Jim Callis at Baseball America has his second mock draft of 2013 up. They’ve shifted their projection for the Mets from New Mexico 1B D.J. Peterson to Arkansas RHP Ryne Stanek.
The prevailing belief in the industry is that New York wants a bat such as Peterson, Mississippi State outfielder Hunter Renfroe, one of the Georgia high school outfielders or California prep first baseman Dom Smith. But after taking high school position players in the last two first rounds (Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini), the Mets may choose to go after a college pitcher such as Stanek or Gonzalez.
So, in the span of two sentences, Callis has the Mets tied to college bats, high school bats or maybe a college arm. I would describe that as awfully fluid. It suggests the team cares less about type of player and more about the identity of the players themselves, which is as it should be. Scouting reports on all of these guys are available at BA here.
The Gonzalez in the last paragraph is Oral Roberts RHP Alex Gonzalez, a late riser this spring who seemed to be a potential fit for every team in the middle of the first round according to Callis. Unless his fastball has improved measurably from the 90-94 BA quoted in their draft scouting report, he would feel like a reach at #11 overall.
The Mets’ interest in Peterson is real.
Two days ago, Kiley McDaniel, now of scout.com tweeted, in response to a question about the Mets’ draft preferences, “1. Meadows, 2. DJ Peterson, 3. Renfroe is their preference from what I’m hearing.”
Peterson, destined for 1B, scares me a little, as he’s just 6’1″ and playing in the hitter-friendly environment of New Mexico. I like the Georgia HS outfielders Clint Frazier or Austin Meadows, Stanek or Renfroe better.