The New York Mets had one order of business take care of, as far as signing their final pick in the 2020 MLB Amateur Draft. And they completed that task Monday by inking pitcher J.T. Ginn, a first-round potential talent whom they picked in the second round–59th overall–for $2.9 million, according to a source.
Ginn’s stock dropped due to Tommy John surgery, allowing the Mets to draft and sign him to a $1.5 million above-the-slot deal due to the money the organization saved on inking its final four picks of the Draft to below-slot agreements.
Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen took the calculated risk because he said Ginn’s, “premium talent that is going to require real investment in terms of dollars, on Mets.com.”
Ginn had an opportunity to turn professional when the Los Angeles Dodgers plucked him with the 30th overall pick in the first round of the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft out of Brandon High School two years ago. But he chose to pursue his dream of playing for the Mississippi State Bulldogs instead.
Ginn underwent Tommy John Surgery in March and is not expected to return to the bump until at least the spring. But several scouts love Ginn’s stuff, as he throws hard, possesses a filthy slider, and has developed a plus-changeup, per reports.
The 6-foot-two, 200-pound flamethrower spun an 8-4 record with a 3.13 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 85.1 innings as a freshman for Mississippi State, earning Perfect Game’s National Freshman of the Year honor.
— Jerry Del Priore