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New York Mets all-time best first-round draft picks in franchise history

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: (L-R) New York Mets former players Cleon Jones, Darryl Strawberry, and Mookie Wilson are seen on the field before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game Five of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: (L-R) New York Mets former players Cleon Jones, Darryl Strawberry, and Mookie Wilson are seen on the field before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game Five of the 2015 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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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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