1) David Wright
In 2001, the Metropolitans had two picks in the first round of the draft. With their first selection, they took Aaron Heilman, With the second and 38th overall, they landed David Wright.
The Wright pick was awarded to the Mets for losing Mike Hampton in free agency. I think all Mets fans will agree this was a fair trade.
Wright hit well in the minor leagues. He would reach the majors in 2004, quickly becoming a fan-favorite. By 2006, Wright was an All-Star and one of the best third basemen in baseball. He won multiple Gold Gloves and is near the top in several offensive categories in the team’s history.
Everyone knows how important Wright was for the Mets during his playing days. Though not officially retired, it’s hard to believe Wright ever comes back.
When discussing his legacy, he doesn’t need to. Wright is the greatest Mets player taken in the first-round.
Among all of the players discussed here, I do believe the Captain had the best shot at making it into Cooperstown. Only because his body didn’t hold up will we be left wondering what could have been.
Instead, we’re left with a tremendous legacy from an amazing player.
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