06/07/2010 11:03 AM
The 2010 MLB Draft is imminent, and the Mets have a top-10 pick for the first time since 2005.
Written by Christian Karayannides
In the summer of ‘05, the Amazins held the ninth overall pick, and had their eyes on a tall right-hander out of Wichita State University. Mike Pelfrey now leads the team in Wins and ERA, and the Mets will look to find another impact player with the seventh overall pick this year.
The draft will have a significant impact on the Cyclones roster this year and the Mets roster of the future. Sixteen players from the 2009 draft wore a Cyclones jersey last season, including hard-hitting outfielder Nick Santomauro, who led the team in home runs and slugging percentage.
The Mets Scouting Director, Rudy Terrasas, made it clear to MLB.com that the Mets enter the draft with few particular preferences and a long term outlook in mind. “We do not have any specific type, be it high school or college. We are going to definitely go, and we always have, for every draft since I’ve been scouting director, with the best talent, the best player available.”
After their first-round choice, the Mets do not pick again until the 89th overall draft choice, after trading their second round pick for the rights to sign Jason Bay.
New York has had recent success in the first-round with Ike Davis, who the Mets drafted out of Arizona State University with the 18th overall pick in 2008. Davis played his first professional season with the Brooklyn Cyclones that year, and less than two years later is the Mets’ starting first baseman.
Witness the Cyclones’ present and the Mets’ future at the 2010 MLB draft on June 7-9, starting at 7 p.m.