Will Mets Sign Any More Picks As Deadline Looms?
With the deadline for signing this year’s draft picks drawing steadily closer, the question is do the Mets have any money left to sign a few more of their draft picks from the 2012 MLB Draft? And even if they do have some money, which one’s are the players they should target? With their first round sandwich pick that they used to select catcher Kevin Plawecki, and their extra second-round pick, the Mets had 42 total choices in the 2012 draft. Of those, only 21 have signed contracts to play for the Mets so far.
The good news is they have signed 15 of their first 16 picks, including their top three choices. Actually, of their first 22 selections, they have signed 18 of them. But with the deadline for signing unsigned draft picks coming this Friday, July 13th at 5:00 pm EST, which remaining players if any, are the Mets going to sign?
Rounds 1 – 20
2nd round – Teddy Stankiewicz (RHP) taken 75th overall by the Mets with their second 2nd round pick, the first being Matt Reynolds. Stankiewicz was drafted out of high school by the Mets, but they must first convince the 6’4″ right-hander to turn pro rather than pursue his commitment to attend the University of Arkansas next year. The pool slot for where Stankiewicz was chosen is $680,400 so he won’t come cheap. With a three-quarter arm-slot, a projectable curveball, and a fastball already sitting at 90-92 with the potential for increased velocity down the road, let’s hope the Mets have enough dough-rei-mi to lure this big righty to Queens.
15th round – Nicholas Grant (RHP) is another high school hurler who the Mets are hoping will decide to sign with them and turn pro. This 6’2″ right-hander has a fastball that sits at 88-91 mph.
16th round – Myles Smith (RHP) another righty that throws his fastball in the low 90′s. Smith stands 6’1″ and is presently enrolled at Miami-Dade Junior College.
18th round – Paul Paez (LHP) this college left-hander is 5’9″ and has finished his sophomore season at San Diego State University. His fastball sits in the 88-91 range also. With two years of college eligibility remaining he still has some leverage, and may prove to be a tough sign.
Rounds 21 – 40
Only three of the final 20 picks have signed as of this writing. They are: 24th rounder Andrew Massie (RHP), 32nd rounder Jon Leroux (1B), and 38th rounder Jeff Reynolds (3B).
Of the 17 players yet unsigned from the last 20 rounds, 15 of them are high school players that the Mets will have to compete with colleges for. The two unsigned college players from the draft’s last half are: Gary Ward (LHP) from Bethel College in Tennessee who was taken in the 21st round, and Florida community college hurler, Brad Markey (RHP) who was drafted in the 35th round.
Here’s the breakdown on the 15 unsigned high school players taken in the last 20 picks, and the rounds they were drafted in:
Catchers: Zach Arnold (27), Austin Barr (29), Benny Distefano (37)
First Base: Chris Shaw (26)
Second Base: Patrick Ervin (39)
Shortstop: Leon Byrd (25), Vance Vizcaino (31), Donovan Walton (36)
Outfield: Mikey White (34)
Right-handers: Tejay Antone (22), Conner Baits (23), Jake Marks (28), Dustin Cook (30), Jared Price (33), David Gonzalez (40)
Hopefully the Mets will have the wherewithal to sign some of these players before Friday’s deadline. In recent years they have signed between 26 and 32 players each year, so to only have 21 under contract from this year so far is definitely a low figure.
One indication that there may be some player procurement funds available is the fact that the Mets signed three International Free Agents this week, just days after they became eligible to sign:
Franklin Correa – A 16-year-old second-baseman from the Dominican Republic.
German Rosario – A 16-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic.
Miguel Patino – A 16-year-old shortstop from Venezuela.
Now it all comes down to how good is our amateur scouting?
About the Author: Peter Shapiro
The first time I went to Shea was not for a Mets game, it was for the Beatles concert there in August of '66. My first Met game was '67, a guy named Salty Parker was the interim-manager then. My first pennant race was 1969. As a 12 year-old that summer and fall, I managed to get to the park for 3 games. The first was the beginning of the Miracle which actually started on Tuesday July 8, 1969 with a day game against the Cubs. I was there a lot in '73. I saw games 3 & 5 of the 1973 NL Playoffs against the "Big Red Machine", from the upper deck behind home plate. It was from there that I witnessed the fight between Bud Harrelson and Pete Rose, and the mayhem that ensued. And that sweet victory in game 5! I saw a couple of WS games at Shea that year against that legendary Oakland A's club. I was there in 1985 for every single game Dr. K pitched including his two 16 strikeout performances, and the day he one-hit the Cubs on an infield single and the Mets won 1-0. I loved being a Met fan in those days. Hopefully we are once again preparing to emerge from the darkness.
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