The New York Mets today that the club made five selections to complete their 2020 First-Year Player Draft.
In the second round, with the 52nd overall pick, New York drafted RHP JT Ginn from Mississippi State University.
Ginn, 21, was ranked among this year’s top draft prospects by Baseball America (No. 23) and MLB Pipeline (No. 44). His pitch arsenal is highlighted by a fastball that reaches the mid-to-upper 90s and a hard slider with mid-80s velocity. He was previously drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers (30th overall, 2018) after being named the Gatorade Mississippi Player of the Year as a high school senior.
The Brandon, Mississippi native made one start for the Bulldogs in 2020 before undergoing “Tommy John” surgery in March to repair an elbow injury that sidelined the right-hander in his season debut. In 2019, he was named the Perfect Game National Freshman of the Year after putting up a 3.13 ERA in 17 starts with 105 strikeouts and just 19 walks in 86.1 innings.
In the compensatory round, the Mets chose OF Isaiah Greene from Corona Senior High School (CA) with the 69th overall pick. Greene, 18, was ranked 49th by Baseball America among this year’s draft prospects. MLB Pipeline had the Southern Californian ranked 62nd.
Greene’s speed is his best tool, grading out at a 65 on the 20-80 scouting scale according to MLB.com. His 6.48-second 60-yard dash time ranked in the 99th percentile among potential 2020 draftees recorded by Perfect Game. A left-handed batter and fielder, Greene finished his high school career with a .407 OBP.
The Mets rounded out the 2020 Draft choosing SS Anthony Walters from San Diego State in the third round, C Matthew Dyer from the University of Arizona in the fourth round and RHP Eric Orze from the University of New Orleans in the fifth round.
Walters, 22, hails from Corona, California, the same hometown as compensatory pick Isaiah Greene.
In addition to catching, Dyer, 21, played defensively all over the diamond while at Arizona, appearing at first base, second base, third base and in the outfield.
Orze, 22, sported a 17-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 12.2 innings this season before COVID ended the campaign. He is a two-time cancer survivor and sat out part of 2018 and missed the entire 2019 season to recover after beating both testicular cancer and skin cancer.
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