New York Mets

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 18 Ike Davis 1B Arizona State Ariz. $1,575,000
The son of former big league reliever Ron Davis, Ike was not a scouts' favorite coming into his junior season. A decorated high school career that included a star turn with Team USA's youth national squad and an MVP award at the 2004 Aflac Classic, and his pitching family pedigree, had most scouts regarding him as a pitcher out of high school. He decided to go to Arizona State rather than sign as a Rays 19th-round pick, and he started on the mound and batted cleanup in his first game as a Sun Devil. He struggled with wood in the Alaska League in 2006 and in the Cape in 2007, when he cut his summer short to have right wrist surgery. He returned to the mound as a closer in 2008 and played first base to keep his arm fresh. He also worked to incorporate his lower half more and was having a banner season, leading the Sun Devils in the triple crown categories as well as saves, before missing time with a ribcage injury. Davis has excellent raw power, comparing to former ASU star Jeff Larish, but he's a much better defender with a better swing and better pitch recognition. Davis is above-average at first base and should be able to play an outfield corner as well due to his plus arm; his below-average speed could limit him to left.
1 22 Reese Havens SS South Carolina S.C. $1,419,000
Coming off a strong showing in the Cape Cod League last summer when he hit .314 with five home runs, Havens positioned himself to be one of the top middle infielders in this draft class. Steady and durable, Havens has been a fixture in the middle of the diamond for the Gamecocks since his freshman year. His consistency in always being in the lineup parallels his consistent improvement offensively and defensively every season since arriving in Columbia. Drafted out of high school by the Rockies in the 29th round, Havens has improved his range, hands and agility and now has the defensive ability and arm strength to stay at shortstop in the professional ranks. He makes up for his lack of foot speed with proper routes to the ball and advanced instincts. At the plate, Havens changed his hand position this season, moving them lower to an unconventional location around the bellybutton. Scouts have split opinions on his new batting style, but he he has hit for better power and average and leads off for a strong South Carolina lineup. He has great makeup and is a prototype "baseball player" with all the intangibles.
1s 33 Brad Holt RHP UNC Wilmington N.C. $1,040,000
Holt emerged this spring as the ace of a surging Seahawks baseball team. His fastball has improved since arriving in Wilmington and now sits between 92-94 mph, touching 96. Not only does he have a big arm, but he is able to maintain his velocity deep into games. However, the major difference between this year's Holt from the past is his vastly improved command. Holt at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, has a perfect pro body with a clean delivery and a first-round arm. He is coordinated and athletic on the mound, attacking hitters with his fastball. The only thing holding him back is the lack of a usable secondary pitch. He offers a slider with loose spin and tends to slow his body and arm down when throwing it. Even though his secondary stuff is in need of refinement, teams will not walk away from the pro body, strong arm and life on the fastball.
2 68 Javier Rodriguez OF Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Gurabo, P.R. P.R. $585,000
Considered one of the better prospects in Puerto Rico heading into the Excellence Tournament that annually draws scouts to see the island's best talent each May, Rodriguez elevated his status after his strong showing there. He is the best pure hitter from Puerto Rico and has good bat speed. With a lean, athletic body, Rodriguez should have the ability to add muscle to his long frame. He shows above-average raw power to the pull side, though there is some length to his swing. Rodriguez is an average to above-average runner, clocking in at 6.7 seconds in the 60-yard dash. Reviews of his fielding are mixed, though his arm is above-average for both the length and carry he gets on the ball and for its accuracy.
3 100 Kirk Nieuwenhuis OF Azusa Pacific (Calif.) Calif. $360,000
Nieuwenhuis entered the season as BA's top-ranked NAIA prospect after being the Alaska League's player of the year last summer. He's physical at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, has good arm strength and has pitched at times in his career. He has a strong swing and hit .400 with 15 home runs this spring for Azusa Pacific.
4 134 Sean Ratliff OF Stanford Calif. $225,000
Stanford's top talent, junior outfielder Sean Ratliff, might have worked into the first-round mix with more polish at the plate. His 18 homers ranked fifth in the Pac-10, he runs well for his 6-foot-3, 225-pound size, and he has enough arm to hit 92 mph off the mound. It's a prototype right-field profile, but Ratliff has an unorthodox swing with holes in it, and he swings and misses a lot. His 72 strikeouts tied for second-worst in Division I entering regional play.
5 164 Dock Doyle C Coastal Carolina S.C. $167,000
The top catching prospect in the state is lefthanded-hitting Dock Doyle from Coastal Carolina. Athletic behind the plate, Doyle has tools that should play at the professional level. He has an average arm and good receiving mechanics. At the plate, Doyle led the Chanticleers with a .365 average and hit 16 home runs.
6 194 Josh Satin 2B California Calif. $25,000
After two difficult springs Satin put it all together as a senior. Satin showed he can hit with wood in the Cape Cod League--he was the league's all-star MVP in 2006--and has above-average bat speed that produces excellent power. He has played mostly second base in college, though many scouts believe he's a better fit in the outfield as a pro due to fringy range and infield actions.
7 224 Mike Hebert RHP Saugus (Calif.) HS Calif. $135,000
8 254 Eric Campbell 3B Boston College Mass. $90,000
Third baseman Eric Campbell has some raw power and a decent approach but has holes offensively and is likely to fare better as a senior sign in 2009.
9 284 Eric Beaulac RHP Le Moyne N.Y. $90,000
Le Moyne righthander Eric Beaulac ranked as the top prospect in the New York Collegiate League last summer but saw his stock drop early this spring as his command and stuff were erratic. He was much better down the stretch, striking out nine in a no-hitter May 10 against Rider and finishing at 9-2, 2.83 with 113 strikeouts and 43 walks in 92 innings. Beaulac's 6-foot-5, 195-pound frame helps him get plenty of sink on his average fastball, which topped out at 93-94 down the stretch. He pitches in the 90-92 range early in games but drops into the high 80s after the fifth or sixth inning, leading some scouts to believe he'll be a reliever in pro ball. He also has failed to develop his changeup, though his slider is back to being an average pitch, and sometimes plus. Beaulac's delivery has some effort and he needs to add strength to his thin frame, but he's a good athlete and fields his position well.
10 314 Brian Valenzuela LHP Vista Murrieta HS, Murrieta, Calif. Calif. $67,500
11 344 Jeff Kaplan RHP Cal State Fullerton Calif.
Six-foot senior righty Jeff Kaplan, the team's steadiest starter in '07, touches the low 90s but works better in the upper 80s with sink. He can spot his fastball and works inside well.
12 374 Mark Cohoon LHP North Central Texas JC Texas
13 404 Scott Shaw RHP Illinois Ill.
14 434 Brandon Moore RHP Indiana Wesleyan Ind.
Righthander Brandon Moore threw a 10-inning complete-game victory with 14 strikeouts at the National Christian College Athletic Association World Series, where Indiana Wesleyan finished second. Not only does Moore have a 90-93 mph fastball and the ability to spin a good 78-80 mph curve, but scouts also like his frame (6-foot-4, 190 pounds) and arm action.
15 464 Jamie Bruno 1B Mandeville (La.) HS La.
16 494 Travis Babin RHP Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif.
17 524 Mitch Houck LHP Central Florida Fla.
18 554 Collin McHugh RHP Berry (Ga.) Ga.
19 584 Zach Rosenbaum RHP UNC-Charlotte N.C.
20 614 Michael Moras C New Haven (Conn.) Conn.
21 644 Jim Fuller LHP Southern Connecticut State Conn.
Fuller went 9-3, 1.39 with 145 strikeouts and 23 walks in 97 innings for Southern Connecticut State as a draft-eligible sophomore this spring. Fuller is undersized at 5-foot-10 and has some effort in his delivery, but he pounds the strike zone with a solid-average 88-91 mph fastball, fringy breaking ball and effective changeup. He profiles as a middle reliever because of his size but could be drafted in the top 10 rounds.
22 674 Chris Schwinden RHP Fresno Pacific (Calif.) Calif.
23 704 Evan LeBlanc OF Santa Clara Calif.
24 734 Kyle Allen RHP Pendleton School, Bradenton, Fla. Fla. $150,000
25 764 Erik Turgeon RHP Connecticut Conn.
Turgeon works in the 88-91 range and flashes a good, hard-breaking mid-70s curveball.
26 794 John Servidio OF Barry (Fla.) Fla.
27 824 Jeff Flagg 1B Mississippi State Miss.
28 854 Jimmy Johnson LHP Biola (Calif.) Calif.
29 884 Mike Giuffre 2B Tottenville HS, Staten Island, N.Y. N.Y.
30 914 Mike Lynn RHP College of Charleston S.C.
31 944 Michael Powers RHP Michigan Mich.
32 974 Mark Grbavac RHP Oregon State Ore.
Righty Mark Grbavac has shown arm strength and a decent curveball in limited looks but got buried on Oregon State's deep staff. He's thrown just 65 innings in three seasons.
33 1004 Neil Medchill OF Oklahoma State Okla.
In his first season at Oklahoma State after transferring from Chandler-Gilbert (Ariz.) CC, outfielder Neil Medchill has displayed impressive athleticism for a 6-foot-4, 200-pounder. He has average speed and plus arm strength, and he'd profile well as a right fielder if he added strength and power. He's a redshirt sophomore with extra leverage, so clubs may wait to see how he progresses in 2009 before offering him a big bonus.
34 1034 Justin Garber OF Shippensburg (Pa.) Pa.
35 1064 Kyle Suire 2B Louisiana-Monroe La.
36 1094 Jake Goldberg RHP College of Charleston S.C.
37 1124 Tim Erickson LHP Lamar Texas
38 1154 Chris Hilliard LHP Itawamba (Miss.) CC Miss.
39 1184 Charlie Hinojosa C Don Lugo HS, Chino, Calif. Calif.
40 1214 Seth Williams OF North Carolina N.C.
41 1244 Tyler Howe C Kentucky Ky.
42 1274 Tim Smith RHP Catawba (N.C.) N.C.
43 1304 Mark McGonigle OF New Orleans La.
44 1334 Jean-Francois Ricard LHP Ahuntsic (Quebec) JC Quebec
45 1362 David Phillips 1B Texarkana (Texas) CC Texas
46 1389 Brian Gump OF UC Santa Barbara Calif.
47 1416 Matt Bischoff RHP Purdue Ind.
48 1443 Tyler Baisley OF Gateway (Ariz.) CC Ariz.
49 1470 Doug McNulty 1B Akron Ohio
50 1497 Kameron Brunty OF Gulf Breeze (Fla.) HS Fla.