Scouting Director Chad MacDonald’s overall assessment:
It was a good day for the Mets. You never know how the draft is going to fold, who’s going to get to you. Some guys we wanted got to us and we took ’em. …It was a good day two. We got the pitchers we want, both college and high school. We like Day two. We’re excited.
On second-round pick Cory Mazzoni, right-handed pitcher, NC State.
Three-pitch mix, plus fastball solid secondary stuff, slider, change and split.
On third-round pick Logan Verrett, RHP Baylor
Very happy to get in the third round…plus slider, 90-92. Does it easy. … We didn’t think Logan Verrett would get to the third round.
On fourth-round pick Tyler Pill, RHP Cal State Fullerton
Another athletic kid Cal State Fullerton. All of ’em [Mazzoni, Verrett and Pill] are strikethrowers. … He’s a baseball player, who can hit, who can pitch. We think the pitching only improves when you concentrate on it. This guys’s very athletic, we like him.
On fifth-round pick LHP John Leathersich, Umass Lowell
Performer. plus fastball. at times a plus curveball. Maybe a starter, may be a reliever, but a left-hander who we like.
On ninth-round pick Alexander Panteliodis, LHP Florida:
Friday night starter his freshman and sophomore year. Three pitch mix and it’s firm stuff. It’s 90-94. At times a solid breaking ball and changeup. … His talent certainly warrants the top three rounds.
On rounds 10-13:
And then we went some high school guys, and that was something we wanted to do. We want to develop some young starting pitching. And we did that. We went Budgell, Montgomery, Matthews and Gsellman. We’re talking about four high school pitchers with upside. Body, athleticism, arm action, delivery, all the foundation to think these guys are going to be starters in the big leagues.
Budgell stands 6’2″, Montgomery is 6’1″, 230, Matthews is 6’3″ and Gsellman is 6’4″ so these are large, young humans.