2014-Draft1

Mets select OF Michael Conforto with No. 10 pick

With the No. 10 pick in the First Year Player Draft, the New York Mets selected Oregon State OF Michael Conforto.

Conforto hit .351 with a .508 OBP and seven home runs during his junior year. During his college career, he hit .341 with a .463 OBP, 43 doubles and 31 home runs in 179 games.

Prior to the 2014 season, he was named the preseason Sporting News College Baseball Player of the Year (Sporting News, Feb. 11).


The Mets will hold a conference call for media with the team’s first pick, which will be available as audio on MetsBlog later in the night.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

2:31 pm: I talked this morning to two player agents who know the draft well, and both said the Mets sound like they want to draft a hitter. However, if Sean Newcomb is available, they’d be nuts not to take him. They say he profiles well, is built strong and hasn’t thrown a ton of off-speed pitches for a guy his age, which may stunt his development, but could be good for his elbow. That said, if Newcomb is off the board, the Mets will probably look to snag a hitter since there are so few in the draft.



2:00 pm: According to Baseball America’s John Manuel, “The Mets have been tight-lipped, but the teams around them believe they remain oriented on a bat.”

That said, ESPN.com’s Keith Law and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com continue to project the Mets selecting University of Hartford LHP Sean Newcomb, who MLB.com ranks as the seventh-best pitcher available in the draft (ESPN, June 3 and MLB.com, June 3). Law also says the Mets may consider NC State SS Trea Turner, who MLB.com considers the third-best position player available in the draft.


“He works at 90-94 mph and reaches as high as 97 with his fastball,” MLB.com says about Newcomb, who lists at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds. “He’s still learning to repeat his delivery and locate his pitches consistently, but there aren’t many left-handers who can match his velocity.”

In regards to Turner, MLB.com says, “He has the quickness and arm strength to stick at shortstop, something few college players do, though he needs to improve his defensive consistency.”


In other mock drafts, the Mets have been linked to Oregon State OF Michael Conforto and Vanderbilt RHP Tyler Beede, among others >> Read more about possible draft targets at SNY’s Mets Minors.




292 comments
Young Ex
Young Ex

Not too thrilled about this considering this was supposedly a pitching heavy draft. I liked Trea Turner more as an up the middle kind of prospect for shortstop or a pitcher like Tyler Beede or Touki Toussaint.

Steve Itkin
Steve Itkin

Fly him to SF...he can't be worse than what I just witnessed in Chicago!

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

Will let in more runs than he will drive in. Good hit. No field. No arm. No speed.

George Cole
George Cole

Straw was called up in may of 83,saw him hit 3 hrs. in Syracuse for Tidewater,va.mets AAA team at the time.

Matthew Katz
Matthew Katz

Great pick. Need a big time hitter. He is pretty advanced. Should be in the bigs soon.

John Ward
John Ward

Send him straight to "CLUB MET" (Port St. Lucie) for conditioning! We may need him ASAP! Jawamax 8

Mike Reuther
Mike Reuther

The question is will he be everything the Mets hope.

Judi Marella
Judi Marella

He's a college boy... I think that's a better choice. Body more fully developed than a 16 yr old!

Roger Caruthers
Roger Caruthers

The Mets don't need hitting in 2016, they need it NOW!

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

Do we know yet who the PTBNL in the Ike Davis is? Didn't everyone think it would be tied to the draft?

Sheldon Forman
Sheldon Forman

I'm with you Zachary. Chris Young has been awful and he will cost Terry his job. Alderson needs to take blame because he could have signed Nelson Cruz instead. Remember Cruz was drafted by the Mets and they gave up on him. I would have loved to see him back as a Mets player.

Michael Carozza
Michael Carozza

From what I've read, he is a weak fielder and somewhat of a hacker at the plate.

Bill Despins
Bill Despins

I really love the sarcasm from you people. I am serious. What I say is not sarcasm. You people are funny. LOL

Darnell Hayes
Darnell Hayes

Can't wait to see him on the field. Hell we need someone with power behind wright. DAMN I feel like I been saying that for years now. Smh

Jeff Nagel
Jeff Nagel

Who cares if he can hit? The question is, can he walk?

Roy Dahlquist
Roy Dahlquist

Kid had 55 BBs and 31 Ks last season.....strike out king?!?!?! Maybe best pure hitter in draft....great pick.

Mike Musial
Mike Musial

Can we put Conforto in the OF tomorrow and send CY to Binghamton?

Adolfo Arauz
Adolfo Arauz

It's also a good way to keep from going crazy with this franchise :/

Rob DeGeronimo
Rob DeGeronimo

Analysts said it was a great pick. Lefty bat with power that can play corner outfield. Good eye at the plate. Compared to Rizzo of cubs. Not that far off from majors.

Brandon Rossi
Brandon Rossi

We have too many outfielders.... Should have drafted a competent infielder

Edwin Suazo
Edwin Suazo

Hes right you dont draft by need in MLB You take the best player available. If you have too much pitching u can always trade for a hitter in another system. Take the best player available.

Edwin Suazo
Edwin Suazo

Chris Youngs numbers identical to last year at this point. Hes always played like a girl Sandy Alderson is brain dead for signing him

El Morenaje
El Morenaje

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