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12 (372) P Kenny Mathews - The Mets went back to the high schools for this pick, but he simply didn’t sign. Was a hghly touted two-way player who seemed very open to signing on interviews on draft day. Even Jim Callis said he was leaning to signing. I have no idea what turned this negotiation south but I assume it involved money. Mathews did go to CSF where he pitched 6-2, 3.68, 1.07, in 2012. A shame.
13 (402) P Robert Gsellman - Another high school pick (now 7 of the first 14 picks) that threw a few games for the GCL Mets in 2011. Was part of one of the worst teams in minor league history and held his own (1-3, 3.92, 1.37, 11-G, 5-ST, 43.2-IP, 33-K, 18-BB). Needs to work on control problems. Far too early to determine what the team has here. Will play 2013 as a 19-year old. I’d send him back to Kingsport and put him in the rotation.
14 (432) C Xorge Carrillo - these are the kind of picks that drive you crazy. He attended two years at Central Arizona College (.347 and .366) and then two more at Arizona State (.353, and .330). Great hitter, right? So far, Brooklyn in 2011 (.217) and Savannah in 2012 (.154). Frankly, the only chance he has of sticking around this season is as a backup to Kevin Palwecki in Savannah. A bad pick.
15 (462) SS Phillip Evans – a classic steal… Evans had sent word that he wouldn’t be signing so he fell well below the round level (1-2… Keith Law had him as the 55th overall player) he was originally projected to be. The Mets pulled out over slot money ($650K equivalent to sup-1 money) and signed him. I was thrilled, but he hasn’t done much since. Played Brooklyn last season (294-AB, .252/.328/.337/.665, 5-HR, 29-RBI, 48-K, 31-BB). As you all know, the Mets went on to draft SS Gavin Cecchini in the first round this past draft. The assumption is Evans will move to second base if and when he gets in the way of Cecchini. In the long run, the Mets must not have liked what they saw in Evans.