The Mets have struck a deal with their No. 6 overall pick, high school OF Jarred Kelenic, and have assigned him to the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Mets.
Kelenic's pick value had been projected to be $5.525 million, and the Mets signed him for $4.5 million, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com.
The 18-year-old Kelenic, who attended Waukesha West High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin, is a left-handed hitter and thrower.
"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."
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.
''Kelenic is the one prep position player who has separated himself from the pack over the past 10 months," Law wrote, "showing a broad mix of tools and several plus, including power, speed and arm strength.''
Kelenic is viewed as a plus defender, and is expected to remain a positive defender even if he moves to a corner outfield spot.
"He should still have enough power for a corner if necessary and his arm would work well in right field," Sickels wrote. "Makeup is another positive."