Two Padres scouts had Van Meter listed as one of their favorite players in the Draft.
Van Meter hits left-handed with a quick, compact swing and solid defensive skills. He is far from physically mature at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, and doesn't project as a power hitter, but has solid defensive skills and instincts.
As a pitcher and shortstop for Norwell this season, Van Meter hitt .444 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs and went 12-1 on the mound with 98 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings. He also played basketball, leading them to a state title game appearance as a junior.
The Padres project him as a potential everyday shortstop.
Van Meter is committed to Illinois State, but will likely sign a deal with the Padres to begin a professional career.
Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.