Mets Draft Update

Posted on August 16, 2010 by

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Monday plans on being a busy day for the Mets.

The deadline to sign draft picks is 11:59 pm and the club has yet to sign righthanded pitcher Matt Harvey, the seventh overall pick and a junior from North Carolina. Harvey was 8-3 with a 3.09 ERA this spring with 35 walks and 102 strikeouts in 96 innings.

Adding to the drama will be Harvey’s agent – Scott Boras, but mlb.com is reporting the Mets “feel good about being able to get him signed by the time the deadline hits.”

New York did not have a second-round pick, but each of its next three picks is playing in Class A Leagues. Sixth-round selection, righthander Greg Peavey, who was 6-3, 3.64 ERA in 15 starts at Oregon State, also has not signed and could return to school.

Below is a look at how some of the Mets top draft picks from previous seasons are faring this season.

2010 Draft

Third round – Catcher Blake Forsythe is batting .257/.317/.365 with a homer, four RBI and 26 strikeouts in 74 at-bats combined at the rookie-level Gulf Coast League and Class A New York – Penn.

Fourth round – Center fielder Cory Vaughn is batting .316/.402/.569 with 12 homers, 44 RBI and 10 steals at Brooklyn. The 21-year-old product of San Diego State and the son of former major league slugger Greg Vaughn is tied for the league lead in RBI, is second in homers and third in slugging.

Fifth round – Center fielder Matt Den Dekker played five games in the Gulf Coast League before moving to low Class-A Savannah where he has gone 11-for-28 with six RBI in his first six RBI. He is known for his outstanding defense.

2009 Draft

First round – Did not have a first-round pick.

Second round – Lefthander Steven Matz is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery on May 18. The 19-year-old has not pitched in his first two years of professional baseball.

Third round – Shortstop Robbie Shields returned from TJ surgery in June and is batting .257/.307/.371 in stints in the Gulf Coast, South Atlantic League and Florida State League.

Fourth round – Center fielder Darrell Ceciliani is having a great season at Class A at Brooklyn. The 20-year-old is leading the league in batting (.371), triples (10), hits (82), and runs (47), is second in OPS (.972), third in doubles (16), fourth in steals (18) and fifth in slugging (.548). The lefthanded hitter has a homer and 28 RBI in 56 games.

Fifth round – Righthander Damien Magnifico did not sign.

Sixth round – Righthander David Buchanan did not sign.

2008 Draft

First round – First baseman Ike Davis is batting .248/.324/.420 with 15 homers and 54 RBI in 101 games with New York. The lefthanded hitter started with Class AAA Buffalo, batting .264/.500/.636 with a pair of homers in 10 games.

First round – Second baseman Reese Havens is hitting .312/.386/.592 between Class A and AA, but the converted shortstop has not played since June 11 because of a strained oblique.

First round (supplemental) – Righthander Brad Holt is 3-11, 7.83 ERA with a 1.941 WHIP at Class A and AA.

2007 Draft

First round supplemental – Lefthander Eddie Kunz is 6-7 with a 5.23 ERA at Class AA in 35 games – nine starts.

First round supplemental – Lefthander Nathan Vineyard is out of baseball after two injury-filled seasons.

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