Opening Day Banner

News

2012 METS DRAFT RECAP

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



Search Archive »





Browse by Month »

September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
February 2007
Community Partners
RSVLTS