Drizzle & Fizzle (as Snooop D-O-double Gizzle might’ve called the Draft & Follow) has been on something of a hiatus while I adjust to some changes in my personal and professional life.Â My slow slog back into TRDMB activity begins with the first part in a multi-part series looking back on the first professional seasons of the players chosen by the Mets in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
With the regular season already complete for the GCL Mets of the Gulf Coast League and the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League, and with just 1 game remaining for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League and 2 games left for the Savannah Sand Gnats of the South Atlantic League we begin our look back.
- 2nd round – Steven Matz: the high school LHP signed late, was assigned to the GCL Mets, didn’t play.
- 3rd round – Robbie Shields: the college SS signed after the season was underway and started his pro career in Brooklyn ice cold.Â His final numbers in 142 at bats were .176/.273/.268.Â He did show some improvement after the NYPL All-Star break hitting .238/.319/.286 from then on.Â The high point of his season may have been scoring the game winning run on rehabbing Carlos Beltran’s single recently.
- 4th round – Darrell Ceciliani: the college OF had a line of .234/.313/.310 in 158 at bats for Kingsport.Â He had a fine month of July going .303/.361/.447.Â He did better in away games, batting .298 outside of Kingsport.Â He stole 14 bases in 16 attempts.
- 7th round – Darin Gorski: the college LHP pitched in 13 games, starting 11, for Brooklyn.Â He is 3-4 with a 4.91 ERA in 62 1/3 innings including his September 5th start against Lowell in which he allowed 1 run in 5 2/3 innings on 1 hit and 4 walks while striking out 7.Â For the season walks seem to have been the negative.Â He allowed just 51 hits in his 62 1/3 innings, but walked 26.Â His ERA, ground ball out percentage and batting average against all improved notably after the All-Star break.
- 8th round – John Freeman: the college C played in 39 of Kingsport’s 65 games compiling a line of .221/.271/.305 in 131 at bats.Â He finished strong with a .308/.383/.462 line in 52 August at bats.Â Like Ceciliani, he hit much better away from Kingsport, with a .289 away BA compared to .127 at home.
- 9th round – Jeffrey Glenn: like Matz, the HS C signed late, was assigned to the GCL but did not play.
- 10th round – Nick Santomauro: the college OF spent the season with Brooklyn, compiling a .241/.368/.441 line in 145 at bats.Â His .809 OPS is 2nd on the team and his 6 HR leave him tied for the club lead with 1 game remaining.