With a month to go until the deadline to sign draft picks here: http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=228&f=1381&t=7574538 is a color coded list of the Mets draft picks, indicating which guys have already signed and which guys are yet to sign. Most who haven’t signed yet are likely asking for above slot money or are set on attending or returning to college. Here are a few notables from that list:
Brandon Nimmo – Obviously the Mets want to sign their number 1 pick, and the new front office can’t really afford to let him get away. He’s asking for a lot of money, reportedly $2.5 million, so it’s not surprising that it’s taking a while, but the Mets should ink him very close to the deadline.
Alex Panteliodis – The lefty starter out of Florida couldn’t talk to the Mets until after the Gators finished their season as runners up in the College World Series. After watching him a couple times during the CWS, he certainly knows how to pitch, but his stuff doesn’t jump out at you, so if he doesn’t sign it’s not a huge loss because I doubt he would ever make a big impact in the big leagues, but you never know.
Phillip Evans – I’ve heard a lot of good things about the 15th rounder. He played shortstop in high school but could possibly be switched to catcher, which would be something interesting to watch. He’s a guy you’d really like to see the Mets lock up.
Brad Marquez – Watching video on the 16th rounder shows an athletic, toolsy outfielder, but little polish. It wouldn’t be the worst thing if the Mets failed to sign him, but still, you want to sign someone you draft that high.
Mason Robbins – He could have been taken real early, some say first 5 rounds, others say within the top 40 overall, but the Mets nabbed him in the 20th round. Obviously teams were scared off because of the potential price on him, as he has said it would take a lot to keep him from attending Southern Miss where he’s committed to play in college. Whether the Mets get him by signing day or not could be a good indicator of how far the new front office is willing to go for amateur talent.
The Mets also have a pair of high school catchers: Jeff Diehl (23rd round) and Alexis Mercado (40th round) who have yet to sign at a position of great interest to Mets fans. There are also several pitchers selected in the later rounds left unsigned as well as a couple shortstops, including Casey Turgeon, whose brother Erik is currently pitching for Binghamton.
As for some of the guys who have signed:
Michael Fulmer – The supplementary 1st rounder just signed and should begin pitching within a couple weeks, most likely the Gulf Coast League.
Cory Mazzoni (2nd round) & Jack Leathersich (5th round) – Both guys are in Brooklyn, pitching one inning of relief every 5 days after logging a lot of innings during their college seasons. Next year we will get a chance to see them as starters.
Daniel Muno – The shortstop from Fresno State was the 8th round pick and is playing everyday and batting lead off for Brooklyn. He’s not super talented, but he plays hard and plays the game the right way, and he’s hitting .348 after 13 games.
Tyson Seng – The 33rd round pick has pitched 15.2 relief innings in 9 appearances, striking out 12, walking 3 and holding a 0.57 ERA. That’s a promising start.
Gregory Pron – He wasn’t taken until the 42nd round, but Pron is hitting .324 with a .500 slugging percentage in 20 games for Kingsport. Pron is 6’ 6’’, so he has a big frame, which could produce some power if he fills out.