With the decade coming to a close, we take a look back at the top players the New York Mets drafted each year since 2010.
The New York Mets have drafted many talented players over the last few years. It’s always fun to track the progress of past draftees. So, let’s take a look at the best players the Mets have drafted each year since 2010 whether they’ve arrived to the big leagues yet or not.
2010: Jacob deGrom
This is the easiest one on the list. Jacob deGrom was definitely a draft steal: one of those players who no one knew or cared about who ended up becoming elite. If only the rest of the league knew what they were missing.
deGrom was selected by the Mets in the ninth round of the 2010 draft. He had his ups and downs in the minors but was given a chance to show the world his talents in the majors in 2014 and never looked back.
deGrom is the ace of the Mets’ rotation, has been one of baseball’s best pitchers since, and has not shown any signs of slowing down. In fact, in 2018, he was baseball’s best pitcher, posting an MLB-best 1.70 ERA and winning the NL Cy Young Award. That was one of the best season-long pitching performances most of us have ever seen, and deGrom deserves all the praise he has received.
While not as sharp as he was last season, deGrom is still fantastic in 2019: he is fourth in the majors with a 2.61 ERA and currently leads the NL in strikeouts. Since making his debut, deGrom has also won NL Rookie of the Year and has been selected to the All-Star Game three times. During this past offseason, he signed an extension, so he’ll be sticking around for some time.
Fans are hoping their best player will help carry them to the postseason for years to come.
Honorable Mention: Matt Harvey
He came with baggage and is definitely at a low-point in his career, but it would be unfair to leave Matt Harvey off this list.
Harvey was the Mets’ first pick of the 2010 draft. At one point, some were saying he was the best player to come out of that draft (even better than Bryce Harper and Manny Machado). He took the league by storm from the get-go, posting a sub-three ERA in 2012, 2013, and 2015 (he missed the 2014 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery).
He was so electric that he earned the nickname “The Dark Knight” and people thought he was a threat to the likes of Clayton Kershaw.
Even though Harvey’s insistence to come out and pitch the ninth inning of Game Five of the 2015 World Series arguably cost the Mets the game and the title, Harvey was fantastic during that entire postseason run, and much of the credit must be given to him for the Mets’ success that season.
Harvey caused some drama during his time in New York, and his performance after 2015 deteriorated greatly. Things got so bad that the Mets traded him in 2018. Since then, he has played with the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Angels, and he was terrible with both teams.
He was designated for assignment by the Angels and signed a minor league deal with the Oakland A’s a few days ago. Does Harvey still have anything left in the tank? Can he get his career back on track? Time will only tell.