2014 Draft Preview – New York Mets
It’s that time of year again, when Major League Baseball participates in the First Year Player Draft. This year’s draft will take place Thursday, June 5th through Saturday, June 7th. Starting Thursday at 7 PM ET, teams with first round picks will have the chance to choose amongst top talent. For the third straight year, the Houston Astros will have the number 1 overall pick, with the Miami Marlins and Chicago White Sox following.
The top five prospects in this year's draft, according to numerous draft experts, include:
Brady Aiken- Cathedral Catholic High (San Diego)
Carlos Rodon-North Carolina State
Tyler Kolek- Shepherd High (Texas)
Alex Jackson- Rancho Bernardo High (San Diego)
Nick Gordan- Olympia High (Orlando)
This year, the Mets will have the number 10 overall pick. A number of prognosticators have said the Amazins are looking to draft a collegiate player with more experience, after signing high school athletes in the first round the past three years. Some of the options the New York Mets are considering this year include:
Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State University
The general consensus among baseball experts is that the Mets will be looking to add another bat with their 10th overall pick. Many believe Oregon State’s Michael Conforto will be the man whose name is called on Thursday night when the Mets make their selection.
The junior from Woodinville, Wash. will forego his senior year with the Beavers to play professional baseball. This season, Conforto’s squad had an impressive year, going 45-14 but failed to advance past the regionals round of the College World Series after losing two games to UC Irvine.
Playing in all 59 of the Beavers’ games during the 2014 campaign, Conforto lead his team across the board with his play at the plate. Standing tall at 6-foot-2, the outfielder more known for his ability with a bat ranked second on his team with a .345 batting average, while leading his team in runs, hits, runs batted in, home runs, slugging percentage, walks, and on-base percentage. His patient approach at the plate not only allowed him to rack up 70 hits, but was also able to reach first on 55 walks, a 15-walk margin between him and the next best person on the team.
Bradley Zimmer,OF, University of San Francisco-
Another prospect that could become part of the New York Mets organization is Brandley Zimmer, an outfielder who hails from La Jolla, Calif. and played college baseball for the University of San Francisco.
Standing tall at 6-foot-5 Zimmer is a player with great athleticism and speed, which make him standout amongst other prospects. During the Dons’ 2014 season, Zimmer did not shy away from high expectations; similar to Conforto he led his team in a myriad of categories. With 21 stolen bases Zimmer found himself in the top 50 in steals, and with a .573 slugging percentage he landed in the top 60 in slugging, making him the player in the nation with this impressive combination.
Sean Newcomb, LHP, University of Hartford-
Many look at southpaw Sean Newcomb as a top-10 pick during this years draft. Coming out of the University of Hartford he possesses a great fastball that can reach the low to mid-90s.
In 14 appearances during the 2014 season, Newcomb finished with an 8-2 record and a 1.25 ERA. Striking out 106 of 315 batters and only relinquishing 51 hits, opponents batted a measly .162 average against Newcomb.
Newcomb has a great arm that many teams are looking at, and if he falls to the Mets at No. 10, he could find himself in the Mets organization.