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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PHILADELPHIA – SEPTEMBER 26: Third baseman David Wright #5 of the New York Mets stands in the on deck circle during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 26, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets won 7-3. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /

2) Scott Kazmir

Way back in 2002, the Mets took pitcher Scott Kazmir with the 15th overall pick. You may not know this because the lefty starter never pitched for the Mets. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays where he would make his MLB debut in 2004.

In his 12 seasons, Kazmir went 108-96 with a 4.01 ERA. He pitched almost entirely in the American League with 26 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016 to complete the journey. Like many pitchers from this century, injuries were his biggest problem. Several times in his career, Kazmir failed to pitch more than a handful of games and combined to appear in only 1 between 2011 and 2012.

During his best years, Kazmir was a player teams wanted for a postseason run. It’s unbelievable to me that he made his MLB debut at age 20 and could still be pitching today if not for his body’s failure to hold up. He was a big part of Tampa Bay’s success beginning in 2005 and a guy I would have liked to see on the Mets for at least one season.

1) David Wright

When you make a list of bests involving the Mets, David Wright is bound to find his way on, somehow. Well, the 38th overall pick from the 2001 MLB Draft is the top choice for this one.

What can I say about Wright that Mets fans don’t already know? He’s the Captain. He’s the player that a generation of fans fell in love with. It feels redundant to mention his injuries because so many first-round picks over the last 20 years befell them. In Wright’s case, it’s those injuries which will ultimately keep him out of Cooperstown.

Wright earned multiple All-Star appearances, Gold Gloves, and Silver Sluggers in his career. He holds multiple franchise records, accumulated in the 1585 games he played for the Mets. On the Mount Rushmore of the team, he gets a spot. Wright played the game the right way and it all began with the Mets drafting him in the first-round nearly two full decades ago.

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