As my colleague HoJo wrote last week in this post, the New York Mets announced that they have signed 12 draft picks from the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, including the club’s second round selection right handed pitcher Cory Mazzoni from North Carolina State University.
According to Jim Callis of Baseball America, the Mets signed Mazzoni for $437,500 which is $77,000 lower than the slot guideline of $514,800. Callis added that sometimes players often cut deals beforehand to move up in the draft.
Regarding first round selection outfielder Brandon Nimmo, Callis says that he is looking for $2.5 million dollars which is a hefty sum, or else he will fulfill his commitment to Arkansas. Callis feels optimistic that the Mets will sign him or they would not have selected him with their top pick which was No. 13 overall. I hope so.
Some believe that signing sandwich pick RHP Michael Fullmer, could prove to be more difficult than Nimmo. He is looking for significantly more than slot guidelines.
Yesterday, the Mets also announced the signings of seven morel draft picks from the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
They are 18th round selection OF Travis Taijeron, 32nd round pick SS Carlos Leyva, 33rd round pick RHP Tyson Seng, 38th round selection RHP Dustin Emmons, 39th round pick OF Charles Thurber, 41st round pick LHP Mark Picca and their 50th round selection C Edward Rohan.
So If your keeping score, the Mets have now signed 19 players in total.
Last week they also signed 8th round pick infielder Daniel Muno, 17th round pick outfielder Jonathan Clark, 19th round pick outfielder Dustin Lawley, 26th round pick selection righthanded pitcher Casey Hauptman, 27th round pick righthanded pitcher Randy Fontanez, 31st round pick infielder Chad Zurcher, 34th round pick righthanded pitcher Jacob Lugo, 35th round pick righthanded pitcher Chasen Bradford, 36th round pick infielder Ryan Hutson, 42nd round pick outfielder Gregory Pron and 46th round pick righthanded pitcher Richard Ruff.
Most of these players are already seeing action with the Brooklyn Cyclones and Kingsport and are off to flying starts.