From the desk of: HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET
NEW YORK METS: Club Goes After High School Players Showing A Break From The Past.
The grades are years away from being issued regarding this year's draft, but I'll give Paul DePodesta an "E" for effort and an "S" for surprise.
The New York Mets jumped into this year's Amateur Talent Pool with both feet and didn't even hold their nose. Talk about making a splash.... Or at the least, they made a radical departure from their past practices. And so, the philosophical changes in METropolis have begun.
With the 13th pick in this year's Draft, the Mets selected 18 year old, Brandon Nimmo; an outfielder from Cheyenne, Wyoming. With their second pick (#44 overall) the Mets selected Michael Fulmer; a high school pitcher from Edmond, Oklahoma.
Paul DePodesta rode two principles in making his first selection; the Mets weren't going to play it safe, - and they were intent on getting a slugger with their first pick. I'd say check, and check.
I mean, I have no idea how Brandon Nimmo will pan out; no one does. But I like the pick because it was savvy. Any kid who plays on an American Legion Post team because his high school doesn't have a baseball team, and causes an MLB exec to fly-out to literally the middle of Nowhere, Wyoming, to see him play, is OK with me. I wish Nimmo all the luck in the world. And if he signs with us, I just may see him in Brooklyn this season. But these guys are still said to be committed to college. We'll have to wait and see whether they'll decide to commit to us, or opt for keg parties and studying the French Revolution to death.
It's hard to say anything really about either player. But with regards to the Draft, the change in approach by DePodesta and the new Front Office is quite noticeable.