The New York Mets selected RHP Andrew Church with the No. 48 overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
The 18-year-old comes out of high school in Nevada and is listed at 6′ 3″ 200 lbs.
His fastball has been clocked in the low 90s, according to reports. He also throws a curveball and changeup.
“We feel like he has a chance to be a solid middle of the rotation starter,” Paul DePodesta, Mets VP of Player Development & Amateur Scouting, said. “Three pitches, all for strikes, with a plus breaking ball. He could work a lot of innings. He fits into our overall pitching philosophy.”
Church has actually faced Mets first-round selection Dominic Smith in a tournament in Las Vegas. Mets Director of Amateur Scouting Tommy Tanous said Smith homered and doubled off of Church.
“He pitched extremely well in the game, though,” Tamous said. “I went back to see him pitch in his high school playoffs and he was tremendous. He was absolutely tremendous. He threw up to 93 mph for a strikeout to the last batter of the game.”
Baseball America has him listed as their 89th best prospect. Church has had a confusing high school path, having to sit out due to transfer rules, which Baseball America profiled.
Church will attend the University of San Diego if the Mets fail to sign him.
For more on Smith, read SNY’s Mets Minor League Blog.