You remember where you were when the 2020 MLB draft took place—at home. That’s pretty easy. It’s the only place you did go all year. The New York Mets and the rest of Major League Baseball took a year off from their typical large draft class and reduced it down to five rounds. Amazingly, only one player from the six picks remains with the organization.
Let’s see, without cheating, if we can figure out where they all went.
Where did the Mets 2020 draft class go to?
Pete Crow-Armstrong was the first-round selection and you probably recall what happened to him. The 19th overall selection was traded last summer to the Chicago Cubs in the deal for Javier Baez and Trevor Williams. This was a layup.
Even easier, second-round draft pick J.T. Ginn was traded just recently to the Oakland Athletics along with Adam Oller (not a 2020 draft pick) for Chris Bassitt. Two down. Three more to go.
The second of the team’s second-round picks was Isaiah Greene. An outfielder, he is now with the Cleveland Guardians. You can piece this together quickly. He was one of the players the Mets traded in order to acquire Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco.
The third-round pick is where I had to cheat. Anthony Walters, a shortstop, was the one player the team moved on from that was not via trade. The team released him last August. After hitting just .156 in his 132 trips to the plate, the roster spot went to someone else.
In round number four, we find ourselves another guy traded at least year’s deadline. Matthew Dyer, a catcher, was moved in the deal for Rich Hill. It’s pretty amazing much the Mets had already subtracted from this draft class before the 2021 season was over.
That’s five total players. Only Eric Orze remains. And, well, he’s actually a guy I have some high hopes for. Orze made it all the way to Triple-A last season which could turn him into yet another Mets trade candidate. As a fifth-round pick, the Mets would consider themselves lucky if he ends up having a large role on the big league team. He’s the last of his clan. It wouldn’t be a shocker if the next major move the Mets make includes him.