Morning Briefing: Welcome to New York, Jarred Kelenic!

Photo by Bill Mitchell, Baseball America

Good morning, Mets fans!

Today, Jason Vargas (2-3, 8.53 ERA) and the Mets will begin a two-game set against Alex Cobb (1-7, 6.80 ERA) and the Orioles. Vargas has seemingly righted the ship since an atrocious start to his season. The Orioles, meanwhile, sit in the cellar of the AL East with an MLB-worst 17-41 record. The game will start at 7:10 p.m. and can be viewed on SNY and heard on 710 WOR.

There was no Mets game scheduled yesterday.

Latest Mets News

The first and second rounds of the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft occurred in Secaucus, New Jersey last night. With the Mets’ first pick (No. 6 overall), they selected prep outfielder Jarred Kelenic from Waukesha West High School in Wisconsin. You can learn about the high schooler here. He also showed off his 80-grade singing voice upon being drafted.

In the second round (No. 48 overall) , they picked Simeon Woods-Richardson from Kempner High School. Although he was ranked No. 76 overall, according to Baseball America, coming into the draft, the Mets are high on the prep pitcher. He’s profiled here.

Mickey Callaway is feeling the pressure of his job, saying “New York is a tough place to play…. It’s not Cleveland.”

Double-A Binghamton pitcher Nabil Crismatt was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week.

Latest MLB News

MLB.com examined every team’s pick from Day 1.

The Detroit Tigers inked Junichi Tazawa to a minor league deal.

The New York Yankees optioned Tommy Kahnle to Triple-A to work on his command.

Katie Strong of The Athletic wondered how legalized sports betting will affect Major League Baseball.

Dan Hayes of The Athletic reported that the Twins and their first round pick Trevor Larnach already have a deal in place.

Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe tweets that recently-released Hanley Ramirez is receiving interest from teams.

Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times revealed that Rays LHP prospect Anthony Banda will be forced to miss the upcoming season with Tommy John Surgery.

The Twins agreed to terms with Cameron Rupp on a minor league deal.

Latest News in the NL East

The Marlins released former top prospect Jacob Turner.

Scouts are worried about Daniel Murphy, who is rehabbing from offseason knee surgery, writes Chelesa Jones of The Washington Post.

Latest on MMO

Stephen Guilbert reviewed the draft’s rules.

Breanna Susa pondered who’s really in charge of the Mets.

John Sheridan continued his 3 Up, 3 Down Series.

Logan Barer explored the Mets’ recent troubles.

Mike Silva published his Talkin’ Mets broadcast.

On This Date in Mets History 

In the midst of another troubling season, the Mets fired pitching coach Bob Apodaca, hitting coach Tom Robson, and bullpen coach Randy Niemann in 1999

The Mets selected Lee Mazzilli, David Wright, Gavin Cecchini and Ike Davis during the amateur player draft on this date.

Birthdays:Bill Spiers (52).

Let’s go Mets! Stay tuned for our draft coverage of Day 2.

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