In a bold move, the Mets took RHP Matthew Allan in the third round (89th overall) of the just-completed MLB Draft. Viewed as the best high school pitcher in the Draft, Allan dropped because of his asking price and signability concerns.
But if the Mets can sign Allan -- something VP of amateur scouting Tommy Tanous is confident they can do -- it would be a "coup," noted SNY contributor and former MLB exec Adam Fisher.
"They would have a first-round talent in addition to the kid (3B Brett Baty) they picked in the first round," Fisher explained, adding that Allan -- ranked by MLB.com as the 13th-best prospect in the draft -- is the "linchpin" of the Mets' draft.
"It's definitely risky," Fisher said. "He's the linchpin of their draft. If they are able to sign him -- and they know a little bit more than the industry. ... It's not just scouting the talent -- especially with these bonus pools. It's now about scouting the player, the family, understanding what they want, and how easy or hard it is to sign them."
When it comes to signing Allan, Fisher noted that he has "told teams he has a number -- if you hit it I will sign with you."
For the Mets, that could mean giving Allan $4 million.
"They have a little bit better feel than the industry that they can actually sign this guy," Fisher said. "It's gonna take three-to-four million dollars, but they have a draft pool. You use that money any way you like. They're gonna try to slide some of that money from some of their other picks to this pick to sign him."
A 6-foot-3 starter out of Seminole High School in Florida, Allan has a fastball that already tops out at 97 MPH.