Best Pure Hitter: The Mets' top two selections, 1B Ike Davis (1) and SS Reese Havens (1), went in the first 22 picks due to their offensive potential. Both have quick bats and hand-eye coordination that allow them to get the barrel to the ball consistently when they're going well.
This answer is a massive copout. Neither had the debuts the Mets could have hoped for, but the magazine still didn't pick a player. I'll take Havens since I saw an Ike Davis who was anything but "pure" this summer.
Best Power Hitter: Davis
Fastest Runner: Ratliff and OF Kirk Niewenhuis (3) both run a tick above-average, with Niewenhuis' speed playing better on the bases and in the outfield.
Fine. Did you get a time on Javier Rodriguez?
Best Defensive Player: Davis pitched and played some right field at Arizona State, but he excels at first base, with a strong arm and sound actions. Niewenhuis could be an average center fielder or above-average on the corners, featuring a strong throwing arm.
Niewenhius plays the much more difficult positions and plays them well. Javier Rodriguez can go get it in CF too. This is a truly odd selection.
Best Fastball: RHP Brad Holt (1s) had one of the draft's best heaters, sitting in the 93-96 mph range on a downhill plane with good life, and he throws it enough to have developed solid command.
No question about this one.
Best Secondary Pitch: While he relies heavily on his fastball, Holt has flashed a plus, power curveball that got sharper and added depth as the year went on. RHP Kyle Allen (24) has polish and a feel for an average changeup with plus potential.
I can't argue with the logic of either selection. I wonder where Eric Beaulac's slider would have ranked.
Best Pro Debut: Holt led the short-season New York-Penn League in ERA (1.87) and strikeouts (96) while giving up just 43 hits in 72 innings. And he did it throwing 90 percent fastballs. RHP Scott Shaw (16) gave the Cyclones a second consistent starter, going 6-3, 2.80 after posting a career 6.78 ERA in three seasons at Illinois.
Best Athlete: OF Javier Rodriguez (2) was the first player picked out of Puerto Rico this year due to his lean, athletic body, raw power and above-average speed.
Don't forget about Rodriguez.
Most Intriguing Background: Davis' father Ron, a righthander, spent parts of 11 seasons in the majors, primarily with the Twins and Yankees.
Per Merriam-Webster: Intriguing: engaging the interest to a marked degree; fascinating.
Closest To The Majors: Holt's combination of fastball velocity and command will put him on the fast track.
No question. Assumming he's healthy, I expect Havens to move relatively quickly too, but Holt has the headstart.
Best Late-Round Pick: Allen has an average fastball and potential for an average slider to go with his change and savvy. Shaw has excellent size at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds and solid-average stuff across the board, and his confidence grew with a taste of success.
Is Beaulac in the ninth round too early for consideration here? Between Brooklyn, Kingsports and Savannah, he was 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 14 games with 60 strikeouts against 18 walks in 48 IP. Scouting reports on his velocity and slider were both positive.
The One Who Got Away: OF Neil Medchill (33) returned to Oklahoma after a strong summer in the California Collegiate League, showing right-field tools including a plus arm and raw power.