New York Mets History

New York Mets top ten first-round draft picks since the year 2000

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 12: (L-R) Michael Conforto #8 and Brandon Nimmo #9 of the U.S. Team talks during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game against the World Team at the Great American Ball Park on July 12, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 12: (L-R) Michael Conforto #8 and Brandon Nimmo #9 of the U.S. Team talks during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game against the World Team at the Great American Ball Park on July 12, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 09: Kevin Plawecki #26 of the New York Mets rounds third base after hitting a two-run homer against the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning at Citi Field on September 9, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images) /

10) Kevin Plawecki

In terms of first-round picks, Kevin Plawecki is a rather underwhelming one. In his four years with the Mets, the lifetime backup catcher played in 237 games while hitting .218/.308/.330. He had a reputation for playing average defense at best, thus resulting in a less than stellar selection when the Mets took him 35th overall in 2012.

Following the 2018 season where he received a career-high 277 plate appearances with the Mets, the team traded him to the Cleveland Indians in the offseason. As he approaches 30, we can safely assume he’ll never develop into a star.

Plawecki is a career backup who may stick around for several more seasons. As long as he is a warm body, there may be a job for him until he decides to hang up his shin guards for good.

9) Aaron Heilman

The first-round picks get better, but for now, we have to get a few of those non-favorite Mets out of the way. This includes pitcher Aaron Heilman whose career with the Mets included some messy seasons with the team.

Heilman was the 18th overall pick in 2001. He pitched 305 games for the Mets and a bunch more for the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks in the years that followed. While in New York, Heilman compiled a 22-33 record with a 4.24 ERA. He did have a successful run in the team’s bullpen from 2005-2007, finishing each of those seasons with an ERA in the 3.00s.

Unfortunately, Heilman is best remembered for allowing some big home runs. Specifically, a two-run shot versus Yadier Molina in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS stands out. This is the legacy he left with Mets fans. Despite some otherwise successful campaigns, this is the lasting image in orange and blue.

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