The New York Mets have always been bullish on pitching. So it should come as no surprise that of their 51 picks in the 2011 draft, 27 are pitchers.
Not the first pick, though. That honor went to Brandon Nimmo, a 19-year-old outfielder from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Baseball America ranks him as the Mets' third-best overall prospect and the best among position players in the organization.
Being a first-round pick doesn't guarantee major league success, of course. Anybody remember George Ambrow, Richard Bengton or Steve Chilcott? (Well, maybe you know Chilcott as the first-round pick the Mets chose instead of Reggie Jackson.) Like all teams, Mets history is rife with first-round draft picks whose careers fizzled out before they started.
But then there are first-round picks like Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden and Jon Matlack, all of whom went on to be the National League Rookie of the Year and stardom.
Will Nimmo join them as big-league successes, or will he become another big-league bust?
Too soon to tell with him or any of the 2011 draft choices. But we can tell you how they're doing so far. Here's a list of the top 11 players (including the first-round supplemental selection) chosen by the Mets in the first 10 rounds of the draft.