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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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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 21: Mike Pelfrey #34 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on April 21, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

6) Mike Pelfrey

I feel like Mike Pelfrey represents the Mets years he spent in New York well. A career 4.36 ERA and 50-54 record to go with it while in Flushing, the 9th overall selection from 2005 had an underwhelming major league career. Even though he bolted through the minor leagues with an MLB debut the same year he began playing professional baseball, he clearly wasn’t the prince who was promised.

On a positive note, Pelfrey did pitch parts of 12 seasons in the big leagues. In 2008, he won 13 games and finished the year with a 3.72 ERA. Two years later, he won a career-best 15 games and partnered it with a 3.66 ERA.

Pelfrey’s years in the American League after his Mets’ tenure was far worse than anything he did for them. His ERA ballooned and his winning percentage dropped. In the end, he becomes a first-round pick who had a good career but never managed to reach star level.

5. Michael Fulmer

One of the men shipped out to the Detroit Tigers in 2015 in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes, it looked like Michael Fulmer’s MLB career trajectory would put him in Cooperstown. Well, things haven’t been too great for Fulmer since his rookie year. Tommy John Surgery has already knocked him out for all of 2019.

Why, though, would someone like this land so high on the list? Other than looking back at his competition with complete careers above, it’s all about Fulmer’s potential. I’m going to assume the 2016 Rookie of the Year ends up coming back healthy. At the very least, he can continue on with All-Star potential beginning at some point in 2020.

Thus far, the 44th overall selection from the 2011 MLB Draft and former first-round pick of the Mets has gone 24-31 with a 3.81 ERA as a member of the Tigers. The 2018 campaign was a bad one for Fulmer which brings his career totals down significantly. In the next five years, when I re-do this list, there’s no chance he’s still at number five. He’ll either drop a few spots or rise closer to number one.

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