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3.89 New York Mets - Blake Forsythe, C, Tennessee

The Mets spent the 89th overall pick on Blake Forsythe.

Follow the jump for his pre-draft report.

Blake Forsythe   Position: C   School: Tennessee   State: TN   Year: Jr.   Height: 6’2’’   Weight: 220

Bats: R   Throws: R   Birth Date: 8/15/89   Seiler Rating: 2C2   Last Drafted: Never

 

Year

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

2008

22

52

6

9

4

0

0

4

0

0

10

21

.173

.328

.250

2009

55

196

51

68

13

2

15

46

5

2

40

52

.347

.490

.663

2010

55

199

40

57

10

2

15

57

0

1

31

54

.286

.408

.583


Blake Forsythe is a patient collegiate catcher from the University of Tennessee. Forsythe attended high school at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, which has a long history of baseball excellence. His brother Logan attended Christian Brothers before going on to be a star at Arkansas, ending up as a supplemental first round pick in 2008 for the Padres. Blake is a different player than Logan, having been behind the plate for some time. He was well-known as a high school player, but he scared off enough teams to go undrafted, and he headed to Tennessee. He didn’t start right away, instead being a defensive replacement and backup catcher in 2008, but he established himself as a starter with an excellent sophomore year. He went to be a catcher for Team USA last summer with Miami’s Yasmani Grandal, and he was thought to be a potential late first round pick entering the spring. However, he’s hit a big slump, only having broken out very late in the year. His tools predict a potential starting catcher at the Major League level, though, so he’ll get his shot. His hit tool is below-average, as he has major troubles with breaking balls, but his raw power is above-average, and he should be an adequate hitter to stick as a starter. He’s a below-average runner, but that doesn’t affect his play. His defense is solid, as his arm is above-average and he’s an adequate receiver, but he has struggled at times with his receiving, as well. He should go somewhere in the third to sixth round range, and he’s likely to sign for slot money.