We discuss a lot of topics on Mack’s Mets and one that continues to rear its ugly head is the ‘fact’ that the Mets just doesn’t seem to draft top outfielders. Really?
Here is a list of first round outfielders that the Mets have drafted since 1990 and what they accomplished -
Jeremy Burnitz – 1st round pick (17th overall) by Mets in 1990… last year in NYC (1994) – hit .238, 3-HR
Al Shirley – 1st round pick (18th overall) by Mets in 1991… never played for Mets and never made it to the major leagues. Retired after 1998 season.
Preston Wilson – 1st round pick (9th overall) by Mets in 1992… had eight at bats with the Mets in 1998 before being traded to the Marlins/Rockies/Nats/Astros and Cardinals. Finished career with Long Island in the Atlantic League in 2009.
Jay Payton – 1st round pick (29th overall) by Mets in 1994… hit .255 in 361-AB in 2001
Rob Stratton – 1st round pick (13th overall) by Mets in 1996… never made it out of the minors… retired after the 2006 season.
Jayson Tyner – 1st round pick (21st overall) by Mets in 1998… had 41 at-bats (.195) for Mets in 2000… played for major and minor teams for Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Atlanta, Minnesota, Cleveland (2nd time), Milwaukee, and Detroit… retired after 2009 season.
Lastings Milledge – 1st round draft pick (12th overall) by the Mets in 2003… lasts two years in a Met uniform, hitting .272 in 184-AB in 2007. Has played diminished ball in Japan over the past four seasons.
Brandon Nimmo - 1st round pick (13th overall) by the Mets in 2011 … still in the minors after five seasons
Michael Conforto – 1st round pick (10th overall) by the Mets in 2014… in the starting lineup (LF) for the Mets by the end of the season (174-AB, 9-HR, .270/.335/.506/841
I’ll let this portion of my post this morning speak for itself.
David Laurita had this to say about the changes of second baseman going around in the NL East –
Brian Joura wrote a piece on the 2011 draft, including this little tidbit –
Mark Healey wrote a fascinating piece on Jeff Wilpon –
Mack – Read this in its entirety, especially if you are a Wilpon hater.
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