2nd Round: Mets Select Andrew Church

With their second pick, the Mets selected RHP Andrew Church from Basic HS in NV. Church is interesting because he did not pitch for either of his first two high schools and moved into his own apartment to get eligible for a third. Odd story.

 

MLB.com: Church, who is 18, moved about 45 minutes away from his family to enter Basic’s school district, where he has his own apartment. Once he became eligible, Church was able to display his low-90s fastball, curveball and changeup.

Baseball America (ranked #89 pre-draft): He started his prep career at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, then transferred to Palo Verde High in 2011 but couldn’t pitch because of transfer rules, or in 2012 because of a dispute with the coach. He switched to Basic High in suburban Henderson for this season, an unconventional transfer because Church is already 18 and moved into an apartment by himself to get into his new school’s boundaries. Church has an athletic build at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds and has smoothed out his delivery. His fastball sits in the 90-93 mph range and touches 95. He holds his velocity well, and his curveball shows flashes of being a plus pitch. He also throws a slider and a changeup. If Church goes in the top two rounds, he’ll likely pass on his commitment to San Diego.