The Mets have selected 47 players in third round of the June amateur draft. Of these 47 players, 15 of them have made it to the Major Leagues. That’s a 31% rate.
What kind of success have these 15 men had in the bigs?
1965 - Joe Moock - Joe made to the bigs in 1967 with the Mets and appeared in 13 late season games, starting 10 at Third Base, batting .225 with 0 HR and 7 RBI.
1972 - Craig Swan - Craig played 12 seasons in the Majors (1973-84) and played all but the final two games of his MLB career with the Mets. He pitched 231 games (185 starts) with a record of 59-72 and an ERA of 3.74 and 2 saves in 1,235.2 innings. In 1978, he led the NL in ERA with a 2.43 and won a career high 15 games in 1979 when he also threw a career high 253.1 innings. He finished his MLB career with two appearances with the California Angels after being released by the Mets in May 1984.
1978 – Brian Giles - Brian played 6 seasons in the bigs (1981-83, 1986-86, 1990) with the Mets (1981-83), Brewers, White Sox, and Mariners. He played more than half of his 287 MLB games in 1983 when he hit .245 with 2 HR and 27 RBI in 145 games. He was a career .228 hitter with 10 HR and 50 RBI.
1982 – Roger McDowell - Roger pitched 12 years in the majors (1985-96) with the Mets (1985-89), Phillies, Dodgers, Rangers, and Orioles. He was traded with Lenny Dykstra in the 1989 trade that brought Juan Samuel to the Mets. Roger pitched in 723 games with a 70-70 record and an ERA of 3.30 and 159 saves in 1,050 innings. He is among franchise leaders in games pitched (280 -13th all time) and saves (6th – 84).
1983 – Rick Aguilera - Rick pitched 16 years in the majors (1985-2000) with the Mets (1985-89), Twins, Red Sox, and Cubs. Rick pitched in 732 games (89 starts) with a 86-81 record and a 3.57 ERA and 318 saves (17th all time in MLB history) in 1,291.1 innings. He also struck out 1,030 batters and was a three time All-Star with the Twins (1991, 1992, 1993). Rick was part of the July 31, 1989 trade that brought Frank Viola to the Mets.
1988 – Doug Saunders - Doug appeared in 28 games with the Mets in two stints with the team in 1993. He hit .209 with 0 HR and 0 RBI.
1989 – Brook Fordyce - Brook played 10 seasons in the majors (1995-2004) with the Mets (3 games in 1995), Reds, White Sox, Orioles, and Devil Rays. He appeared in 623 games and hit .258 with 41 HR and 188 RBI.
1993 – Mike Welch - Mike pitched in 10 games (2 starts) for the Phillies in 1998. He had a career record of 0-2 with an ERA of 8.27. He made his MLB debut against the Mets on July 17, 1998 where he allowed a home run to Brian McRae. He appeared in his second MLB game on July 19th, also against the Mets when he allowed a home run to John Olerud.
1996 – Ed Yarnall - Ed pitched in 7 games with the Yankees (1999-2000) and made 3 starts. He had a career record of 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 20 career innings. He was one of the players along with Preston Wilson and Geoff Goetz that were traded to the Marlins for Mike Piazza.
1997 – Cesar Crespo - Cesar appeared in 132 games over three seasons (2001-02, 2004) with the Padres and Red Sox. He was a career .192 hitter with 4 HR and 14 RBI.
1999 – Jeremy Griffiths - Jeremy pitched in 10 MLB games with the Mets (2003) and Astros (2004). 9 of those 10 appearances came with the Mets and he had a career record of 1-4 with an ERA of 7.20 in 45.1 innings. His lone career victory was on August 3, 2003 where he started against the Cardinals at Shea where he went 7 innings.
2001 – Lenny DiNardo - Lenny pitched 6 seasons in the Majors (2004-09) with the Red Sox, A’s, and Royals. He appeared in 94 games (34 starts) with a record of 10-18 and an ERA of 5.36 in 257 innings.
2006 – Joe Smith - Joe has pitched 7 MLB seasons (2007-present) with the Mets (2007-08) and Indians. He has appeared in 439 games with a record of 27-16 and an ERA of 2.97 and three saves in 378.2 innings. Joe signed this offseason with the Angels on a 3 year, $15.75 million contract.
2008 – Kirk Nieuwenhuis - Kirk has played two seasons with the Mets (2012-13) and is a career .236 hitter at the MLB level with 10 HR and 42 RBI in 138 games.