Quick Take: While the Mets opted for the hometown hero by nabbing the Long Island prep star with their first pick, Matz' talent truly belonged here; he's a long, projectable lefty who got up to 93-94 mph this spring. Shields didn't live up to expectations, but he's a solid player with average tools across the board.
Notable Later Picks: Not only does fifth-round pick Damien Magnifico have a great name, he also has a great arm, and he got into the mid-90s at times this spring. Right-hander David Buchanan (6th) is another big-time arm-strength guy, but he's very raw. Catcher Taylor Freeman (8th) combines good catch-and-throw skills with intriguing power.
I like the arm strength guys (Magnifico & Buchanan) because, with a few exceptions, soft tossers rarely become impact big leaguers. I just think picking the velo, gives teams a better chance of producing a meaningful MLB player, although maybe a couple fewer minor league wins along the way if the pitchers are really raw .
Final Summary: While the Mets took solid picks all around, it's hard to have an impact draft when you don't select until 72nd overall. It's also a point of confusion as to why the team doesn't use their resources to spend on signability players who drop.
Confusion? Shortsighted? Stingyness?