Can No. 13 be lucky for the Mets?
It’s no real secret, but Major League Baseball just officially released order for the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, which begins June 6 and runs three days. The Mets pick 13th, six spots lower than when they selected Matt Harvey a year ago. They also have the 44th overall pick as compensation for the Yankees signing Pedro Feliciano. Their second-round pick is 71st overall, then they make a selection every 30 picks thereafter.
It will represent the first real test for Mets vice president of player development and amateur scouting Paul DePodesta, who has spent most of the last three months visiting Draft candidates around the country. He and general manager Sandy Alderson will look to atone for some of the organization’s Draft mistakes of the past.
Then again, not all of the team’s recent selections have been bad. Though they have whiffed on top picks such as Eddie Kunz and Kevin Mulvey, the Mets have scored with selections such as Ike Davis, Josh Thole and Jon Niese.
As for Harvey, last year’s seventh overall pick? So far, so good. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound right-hander has struck out 17 batters in 11 innings for Class A St. Lucie, giving up eight hits, four walks and no runs. He has also flashed the high-90s velocity he showcased in Minor League camp this spring, leading Alderson to say: “Those are positives, definitely.”
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