Blake Tiberi (3B/2B)
Bats/Throws: L/R Ht: 6’0 Wt: 205 lbs Age: 23 (DOB 2/16/95)
After a short hiatus, the Mets Prospect of the Day series is back, and what better way to kick it off than with the Columbia Fireflies second baseman last night, Blake Tiberi. Tiberi had a huge day at the plate last night, stroking three hits, including a well-struck homer pulled over the rightfield fence at Spirit Communications Park. Hopefully last night was a harbinger of big things to come for the former 100th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft.
Tiberi, now 23, has lost crucial developmental time due to losing essentially all of last season to Tommy John Surgery. Now healthy, the still young thirdbaseman/secondbaseman is eager to show the baseball world what he can do. Coming out of the 2016 draft, Tiberi had finished up his best season as the everyday thirdbaseman for the University of Louisville Cardinals. The Mets tabbed him in the 3rd round due to his established bat to ball skills, soft hands and strong arm at third base. While there is clearly power in his stocky 6’0 frame, Tiberi’s inside-out, contact oriented swing that he utilized in college has not always unlocked it. Last night, Tiberi got a fastball that he could turn on and was able to loft it out of the park.
Meanwhile, with Rigoberto Terrazas getting the Opening Day nod at the hot corner, Tiberi is being exposed to the keystone position, where he should have the soft hands to make the majority of plays, and more than enough arm to turn the twin killing around the bag. Tiberi worked with coach Edgardo Alfonzo in Brooklyn during the summer of his draft year, and will continue to improve upon his lateral quickness, which would become even more necessary should he begin seeing significant reps at secondbase. That the Mets had him out there on Opening Day speaks highly of their confidence in him to make those improvements.
If Tiberi, a bit mature to stay long in the South Atlantic league, continues to show why the Mets were excited to pick him so highly in the draft two years ago, he will soon see high-A St. Lucie in what will essentially be his first full professional season. But for now, we’ll enjoy watching Tiberi produce in the middle of the Fireflies lineup.