Mets doubled down on risky draft strategy that could pay off

For a second straight year, the Mets took a risky approach with the draft and lived to tell.

The next step will be receiving results on their gamble.

In outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong, right-handed pitcher JT Ginn and outfielder Isaiah Greene, in particular, the Mets bet on higher-end talent with negotiating leverage because of college eligibility, but all three signed contracts. The final piece was Ginn, a sophomore from Mississippi State who this week agreed to an over-slot signing bonus worth $2.9 million.

The Mets took a similar approach last year, allowing them to land Matt Allan, a top high school pitching talent who scared off many teams over concerns whether he would sign, in the third round.

“We go into it knowing that we better sign these guys,” general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Tuesday. “That is part of the draft, if you take players and can’t sign them, then we haven’t done our part because then those players don’t become part of our farm system.”

Pete Crow-ArmstrongAP

Van Wagenen credited team adviser Omar Minaya, who has overseen the Mets’ domestic and international scouting, for helping restock the farm system following trades that included top prospects over the past 1 ½ years. Among them was the trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz that sent Jarred Kelenic to the Mariners.

Source: New York Post

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