The Ones Who Got Away: 2011 Draft

An article by posted on March 11, 2012

Figured I might as well take an early look at the prospects we didn’t sign from the 2011 draft. It won’t change much, but it is one of those things I always like monitoring. Plus who knows, maybe we will take these kids again in 2014.

12th Round (372nd overall) Kenny Mathews, LHP – Cal State Fullerton

Mathews has made four appearances (three starts) Titans with an impressive 1-0 record and a 2.77 ERA. In 13 innings he has struckout 15 men and walked five, although he has also hit three batters.

He has yet to take a swing at the plate despite being a talented two-way player.

An impressive start for the advanced lefty.

20th Round (612th overall) Mason Robbins, OF – Southern Miss

Robbins has appeared in 13 of his teams 15 games. He has registered 21 hits, including two doubles, a triple, and a homerun, in 48 at-bats to currently leads his team in batting average (.438) and slugging percentage (.583). His eight RBIs is tied for second on the team.

This blistering start is not shocking from Robbins who was considered a polished high school player. It will be interesting to see how much he improves over the next three years, which will really dictate how high he goes in 2014.

22nd Round (672nd Overall) Casey Turgeon, SS/2B – Florida

Turgeon has played a nice role on a No. 1 ranked Florida team as the teams everyday second baseman. As a freshman, Turgeon is hitting .302 in 48 at-bats with a 6:7 K:BB ratio. He has three doubles, a homerun, five runs scored, and seven RBIs for the team.

There were reports the Mets made a strong overslot offer for Turgeon, but he respectfully declined because he wanted to go to Florida and can you blame him? Can’t fault the Mets either for at least trying. Solid player.

25th Round (762nd overall) A.J. Reed, 1B/LHP – Kentucky

The two-way star has performed exceptionally well at the plate and on the mound.

As a hitter, Reed has played in 14 of the team’s 15 games posting a .340/.421/.511 stat line in 47 at-bats with three doubles, a homerun, and an 11:8 K:BB ratio. More impressively he has a team leading 23 RBIs. He has split time between first base and DH.

On the mound Reed has made two starts (three total appearances) going 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA.In 11.2 innings pitched he has allowed just eight hits and three walks, while striking out 10.

Reed has the early makings of being one of the top two-way talents in his respective draft class.

28th Round (852nd overall) Jharel Cotton, RHP – East Carolina

Cotton has been impressive since making the move from junior college to Division I ball. He has won two of his three starts with a sparkling 1.10 ERA. He has walked just two in 16.1 innings with 10 strikeouts.

A nice start for the junior whose stock is rising and should see him go higher in this year’s draft. How high depends on if any team thinks he will stick as a starter.

29th Round (882nd overall) Josh Ake, SS – UNC

The New Jersey native has just one official at-bat for the Tar Heels, although he scored a run on his lone walk of the season.

There was zero chance the Mets would buy him out of a UNC commitment. He’ll get more playing time when Tommy Coyle is drafted this year, but UNC just has a cluster of middle infielders right now.

30th Round (912th overall) Jake Hansen, LHP – Pensacola State

Hansen is currently 3-1 with a 4.01 ERA for the junior college program. In 24.2 innings the undersized Canuck has 23 strikeouts, but has also allowed 20 hits and nine walks.

40th Round (1212th overall) Alexis Mercado, C – Cal State Northridge

Mercado has started seven games behind the plate and appeared in 10 total for the Matadors, but has struggled with a .231 /.421/.308 line. He has a strong 3:5 K:BB ratio and has caught six of 11 men trying to steal.

43rd Round (1302nd overall) Jacob Decker, SS – Eastern Oklahoma State College

Decker has yet to play in a game as he tries to recover from a serious eye injury he sustained trying to help a woman.

44th Round (1332nd overall) Clint Sharp, RHP – Texas – San Antonio

Sharp numbers have improved from his atrocious campaign with Howard JC last year, but he is still no world beater. He has started two games with five total appearances and has gone 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA. In 14.2 innings he has already allowed 21 hits and six walks. He has struckout 11 batters.

45th Round (1362nd overall) Andrew Marra, RHP – Toledo

The Canadian has just one start and four relief appearances on the season, totaling 8.2 innings pitched. He has a 6.23 ERA with 10 hits allowed, three walks, and six strikeouts.

47th Round (1422nd overall) Cole Limbaugh, RHP – Samford University

The freshman pitcher has accumulated just nine innings in three starts (four appearances) thanks to his ineffectiveness. He has a 9.00 ERA with 10 hits and six walks allowed, although he does have 11 strikeouts.

48th Round (1452nd overall) Malcolm Clapsaddle, RHP – High Point University

Clapsaddle is on his third collegiate team and currently has a 3.47 ERA in 23.1 innings over four starts. He has allowed 26 hits and just three walks, but also has just nine strikeouts. Would have had the best name in the system if he signed.

49th Round (1482nd overall) Sean Buckle, LHP - Loyola Marymount

Allowed one run on two hits and two walks in his only inning pitched.

It is sort of bitter sweet to see those top few guys excelling in college. On the hand it is nice to finally see the Mets actually drafted some high ceiling high school kids. On the other hand they aren’t doing it in the Mets system.

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