Mets signed 20 draft picks
By Michelle Ioannou
On Sunday, the Mets announced that they signed 20 draft picks.
Unfortunately, as we know, this did not include Edgardo Alfonzo‘s son, Daniel Alfonzo, who chose to forgo signing and instead honor his commitment to Adelphi University. It would have been great to see him in the Mets organization, but hopefully they’ll draft him again in three or four years.
The signings did include RHP Tony Dibrell, the fourth-round pick from Kennesaw State. Dibrell’s arsenal of pitches includes a fastball that can hit 96 mikes per hour, a good curveball and change-up that he can locate for strikes. He’s also quite comfortable with his slider as well. Sounds like a pretty good base to start with right?
Sixth-round pick Marcel Renteria was also signed, another RHP. Renteria was describe by National Prospect Writer for D1 Baseball Frankie Piliere as a “high octane arm” and his fastball sits between 94-97 mph. However, this past spring, he even reached 99 mph.
RHP Connor O’Neil, the Mets seventh-round pick from Cal State Northridge was also signed. O’Neil serves as his team’s closer, throws lots of sliders, and has a fastball that sits between 90 – 93 mph.
Eighth-round pick RHP Trey Cobb also signed with the organization. This past season with Oklahoma State he posted a 3.37 ERA. He is ranked 189th on Baseball America’s ranking of right-handed pitchers.
RHP Cannon Chadwick, the ninth-round pick by the Mets from the University of Arkansas signed as well. In the past four seasons of NCAA ball, he posted a 2.49 ERA and struck out a total of 126 batters.
And, you guessed it, the 10th-round pick signed as well — another RHP, Stephen Villines from the University of Kansas. In 43.1 innings pitched, he has a total of 54 strikeouts and only five walks.
Yes, I know, I only highlighted six of the twenty signings above. Here is a list of the rest of the draft picks who signed with the organization:
- 13th-round pick RHP Nate Peden from University High School (Fla.)
- 15th-round pick infielder Dylan Snypes from Oral Roberts University
- 18th-round pick infielder Carl Stajduhar from University of New Mexico
- 21st-round pick LHP Aaron Ford from Tennessee Wesleyan College
- 22nd-round pick RHP Joshua Payne from West Texas A&M
- 23rd-round pick LHP Jose Sierra from Monroe College
- 24th-round pick RHP Joe Cavallaro from the University of South Florida
- 26th-round pick infielder Gavin Garay from St. Petersburgh College
- 27th-round pick RHP Billy Oxford from Azusa Pacific University
- 28th-round pick infielder Jeremy Vasquez from Nova Southeastern University
- 29th-round pick RHP Liam McCall from First Coast High School (Fla.)
- 31st-round pick RHP Ryan Selmer from the University of Maryland
- 36th-round pick catcher Robby Kidwell from Brunswick Community College
- 39th-round pick RHP Noah Nunez from Santana High School (Calif.)
Yup, that’s right, a total of thirteen RHPs and fifteen pitchers in total were signed by the Mets on Sunday. Sensing a trend here?
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For a list of all who were picked by the Mets in the 2017 draft:
First round: LHP David Peterson
Second round: 3B Mark Vientos
Third round: OF Quinn Brodey
Fourth round: RHP Tony Dibrell
Fifth round: OF Matt Winaker
Sixth – tenth rounds