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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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WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 16: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets catches a fly ball hit by Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals (not pictured) in the second inning at Nationals Park on May 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

8) Brandon Nimmo

Brandon Nimmo is one of those guys who could easily climb this list in the coming years. Still green to Major League Baseball, he broke out with a terrific season in 2018. He hasn’t been the same through the early part of 2019, but the kid is young and has a knack for getting on base even when he forgets his bat in the dugout.

It may feel like Nimmo is a bit of an underdog, but that can’t be further from the truth. He was the 13th overall selection in 2011. Since making his debut in 2016, we’ve seen a happy-go-lucky kid blossom into a potential leadoff option for the Mets.

The jury is still out on what he will eventually become due in large part to the number of strikeouts he seems to muster up at times. Nimmo’s attitude and willingness to take on any outfield position still makes him an asset in the major leagues. We may see his season numbers go up and down forever. Due to this, it’s tough to put him much higher for now.

7) Ike Davis

Mets fans don’t have too many fond memories of Ike Davis. The 18th overall selection from the 2008 draft joined the major leagues with plenty of hype back in 2010 only to leave us wanting much more.

Davis played well in his rookie year, belting 19 home runs in 601 plate appearances. He added a favorable slash line of .264/.351/.440 which helped make up for shortcomings in other areas. Unfortunately, his final full season with the Mets came two years later in 2012 when he hit 32 home runs but paired it with a .227/.308/.462 batting line.

Sadly, injuries completely curtailed his baseball career. When healthy, he didn’t perform well either. Davis hopped to a couple of different teams in the middle part of this decade, never living up to the lofty expectations everyone had for the former first-round pick. In the right situation with a better team around him, maybe things would have ended differently.

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