Brett Baty and other third basemen the Mets have taken in the first round of the draft
By Alan Karmin
David Wright would be the lowest selection of all the third basemen but would be the best draft pick in New York Mets history
David Wright was drafted in 2001 with the 38th selection out of Hickory High School in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Wright spent three seasons in the Mets minor leagues before his call up in 2004. He enjoyed success all along the way and had some pretty gaudy stats. He wasn’t rushed, yet he made it to the Mets to stay, and flourish, at the age of 21.
It’s safe to say that the Mets got great value with a late first round pick, and they were rewarded for remaining patient with Wright and he climbed the organization’s ladder.
Wright turned out to be everything you could have hoped for. Obviously his stats speak volumes - .296 BA, .376 OBP, 242 HR, 970 RBI, 196 SB, 949 Runs, 7 All-Star appearances, 2 Gold Gloves, and 2 Silver Slugger Awards– for a career derailed and cut short by a serious back injury. But he was more than that. He was a great teammate, a great team spokesperson, he was...the team captain…Captain America.
David Wright really had no one in front of him to impeded his ascent to the Big Leagues. And, the Mets were awful when he arrived. Brett Baty is competing to make a team that has a lot of talent already on the roster. So the Mets can ease him along like they did Wright before him. Still, it will be interesting to see how Baty ranks among his other first-round counterparts. Does he follow along with the success achieved by David Wright, or does his fade away like Eddie Williams and Chris Donnels?