Hey, it's never too early to talk MLB draft prospects here on Mack's Mets. To get a head start on the prospect watch, I was lucky enough to make contact with Chuck King, Managing Editor for www.FAUOwlAccess.com. Today it was all about Florida Atlantic University baseball (FYI I'm an FAU alum). Along with his work with the University, Chuck also covers spring training for the Associated Press, reporting from St. Louis and Miami camps. A few years back Chuck also covered the Florida State League for the Palm Beach Post, writing weekly columns focusing on the Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins), Palm Beach Cardinals and St. Lucie Mets, including the Mets' 2006 FSL title run. Actually ended up watching the final out of the title game from the dugout after catcher's interference wiped out what everyone – including the reporters – thought was the final out. As the umpires cleared the field we went to the corner of the dugout, knowing that if we did leave the field we'd never be allowed back onto it for interviews.
According to baseball reference, FAU baseball, which has only had a program since 1981, has had 82 players taken in the MLB draft over the years. With 9 players having made it to the majors. In 2015 alone, the fighting Owls had 6 players taken in the draft, including players taken in the 4th, 5th and 8th rounds, among others. And, since the Owls play not too far a drive away from Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, its probably not surprising that the New York Mets have taken a flyer on a few guys from here over the years. According to baseball reference, 5 Owls have been drafted by the Mets, with the most recent being First Baseman Travis Ozga being taken way down in the 41st round.
So I sat down with Chuck (so to speak) to get his take on the upcoming Owls season, and inquire about who we on Mack's Mets might want to keep an eye on for the upcoming season as possible MLB draft picks. And here's the insider information that I got. Per Chuck: