MLB Draft Report Cards: New York Mets

Top Pick: Matt Harvey – RHP – UNC. 1st – 7 Overall. $2,525,000. Harvey had top 10 talent coming out of a Connecticut H.S. in 2007, but his high bonus demands, Boras Corp advisor and UNC commitment caused him to slide to the 3rd round (Angles). He didn’t sign and went to Chapel Hill where he was strong as a freshman, ultimately working his way to the back end of the weekend rotation on a team that advanced to Omaha. Harvey struggled in his sophomore year to the point that he was no longer considered a consensus 1st rounder but he regained his dominance in 2010. However, I wouldn’t have picked him in front of other college pitchers (Deck McGuire – 11th – TOR, Chris Sale – 13th – CHW).

Closest to the Majors: OK so it’s probably Harvey, but it’s not much fun to write about the same guy twice. Matt den Dekker – OF – UF. 5th Rnd. $110,000. The Senior draftee improved on his 2009 draft position (16th – PIT) and what he lacks ceiling, he makes up for it in intangibles. He’s a great defensive CF, a good baserunner and he has solid average power.
The One That Got Away: N/A. The Mets didn’t take chances in the draft, having not selected a H.S. player until the 10th round (Akeel Morris), and they signed their first 19 picks.
Overall: 3rd Round Pick Blake Forsythe – C – TEN was selected a round too early for my taste and Greg’s son Cory Vaughn – OF – San Diego State -4th, has raw, potential plus power and speed tools but he too was a reach in the 4th. I liked the Greg Peavey (RHP – Oregon State – 6th) pick but his ceiling is limited. The Mets tried to play it safe and a little bit cheap resulting in a draft full of guys that will have long and productive minor league careers. Grade: D
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