Need to Know: Who did the Mets take (and sign) from last week’s draft?

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.


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“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…




45 comments
wolffman
wolffman

How does Johnathan Niese seemingly overpower batters, when he only pitches in the mid 80's?

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Any update on if we signed Keaton McKinney? We got him in the 28th and it will take a 7 figure bonus for him to join. Hope it happens, would be nice to "steal" and extra pick.

jenkins
jenkins

I had Conforto and Zimmer at the top of my list because they are the most-ready to start for the Mets in 2016, and they had the best bats. We needed big bats that could get to the ML the fastest more than anything else.

Doubleday
Doubleday

SO I guess since you keep putting this at the top of the blog that you want us to talk about the college kid?  Unless he is coming directly to Flushing, I'd rather talk about more pressing matters.

hankypanky
hankypanky

There was a general consensus that Conforto was the most talented pure hitter in the bunch. What was swept under the carpet is that he is a lousy fielder with a weak arm. I'm quoting, not giving an opinion.l

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

When it comes to the Mets and draft picks, my question has become: which of these players did better GMs and scouts covet? I have absolutely no faith in this bunch's ability to pick talented players or to develop them in a reasonable timeframe (if ever) into major leaguers.


This team needs a young hitting phenom (or two), ready to rake. I don't see that on this list.Don't see that in the organization.Really hope some trades start brewing, sooner than the trade deadline.


Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Maybe SNY should stop airing Mets games and just focus on covering games in the different permutations of "A" ball.  It appears that the vast majority of players we as fans need to care about are beating the bushes at one of those levels.  I demand a closer look since, I'm told, things look incredibly bright down there.

mingo
mingo

I'm wondering if there are some metrics to grade an overall team's drafts year after year.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

Conforto is muted and limited. He was drafted strictly because he has a similar hitting philosophy to the team. At best I see him translating into a Nick Swisher type hitter. There were 3 or 4 players on the board I would have taken before Conforto.

fatherflot
fatherflot

Mets fans have been dying for a "not below average by any means" bat.  Nice.

Kevin John
Kevin John

Collin Cowgill batting 289 for the angels. Every day player. Who'd we get for him?

Daniel Burnard
Daniel Burnard

@hankypanky  Yes he has a below average arm, he is below average left fielder with a below average arm. So we jst drafted a DH to play in a huge outfield. Good move front office.

buckets
buckets

@rstpigeon
What the heck is a reasonable timeframe?  That's a really silly statement.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

That's really a stupid sentiment. The minors has vastly improved...it's a 5 year cycle to completely overhaul the system..

Michael Mee
Michael Mee

@rstpigeon Every team needs a young hitting phenom or two. Do you think they grow on trees? 

Michael Mee
Michael Mee

@mingo Well, there should be. If you took the WAR of, let's say, every player drafted in the 3rd round all-time, and got an average... Then you compare the total average to the "average WAR of 3rd rounders selected by "X" GM" and compare the difference, for every year and every round, you might get something close to what you're looking for. The problem is, you cannot figure this out until like 10 years later (or longer). 

hankypanky
hankypanky

Not that it matters, but he is better at that position than you-know-who.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Zach Goeringer I would've preferred them to take Trea Turner as well, but if Conforto turns into Nick Swisher at the plate I'd sign for that in a heartbeat. If Nick Swisher were on the team now and healthy, he'd be hitting in the middle of the order and the disaster known as Chris Young would just be a bad dream...

dooley
dooley

@Zach Goeringer Touki Toussant and Trea Turner?

Eric Raffle
Eric Raffle

@Zach Goeringer

Nick Swisher, Huh?  You mean the guy with an 813 lifetime OPS and 250 Home runs?....  yeah---who the hell wants THAT!!!

Anthony Perez
Anthony Perez

Really? We never should've traded for him in the first place. Who did we have before him???

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

@Michael Mee @rstpigeon My only concern is that they don't grow, here. A club should produce more than a few prodigious hitters in 50 years of existence - a Musial, a Greenberg, a Wagner, a Mantle, a Stargell, a Kiner. So, yes, while every club wants one, the Mets are about the only club over 50 that have never had one, never developed even one.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@mingo @mets2death Its relevant because the people selected in the first 20 rounds by the Mets are all more talented baseball players than Ruben Tejeda without playing a professional inning.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@dooley Trea Turner i was enamored with. I can't stress how much we should have drafted him over Conforto. I would have taken Touki and Sean Newcombe over Conforto as well and probably would have taken a chance on the huge upside of Tyler Beede.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@Eric Raffle @Zach Goeringer I was more referring to the Nick Swisher who is a lifetime .253 hitter who has never driven in a 100 runs and strikes out 130 times a year. Walking a lot only helps out your team if you have people on your team that can hit homeruns and drive runners in. Between the Mets refusal to get players who can hit and Conforto's lack of speed, his good eye becomes a lot less important.

Jay Baumann
Jay Baumann

@rstpigeon @Michael Mee Me too , pigeon . I've been a fan since I was 14 yrs. in 1962. When will we have a Mays , Snider or Mantle. The Marlins get them . Everyone has gotten them . The Mets have not 

produced anything close to a hall of fame position player , ever.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Actually, Strawberry fits into that category. Unfortunately Straw self-destructed midway, and never loved up to his full potential. He would have been one of the great ones, along with his pal, but it was not to be.

jamets
jamets

@rstpigeon @Michael Mee How is any of that relevant to this current team?  Over the past 50 years we've had different owners, different GMs, different scouts, different managers, different coaches, different trainers, different stadiums..    What does anything that happened back then have to do with the current front office?  

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Zach Goeringer @mingo @mets2death Yeah, but none of them are ready to play. The closest major league SS prospect they have is Wilfredo Tovar, who's still in Binghamton. Unless you think Flores can man the position full time, which I'm still not convinced of.

dooley
dooley

I like Turner and Newcomb a lot as well, but I like Conforto's bat more than Turner's speed/defense and Newcomb's pitching. I think we REALLY missed on Toussant, who might end up being the jewel of the draft

Eric Raffle
Eric Raffle

@Zach Goeringer @Eric Raffle 
OH!!!!!!...so NOT the same Nick Swisher who will finish his career with 1500-1800 hits,  300 plus home runs,  and 1000 rbi's to go along with an 800 OPS and a 360 OBP.

I'd Draft THAT at #10 Every Single Time!!!!

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@dooley Conforto is one dimensional. I liked Turner because he has the make up of a leadoff hitter, he's a shortstop and stole 65 bases last year, all something the Mets need very much.

Eric Raffle
Eric Raffle

@Zach Goeringer @Eric Raffle  Zach...the reason to NOT like Conforto is because you don't believe that he could turn out to be Nick Swisher---NOT because you think he WILL turn out to be Nick Swisher!!!

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@Eric Raffle @Zach Goeringer Im sorry but I don't really like Nick Swisher as a player for most teams. I get what you are saying, he's consistent and puts up above average power numbers but he is not a great hitter. He's a moneyball player's dream and that's why he worked so well for a team like the Yankees but ask yourself this, If Nick Swisher was a Met right now would we better that much better off. What I am trying to say is that the skill set of a conforto or swisher is not conducive to this team and there were a plethora of other players who have skill sets more fitting for the Mets.

Eric Raffle
Eric Raffle

@Zach Goeringer @Eric Raffle If Nick Swisher (HEALTHY?) was a Met Right Now?????  Seriously!!!???  Would they be better with a 25 HR 90 ribbie LF LH Bat....  hahahahah....  THIS is a question???!!!

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@Eric Raffle @Zach Goeringer His 25 homers turn into 15-20 at Citi field and he wont drive in 90 because there is no one to drive in. So he will end up pressing and hitting .230 but its cool because he will walk a bunch and be on first base when Lucas Duda is batting. Lets get real, we need people who are dynamic, Swisher and Conforto are two tool players who work on some teams but we don't have any other tools to compliment them.