Photo courtesy of Dan Napper, Chicago Scouts Association
By: Rob Schardt
Did the Mets get their guy with the number 6th pick in the 2018 draft? That is obviously a good question, but I am guessing the team wanted to take SEC player of the year Jonathan India. India, a third basemen who attends the University of Florida, was taken by the Reds with the pick right before the Mets were on the clock and to be honest I was devastated because India and Brady Singer were the players I would like to have seen the team take. Currently, the team has a bottom 5 farm system in the entire league if not the worst, so a player like this could have helped out the farm system maybe even a little.
Alright, so with India off the board, the Mets selected 18-year-old outfielder Jarred Kelenic from Waukesha High School in Wisconsin. Jarred is committed to play at The University of Louisville, which I hope he by passes and signs with the Mets. This pick reminds me of Sandy’s first draft when he selected Brandon Nimmo, who is having a career year. Kelenic since the age of 16 has played in All-American games for the USA under 18 team and in 2016 won the Pan American Games gold medal as a 16 year-old batting third. This sticks out to me because it shows Jared has maturity and can handle pressure. Kelenic has also participated in the Under Amour All-America game and has participated in the homerun derby that takes place at Marlins Park (which is one of the biggest stadiums in the league). I played baseball all my life and these are the biggest accomplishments as a young ball player, which only the best of the best attend these events.
Kelenic is definitely one of the most complete players in the draft and has the potential to be a 5-tool-player. Looking at his tape, I can understand why Sandy and the Mets love this kid as he can do everything. The only thing that worries me about this pick is that, since he is young it may take a long time to see Kelenic in the major leagues. I for sure hope this is not the case and he excels and reaches the majors to help a team that is in dire need of help. Obviously in this case, the high school guys take longer to get to the majors, so I understand if Mets fans are upset, but I am high on this kid and hope he can help this ball club one day.
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