New York Mets MLB Draft Results: Scouting Profiles for 2013 Picks
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The Mets in recent years have not done particularly well since 2008. Unfortunately, with the exception of the 2009 season, they have not played poorly enough to land a top-10 draft pick.
In the 2010 draft, the Mets selected starting pitcher Matt Harvey with the seventh overall pick. A year later, they took outfielder Brandon Nimmo with the 13th overall pick. And in 2012, the Mets drafted shortstop Gavin Cecchini 12th overall. Harvey is already in the major leagues and has been having a great season with the Mets so far, while Nimmo and Cecchini are both developing in the minor leagues.
The Mets are possibly a year or two from being serious postseason contenders in the National League. Hopefully, a great draft pick or two can help the Mets become even better down the road.
Here are some first- and second-round projections for now and be sure to check back Thursday night after 7 p.m. ET to follow the Mets' actual picks this year.
Round 1, Pick 11: Dominic Smith, 1B; Junipero Sera HS (CA)
With the 11th overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft, the Mets ended up selecting 1B Dominic Smith out of Junipero Sera High School in California. Smith is not the biggest first baseman (6'0, 195 lbs), but is a left-handed power hitter and should have the ability to hit to all fields.
It's possible that the recent struggles of current Mets first baseman Ike Davis may have prompted the Mets to select Smith in particular to address their minor league depth at first base. Whether the Mets stick with Davis going forward or decide to eventually trade him remains to be seen. But it's clear that if Davis does not pan out too well going forward, the safety net in Smith is now there in case Davis fails to reach his full potential.
According to Adam Wells' B/R prospect profile on Smith, Smith was originally an outfielder, but has shifted to first base, due to a lack of range in the outfield.
Round 2, Pick 48: Andrew Church, RHP; Basic HS (NV)
In the second round of the 2013 MLB draft, the Mets drafted right-handed pitcher Andrew Church from Basic HS in Nevada.
Church is a starting pitcher and throws a curve ball and change-up, in addition to his 90-95 MPH fastball. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, Church went to three different high schools, which made his high school baseball journey quite unique.
Church actually once faced Mets' first round pick Dominic Smith in a Las Vegas tournament. Smith doubled and hit a home run against Church, but other than that, Church pitched well that day.
Round 3, Pick 76: Ivan Wilson, CF; Ruston HS (LA)
The Mets took a chance on right-handed hitting center fielder Ivan Wilson with the first of their two third round picks in the 2013 MLB draft.
At 6'3 and 220 lbs, Wilson is big for a center fielder. He has power to all fields and good speed for a player of his size.
According to Paul Casella of MLB.com, Wilson has not committed to any colleges so far, which makes it seem more likely that he will sign with the Mets this year.
Round 3, Pick 84: Casey Meisner, RHP; Cypress Woods HS (TX)
With their other third round pick, the Mets drafted right-handed pitcher Casey Meisner out of Cypress Woods HS in Texas.
According to Paul Casella of MLB.com, the 6'7 Meisner can reach 94 MPH on his fastball and also throws a curve ball and change-up. He has also decided already to pitch for Texas Tech University, so it is not a foregone conclusion that Meisner will end up signing with the Mets this year.
Round 4, Pick 116: L.J. Mazzilli, 2B; Connecticut University
The Mets chose to draft the son of a familiar face in the fourth round by taking L.J. Mazzilli of Connecticut University with the 116th overall pick. Mazzilli's father, Lee Mazzilli was a Mets outfielder from 1976-1982 and 1986-1989.
Mazzilli looks to be more of a contact hitter with speed, compared to a power hitting slugger. He batted .354 with six home runs, 51 RBI and 29 stolen bases in his senior season.
Round 5, Pick 146: Jared King, LF; Kansas State University
In the fifth round, the Mets selected switch-hitting outfielder Jared King from Kansas State University, who entered the draft as a junior.
According to Adam Wells' B/R prospect profile, King does not project to be a big slugger at the plate. Nonetheless, he can hit well and to all fields from both sides of the plate, despite having more power from the left side. Wells believes King's ceiling could be that of a leadoff hitter.
Round 6, Pick 176: Champ Stuart, CF, Brevard College (6'0, 175 lbs)
Round 7, Pick 206: Matt Oberste, 1B, University of Oklahoma (6'2, 220 lbs)
Round 8, Pick 236: Ricky Knapp, RHP, Florida Gulf Coast University (6'1, 195 lbs)
Round 9, Pick 266: Patrick Biondi, CF, University of Michigan (5'9, 165 lbs)
Round 10, Pick 296: Luis Guillorme, SS, Coral Springs Charter High School, Coral Springs, FL (5'10, 170 lbs)
Round 11, Pick 326: Tyler Bashol, RHP; South Georgia College (6'0, 220 lbs)
Round 12, Pick 356: Jeff McNeil, SS; Cal State - Long Beach (6'1, 165 lbs)
Round 13, Pick 386: Kevin McGowan, RHP; Franklin Pierce University (6'6, 215 lbs)
Round 14, Pick 416: J.D. Leckenby, RHP; Washington State University (6'4; 210 lbs)
Round 15, Pick 446: Colton Plaia, C; Loyola Marymount University (6'2; 225 lbs)
Round 16, Pick 476: Zach Mathieu, 1B; Franklin Pierce University (6'7, 265 lbs)
Round 17, Pick 506: Johnny Magliozzi, RHP; Florida University (5'8, 160 lbs)
Round 18, Pick 536: Brent McMinn, RHP; Nevada University (6'2, 190 lbs)
Round 19, Pick 566: Cody Crouse, RHP; Bloomingdale Sr. High School, Valrico, FL (6'6, 190 lbs)
Round 20, Pick 596: Dan Herrmann, RHP; Christian Brothers College High School, St. Louis, MO (6'4, 205 lbs)
Round 21, Pick 626: Morgan Earman, RHP; Desert Christian Academy, Bermuda Dunes, CA (6'3, 185 lbs)
Round 22, Pick 656: Daniel Procopio, RHP; Central Technical School, Canada (6'0, 190 lbs)
Round 23, Pick 686: Gaither Bumgardner, RHP; University of South Carolina (6'6, 210 lbs)
Round 24, Pick 716: Matt Brill, RHP; Central Arizona College (6'2, 190 lbs)
Round 25, Pick 746: Ricky Jacquez, RHP; Central Arizona College (5'9, 160 lbs)
Round 26, Pick 776: Owen Spiwak, C; Cathwa Park SS, Canada (6'2, 185 lbs)
Round 27, Pick 806: Austin Coley, RHP; Belmont University (6'3, 200 lbs)
Round 28, Pick 836: Robert Coles, RHP; Florida State University (6'1, 180 lbs)
Round 29, Pick 866: Anthony Kay, LHP, Ward Melville High School, Setauket, NY (5'11, 170 lbs)
Round 30, Pick 896; David McKay, RHP; Viera High School, Melbourne, FL (6'3, 200 lbs)
Mets' VP of Player Development and Amateur Scouting, Paul DePodesta was a former Dodgers GM.
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Round 31, Pick 926: Ben Hecht, RHP; St. Anthony School, Effingham, IL (6'3, 170 lbs)
Round 32, Pick 956: Juan Escarra, C; Mater Academy Charter School, St. Hialeah, FL (6'2, 195 lbs)
Round 33, Pick 986: Ryan Chapman, RHP; Santa Ana College (6'3, 215 lbs)
Round 34, Pick 1,016: Cameron Griffin, Columbus State University (6'3, 200 lbs)
Round 35, Pick 1,046: Ty Williams, RHP; Seminole State University (6'2, 195 lbs)
Round 36, Pick 1,076: Brandon Brosher, 1B; Springstead High School, Spring Hill, FL (6'3, 225 lbs)
Round 37, Pick 1,106: Juan Avena, 1B; Compton, CC, Compton, CA (6'2, 205 lbs)
Round 38, Pick 1,136: Paul Paez, LHP; Rio Honda College (5'10, 185 lbs)
Round 39, Pick 1,166: Logan Quimuyog, 1B; Mosley High School, Lynn Haven, FL (6'3, 190 lbs)
Round 40, Pick 1,196: J.B. Woodman, CF, Edgewater High School, Orlando, FL (6'2, 190 lbs)