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.