Mets one of many teams to miss out on Brewers’ Garrett Mitchell

Brewers youngster Garrett Mitchell, author of the walk-off home run Wednesday that put an exclamation point on a horrible series for the Mets, slipped to pick No. 20 in the 2020 draft despite superior talent.

It can’t be known exactly why 19 teams (including the Mets) passed on the UCLA star, said by one scout to be a “top-five talent,” but his diabetic condition may have affected opinions, which seems odd with today’s medicines.

It’s early to say how the players draft before him will turn out, but Mitchell is a center fielder with elite speed — tops in MLB — who can hit.

The Mets drafted Pete Crow-Armstrong the pick immediately before Mitchell, and though he looks like a future major league center fielder, they compounded that call by trading him for Javy Baez.

Garrett Mitchell is greeted by teammates after hitting the walk-off homer during the Mets' loss to the Brewers.
Garrett Mitchell is greeted by teammates after hitting the walk-off homer during the Mets’ loss to the Brewers.
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The Brewers looked fantastic against the Mets. But they expect to need bullpen help.

Though Brewers people admit the Josh Hader deal probably cost them the playoffs last year (they lost five games to Pittsburgh right after the deal as their players were shell-shocked), they love that they got well-named pitching prospect Robert Gasser in the trade and used speedy Esteury Ruiz to acquire hard-hitting catcher William Contreras.

Still, analytics-heavy teams need to consider the feelings of players sometimes, though. …

All of Liam Hendricks cancer test results are looking good so far, and if the final test in the middle of this month is also positive, Hendricks, who just completed his final chemotherapy session, could possibly be back pitching for the White Sox within a couple months.

The White Sox have resisted putting him on the 60-day IL, a hopeful sign.

Anthony Rizzo who beat the same non-Hodgkins lymphoma at 18, applauded Hendricks for throwing regularly, as he has.

“I think that’s great,” Rizzo told The Post. “When I was going through it, the days I was feeling good I would go out and try to do the things I could do just to stay active.”