New York Mets Take Two in Rule 5 Draft: A Look at Their Picks

James Stewart-Meudt@@JSMeudtCorrespondent IIDecember 9, 2010

DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 23:  Brad Emaus #69 of the Toronto Blue Jays poses during photo day at the Bobby Mattick Training Center at Englebert Complex on February 23, 2009 in Dunedin, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets selected Toronto Blue Jays Triple-A second baseman Bradley Emaus and Baltimore Orioles Double-A pitcher Pedro Beato in the 2010 Rule 5 draft.

The Rule 5 draft is generally for veteran minor league players that were left off their respective team's 40-man rosters.

Last season, Emaus, 24, hit .270 with 15 home runs and 75 RBIs between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas. He also walks a lot, watching ball four in over 18 percent of his Double-A plate appearances this season and 13.7 percent in Triple-A.

Generally regarded as a sub-standard defensive infielder, Emaus did post a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage last season at second base in 32 games and 170 chances.

Emaus has a nice, compact swing with good power to the gaps. He looks like a dead low-ball hitter with very little lower body movement in his swing, so he could be a little susceptible to the high stuff.

Pedro Beato, 24, is a right-handed relief pitcher who went 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA in 43 games with the Double-A Bowie Baysox. In 59 innings, Beato surrendered an eye-raising 49 hits but also struck out 50 while walking just 19.

Beato has been used as a starter during his five-year minors career, never higher than Double-A, most recently in 2009, when he went 6-10 with a 4.52 ERA in 25 starts. In 137 innings, Beato gave up 158 hits while striking out just 88 and walking 47.

This is a guy who is still young and has posted much better numbers in relief than he has as a starter. The Mets could certainly use some extra arms in the bullpen, which explains the drafting of Beato.

This is a bit of a homecoming for Beato. He was originally drafted in the 2005 by the Mets but was left unsigned.