Round 9 – Jacob deGrom
Well, this is an easy one. As you can imagine, the ninth round hasn’t been flush with talent. In 2010, this changed when the Mets selected 2018 Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom.
What can we say about deGrom that we haven’t said before? He’s not a Hall of Famer, but he has consistently been one of the best pitchers in the National League since his debut.
It’s not completely unheard of for the number 272 draft pick to make it to the big leagues. Before deGrom, notable names include Ryan Freel and Morgan Ensberg. deGrom has outperformed them already. Because of this, we can write Big Jake’s name in ink as the best Mets draft pick in the ninth round.
Round 10 – Luis Guillorme
To finish it off, we get to one final underwhelming round of the draft. The Mets have taken a few big leagues in this round. A few of the best include Matt Lindstrom, Garrett Atkins, and Curtis Pride. None played a game for the Mets.
Unfortunately, this means Luis Guillorme is by default the best draft pick in our first double-digit round. His career -0.3 WAR entering the 2019 season holds very little weight. I suppose I’m putting him here merely for the potential to overtake the other lackluster names I could choose from.
At best, Guillorme is the back-up-to-the-back-up. Although he can field well, his bat leaves a lot to be desired. Hopefully, he either develops into a better player or the Mets do find a gem in a future tenth round.
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