The Mets have announced the signings of the team’s top two selections in this year’s draft. New York sacrificed its top selection to sign outfielder Michael Cuddyer, who had declined a qualifying offer from the Rockies.
Second-rounder Desmond Lindsay inked for a full-slot value of $1,142,700, MLB.com’s Jim Callis tweets. And third-round selection Max Wotell has agreed to a payday of $775K, also per Callis (Twitter link). The 88th slot with which he was taken came with a $666,500 value, meaning that the Mets went over $100K above slot to draw him from the University of Arizona.
Lindsay, a high school outfielder out of Florida, was limited by injury this year but shows a nice overall blend of tools, per Baseball America. He rated 102nd on BA’s board, which credited his hands and bat speed at the plate, plus running ability, and potential to play center field as a pro. ESPN.com’s Keith Law had the highest grade on Lindsay, ranking him 72nd among draft-eligible prospects. Law does note that the youngster’s “plate discipline is still an open question.”
Wotell placed as high as 140 on pundits’ lists, with that slot awarded by Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs. The high school southpaw “has exceptional projection,” per Baseball America, which notes his “wiry frame and loose arm.” Per that report, Wotell will need to develop his change to throw along with his low-to-mid-90s fastball and solid breaking ball.