What Caliber of Player Will Be Available to the New York Mets in the Draft?

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What Caliber of Player Will Be Available to the New York Mets in the Draft?
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Andrew McCutchen was drafted 11th overall by Pittsburgh in 2005

The NFL season is now over, and pitchers and catchers report to spring training next week. That's always a wonderful thing to read, isn't it?

The annual Major League Baseball amateur draft is not until June, and the New York Mets own the 11th overall selection. They've never had the 11th pick before in team history. Now would be a good time to reflect on some previous No. 11 overall selections and see what caliber of player has been available at that pick in the past.

The MLB amateur draft dates all the way back to 1965, when outfielder Rick Monday of the Kansas City Athletics was the first player chosen. Monday ended up spending his best seasons with the Cubs and Dodgers.

Stanford University right-hander Mark Appel is considered the top prospect in this year's draft. Appel was selected eighth overall in 2012 by Pittsburgh but returned to Stanford instead of signing with the Pirates.

So just how good were the players who were selected in years past with the 11th overall pick in the draft? Quite honestly, the list is not that overly impressive. However, there have been some excellent players chosen in the 11th slot. Maybe the Mets will nab one in June. Let's take a look at the all-time top five.

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