Traditional Egg & Vegetable w/Salsa Labor Day Wrap Traditional Egg & Vegetable w/Salsa Labor Day Wrap 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.   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.   His final numbers in 142 at bats were .176/.273/.268.   He did show some improvement after the NYPL All-Star break hitting .238/.319/.286 from then on.   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.   He had a fine month of July going .303/.361/.447.   He did better in away games, batting .298 outside of Kingsport.   He stole 14 bases in 16 attempts.
  • 7th round - Darin Gorski: the college LHP pitched in 13 games, starting 11, for Brooklyn.   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.   For the season walks seem to have been the negative.   He allowed just 51 hits in his 62 1/3 innings, but walked 26.   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.   He finished strong with a .308/.383/.462 line in 52 August at bats.   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.
Nick salutes one of his 6 home runs