Hopefully they'll grow into MetsThroughout the day TRDMB will be taking a brief look at the young men that The New York Mets select in the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft.   Please check back here for any updates.
  • The Mets had no first round pick.   Their pick was sent to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as compensation for the signing of free agent Francisco Rodriguez.
  • Round 2, Pick 72 - Steven Matz, r/l, lhp, Ward Melville High School, East Setauket, NY.   For more information, as well as some video of Matz on the mound, please visit this link.   For a scouting report on him published in the New York Post before he was drafted, click here.   Matz had committed to playing collegiate ball at Coastal Carolina.   For their perspective on potentially losing him, and to find out what kind of signing bonus Matz is expecting from the Mets, click here.   For Newsday's log of the Ward Melville HS baseball team's season, click here.   To completely overdose on all things Matz, visit Perfect Game USA here.   Post draft interview and more video here.   Article and pic here.   Interview and pic here.
  • Round 3, Pick 103 - Robert Shields, r/r, ss, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL.   For some video of Shields hitting, click here.   In the interest of full disclosure I'm not sure if this is the same person or not, but you can find a brief scouting report on a 2B/SS from Florida named Robbie Shields here.   Apparently Robbie and Robert are indeed the same guy, tampabay.com has an interview with Robbie after he was selected by the Mets here.   Also theledger.com has a picture and an interview with his college coach here.
  • Round 4, Pick 134 - Darrell Ceciliani, l/l, cf, Columbia Basin CC.   For scouting video, click here.   If you are a paying member of scout.com (I am not) you can read a Q & A with Darrell here.   At tri-cityherald.com there are some stats of his here.   You can find a 3-week old interview with his proud grandmother here.   Darrell sounds as if he has a good attitude in these quotes leading up to his college tournament here.   Nice interview and pic here.
  • Round 5, Pick 164 - Damien Magnifico, l/r, rhp, North Mesquite HS.   Damien's profile on HS sports social networking site Takkle can be found here.   His junior year stats are here.   NY Post article here.   They mention his 94mph fastball here.
  • Round 6, Pick 194 - David Buchanan, r/r, rhp, Chipola JC.   For scouting video, click here.   Paying members of scout.com can read his Q & A here.   NY Post brief scouting report here.
  • Round 7, Pick 224 - Darin Gorski, l/l, lhp, Kutztown University.   For scouting video, click here.   Incredibly in depth analysis of Darin by RBI Magazine here.   The College Baseball Blog listed him as their #1 Atlantic Collegiate Summer League prospect here.   The Allentown Morning Call has some stats here.   The Reading Eagle places him on the All-PSAC 1st team here.   The "Golden Bear with the Golden Arm" here.   NY Post scouting info here.
  • Round 9, Pick 284 - Jeffrey Glenn, r/r, c, Winter Haven HS.   Read about his participation in the Polk County All-Star Game here.   What college he might attend if he doesn't sign and a pic here.
  • Round 10, Pick 314 - Nick Santomauro, l/r, rf, Dartmouth College.   Perfect Game USA has some old scouting info on Nick from when he was in HS here.   His Dartmouth sports bio is here.   A 3 week old interview with him is here.   Nice article which notes he is Ivy League Player of the Year here.
  • Round 11, Pick 344 - Samuel Honeck, l/l, 1b, Tulane University.   His Tulane bio is here.   The Baseball Cube has some stats here.   He is listed on the All-Conference USA 1st team here.
  • Round 12, Pick 374 - James Ewing, r/r, 2b, University of Southern Mississippi.   His Southern Miss profile here.   The Hattiesburg American describes him as slick fielding here.   ESPN spoke with him about the college tournament here.   This might be his old profile here.
  • Round 13, Pick 404 - Zachary Dotson, l/l, lhp, Effingham County HS.   Some scouting video here.   Examples of his hitting and pitching exploits here.
  • Round 14, Pick 434 - Ronald Harris, l/l, cf, Northwood University.   Player of the year in the Red River Athletic Conference.
  • Round 17, Pick 524 - Alexander Gregory, r/r, of, Radford University.   Alex's own blog here.   Story about his batting eye here.   They think he's one of the three best pure hitters in the Big South Conference here.
  • Round 18, Pick 554 - Cody Holliday, l/l, of, Wilmington University.   Cody named ECAC player of the year here.   Cody as veteran leader of his college team here.
  • Round 19, Pick 584 - Nelfi Zapata, r/r, c, English HS.   If this video is truly him, he looks strong.   Nice article on him from the Boston Globe here.   Short video of impressive swing here.   Quick quote to the Boston Herald about being drafted here.   Multiple pics, stats and links here.
  • Round 21, Pick 644 - Joseph Bonfe, r/r, 3b, Sierra JC.
  • Round 22, Pick 674 - Zachary Von Tersch, r/r, rhp, Georgia Tech.   For scouting video, click here.   His Tech bio is here.   He has a geocities page here.   Perhaps you'd like to follow him on Facebook.   Some baseball cube stats here.   Perfect Game USA HS scouting report here.
  • Round 24, Pick 734 - Michael Johnson, r/r, rhp, Concordia University.   How he became pitcher of the week in March here.
  • Round 25, Pick 764 - Josh Dunn, r/r, 3b, Sickles HS.   Scouting report and links to 7 videos of Josh here.
  • Round 26, Pick 794 - John Semel, r/r, of, Chapman University.   Some February praise for John here.   Apparently he's not only an OF, he was also Chapman's closer here.   The whole Chapman U squad's statistics, including John's, here.
  • Round 27, Pick 824 - Kurt Steinhauer, r/r, of, Point Loma Nazarene University.   Kurt's bio from Point Loma here.   Pic of Kurt after he hit a HR in the NAIA World Series here.   Kurt made his all-conference team here.
  • Round 28, Pick 854 - Brian Needham, r/r, rhp, Lamar University.   Brian's stats on Baseball Cube here.   His Lamar U bio here.
  • Round 29, Pick 884 - ZeErika Hall, r/r, of, East Central CC.   The Newton Record has some info on ZeErika here.
  • Round 30, Pick 914 - Jordan Harrison, r/l, lhp, New Caney HS.   Pic of him batting in March and article here.
That's it for today's picks.   Tomorrow rounds 31-50 finish the draft.