A few weeks ago, with their second selection, the Mets drafted Andrew Church, a righthanded pitcher who was the 90th ranked high school prospect in the country. He’s got four pitches (fastball, curveball, slider, and change-up), a decent build and has dialed it up to 95 mph, but, good stuff aside, Church was by most scouts described a 3rd or 4th rounder.
There are two possible reasons why the Mets may have taken Church as their second pick. The first could be part of a strategy of relegating resources for the later rounds, the second and more likely reason is that they believed they knew something about Church that most other scouting departments did not.
For all the Mets’ stated needs for position players and lefthanded pitching, they went on a run (picks 14 to 32) where 18 of 23 draftees were righthanded pitchers, and with the notable exceptions of Ricardo Jaquez and Johnny Magliozzi, they’re all decidedly on the large side.
In and of itself this wouldn’t be peculiar were it not f...