New York Mets

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
2 72 Steve Matz LHP Melville HS, East Setauket, N.Y. N.Y. $895,000
The consensus top prep pitching prospect in the Northeast, Matz offers plenty of projection as well as good present stuff. For most of the spring, Matz sat in the 89-91 mph range, but he routinely ran his fastball up to 93-94, and the pitch has some glove-side life. Scouts particularly like the way he attacks hitters inside with his heater. He also shows a solid-average changeup with good deception that sometimes rates as plus. He began throwing a slider midway through the season, but most scouts prefer his 73-75 mph three-quarters curveball, which flashes average to plus but more often rates as a below-average offering at this stage. Matz has a big, projectable frame at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, but there are some questions about his durability because he had trouble staying healthy for a full season until this year. He also needs to work on his delivery, as he tends to cut himself off and has a head jerk. There is some risk with Matz, but he has enough upside that some team is very likely to take him in the top three rounds and buy him out of a commitment to Coastal Carolina.
3 103 Robbie Shields SS Florida Southern Fla. $315,000
Shields wasn't highly recruited despite a strong senior season in high school, when he hit 18 homers for Pasco High. He wound up at Division II Florida Southern and was having a solid college career, hitting .348 as a sophomore with nine home runs. Still, he was not a well-known commodity before he went to the Cape Cod League. In a short stint with Cotuit, he burst on the scene as a potential first-round pick. Ten games into his stint there, he was hitting .429 with two home runs, but a hurt his right wrist sliding head-first into third base. He wound up staying for five more games before shutting down his summer with what proved to be a hairline fracture and some ligament damage. Shields has had plenty of scrutiny this season as the top talent in the competitive Sunshine State Conference and has had some draftitis, as he had just five homers after hitting 17 in his first two seasons. Shields showed early-round tools with strength in his hands, average speed and middle-infield actions, but he's more likely an offensive second baseman or perhaps a third baseman in the David Bell mode rather than a true shortstop. His modest spring performance likely drops him into the third-round range, but he still has a shot to challenge the second-round record set by Moccasins alumni Lance Niekro (1999) and Brett Tomko (1995).
4 134 Darrell Ceciliani OF Columbia Basin (Wash.) CC Wash. $204,300
Madras, Ore., has a population of about 5,000, so when a player from there gets compared to Madras' most famous resident--Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury--it attracts attention. Columbia Basin CC outfielder Darrell Ceciliani has drawn such comparisons, though he's not quite on Ellsbury's level athletically and some scouts have questions about his bat. Ceciliani didn't play for travel teams growing up, instead spending his summers working on his family's cattle farm. A broken hand his junior year of high school moved him even further off the radar, but he developed a relationship with Columbua Basin associate coach Jeremy Beard. Like Ellsbury, Ceciliani is 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, but he looks a little bulkier. He bats and throws lefthanded and is up at the plate looking to put the ball in play and use his above-average speed (6.58 seconds over 60 yards) to get on base. Ceciliani hasn't faced good pitching, yet can get jammed even against below-average velocity in the NWAACC and has just warning-track power with wood during batting practice.
5 164 Damien Magnifico RHP North Mesquite HS, Mesquite, Texas Texas
Another raw righthander drawing interest is Damien Magnifico, who has touched 94-95 mph. Though he's just 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, he generates his velocity mostly with a quick arm rather than effort. Magnifico's fastball is fairly straight, and his curveball and command are quite raw, so he's still a work in progress. Though he hasn't committed to a four-year school and is ticketed for Howard JC, he'll be unsignable if reports that he wants a seven-figure bonus are true.
6 194 David Buchanan RHP Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
Teammate David Buchanan, a righthander, has a much bigger arm, running his four-seam fastball up to 96 mph and sitting at 90-94. He lacks control due to a poor delivery, but his arm works well and he has athleticism so he could smooth things out. At times his curveball gives him a second plus pitch. He works hard but has to learn to get people out, rather than pitching for the radar gun and scouts.
7 224 Darin Gorski LHP Kutztown (Pa.) Pa. $118,000
Gorski ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Atlantic Collegiate League last summer, when he went 7-0, 1.33 with 78 strikeouts and 15 walks in 61 innings. He followed that up with another strong spring, going 8-2, 2.17 with 100 strikeouts in 79 innings. Gorski has a big, physical frame at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, but he lacks plus velocity, working mostly in the 86-89 mph range and topping out at 90-91. His 12-to-6 curveball is usually below-average but flashes average at times, and his changeup projects as an average pitch. Gorski's greatest assets are his feel for pitching and durability, and he could sneak into the 10-to-12-round range.
8 254 Taylor Freeman C McNeese State La. $100,000
Taylor Freeman is a lefthanded-hitting catcher with some power, though his swing can get long at times. The 6-foot-2, 192-pounder has a solid arm but needs to improve his receiving and agility. He was drafted in the 41st round out of high school by the Tigers, and he spent his first college season at Seminole State (Okla.) JC.
9 284 Jeff Glenn C Winter Haven (Fla.) HS Fla. $150,000
10 314 Nick Santomauro OF Dartmouth N.H. $82,000
Santomauro was the Ivy League player of the year, batting .377/.456/.630 with eight homers and 37 RBIs to lead the Big Green to regionals for the first time since 1987. He's just a junior, and it's hard to imagine any club buying him out of his senior year at Dartmouth, but he figures to be a quality senior sign in 2010. Santumauro has a lean, loose frame with some "buggy-whip" in his swing. He has some power, but it's all to the pull side. Ivy coaches praise him for being a tough out who seldom strikes out. He's a decent corner outfielder with a solid arm.
11 344 Sam Honeck 1B Tulane La.
First baseman Sam Honeck had a disappointing 2008 season for Tulane, batting .275 with seven homers after starring for two years at Grayson County (Texas) CC. He was slow to recover from surgery in December 2007, having screws put in his foot to repair a break he sustained in high schools. Fully healthy and less pull-conscious as a senior, he hit .313 with 16 homers. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder has lefthanded power to all fields and a patient approach, though he does have some holes in his swing and will strike out. He's not much of an athlete but plays a solid first base.
12 374 James Ewing 2B Southern Mississippi Miss.
13 404 Zach Dotson LHP Effingham County HS, Springfield, Ga. Ga. $500,000
Scouts had seen steady improvement from Georgia signee Zach Dotson, who sat from 87-88 mph with his fastball and touches 91. Both his curveball and changeup have flashed potential. Dotson tightened up his body thanks to a distance running program that helped him lose 25 pounds. He didn't show the same velocity this spring that he showed last summer, but he has athletic ability and has three average pitches, so he stands out among the state's pitching prospects.
14 434 R.J. Harris OF Northwood (Texas) Texas
15 464 Casey Schmidt RHP San Diego Calif.
16 494 Chase Greene OF West Boca Raton (Fla.) Community HS Fla. $125,000
17 524 Alex Gregory OF Radford Va.
18 554 Cody Holliday OF Wilmington (Del.) Del.
19 584 Nelfi Zapata C English HS, Jamaica Plain, Mass. Mass.
Another Massachusetts talent likely heading to a junior college power is catcher Neifi Zapata. A sturdy, physical backstop with a strong arm, Zapata has a chance to be a good receiver, though his actions are a bit stiff currently. Zapata's bat is raw, and he'll likely wind up at Miami Dade CC.
20 614 Joey August OF Stanford Calif.
21 644 Joe Bonfe 3B Sierra (Calif.) JC Calif.
22 674 Zach Von Tersch RHP Georgia Tech Ga.
Righthander Zach Von Tersch has three average to fringe-average pitches. His fastball, which sits at 88-92 mph, is his best offering. He hasn't filled out the projections scouts put on his 6-foot-5, 215-pound frame and didn't perform well this season.
23 704 John Church RHP West Florida Fla.
24 734 Michael Johnson RHP Concordia (Texas) Texas
25 764 Josh Dunn 3B Sickles HS, Tampa Fla. $125,000
26 794 John Semel OF Chapman (Calif.) Calif.
27 824 Kurt Steinhauer OF Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) Calif.
28 854 Brian Needham RHP Lamar Texas
29 884 ZeErika McQueen OF East Central (Miss.) CC Miss.
30 914 Jordan Harrison LHP New Caney (Texas) HS Texas
31 944 Mitch Haniger OF Archbishop Mitty HS, San Jose Calif.
32 974 T.J. Chism LHP La Salle Pa.
Chism's numbers aren't pretty (1-3, 7.80 in 30 innings), and some scouts have seen him work around 85-86 mph and get hit hard. Others have seen him much better in relief, working in the 92-93 range with a promising slider. Chism is a good athlete with a quick arm, and some scouts project him to throw in the mid-90s with an average slider if he can make a couple of adjustments in pro ball.
33 1004 James Schroeder 3B Southern Arkansas Ark.
34 1034 Cam Maron C Hicksville (N.Y.) HS N.Y.
35 1064 Wes Wrenn RHP The Citadel S.C.
The Bulldogs have a pair of solid senior signs in righthander Wes Wrenn and outfielder Sonny Meade. Wrenn has three fringe-average to average pitches, with an 88-92 mph fastball and changeup being his best offerings. He's just 5-foot-10 and projects as a middle reliever.
36 1094 Lance Hoge LHP Kansas State Kan.
37 1124 Brandon Sage LHP South Alabama Ala.
38 1154 Will Cherry OF Florida Southern Fla.
39 1184 Taylor Whitenton RHP Darton (Ga.) JC Ga.
40 1214 Jerome Pena 2B Western Nevada CC Nev.
Jerome Pena was a high school shortstop, and he played right field and pitched a little last year. This season he went behind the plate for the first time and showed promise. He's athletic back there with a strong arm. A switch-hitter, Pena came on strong late in the season, hitting home runs in both games against Central Arizona in to clinch a berth for Western Nevada in the Junior College World Series. He's committed to Texas Christian but is considered signable.
41 1244 Travis Ozga 1B Florida Atlantic Fla.
42 1274 Ryan Gunhouse C Clear Creek HS, League City, Texas Texas
43 1304 Bobby Rinard OF Yavapai (Ariz.) JC Ariz.
Right fielder Bobby Rinard has a good arm and can run, but he's raw offensively. He has the athleticism and tools to be a late-round pick, though he'll more likely end up at Southern California.
44 1334 James Wooster LHP Alvin (Texas) CC Texas
45 1364 Jake Johansen RHP Allen (Texas) HS Texas
46 1394 Trey Pilkington RHP Oxford (Ala.) HS Ala.
47 1424 Ryan Mollica 2B Florida International Fla.
48 1454 Joe Mantiply LHP Tunstall HS, Dry Fork, Va. Va.
49 1484 Josh Easley RHP Weatherford (Texas) HS Texas
50 1514 Zack Godley RHP Bamberg-Ehrhardt HS, Bamberg, S.C. S.C.