Over Labor Day weekend, the Mets hosted the first Metropolitan Classic high school tournament at three sites in New York, including Citi Field, with eight travel teams accepting invitations to participate, featuring a number of top draft prospects for 2014.
Most of these names will already be familiar to those of you who've followed the summer showcase circuit, but it was great for scouts to get a fresh look at these kids, especially with games in a major league park as well as some games at the Brooklyn Cyclones' home stadium in Coney Island. Here's a quick look at some kids who stood out in the two days I attended.
• Right-hander Grant Holmes of Conway (S.C.) HS was solid yet again, sitting 92-94 with a strong breaking ball at 80-81 that had good two-plane break, flashing a future-average or better changeup as well. Holmes has impressed at every stop this summer and the fact that he's still showing above-average velocity at this late date, when most kids are already worn out and have lost a little off their fastballs, is a huge point in his favor when considering possible indicators of long-term durability.