The 2014 MLB Amateur Draft is this Thursday, and the Mets have the 10th overall pick. Over the last three years, the Mets have selected high school players with their first pick, drafting Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini, and Dominic Smith in 2011, 2012, and 2013 respectively. This year, all signs point to the Mets taking a player from the college ranks.
Jun 19, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; Oregon State Beavers outfielder Michael Conforto (8) hits during their College World Series game against the Indiana Hoosiers at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Dave Weaver-USA Today Sports
According to most of the experts (Jim Callis, Keith Law, etc.) and mock drafts, it’s expected that the Mets are very likely to select either SS Trea Turner from NC State, LHP Sean Newcomb from Hartford or OF Michael Conforto from Oregon State.
Of the three, most have Turner falling off the board before the Mets pick.
That would leave the Mets with two of their top three targets, unless a team like the Cubs swoops in and snags Conforto early. Jim Callis’ latest mock draft has the Cubs selecting Conforto with the 4th overall pick.
Most, however, feel that there’s a good chance Conforto will be there when the Mets make their first round selection.
Here are video profiles of Newcomb and Conforto from MLB.com:
Sean Newcomb, LHP, 21-year-old college junior from Hartford –
Michael Conforto, OF, 21-year-old college junior from Oregon State –