The Mets took Tyler Bashlor, a pitcher from South Georgia College, on Saturday in the 11th round of the First-Year Player Draft.
The 6-foot, 220-pound Bashlor is a sturdy right-hander with good arm strength and a very good fastball that he sometimes has difficulty with. At times, he has to back off it for strikeouts and it allows hitters to track it easier. But that same fastball velocity gives him an outside shot at being a closer in the pros if he can harness it properly.
Bashlor went 5-3 with a 2.96 ERA for South Georgia this past season. He allowed 36 hits in 51 2/3 innings, and had an astounding 81 strikeouts.
He has a business-like demeanor on the mound with a decent curveball and a better slider.
Shortstop McNeil selected in 12th round
The Mets drafted Jeff McNeil, a shortstop from Cal State Long Beach, in the 12th round on Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft.
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound McNeil hit .348 with 16 doubles and 23 RBIs this past season. He showed some impressive plate discipline, striking out only 11 times in 221 at-bats.
He hit in the leadoff spot toward the latter part of the season, and finished the year with a .398 OBP. McNeil also stole 13 bases in 19 attempts.
McNeil is versatile in the field, and saw time at four different positions this season.
McNeil is a native of Nipoma, Calif.
Right-hander McGowan drafted in 13th round
The Mets added another pitcher to their organization by drafting right-hander Kevin McGowan in the 13th round. McGowan, out of Franklin Pierce University, went 7-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 15 appearances (13 starts) this past season.
The 6-foot-6, 215-pound McGowan also had 60 strikeouts in 78 2/3 innings.
Mets nab Washington State's Leckenby in 14th round
The Mets selected J.D. Leckenby, a pitcher out of Washington State University, in the 14th round on Saturday.
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Leckenby went 2-4 with a 4.62 ERA in 25 appearances out of the bullpen last season for Washington State.
A native of Buhl, Idaho, Leckenby started 14 games as a sophomore at Washington State, going 4-7 with a 4.50 ERA.
Plaia drafted in 15th round to pad Mets' backstop depth
The Mets added Colton Plaia, a cather from Loyola Marymount University, in the 15th round.
Plaia has a robust build and excellent overall strength, and projects to be a Major League backup catcher. He's nearly physically mature with his solid legs and is a durable receiver.
Plaia has a tough presence, and his plus-arm is his best tool, though he only throws out runners with varying consistency.
At the plate, he has home run power, but he struggles with offspeed adjustments at the plate.
In his senior season at Loyola Marymount, Plaia hit .311 with three home runs and 25 RBIs. He also had a .440 slugging percentage.
Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.