The Mets have selected Oregon State OF Michael Conforto with the 10th overall pick in MLB draft.
That wraps up the evening for the Mets as they forfeited the second round pick to sign Curtis Granderson.
Conforto, a 6’2″ and 217 pound outfielder, is considered a good power prospect with a great approach.
Through 43 games this season the left-handed hitting Conforto is batting .351 with seven home runs, 18 doubles a .557 slugging percentage and a .508 OBP representative of his 55 walks.
During his college career, he hit .341 with a .463 OBP, 43 doubles and 31 home runs in 179 games.
Here’s what Baseball America had to say about the player and the pick:
The Mets feel like they’re about to turn the corner in the big leagues and are well stocked with young pitching, so they would like a college bat who could move through the system quickly. Turner would be tempting if he’s available, but Conforto is the consensus best college hitter and has the polished approach the team is looking for.
The Mets greeted Conforto, a two time Pac-12 Player of the Year, on Twitter:
— New York Mets (@Mets) June 6, 2014
MMO’s Clayton Collier has arrived and discovered a surprise guest in Mike Piazza who will join Frank Viola.
The MLB First Year Player Draft begins tonight at 7:00 PM EST, when the first two rounds of the draft will be conducted.
The New York Mets have the 10th pick in the first round, but forfeited their second round pick when they signed free agent Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million dollar deal during the last offseason.
The draft resumes on Friday at 1:00 PM EST, beginning with the 3rd round and ending with the 10th, and finally concludes on Saturday when they wrap up rounds 11-40 beginning at 1:00 PM EST.
2014 Draft Schedule
Thursday – Live Draft (Round 1, Comp. A, Round 2, Comp. B) on MLB Network and MLB.com
Friday – Live Draft (Rounds 3-10) on MLB.com
Saturday – Live Draft (Rounds 11-40) on MLB.com
Mets Draft Information
Paul DePodesta has stressed more than a few times, that they don’t go into the draft with a mindset of taking either high school or college players. Each draft is different and their focus is on taking the best players available regardless of their age. They also look at each draft through the prism of a 4-year outlook down the road.
Draft Bonus Spending Pool
The Mets have $5,308,300 to spend which ranks 22nd among all other teams. In other words, 21 other teams will have more to spend than the Mets. If the Mets exceed their spending allotment, penalties come into play.