The 2017 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft came to a close on Wednesday, with the league facilitating rounds 11 through 40.
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The Mets kicked off the festivities by selecting a high schooler, something the team hadn’t done since drafting infielder Mark Vientos in the second round.
This time, it was Jack Schneider, an outfielder from Kentucky. Schneider has drawn praise for his bat speed, gap-to-gap power, and rocket arm. Baseball America ranked him as the number 23 player in his state.
The prep trend continued for two more rounds, as Florida pitchers Bryce Huchinson and Nate Peden went in the 12th and 13th. Huchinson, a Mississippi State commit, has seen his fastball up to 95 mph, while Peden receives high marks for his athleticism and projectability.
While the theme of day two for the Mets was college pitchers, the team went the position player route on day three. The selected Dallas Baptist catcher Matt Duce (14), Oral Roberts shortstop Dylan Snypes (15), Louisiana Tech outfielder Raphael Gladu (16), New Mexico third baseman Carl Stajduhar (18), Long Beach shortstop Laine Huffman (25), St. Petersburg first baseman Gavin Garay (26), and Nova Southeastern first baseman Jeremy Vasquez (28).
The Mets did throw a couple of “hail marys” late in the draft, selecting highly touted prep arms C.J. Van Eyk and Jake Eder in the 19th and 34th rounds. Van Eyk was ranked by Baseball America as the #109 player in the draft, while Eder was #69. Should both players choose not to sign, they will be playing their college ball at Florida State and Vanderbilt, respectively.
Collegians Aaron Ford (21, Tennessee Wesleyan), Joshua Payne (22, West Texas A&M), Jose Sierra (23, Monroe), Joe Cavallaro (24, South Florida), Billy Oxford (27, Azusa Pacific), Ryan Selmer (31, Maryland), Kaylor Chafin (32, Texas A&M), Mac Lozer (33, Michigan), Kyle Wilson (35, Crowder), Robby Kidwell (36, Brunswick CC), and Josh Walker (37, New Haven), filled in the remaining picks for the Mets.
The one selection that is sure to pique the interest of the fanbase was the Mets’ 38th-round pick of Daniel Alfonzo, a third baseman from Bayside High School in Queens. Alfonzo is the son of former major-leaguer and current Brooklyn Cyclones Edgardo Alfonzo.
“We’ve seen him quite a bit,” Mets VP of amateur scouting Tommy Tanous told MLB.com. “He’s a really talented kid. He plays third base, can hit, can do a little bit of everything.”
In the coming weeks, the Mets will sign some, and fail to come to terms with others. The team has $6,212,500 to spend without encountering harsh penalties. MetsMerized wishes the best of luck to all of the entire draft class as they embark on their professional careers.