The New York Mets did not sign right-handed pitcher Zach Wheeler during the off- season. Thusly, they received a compensation pick at the No. 69 overall slot of the 2020 MLB First Year Draft.
The Mets turned around and took that selection and turned into high school centerfielder Isaiah Greene, a young player with a high ceiling.
Additionally, a source also told MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo on Thursday that New York agreed to a full-slot deal of $3.36 million with their top pick, Pete-Crow Armstrong.
Additionally, the Mets have now signed third-rounder Anthony Walters for $20,000, fourth-rounder Matthew Dyer for $350,000 and fifth-rounder Eric Orze for $20,000, leaving approximately $2.6 million to hopefully ink second-rounder J.T. Ginn.
Ginn’s slot value is around $1.4 million, but New York could offer him more to sign him if they must. However, Ginn, two years ago, reportedly rejected a 2.4 million deal from the Los Angeles Dodgers, but that’s when he was healthier. So, the Mets will have to wait and see what comes to fruition.
Greene, a 6-foot-1, 178-pounder — with room to grow into his athletic frame — out of Corona High School in Corona, CA, completed his four-year high school career with a total of 87 hits, a .405 on-base percentage, and three consecutive Big VIII League titles.
Greene batted .389 with four triples and nine stolen bases as a sophomore in 2018.
Armstrong, a six-foot1, 180-pounder, laced a .515 batting average in 10 games with one strikeout in 42 at-bats this season before high school sports were halted. As a junior, Armstrong hit .426 with three home runs and five triples.
Plus, Armstrong excelled as the leadoff hitter and center fielder for Team USA in the 2019 U-18 Baseball World Cup, slugging .364 with three triples in nine games and robbing two home runs on defense.
— Jerry Del Priore