With their fifth selection in the 2016 draft (Round 4, Pick 130) the Mets selected Michael Paez, a shortstop from Miami, Florida & Tekmatic’s very own.
Name: Michael Paez
Born: Miami, Florida
Age: 21 (12/8/95)
Height/Weight: 5’7″/165 lbs
School: Coastal Carolina University (Conway, South Carolina)
Michael left Florida and traveled north to attend Coastal Carolina University. There, the exceptional 5’7″, 170-pound infielder excelled, blooming not only into one of the best players on the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, but blooming into one of the better hitters in the entire NCAA. In perhaps the ultimate revenge against every team that passed him over and every school that he applied to that failed to give him an athletic scholarship, Paez hit a walk-off double down the left-field line to score the winning run over the LSU Tigers to send the Chanticleers to the College World Series. Since entering the famed collegiate tournament, Paez has thrived in leading his team to the NCAA College World Series Finals.
As a sophomore, the shortstop hit .326/.436/.526, and as a junior this past spring hit .287/.377/.540. The TekMatic Pro Member credits a better nutrition regimen and a re-tooled swing for his turnaround. He stands at the plate with an open stance and uses a big leg kick. Prior to re-tooling his swing, Paez stood somewhat closed and much more erect at the plate, with a leg kick was much less noticeable.
The shortstop put up impressive offensive numbers this past spring, slugging 15 home runs in 240 at-bats, but it is important to keep in mind that those numbers came in one of the more hitter-friendly ballparks in the conference, Springs Brooks Stadium. The impressive home run total—31st in the entire NCAA and 2nd among all collegiate shortstops.
Defensively, scouts are split as to whether or not the former Chanticleer will have to shift over from shortstop to second base as his professional career progresses. The Mets themselves feel that Paez will be able to stay at the position. He shows good range, thanks to his plus speed, and is a steady defender, but his arm may not be strong enough to play effectively at higher levels.
We at Tekmatic could not be more proud of our star athlete, many congratulations to Captain Michael Paez. You keep showing us with determination and hard work no goal is impossible to achieve. Best of luck in the NCAA College World Series Finals.