Scouting Mets Prospect #48: Jeff Glenn

Glenn isn't nearly as raw anymore

The New York Mets drafted catcher Jeff Glenn in the 9th round of the 2009 MLB Draft out of Winter Haven High School in Florida. A bit of a project on both sides of the ball when he was selected, he has seen slow and steady progress in all phases of his game thus far.

Vital Statistics
Name: Jeff Glenn
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Status: 9th Round (2009) – Winter Haven High School

Batting and Power: Glenn's bat has been a work in progress since he was drafted as a 17-year-old back in 2009. Not only were mechanics a focus, but the way his swung the bat dovetailed with his physical maturity, which has come a long way over the last two and half years. Glenn still has steps to take in driving secondary pitches, but his ability to hit fastballs and demonstrate budding power is a good sign for the now 20-year-old catcher. Glenn has the size and strength that projects more power in the future.

Base Running and Speed: Glenn runs well for a catcher thanks to his natural athleticism. Don't expect Glenn to develop into a threat on the bases, but as he improves his approach, he has the ability to accumulate a respectable number of steals, especially during his younger years.

Defense: Like at the plate, Glenn was very much raw and a project when he entered the organization. However, he is taking promising steps behind the plate. He has shown good mobility, both in his ability to block the plate and get out of his crouch. He boasts a strong throwing arm that should be even more effective as he continues to refine his mechanics. Calling the game and managing the pitching staff still have a way to go, but he is young and has plenty of time.

Projection: Glenn took a number of positive steps, but remains a rather green prospect. There is plenty of work ahead of him as he continues to mature both physically and mentally. As a 20-year-old catcher, a position that often lends itself to be behind the age curve, the full picture of Glenn's projection has yet to come into focus. But, barring injury, Glenn is beginning to fill into the projection that he can be a real two-way weapon as a catcher. He's definitely a lower-level prospect to watch in 2012.

ETA: 2015. Glenn's maturity should leave the organization comfortable in sending him to Savannah to at least split time next season. Glenn's game is also progressing enough that he would benefit from being on a full-season roster even if he does not play every day. From there, the organization has little need to rush him. In a system that is thin on catchers, the Mets could have a long-term solution that, after three more years on the farm, may be ready to take over full time in 2015, when Glenn would still be just 23 years old at the start of the season.

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