The New York Mets' 2011 campaign was sabotaged by Fred Wilpon's legal issues, extended injury absences of ace Johan Santana and high-priced free agent Jason Bay and the then-looming departure of shortstop Jose Reyes.
That resulted in a 77-85 mark, bad enough for fourth in the National League East.
The main positive to come out of that mess was being awarded the No. 12 pick in the draft, along with the No. 35 sandwich pick as compensation for losing Reyes.
As the franchise attempts to reinvent itself following a disastrous streak, GM Sandy Alderson and the New York front office can begin the process by nailing down the right prospects in the 2012 MLB Draft.
Track the club's picks here:
In search of the future at shortstop following the departure of Jose Reyes to Miami, the Mets snared 6'2", 180-pound Gavin Cecchini as the possible answer in the middle of the infield.
His game is speed, as the MLB Network noted that he went a perfect 29 for 29 on steal attempts as a senior, hitting .413 with an on-base percentage over .500.
Cecchini, a Louisiana native, should not be awed by his first taste of professional action, either, as his older brother Garin was drafted into the Boston Red Sox organization.
Sports Illustrated's Dave Perkins referred to him as "error prone," but also noted his tremendous athleticisim, and a fast—if stiff—bat. He's not going to be a power guy, but his speed will keep him on base.
MLB.com had him listed as the No. 19 prospect available, though he went seven slots higher than that.
The Mets grabbed Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki with the compensation pick received when Reyes bolted to the Marlins.
Plawecki owns uncommon plate discipline. He only struck out 10 times in 252 plate appearances this season, and only 29 times in 626 appearances while with the Boilermakers, according to the IndyStar.com.
How was Billy Beane not all over this guy?
Besides that, he also owns decent pop, hitting seven homers en route to a .365 average this season.
And MLB.com seems to think his defense, besides his arm, is above average.
This is a sound pick for Alderson and the Mets, taking a quality game manager who owns the ability to be a contributor at the plate—the exception for the position.
Three picks and three infielders for the New York Mets.
The front office went with Arkansas third baseman Matt Reynolds for its first selection of the second day of the draft.
A line-drive hitter with sound defensive skills, Reynolds seems to project as more of a middle infielder because his lack of significant pop.
MLB.com also noted his baserunning skills.
Alderson and company went back to piling up arms, this time taking Louisville right-handed reliever Matt Koch with the 107th pick overall.
At 6'3", Koch throws a hard-and-heavy fastball with decent life, according to MLB.com, sitting in the low-to-mid 90s. And he mixes that with an effective slider.
This is a safe pick, adding depth to the future of the bullpen.
After making mostly conservative decisions through the first three rounds, the Mets front office took a shocker, picking Hawaiian-infielder Branden Kaupe, straight out of Baldwin High School.
Kaupe was not listed among the top 10 rounds in most major draft projections, yet New York saw something in the 5'7" speedster to take him off the board this early, at the beginning of the fourth round.
Based on the video clip above, it's obvious that he owns some opposite-field pop. Because of his size, he seems a better fit for the right side of the infield at second base.
MLB.com certainly thinks highly of the Mets fifth rounder:
Welch is one of the more intriguing prospects in the Draft. His fastball sits in the mid 90s, and he also has a hard slider. He has excellent command of both pitches and rarely walks a batter.
Welch is smallish for a power pitcher, at just 6'1" and 180 pounds, and there will be a major adjustment in caliber of opposition after playing at Palm Beach State Community College in Florida last year.
Either way, the Mets front office grabbed a pitcher with excellent stuff at No. 170. Steal.
Round 6, Pick 200: Jayce Boyd, 1B, Florida State (6'3", 200)
Round 7, Pick 230: Corey Oswalt, RHP, Madison High School, San Diego Calif. (6'4", 200)
Round 8, Pick 260: Tomas Nido, C, Orangewood Christian High School, Maitland, Fla. (6'0", 200)
Round 9, Pick 290: Richie Rodriguez, 2B, Eastern Kentucky (5'9", 170)
Round 10, Pick 320: Paul Sewald, RHP, San Diego (6'2" 190)
Round 11, Pick 350: Logan Taylor, RHP, Eastern Oklahoma State (6'5", 230)
Round 12, Pick 380: Rob Whalen, RHP, Haines City High School, Haines City, Fla. (6'2", 200)
Round 13, Pick 410: Matt Bowman, RHP, Princeton (6'0", 165)
Round 14, Pick 440: Chris Flexen, RHP, Newark Memorial High School, Newark, Calif. (6'2", 200)
Round 15, Pick 470: Nicholas Grant, RHP, Milford High School, Milford, Del. (6'0", 165)
Round 16, Pick 500: Myles Smith, RHP, Miami Dade College (6'2", 175)
Round 17, Pick 530: Stefan Sabol, C, Orange Coast College (Calif.), (6'0", 220)
Round 18, Pick 560: Paul Paez, LHP, Rio Hondo College (5'9", 185)
Round 19, Pick 590: Tyler Vanderhelden, RHP, Samford (6'2", 174)
Round 20, Pick 620: Timothy Peterson, RHP, Kentucky (6'1", 190)
Round 21, Pick 650: Gary Ward, LHP, Bethel (6'1", 195)
Round 22, Pick 680: Tejay Antone, RHP, Legacy High School (Texas) (6'4", 205)
Round 23, Pick 710: Connor Balts, RHP, Point Loma High School (Calif.) (6'5", 210)
Round 24, Pick 740: Andrew Massie, RHP, Dyer County High School (Tenn.) (6'1", 170)
Round 25, Pick 770: Leon Byrd, 2B, Cypress Ranch High School (Texas) (5'8", 165)
Round 26, Pick 800: Chris Shaw, 1B, Lexington High School (Mass.) (6'3", 229)
Round 27, Pick 830: Zach Arnold, C, Franklin County High School (Kent.) (6'2", 175)
That's right, the Mets took one of the Harvard players in the "Call Me Maybe" YouTube hit above. Crimson third baseman Jeff Reynolds went in the 38th round.
Round 28, Pick 860: Jacob Marks, RHP, St. Clair, (6'1", 160)
Roujnd 29, Pick 890: Austin Barr, Camas High School (Wash.) (6'2", 210)
Round 30, Pick 920: Dustin Cook, Hargrave High School (Texas) (6'5", 210)
Round 31, Pick 950: Vance Vizcaino, Wakefield High School (N.C.) (6'2", 200)
Round 32, Pick 980: Jon Leroux, 1B, Northeastern (6'1", 210)
Round 33, Pick, 1,010: Jared Price, RHP, Twin Valley High School (Pa.) (6'3", 205)
Round 34, Pick 1,040: Mikey White, SS, Spain Park High School (Ala.) (6'1", 185)
Round 35, Pick 1,070: Brad Markey, RHP, Santa Fe Community College (Fla.) (5'11", 185)
Round 36, Pick 1,100: Donovan Walton, SS, Kelley High School (Okla.) (5'9", 165)
Round 37, Pick 1,130: Benny Distefano, C, Elkins High School (Texas) (6'3", 215)
Round 38, Pick 1,160: Jeff Reynolds, 3B, Harvard (5'10", 175)
Round 39, Pick 1,190: Patrick Ervin, 2B, Pace High School (Fla.) (5'10", 175)
Round 40, Pick 1,220: David Gonzalez, RHP, Gainesville High School (Ga.) (6'0", 204)