Dreams became reality this weekend as the MLB Draft called upon the best young ballplayers in the country to enter the league. On the first day especially, the New York Mets made tremendous selections to help solidify their future.
Starting in the first round, the Amazin’s used the 19th overall pick to select Justin Dunn, a right hander out of Boston College. Dunn was the Eagle’s ace by far this season with a 1.49 ERA in 17 games, seven of them being starts.
Don’t let Dunn’s 6-foot-2, 170-pound frame fool you. This guy can throw absolute heat with a fastball that has reached 99 mph. If that wasn’t hard enough to hit, he mixes in his slider, curve and changeup that has rewarded him with 66 strikeouts on the year so far.
The 20-year-old possesses the skills needed to get it “Dunn” in the big leagues. Before he can focus on the Mets, he will be worrying about Game 3 of the Coral Gables Super Regional Championship between his Eagles and the Miami Hurricanes.
In the second round, the Mets decided to stay with pitching this time selecting a lefty in Connecticut's Anthony Kay. Kay is too familiar with the Mets during this event as the team drafted him out of Ward Melville High School in the 29th round.
This time around, the Mets are likely to be even more ecstatic that the 21-year-old resides in their system as he has vastly improved since opting for a college career. Like Dunn, his fastball sits around 92-94 consistently while also having a great changeup in his arsenal. Scouts claim his command is superb and had gotten better since high school.
Kay is a lifelong Yankees fan being from Long Island, but that will surely change in no time.
Rounding off the first day of the 2016 MLB Draft, the Mets went to a position player with the 64th overall pick. They selected first baseman Peter Alonso out of Florida.
Alonso’s prowess at the plate is most certainly his biggest asset. At 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, this power bat can always change the momentum of a game. In his junior season, which is still underway at the Gainesville Super Regional, he leads his Gators team in almost every offensive category. He holds a .368 batting average, 12 homeruns and 55 RBIs.
Some believed his draft stock to be damaged after injuring his hand on a fastball that ran too tight, but Alonso quieted critics with three dingers and eight RBIs in the regionals.
When he is called up, Alonso can be an immediate presence at the dish.
All in all, the first round was a success for the Mets who have the mindset of staying a contender in the future.