The Mets 2009 Draft

In light of the disappointing news yesterday that the Mets top pick in the 2009 draft, LHP Steven Matz will have Tommy John Surgery, I thought this would be a good time to take a look at the Mets work in the draft’s first 20 rounds.

Just two of the players selected in the first ten rounds have played in a game this year, and three of their top eight signed picks are hurt and will miss most (Honeck), if not all of the season (Matz and Shields).  Add in the unsigned 5th and 6th rounders and it’s fair to say that five of the Mets top 10 picks who will not be helping the organization this year.  The recent injuries exacerbate an already thin draft from a numbers perspective.

It’s way to early to close the book on a draft, one year out.  However, the early returns are not encouraging and a lot is riding on Dotson and Matz’s recovery.

Player Pos Round 2009 2010
Steven Matz LHP 2 Signed at the deadline for $895K,
but did not pitch professionally in 2009.
Had Tommy John Surgery 5/18. Done for at least 12 months
Robert Shields SS 3 Hit .178/.273/.267 with 1 HR in 44
games for Brooklyn
Had Tommy John Surgery fall ’09. Assuming normal recovery time, will open 2011
as a 23 yo in A-ball
Darrell A Cecilliani CF 4 hit .234/.313/.310 for Kingsport in
42 games. Was great in July:
.303/.361/.447, 7 XBH, 8/9 SB before trailing off to .181/.244/.194 in
I’ve heard he’s been impressive in
extended spring training. Likely headed to
Brooklyn, at age 20, although he could see Savannah laeter in the summer
Damien J Magnifico RHP 5 Did not sign
David Buchanan RHP 6 Did not sign
Darin Gorski LHP 7 Brooklyn: 3-4, 4.91 ERA, 62.1 IP, 51
H, 26 BB, 50 K
Savannah: 1-1, 3.34, 29.2 IP, 27 H,
15 BB, 30. Mid 80s fastball
John T. Freeman C 8 Kingsport: .221/.271/.305 w/ 8 2B in
39 games
Did not make Savannah’s Opening Day
roster at age 22. Likely headed to Brooklyn
Jeffrey Glenn C 9 Signed for $150K, more than college
players, Gorski, Freeman or Santomauro
As a HS C from Winter Haven (FL)
will have to learn to call games as a Pro. Likelyheaded to the GCL
Nick Santomauro LF 10 Brooklyn: .241/.368/.441 6 HR in 45
games. Hit five home runs in 22 games at
home, a testament to his real power
Slowed by a strained elbow this
spring, is off to a .135/.158/.162 start for Savannah, while making
adjustments to his timing
Sam Honeck 1B 11 Brooklyn: .250/.339/.305 in 65 games Was hitting .091 (2-for-22) when he
broke his tibia and fibula in a collision at home plate on May 5. Will celebrate his 23rd birthday in June on
the dl.
James Ewing 2B 12 Brooklyn: .143 (2-for-14) in 5 games
Zach Dotson LHP 13 Signed at the deadline for $500K, to
pass up scholarship to Georgia Tech, but did not pitch as a professional
Should join a short season roster. The guess here is  Kingsport
Ronald Harris CF 14 Kingsport: .293/.383/.418 w 64 K in
48 games as a 22yo
Did not make Savannah’s Opening Day
roster at age 23. Likely headed to Brooklyn
Casey Schmidt RHP 15 Unimpressive in Cape Cod League:
6.67 ERA, 29.2 IP, 31 H, 9 BB, 19 K.

Did not sign

Chase Greene CF 16 GCL: .286/.361/.397 with 7 doubles,
3rd on the team at age 19
Headed for a short-season roster,
likely Kingsport
Alex Gregory OF 17 Brooklyn: .278/.349/.417, 14 XBH Savannah: .275/.324/.333, 4 2B, 5
BB, 15 K in 69 AB at age 23
Cody Holliday OF 18 GCL: .150 (7-for-40) 4 2B at age 21 Did not make Savannah’s Opening Day
roster at age 22
Nelfi Zapata C 19 GCL: .261/.341/.370 in 35 games at age 19 after Mets bought him out of commitment to Miami Dade CC.  Intriguing young catcher.
Joey August OF 20 SAV: .210/.270/.290 in 41 games in
the SAL
Now 23, assigned to A+ St. Lucie

Other players of note:

23rd round pick John Church out of Western Florida has been Savannah’s best reliever in the first quarter of the season with a 0.89 ERA in 20.IP.  He has 19 K and 5 BB.  His fastball is usually upper eighties and he throws a curveball with some short, tight break that’s been effective.

39th round pick Taylor Whitenton has been inconsistent for the Gnats.  Some days he’s unhittable at this level, and some days he’s all over the place.  He’s been 88-90 with his fastball and sometimes throws his breaking ball for strikes, and sometimes not.

There are 9 comments

    1. mikeyt3844

      James Ewing retired? That is the 2nd time in the last 3 years this happened. Nathan Vineyard went AWOL a few years ago and he was a 2nd round pick

      It might be time to seriously take a look at the mets evaluation process.
      Matz and Shields are tough breaks, but this 2009 draft looks like a complete debacle

  1. Michael Diaz

    Magnifico was a HS pitcher, that went to a JUCO in Texas. Buchanan was a JUCO player that went to Georgia State University. BTW Buchanan has struggled this season FWIW.

      1. Michael Diaz

        Sorry, but there is no such thing as draft and follow anymore. MLB extended the deadline to sign draft picks, and got rid of the draft and follow process in 2007.

      2. Toby Hyde

        Yes. The Signing deadline is August 15th. However, if a player has exhausted his full amateur eligibility there is no deadline. It is not applicable in this case.

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