There was quite a bit of speculation leading up to the draft that the Pirates would take Mayer with the first overall pick, although Pittsburgh opted for the Louisville receiver instead. Henri davis, it triggered a sort of surprise drop for Mayer in Boston in fourth choice. Rangers drafted Vanderbilt’s right-hander jack head with the second selection, and the Tigers (rumored to be very high on Mayer) went with high school right-hander Jackson Jobe third overall.
Since Davis signed with the Pirates for a bonus of $ 6.5 million which is well below the slot machine price awarded at $ 8.4153 million for the 1-1 pick, Mayer will end up winning more than $ 10 million. money that Davis in his first pro contract. Since it’s fair to assume that Mayer could have insisted on the full value of the slot wherever it was picked, this was likely factored into the Pirates’ decision to take Davis and thus distribute their bonus money. between several members of their draft class.
It could be that the Red Sox ended up with a robbery, as Fangraphs’ scouting report on Mayer described him as nothing less than “the most complete player in the draft, a teenage shortstop with a shot at strike for contact, power, and stay in a prime defensive position. Fangraphs, MLB Pipeline and Keith Law of The Athletic all ranked Mayer as the best overall prospect in this year’s draft class, while Baseball America and ESPN.com’s Kiley McDaniel had Mayer second on their charts.
A product of Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, Calif., Mayer is a left-handed hitter who is already 6’3 ” and 188 pounds at 18 – according to Pipeline’s scouting report, he could still develop more raw power. as he grows up. . Mayer is considered a better hitter overall, and a moderate speed tool might be the only half-flaw in his toolbox. There’s not much doubt among observers that Mayer will be able to stay shortstop, with BA describing Mayer as “arguably the best defensive shortstop in a class that’s deep in position.”