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With the conclusion of the Amateur draft on Wednesday, June 6 it’s clear the Mets went after pitching. Of the 42 players that the Mets drafted, 23 players were pitchers. However, the first three picks that the Mets made were position players.

Highlighting the 2012 Mets draft Gavin Cecchini, a shortstop out of Barbe High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The scouting report on Cecchini is that he isn’t overwhelming at any aspect of the game, but is a “polished player who presents a total package that is appealing in an up-the-middle defender.” With a frame 6’ 2” and 180 pounds there is still a lot of growth for the 12th overall pick of the draft.

The Mets also had a 1st round compensatory pick because of the Marlins signing Jose Reyes. With this pick the Mets went with Kevin Plawecki, a hard-hitting catcher out of Purdue University. Kevin started all 59 games for the Boilermakers as he led his team to win the 2012 Big Ten Championship. Through his junior year Plawecki was a wall behind the plate committing only two errors through the course of the season and was second in team batting average (.359), homeruns (7), triples (4) and led the team in doubles (20), runs scored (54) and slugging percentage (.578).

In the second round of the draft, the Mets had two picks; one being the 71st overall for the loss of Reyes and the 75th overall. With the 71st pick the Mets went after Arkansas junior third baseman Matt Reynolds. After a semi-rough sophomore season, Reynolds turned it around playing in the Cape Cod League last summer and had a very strong junior season. Led the team in average (.343), doubles (20), homeruns (7), RBI (42), total bases (114), slugging percentage (.535) and on-base percentage (.448). Reynolds was also a vacuum at the hot corner only committing 10 errors out of 174 opportunities. The Mets then started to take the top-notch pitchers off the draft board starting with Teddy Stankiewicz out of Fort Worth Christian High School in Texas. At 6’ 4” weighing 200 pounds, Teddy already has an impressive frame and still has time to fill in, as he is only 18 years old. Teddy usually stays around 88-91 mph, but has hit 94 on the gun. There is a lot of upside with this hard throwing right-handed pitcher.

In the 21st round the Mets took Gary Ward, a strikeout throwing lefty who just finished his senior season at Bethel University. In his senior season Ward was #1 in the NAIA in strikeouts per innings with 13.2 and was 3rd in the nation with 122 strikeouts. Ward also held his opponents to a 1.95 ERA and threw five complete games. He attended Chesapeake High School, which may sound familiar because current Met David Wright also was enrolled at Chesapeake.

In the 37th round of the draft the Mets took Ben Distefano, son of former Cyclones and now St. Lucie Mets hitting coach. Drafted as a catcher out of Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas, Ben has a big frame. He’s listed at 6’ 3” and 215 pounds. It is thought though that Ben will enroll in college in hopes in raising his draft stock.

Written by:
Julian Rifkind

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