Two of the more interesting players the Mets drafted in the June 2016 draft are ninth-round selection Christopher Viall, a 6'9" right-handed pitcher from Stanford, and 22nd-round selection Ian Strom, a center fielder from University of Massachusetts - Lowell. Today's focus is on Strom who, if he signs, will likely become a Brooklyn Cyclone.
The Mets drafted Strom despite the fact that he hit only .230 in 2016, his junior season, far lower than his 2014 average of .290 and his 2015 average of .333 (team high). Further, in 2014 he made both the America East First Team All-Conference and its All-Rookie team, and in 2015 he made the America East All-Conference Second Team despite having a batting average 43 points higher than in 2014.
❔Why did his average drop 103 points from 2015 to 2016.
That's what likely caused him not to be selected until the 22nd round despite his being one of the better center fielders in college baseball the past three years.
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