Acquired: 3rd rd 2011 (Baylor)
2011 Rank: N/A
Why Ranked Here: Ranking guys who have not begun their professional career is difficult. Verrett made it more difficult by an inconsistent last 18 months, with a slow start to his junior year dropping him out of the first round. According to Baseball America, he throws 88-92 and can touch 94, but it “lacks life.” The Mets were very pleased with his arm strength at instructs in the fall. That’s a very controlled environment, and I’m eager to see how he handles a full professional season. (Note: I’ve moved Verrett around the rankings a bunch: 30 felt too high, and the guys between here and there have some professional track record. Again, it’s not too precise at this point.)
2011: He signed for the fourth-largest bonus ($425k) in the 2011 Mets draft class.
Dr. Pangloss Says: #4 starter. Or fastball plays up in short outings out of the bullpen.
Debbie Downer Says: Let us count the ways a young pitcher might not make it.
Projected 2012 Start: Savannah
MLB Arrival: September 2014/2015