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    2019 Mets draft profile:Joe Genord

    With their ninth selection in the 2019 draft, the Mets selected Joe Genord, a first baseman from Florida.

    STEVE SYPA; @SteveSypa
    4 Jun 2019, 6:14 PM EDT

    Born: Lake Worth, Florida
    Age: 22 (8/17/96)
    Height/Weight: 6’1”/230 lbs.
    Position: 1B
    Bats/Throws: R/R
    School: South Florida

    Joe Genord lettered for three years at Park Vista High School, winning All-County honors in his junior and senior seasons. In his junior year, he hit .387/.462/.559 with a pair of home runs, and in his senior year, he hit .282/.460/.494 with four. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 19th round of the 2015 MLB Draft, 582nd overall, but declined to sign with them, instead attending the University of South Florida.

    He appeared in 45 games in his freshman year, starting 40 of them, 16 games at catcher, 13 at first base, and 11 as the Bulls’ DH. He hit .270/.325/.428, hitting 6 home runs, which was good for second on the team. In 2017, he started in 58 games, all at first base, and hit .259/.352/.439 with 9 home runs. He had an excellent season in 2018, hitting .306/.394/.633 in 48 games, one behind the plate and the rest at first base. He went undrafted and returned to school for his senior year. In his capstone year, the slugger hit .333/.446/.618 in 53 games, all at first. In both his junior and senior seasons, Genord led the bulls in batting average, doubles, home runs.

    Power is the slugger’s carrying tool. He has middle-of-the-order raw power capable of carrying for a team when he gets hot and goes on a tear. Genord does not get cheated at the plate, taking mighty hacks at virtually every at-bat. His swing is long, with a lot of uppercut. This leads to a lot of swing-and-miss in his game. He is currently able to work around that thanks to the amount of walks he is able to draw, but seemingly that is from pitchers not wanting to challenge him rather than a refined eye at the plate.

    As a first baseman, Genord is a fringe defender. He is a good receiver but does not exhibit much range and has shown poor footwork around the bag. In addition, he has experience catching, being moved off of the position not because of shortcomings there, but because teammate Tyler Dietrich has been a mainstay there, leading the NCAA in innings behind the plate during his time at South Florida. Behind the dish, he has a strong arm but his defensive development lags far behind players of his age because of the lack of playing time he has there.
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    • #17

      2019 Mets draft profile:Scott Ota

      With their tenth selection in the 2019 draft, the Mets selected Scott Ota, an outfielder from California.

      STEVE SYPA; @SteveSypa
      4 Jun 2019, 6:47 PM EDT

      Born: Foster City, California
      Age: 21 (8/16/97)
      Height/Weight: 5’11”/195 lbs.
      Position: OF
      Bats/Throws: L/L
      School: University of Illinois Chicago

      Playing for Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, California, Scott Ota earned MVP honors in his senior year, hitting .489/.528/.680 in 28 games. After graduating, he attended the University of Illinois Chicago. In his first year there, he appeared in 21 games and hit .254/.313/.475. In 2017, his sophomore year, he appeared in all 56 games the Flames played and hit .281/.331/.424. In 2018, he hit a career-best .283/.351/.481 in 48 games, leading the team in hits and triples. After going undrafted in the 2018 MLB Draft, Ota returned to the University of Illinois Chicago for his senior year. The 22-year-old went off on the Horizon League, hitting .356 /.451/.761 with 19 home runs, becoming the first player in the league to hit that many home runs since 2000.

      The left-hander stands coiled at the plate with a slightly open stance, holding his hands high near his head. He has a compact swing, uncoiling and putting a jolt in the ball when he is able to barrel up on it. There is a bit of uppercut to his swing, and a hitch in his swing results in the plane of his bat still traveling downwards as it moves through the zone. He is able to muscle a lot of these kinds of hits for dying quails, but often rolls into groundballs because of this.

      Defensively, Ota is primarily a right-hander. His arm profiles well, capable of hitting the mid-to-high-80s. He has a sturdy, dependable glove, making very few errors over his four years at the University of Illinois Chicago.

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        1 12 17 Baty, Brett Lake Travis HS 3B L/R HS SR
        2 53 36 Wolf, Josh St. Thomas HS P R/R HS SR
        3 89 13 Allan, Matthew Seminole HS P R/R HS SR
        4 118 171 Mangum, Jake Mississippi State CF S/L 4YR SR
        5 148 Jones, Nathan Northwestern State P R/R 4YR SR
        6 178 Ashford, Zach Fresno State CF L/R 4YR SR
        7 208 Ritter, Luke Wichita State 2B R/R 4YR SR
        8 238 Wollersheim, Connor Kent State P L/L 4YR SR
        9 268 Genord, Joe South Florida 1B R/R 4YR SR
        10 298 Ota, Scott University of Illinois at Chicago RF L/L 4YR SR
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          11 328 Martinson, Jordan Dallas Baptist P L/L 4YR SR
          12 358 Duplantis, Antoine LSU OF L/L 4YR SR
          13 388 McIntosh, Blaine Sycamore HS CF L/L HS SR
          14 418 Taylor, Kennie Duke CF R/R 4YR SR
          15 448 Ragan, Mitch Creighton P R/R 4YR SR
          16 478 Gaddis, Nic Jacksonville State 3B R/R 4YR SR
          17 508 Goggin, Dan James Madison University P R/R 4YR SR
          18 538 Murphy, Tanner University of North Florida CF R/R 4YR JR
          19 568 Parsons, Hunter Maryland P R/R 4YR SR
          20 598 O'Neill, Matt Pennsylvania C R/R 4YR SR
          21 628 Fryman, Branden Samford University SS R/R 4YR JR
          22 658 Beck, Jace Blanchard HS P R/R HS SR
          23 688 MacDonald, Nick Florida International P R/R 4YR JR
          24 718 Barco, Hunter The Bolles School P L/L HS SR
          25 748 Charles, Joseph TNXL Academy P R/R HS SR
          26 778 Senger, Mitchell Stetson University P L/L 4YR JR
          27 808 Fowler, Dalton Northwest Mississippi CC P L/L JC J2
          28 838 Ortega, Jake CSU Bakersfield C L/R 4YR SR
          29 868 Struble, LT Felician College CF L/R 4YR 5S
          30 898 Lasko, Justin U Massachusetts Amherst P R/R 4YR SR
          31 928 Edwards, Andrew New Mexico State P L/L 4YR SR
          32 958 Gordon, Cole Mississippi State P L/R 4YR 5S
          33 988 Kleszcz, Cole Azusa Pacific University OF R/R 4YR JR
          34 1018 Shinn, Ryan Kentucky OF R/L 4YR SR
          35 1048 Maldonado, Daniel Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy CF R/R HS SR
          36 1078 Flint, Tucker Bishop Hendricken School RF L/L HS SR
          37 1108 Lawson, Dilan Madison County HS P R/R HS SR
          38 1138 Slattery, Casey Glendale College 1B L/L JC J2
          39 1168 Conti, Nick Eckerd College 2B R/R 4YR SR
          40 1198 Lovrich, Camden Trinity Presbyterian HS P R/R HS SR39
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            • #21
              All high-risk, potential high-reward players. I actually like this strategy. With the low % of draft picks that actually make it, why not take a chance instead of settling for that #3 in the rotation upside guy?


              • #22
                Contrary to the thought that 4 year collegians are safer selections because of the age and the larger resume at a higher level of baseball, I also like the riskier choice of top HS athletes who will benefit from development at the professional level.

                Collegiate athletics are rift with coaches whose primary function is winning first and the future of the players well below winning now, especially with seniors who are perishable.

                Casey Mize the 1st pick of the 1st round in 2018 pitching for Auburn, started 17 of the teams 66 games (26%) which included a trip to the NCAA Super Regionals. He and undergrad Tanner Burns collectively started 52% of the games. Mize accounted for 19.8% of IP which would be the equivalent of a MLB pitcher throwing 288 innings.

                Mize survived and has put up good numbers at A+-AA with ironically the Tigers.


                • #24
                  Interesting take from Deadspin. I'm personally OK with the approach in general since they're really making every effort to sign Allen who could end up being the steal of the draft. The lower college senior picks though are worrisome, because if they're not here within a couple of years it ends up being a terrible strategy:

                  Last edited by Thomasam; 10-Jun-2019, 11:45 AM. Reason: The link didn't show any details.


                  • #25
                    interesting piece.

                    I like it in the sense that stars are the hardest thing to acquire in FA, middle tier talent can be had for a price. So if your draft strategy is to give yourself the most cracks at legit stars, then you gotta take it.

                    What I don't like is if you concede the MLB draft is the biggest crap-shoot in all of sports (which I absolutely believe it is), then you are really significantly reducing your diamond in the rough chances.

                    Some notable Mets 4th+ draft picks from recent history

                    2006 - Daniel Murphy (Junior)
                    2007 - Lucas Duda (Junior)
                    2012 - Corey Oswalt (HS)
                    2012 - Tomas Nido (HS)
                    2012 - Paul Sewald (senior)
                    2013 - Jeff McNeil (junior)

                    And let's not forget about the pinnacle of the argument... Jacob DeGrom (junior)

                    Counter point - diamonds are rare... I had to sift through a lot of shit to find even this sad list - 2 stars in 200 picks :/ - hopefully 3 if McNeil keeps it up.


                    • #26
                      Nice article. Reading through it, and Fang's list, I don't blame the Mets for trying it. If it works, great, lots of upside. If not, as Fang pointed out, what did we really risk anyway?


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