Links: Draft, Matz, Mazzoni, Ring

Draft
Baseball America is out their their first mock draft. John Manuel writes about the Mets’ strategy at #10 overall:

The Mets feel like they’re about to turn the corner in the big leagues and are well stocked with young pitching, so they would like a college bat who could move through the system quickly. Turner would be tempting if he’s available, but Conforto is the consensus best college hitter and has the polished approach the team is looking for.

Conforto, out of Oregon State is hitting .397/.549/.589 with 40 walks and 24 strikeouts, 11 walks, 2 triples and 4 HR in 41 games for Oregon State as a 21-year old this year.

Here’s MLB.com’s report on Conforto in which they called the college hitter class “thin.”

At ESPN, Keith Law’s Top 100 draft rankings are here.  Law’s top ranked college bat is USF’s Bradley Zimmer.


Ring Returns
Former Met Royce Ring will work as the pitching coach for the rookie level Gulf Coast League Mets.


Mazzoni Update
In his weekly Farm Report for ESPNNY, Adam Rubin checks in with Michael Fulmer, who we profiled here the week before. Rubin reports that Cory Mazzoni has started throwing and is moving closer to mound work.


Scouting Matz
At Baseball Prospectus, Jeff Moore watched Steven Matz at St. Lucie in advanced-A. His conclusion, “As he continues to gain experience and remain healthy, Matz has a chance to become a no. 2 starter while likely settling in as a mid-rotation guy.”