Thursday, June 05, 2008

Kids Incorporated

ESPN's Keith Law weighed in on the 1st round of Major League Baseball's "first-year-player" draft.

18 New York MetsIke Davis 1B Arizona State

The Mets said they wanted to focus on college bats with their first two picks, and Davis was probably the best hitter left on the board. His pitch recognition is good, and he has a clean swing once he gets it started. He has 30-plus homer power in the big leagues if everything clicks. He's also a good defender with a plus arm at first base.

22 New York MetsReese Havens SS South Carolina

This is a great pick for the Mets. He makes all the plays at shortstop because he reads the ball off the bat so well. At the plate he has excellent pitch recognition and hand-eye coordination. If he has to move to second base because of the presence of Jose Reyes at shortstop, he has more than enough bat. Havens has a great approach and instincts, and he should move quickly through the Mets' system.

This is great news. If, of course, Keith Law's (or any other MLB draft "expert's") prognostications can be considered any more reliable than weathermen predicting hurricane paths or radiologists taking stabs at pregnant women's due dates. Unfortunately, it's one of those curious things where you have to wait and see.

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