The Mets will have the 15th overall pick in next June’s MLB Amateur Draft, based on their 79-83 record in 2014.
The order is determined in reverse order of regular season record, with ties being broken by record from the previous season (MLBTR, Sept. 30).
The Mets did not finish among the 10 worst records in baseball, meaning they will lose their top remaining draft pick in exchange for every free agent signed who is made a qualifying offer.
“Sandy Alderson essentially said Monday that he cannot protect all of the prospects in December’s Rule 5 draft that he would like to shield because of a 40-man roster crunch,” reports Adam Rubin (ESPN NY, Sept. 16).
The 40-man roster, which is full, already includes infielder Dilson Herrera and pitcher Dario Alvarez.
The Mets will be able to remove Daisuke Matsuzaka and Bobby Abreu. However, they’ll essentially be replaced by Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell, who will need to be added from the 60-day DL at the end of the season.
According to Rubin, Andrew Brown, Cesar Puello, Josh Satin, Eric Young Jr. and Rubin Tejada, among others, could be in jeopardy of being non-tendered by Nov. 20 to make room on the roster for Rule 5-eligible prospects, specifically Noah Syndergaard, Cory Mazzoni, Logan Verrett, Akeel Morris and Jack Leathersich.
In the event a player is left unprotected and taken during December’s Rule 5 draft, he must stay on the new team’s major league roster for the entire 2015 season be offered back to the previous team for a fee.
WSJ: A Look at the Mets’ Fantasy-Football Draft
How do Mets players pass the time when they don’t have a pennant to chase?
The same way everybody else does this time of year: They obsess over their fantasy-football teams, explains Jared Diamond >> Read more in the Wall Street Journal
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The consensus among baseball experts seems to be that the Mets had a nice draft… not great, not awful, but good. Personally, I like that they seemed to focus on drafting high-ceiling power hitters early, then shifted to fairly projectable pitchers later.
This reflects their internal needs, but it also reflects the current trend and economics of baseball, which is smart. How these kids pan out is a whole other story…
To learn more about their top picks, check out this series videos profiles we did for SNY.TV:
No. 1: OF Michael Conforto, Oregon State >> Watch Here.
No. 2: SS Milton Ramos, American Heritage >> Watch Here.
No. 3: 3B Eudor Garcia, El Paso (Texas) CC >> Watch Here.
No. 4: RHP Josh Prevost, Seton Hall >> Watch Here.
The Mets have agreed to terms with Conforto on a deal that will be valued at $2,970,800 (Callis, June 19).
Toby Hyde, Contributor
Conforto’s signing is important, not just because when he signs the Mets will have added a very good hitting prospect, but for who else the Mets might be able to sign from their draft class. In the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, which took effect between the 2011 and 2012 seasons, teams must manage their total cap amount to fit their players in. The Mets took few risks in terms of signability, and have managed their money in a very similar way to last year >> Read more about Alderson’s draft signing strategy at SNY’s Mets Minors.
The Mets selected selected 21-year-old Oregon State OF Michael Conforto with the No. 10 pick in the First Year Player Draft last Thursday.
SNY.TV’s Toby Hyde thinks Conforto is capable of finishing this year at Low-A Savannah or Single-A St. Lucie >> Read More.
5:13 p.m.: The Mets announced they have signed 16 of their draft picks, including their third- and fourth-round picks.
For the list of signings, click here...
- 3rd round – SS Milton Ramos; American Heritage (FL) School
- 4th round – 3B Eudor Garcia; El Paso (TX) Community College
- 5th round – RHP Josh Prevost; Seton Hall University
- 6th round – C Tyler Moore; LSU
- 7th round – LHP Brad Wieck; Oklahoma City University
- 8th round – 1B Dash Winningham; Trinity Catholic (FL) High School
- 10th round – LHP Kelly Secreast; UNC-Wilmington
- 11th round – RHP Connor Buchmann; University of Oklahoma
- 12th round – RHP Alex Durham; Southern Alamance (NC) High School
- 13th round – RHP Erik Manoah; South Dade Senior (FL) High School,
- 14th round – C Darryl Knight; Embry-Riddle (FL) University
- 17th round – LHP David Roseboom; University of South Carolina-Upstate
- 19th round – RHP Bryce Beeler; University of Memphis (TN)
- 22nd round – 2B William Fulmer; University of Montevallo (AL)
- 25th round – RHP Nicco Blank; Central Arizona Community College
- 27th round – RHP Alex Palsha; Cal-State Sacramento.
“Conforto has an outstanding eye at the plate, of course, but his main tool is his ability to hit, with a simple, easy, yet powerful swing that generates hard line-drive contact as well as home run power,” Keith Law wrote earlier this week (ESPN, June 9). “He’s probably limited to left field but should be able to work himself up to average defensively.”
In this two-minute video, SNY.TV profiles Conforto, featuring highlights and commentary from MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone, ESPN’s Chris Crawford and hosts from the MLB Network, as well as first-hand report from Mets scout Jim Reeves…
Mets VP of Player Development Paul DePodesta and amateur scouting director Tommy Tanous talked with reporters after the draft and this about their top picks :
Milton Ramos, SS, American Heritage (Fla.), third round: “Certainly he’s known for defense. He’s a lot stronger than people think. This is not a below-average bat by any means. … He’s going to be plenty strong enough to hit.”
Eudor Garcia, 3B, El Paso (Texas) CC, fourth round: “He has massive power. … absolutely destroyed the junior-college division that he’s played in. … He’s definitely an offensive player. We feel like he’ll be fine at third base, but when you draft this type of guy you take him for his bat.”
Josh Prevost, RHP, Seton Hall, fifth round: “The biggest surprise when you see him pitch is his actual command and control of his pitches. He’s a fastball-slider-changeup pitcher. We’ve had him up to 94 mph. … Supreme strike-thrower. Tremendous competitor.”
Tyler Moore, C, LSU , sixth round: “He has an advanced approach. He has power and grinds out at-bats. … We drafted him for the purpose of being a catcher.”
To see the full list of players selected by the Mets in 2014, complete with accompanying scouting reports and video, click here…