New York Mets Mock Draft: Last-Minute Picks and Predictions
The New York Mets will be looking to make a splash in the 2014 MLB draft, likely in the form of a hitter. The Mets have a serious problem at the plate, so a hitter should be the guy to target.
However, that doesn’t mean a new arm should be ruled out. The Mets could look to add to their already-impressive pitching depth this year.
There is lots of talent in the 2014 draft, which will begin on June 5, and the Mets will be hoping to land a future star. Considering the Mets' best hitting prospects are all guys we won’t see for a few years (Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, etc.), don’t be surprised if the Mets go for a more polished prospect who can make an impact sooner rather than later.
Here are five prospects to keep your eye on when the Mets are on the board with the 10th overall selection in the draft.
Aaron Nola, RHP, LSU
Aaron Nola had a huge junior year for the LSU Tigers this past season. Nola went 11-1 with a 1.47 ERA in 16 starts for the team and is a very promising prospect in this draft. Nola is a polished, hard-throwing right-hander who could end up being selected before the Mets get the chance to snag him.
With the consensus being that Brady Aiken, Carlos Rodon and Tyler Kolek will be drafted with the first three picks, the big questions begin with the Chicago Cubs and the fourth pick.
While it never hurts to have too many young arms in your system, the Mets should focus on drafting a hitter, which could be the reason they don’t take Nola. That’s if Nola is still even on the board.
Nick Gordon, SS, Olympia HS
Nick Gordon might be the most exciting prospect in the entire draft. Gordon, who will be graduating high school this year, is the son of former major leaguer Tom Gordon and the younger brother of Los Angeles Dodgers speedster Dee Gordon.
Like his brother, Nick Gordon will be a middle infielder in the MLB, most likely at shortstop. Gordon has a ton of speed, is a very talented fielder and has sneaky-good power for someone as small as him.
The issue with the Mets getting Gordon is that he is probably too good. Shortstop is an extremely important position in the MLB, and it would be shocking to see Gordon fall all the way to the 10th pick. However, if Gordon somehow drops down to the Mets, they would be foolish to pass on him.
Sean Newcomb, LHP, Hartford
Sean Newcomb is a highly touted left-hander who the Mets will certainly be targeting with the 10th pick. Newcomb stands tall at 6’5” and weighs in at a solid 240 pounds.
Newcomb had a phenomenal junior year for Hartford University, where he went 8-2 with a 1.25 ERA in 14 starts. Again, there are many teams who are very high on Newcomb, which means falling to the Mets might not happen.
The Mets are in possession of many good young arms, but outside of Jon Niese, they are without a young lefty hurler, which could be some extra incentive to grab Newcomb.
Michael Conforto, OF, Oregon State
Michael Conforto is probably the name that has been connected most to the New York Mets as the draft approaches, probably due to his strong ability at the plate. Conforto had a big year with the bat for Oregon State, in which he hit .351 with seven homers and 55 RBI. Conforto also had a phenomenal on-base percentage of .506.
The biggest knock on Conforto is his fielding, but many feel he has a strong enough bat that his glove will not be a problem.
Conforto is going to be someone who will not take long to make it to the majors, which is something the Mets need with their struggles to find contributions from the outfield.
If Vegas had odds for which player the Mets will draft—which, come to think of it, it probably does—Conforto would definitely have the best odds.
Trea Turner, SS, North Carolina State
It is probably a long shot, but Trea Turner must be the Mets’ pick if he is available when they are up to pick. Turner is a shortstop out of North Carolina State and a player who can really do it all on the baseball field.
The Mets are in dire need of a shortstop, and Turner could be their guy. The Mets are without a player who they can say is their shortstop of the future, which is exactly why they have to try to get Turner.
Turner is a professional hitter, and it shouldn’t take him long to work his way up through the minor leagues. If the Mets are lucky, Turner will be there when they are picking on June 4. If the Mets snag him, Turner could make his way to Citi Field before you know it.
All statistics in this article courtesy of TheBaseballCube.com.