Mets start Day 2 of Draft with Arkansas utility player and HS pitcher
Ethan Asofsky / MLB.com
The Mets used their first pick of the second round on third baseman Matthew Reynolds from Arkansas. A 3-year player in the SEC, Reynolds hit .312 with four home runs and twenty-six RBI in 40 games this season.
While he’s not necessarily known for his power – hitting eight total home runs in his college career – the 6-foot-1-inch, 200-pound Reynolds was ranked as the 36th-best prospect in the junior class and the 83rd-best draft prospect for the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft by Baseball America.
Over the summer of 2011, Reynolds played with USA Baseball’s College National Team and hit .227 with two RBI in six games.
Scouting reports say Reynolds does have gap-to-gap power, but needs to learn how to use the whole field better.
Although Reynolds started at third base this season, he did see time at shortstop in his freshman year before a torn ligament ended his first season with the Razorbacks. He is known as a versatile infielder. He projects as a good utility man, who can play a couple different positions.
Reynolds stole 11 bases in 12 attempts this season, and is an above average base runner.
In high school, Reynolds lead Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, Okla., to three conference championships. He was a two-time Metro Lakes first team performer, holding a career .373 batting average and a .501 slugging percentage.
With the 74th overall pick in the second round the Mets selected Theodore Stankiewicz from FT Worth Christian High School in Texas. The 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher is committed to play college baseball at Arkansas and could be tough to sign.
Stankiewicz has a fastball that sits between 88 and 91 mph, but can reach 93 mph on the gun. He’s still lanky and has room to grow, which could bring up the speed on his fastball. Scouts say his secondary pitches are average, but with a fastball that could develop into a plus-pitch, the 18-year-old could have a future as a starter in the Major Leagues.
The Mets used their sole pick in the third round on Louisville reliever Matthew Koch. The right-hander split closing duties with the Cardinals this season. He throws a fastball that gets up to around 94 mph and sits close to that speed, as well as a slider with some bite.
Koch was 1-2 with a 3.34 ERA in 2012. He struck out 30 batters in over 32 innings of work this season. In 17 regular season relief appearances in 2011, Koch had five saves and a 1.19 ERA.
At the 140th overall pick, the Mets selected their second high school shortstop of the draft in Brandon Kaupe. A native of Hawaii, Kaupe played high school baseball at Baldwin High School and is committed to Central Arizona Junior College. This year, his senior season, Kaupe was a member of the Hawaii All-State Team. The 5-foot-7-inch middle infielder is a switch hitter.
In the fifth round, New York selected right-handed pitcher Brandon Welch from Palm Beach State College. After two years in junior college, Welch has a scholarship to Florida Atlantic University next year. The Florida product throws a mid-90s fastball.
Ethan Asofsky is an an associate reporter for MLB.com