The best first round draft picks the Mets have made at each position

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NY Mets first round draft pick LF Michael Conforto

Although you got to know Michael Conforto well as the team’s right fielder in recent seasons, he spent the earlier part of his career playing a lot of left field. And for the sake of this team, it’s where he’s going to play.

Conforto was the 10th overall pick in 2014. Only a year later, he was with the big league club helping them make a run to the 2015 World Series. He has yet to suit up for another big league team but with his active free agency ahead of the 2022 season, he is bound to land elsewhere.

Scooter’s Mets totals include a .255/.356/.468 slash line and 132 home runs. As gifted as he was, Conforto only made one All-Star team and never received even slight consideration for the MVP.

NY Mets first round draft pick CF Lee Mazzilli

In the darkest years of the Mets, Lee Mazzilli was one of the bright spots. He was the 14th overall pick in 1973. First debuting with the club in 1976, he stayed with them through 1981 and returned in the latter part of the decade just in time for the 1986 late-season run.

Mazzilli would manage to spend parts of ten seasons with the Mets where he’d hit .264/.357/.396. He stole 152 bases and in 1979 he represented the club in the All-Star Game.

Despite being a below-average fielder in center fielder, I wouldn’t take any other players for this fictional Mets team.

NY Mets first round draft pick RF Darryl Strawberry

We end this roster with one of the big boppers. The all-time home run king in Mets history, Darryl Strawberry was also the first overall pick in the 1980 draft. He’s our right fielder and a core member of this lineup.

Strawberry was an All-Star each season from 1984-1990. Four times he finished in the top 10 of the MVP vote. His 252 home runs with the Mets has gone unchallenged.

Easily a top three first-round draft pick in Mets history, his addition gives this lineup a lot more credibility.

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