While 66% of First Round picks in the June draft chosen by the Mets reached the majors, only 44% of Second Round picks made it to the show (22 of 50 – 2 picks did not sign and made it to the majors after signing elsewhere). Of the 13 picks the Mets have made since 2000 – only one, Kevin Mulvey, has seen time in the Majors.
Kevin Mulvey – Kevin was the 62nd overall pick in the 2006 draft and was one of the players the Mets sent to the Twins as part of the Johan Santana trade prior to the 2008 season. Kevin has appeared in only 10 MLB games in 2009-10 with the Twins and Diamondbacks and has a career record of 0-3 with a 7.90 ERA in 27 1/3 innings.
The most recent Second Round pick with any moderate amount of success at the MLB level was Tyler Walker, who was chosen 58th overall in the 1997 draft. Tyler made 5 appearances in 2002, including a September 7th start against the Phillies for his first MLB win. He played in parts of 8 seasons in the bigs (2002, 2004-2010) with the Mets (2002), Giants, Devil Rays, Phillies, and Nationals. He appeared in 286 games with a career record of 23-18 and an ERA of 4.23 and 34 saves in 299 2/3 innings.
So what other Second Round picks had some level of Major League success?
Matt LeCroy – Matt was a supplemental pick in 1994 for the loss of free agent Charlie O’Brien. He did not sign with the Mets and went on to be signed in the first round of the Minnesota Twins in 1997, appearing in 476 games with the Twins and Nationals over 8 seasons (2000-2007).
Bill Pulsipher – Bill was one of the famed “Generation K” that never lived up to his promise. He was drafted in 1991 and made it to the Show in 1995 with the Mets before injuring his elbow and missed 1996 and 1997. Over 6 major league seasons (1995, 1998-2001, 2005) with the Mets (1995, 1998, 2000), Brewers, Red Sox, White Sox, and Cardinals, he appeared in 106 games (46 starts) with a career record of 13-19 and an ERA of 5.15 in 327 MLB innings.
Aaron Ledesma – Aaron was picked in the 1990 draft and played 5 seasons in the Majors (1995, 1997-2000) with the Mets (1995), Orioles, Devil Rays, and Rockies. He appeared in 284 games, batting .296 with 2 HR and 76 RBI.
Todd Hundley – We have to go all the way back to the 1987 draft before we have a Second Round draft pick that has had an impact. He was a compensation pick from the Orioles for the loss of Ray Knight. Todd had a 14 year MLB career (1990-2003) with the Mets (1990-98), Cubs, and Dodgers. He played in 1,225 games and hit .234 with 202 HR, 599 RBI, and 883 career hits. Todd was a two time All-Star with the Mets (1996, 1997) and is tied with Carlos Beltran for the Mets single season Home Run record (41 – 1996). He is among the Mets franchise leaders in the following categories: games played (18th – 829), runs (18th – 340), hits (25th – 612), doubles (19th – 118), home runs (7th – 124), and RBI (13th – 397).
Pete Schourek – Pete was also taken in the 1987 draft and went onto an 11 year MLB career (1991-2001) with the Mets (1991-93), Reds, Astros, Red Sox, and Pirates. He appeared in 288 games (176 starts) and had a record of 66-77 with an ERA of 4.59 and 2 saves in 1,149 innings.
Scott Servais – Scott was chosen by the Mets in the 1985 draft, but did not sign. He was later chosen in the 3rd round of the 1988 draft by the Houston Astros and went onto an 11 year MLB career (1991-2001) and appeared in 820 games with the Astros, Cubs, Giants and Rockies.
Dave Magadan – Dave was taken in the 1983 draft and went onto a 16 year MLB career (1986-2001) with the Mets, Marlins, Mariners, Astros, Cubs, A’s, and Padres. He played in 1,582 games and hit .288 with 42 HR, 495 RBI and 1,197 hits. Dave has the 5th highest career batting average in Mets franchise history (.292) and the 2nd highest OBP (.391).
Floyd Youmans – Floyd was taken in the 1982 draft and was one of the players sent to the Montreal Expos as part of the December 10, 1984 trade that brought Gary Carter to the Mets. He had a 5 year MLB career (1985-89) with the Expos where he went 30-34 with a 3.79 ERA in 94 games (90 starts) and 539 hits.
Jay Tibbs – Jay was selected in the 1980 draft and was part of the 1984 trade that brought Bruce Berenyi to the Mets. In 7 MLB seasons (1984-90) with the Reds, Expos, Orioles, and Pirates. He appeared in 158 games (133 starts) and had a record of 39-54 with a 4.20 ERA in 862 2/3 innings.
Mookie Wilson was chosen in the 1977 draft. The Mets Hall of Famer played 12 MLB seasons (1980-91) with the Mets (1980-89) and Blue Jays, appearing in 1,403 games, batting .274 with 1,397 hits, 227 doubles, 71 triples, 67 HR, 438 RBI, and 327 stolen bases. Mookie is among the Mets all time leaders in games (7th – 1,116), runs (6th – 592), hits (6th – 1,112), doubles (10th – 170), triples (2nd – 62), RBI (19th – 342), stolen bases (2nd – 281), and batting average (21st – ..276).
Mike Scott – Mike was selected in the 1976 draft and played 13 seasons in the majors (1979-91) with the Mets (1979-82) and Astros. He was the 1986 NL Cy Young Award winner when he went 18-10 with a 2.22 ERA while leading the league in shutouts (5), innings pitched (275 1/3) strikeouts (306) and WHIP (0.92). He was a three time All-Star with the Astros (1986, 1987, 1989) and pitched 200+ innings 6 straight years (1985-90). He appeared in 347 games (319 starts) with a career record of 124-108 and an ERA of 3.54 and 3 saves in 2,068 2/3 innings with 1,469 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.20.