the 2023 season with High-A Brooklyn.
1st Round (#14) Jett Williams – SS
The 18-year-old speedster impressed in his restricted professional debut with the Florida Complex League Mets. Williams hit .250/.366/.438 with a double, a house run, a triple, and 6 RBIs. He additionally stole six bases with out being caught as soon as.
I might count on Williams to make his full season debut in 2023 with the Low-A St. Lucie Mets.
2nd Round (#52) Blade Tidwell – RHP
The right-hander has first spherical expertise however harm issues had him fall to the Mets in the second spherical the place they gave him an overslot bonus. The 21-year-old pitched one scoreless inning for the FCL Mets earlier than serving to St. Lucie on their championship run. Tidwell pitched 8 1/3 innings in 4 common season appearances permitting two runs (2.16 ERA) on solely 4 hits, 9 strikeouts, and 6 walks.
Tidwell’s closing begin of the common season noticed him throw three scoreless innings with 5 strikeouts and nil walks and that appeared to catapult him into a powerful postseason. The former Tennessee Volunteer was lights out in two playoff begins for St. Lucy:
9.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 13 Okay, fastball as much as 98 mph
Coming off a powerful end to the 2022 season, you must relieve Tidwell will begin subsequent yr in High-A in the Brooklyn Cyclones’ rotation.
2nd Round (#75) Nick Morabito – INF/OF
It was solely per week’s price of video games for the versatile 19-year-old, however the outcomes weren’t fairly as he went 2-for-22 with 14 strikeouts in six video games for the FCL Mets. Morabito performed 4 of these video games in heart subject and one among them in proper subject, and he additionally has expertise taking part in center infield as effectively.
4th Round (#119) Jacob Reimer – 3B
The calling card for the 18-year-old is energy and he confirmed that off with a house run, triple, and 7 RBIs in seven professional video games for the FCL Mets. He additionally walked six instances giving him a .261/.414/.471 slash line in his first style of professional ball.
fifth Round (#149) D’Andre Smith – 2B/SS
It was a combined bag for Smith in his professional debut that included him displaying off spectacular uncooked energy with six extra-base hits in 50 at-bats, but additionally placing out a whopping 15 instances in that span. In 15 video games between the FCL and St. Lucie, the 21-year-old hit .220/.298/.440 with three doubles, a triple, and two residence runs. Smith added two walks and two doubles in 4 playoff video games because the St. Lucie Mets leadoff hitter.
sixth Round (#179) Tyler Stuart – RHP
The 6’9″, 250-pound righty allowed 4 runs in 3 2/3 innings between the FCL and St. Lucie Mets. Stuart struck out seven in that span with a high-spin fastball as much as 96 mph and a slider that he used continuously.
seventh Round (#209) Jonah Tong – RHP
The Canadian teenager did not pitch in a professional recreation, as an alternative, he threw bullpens on the Mets facility in Port St. Lucie.
eighth Round (#239) Dylan Tebrake – RHP
The 23-year-old was spectacular in his professional debut with 4 2/3 scoreless innings for the FCL and St. Lucie Mets. In that span, he struck out eight, walked none and gave up 5 hits. Tebrake was as much as 96 mph together with his four-seamer and his most used secondary was a slider as much as 89 mph.
ninth Round (#269) Chase Estep – 3B
The left-handed hitter performed in one recreation for the FCL Mets earlier than shifting as much as St. 24 video games for Lucie. Estep hit .214/.323/.405 with 4 doubles and 4 residence runs in 23 video games for St. Lucie. In that span, he walked a formidable 13 instances, but additionally struck out 23 instances as effectively.
tenth Round (#299) Zebulon Vermillion – RHP
Zebulon Vermillion, arguably the most effective title in the 2022 draft. retired all three batters he is confronted in his solely professional look for the FCL Mets. The Kansas native stands at 6’5″, and 240 kilos. He incorporates a mid-90s four-seamer and cutter as much as 90 mph combine.
eleventh Round (#329) Rhylan Thomas – OF
The left-handed hitter went 9-for-35 with just one extra-base hit in 10 video games for the FCL Mets, though he did stroll 5 instances in comparison with solely two strikeouts in that point. Thomas went 1-for-11 with three walks after a late-season promotion for St. Lucie.
twelfth Round (#359) Paul Gervase – RHP
The 6’10” right-handed reliever struggled to a 6.10 ERA in 10 1/3 innings for St. Lucie in the course of the common season, however he turned it round in the postseason as a key arm in their championship run. Gervase tossed 1 2/3 scoreless in the sport that despatched them to the ultimate sequence after which pitched 3 1/3 scoreless to choose up the save in the championship-deciding recreation. He was as much as 97 mph this yr and in addition mixes in a slider and alter.
thirteenth Round (#389) Dylan Ross – RHP
The hard-throwing right-hander was as much as 99 mph this yr earlier than arm surgical procedure stopped his faculty season after solely six innings.
14th Round (#419) Cameron Foster – RHP
The 23-year-old didn’t make his professional debut but.
sixteenth Round (#479) Jimmy Loper – RHP
The 23-year-old from Hawaii didn’t pitch for the Mets in 2022.
seventeenth Round (#509) Connor Brandon – RHP
The 21-year-old pitched two scoreless innings for the FCL Mets to get his toes moist in professional ball. The highschool soccer participant will get his fastball as much as 98 mph.
18th Round (#539) Chris Santiago – RHP
Santiago, 21, did not permit successful in three scoreless innings for the FCL Mets to get his professional profession began.
twentieth Round (#599) Eli Ankeney – LHP
The lefty was lights out in his few appearances for the FCL Mets to start his profession spanning 3 1/3 innings. The 21-year-old did not permit successful, stroll, or run and struck out six in that point.