Seven years after last drafting a high school outfielder in the first round, the Mets went for a prep outfielder with the No. 6 pick in Monday night's MLB Draft.
Seven years ago, it was Brandon Nimmo, from Wyoming.
Monday night, it was Jarred Kelenic, from Wisconsin.
Shortly after the Mets tabbed Kelenic, director of amateur scouting Tommy Tanous discussed the similarities between the two players.
"I would say the main characteristic they both hold is they control the strike zone extremely well," Tanous said. "They know the zone. They know which pitches they're looking to hit. They, more importantly, know what pitches to take. I would say Jarred is a little stronger at the same age and has played at a little higher competition, but there are some similarities."
The 18-year-old Kelenic was ranked as the sixth-best Draft prospect by ESPN's Keith Law, eighth-best by Fangraphs, 10th-best by MLB.com, and 12th-best by Baseball America.
"He's universally considered one of the best pure hitters in the class, with good feel for the strike zone and a mechanically-sound swing that he repeats well," John Sickels wrote recently for Minor League Ball. "His hitting skills are quite polished, especially for a cold-weather bat."
Aside from his hitting prowess, Kelenic is viewed as a plus defender with a strong arm who will hit for enough power if he moves from center field to a corner outfield spot.