New York Mets

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 7 Matt Harvey RHP North Carolina N.C. $2,525,000
Harvey entered 2007 as the No. 1 high school prospect in the country, just ahead of fellow North Carolina recruit Rick Porcello. While Porcello signed with the Tigers as a first-rounder that year, Harvey was an unsigned third-rounder of the Angels. Five days after Porcello made his big league debut in 2009, Harvey took a loss in a mid-week relief appearance for the Tar Heels against High Point. That was probably the low point of Harvey's career, as he struggled as a sophomore. As a junior, though, he has regained his mojo. Scouts agree that Harvey's arm action is longer now than it was in 2007 but they aren't sure why. It affects his command, as it's harder for him to repeat his delivery and find the same release point. When he does, Harvey has explosive stuff, and he has worked harder than ever, thanks to improved maturity, to improve his balance and tempo. As a result, Harvey has pitched like an ace, with only one clunker start (against Duke) this spring and several gems, including a 158-pitch, 15-strikeout complete game at Clemson. His final pitch was 96 mph, which is usually where Harvey sits when he's right, in the 92-96 mph range. Once the owner of a power curveball, Harvey now prefers a hard slider that at times sits in the mid-80s with depth and late finish. Some scouts have given it a well-above-average grade. His changeup is just fair, and Harvey's command is below-average. With his stuff, he just needs control, and he has thrown enough strikes this year to get back into the first-round conversation.
3 89 Blake Forsythe C Tennessee Tenn. $392,400
The younger brother of former Arkansas star and current Padres farmhand Logan Forsythe, Blake chose to stay in the Volunteer state after attending high school in Memphis. Forsythe broke though with a first-team all-Southeastern Conference sophomore season, showing his brother's trademark patience (40 walks) as well as above-average raw power. He followed that with a strong summer for USA Baseball's college national team and entered the spring as a potential first-round pick. He maintained the power production as a junior, but in most other facets of his game Forsythe was struggling. He came out of the gate slowly and scouts thought he was pressing. Forsythe always has had swing-and-miss issues and has struggled even more with breaking balls this season. His patience at times fell into passivity, leading to more strikeouts. Forsythe's defensive tools include a plus arm—he threw out 35 percent of basestealers this season—and fringe-average receiving and blocking skills. Forsythe performed better as the year wore on and would benefit from a regional bid for the Volunteers. With college catching always at a premium, Forsythe could go anywhere from the third round to the seventh.
4 122 Cory Vaughn OF San Diego State Calif. $240,300
Vaughn is the son of Greg Vaughn, the former major league slugger who hit 355 career home runs. The younger Vaughn first caught the attention of scouts at the 2006 Area Code Games, where he flashed a powerful arm and plus speed, in the 6.7-second range. Blessed with an Adonis body at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Corey got off to a blazing start in his freshman year at San Diego State, but since has been something of an underachiever. He often struggles with breaking pitches and stuff down and away, though he looked better late this spring and ran his numbers to .378/.454/.606 with nine homers. Vaughn shows hints of his terrific tools, with 15 steals in 16 tries, but his swing-and-miss tendencies hinder his raw power. He had 55 strikeouts in 188 at-bats this season and 180 in 592 at-bats for his career. Still, Vaughn does have an athletic big league frame, and his arm, speed and power, combined with his major league lineage, will no doubt prompt a team to take a chance.
5 152 Matt den Dekker OF Florida Fla. $110,000
Den Dekker was recruited as a pitcher and hitter at Florida, and he has a strong arm that helps make him one of college baseball's better defenders in center field. He has plus range, tracks balls well and plays hard. He was a preseason second-team All-American in 2009 after playing for Team USA the previous summer, but he never quite got going for the Gators and wound up falling to the 16th round of the draft after his junior season. He didn't sign and returned for his senior season, and has a chance to be one of the first seniors drafted. As one scout put it, "He still has the tools everyone talked about last year." Den Dekker is an excellent defender with plus speed (he's still a strong basestealer) and center-field range. He has made more consistent contact as a senior, leading Florida in batting (.361 entering the SEC tournament) and ranking second with 11 home runs. He has the bat speed for scouts to project him to have solid-average power as a pro. He still swings and misses more than he should and has some pitch recognition issues, and at times his swing gets choppy. He has played with more confidence as a senior and may just have had a bad case of draftitis in 2009. Den Dekker could go out in the first five rounds as a budget-oriented senior sign.
6 182 Greg Peavey RHP Oregon State Ore. $200,000
Peavey has been on the prospect radar for a long time. He played in the 2000 Little League World Series, hit 90 mph as a 14-year-old and was a member of Team USA's 16U team in 2004 and the 18U team in 2006. He was a Top 200 talent coming out of Hudson's Bay High in Vancouver, Wash., in 2007, but fell to the Yankees in the 24th round due to signability. Last year, as a draft-eligible sophomore, he went in the 32nd round to the Astros. While many of Oregon State's pitchers have spun their wheels this spring, Peavey has been the most consistent. His fastball sits in the 88-92 mph range and touches 93. He has a slider that at times shows hard, two-plane break, though it can flatten out. He doesn't throw many changeups. Peavey gets ahead of batters and struggles to put them away and gives up a lot of two-strike hits. He doesn't have a lot of deception, often leaves the ball up in the zone and struggles throwing his fastball for strikes in on righthanders. Teams that like him project him as a mid-rotation starter, but teams that don't see him as a sixth- or seventh-inning reliever. He is a Boras Corp. client, but shouldn't be a particularly tough sign this time around.
7 212 Jeff Walters RHP Georgia Ga. $50,000
Physical senior righty Jeff Walters, who has a good body at 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, posted a 2-6, 7.90 season as he constantly elevated his plus fastball, which tops out in the mid-90s. Walters also has flashed a plus slider and has been drafted every year since 2006: out of high school in Orlando, twice out of St. Petersburg (Fla.) CC and last year out of Georgia as a 17th-rounder.
8 242 Kenny McDowall RHP JC of Southern Nevada Nev. $125,000
Righthander McDowall has been up and down, both in velocity and results. He is committed to Hawaii.
9 272 Jake deGrom RHP Stetson Fla. $95,000
A two-way talent at Stetson who was a shortstop/pitcher, deGrom started the year as a closer but wound up moving into the rotation and establishing himself as Stetson's best pitcher. He threw 89-93 mph on scout day with command, and he had a strong outing going head-to-head with Chris Sale of Florida Gulf Coast. He throws strikes as his arm works well, he's athletic and has a clean delivery. There were some reports that deGrom, at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, was hitting 94 mph with his fastball late in the year, and he has a solid if inconsistent slider to go with it. His changeup is in its nascent stages.
10 302 Akeel Morris RHP Charlotte Amaile HS, St. Thomas, V.I. V.I. $120,000
Morris attends the same high school in the U.S. Virgin Islands that outfielder Jabari Blash graduated from before heading to Miami-Dade CC. Morris has a live arm that generates a fastball that was 87-89 mph an touched 90-91 in October at the World Wood Bat Championships. He was a little erratic then and showed he certainly needs some polish—not surprising for a high school arm from the Virgin Islands. He also threw a slurvy breaking ball in the low 70s and a mid-70s changeup. According to a Virgin Islands newspaper he was up to 94 this spring.
11 332 Adam Kolarek LHP Maryland Md.
Kolarek is an adrenaline guy who thrives off pitching in relief. He's physical at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and pitches at 89-91 mph with his fastball, which is slightly above-average for a lefthander. Kolarek's performance this spring didn't reflect his ability, as he went 1-4, 6.06 in 36 innings, but that was attributable in part to a failed attempt to use him as a starter at the beginning of the season. Kolarek also throws a changeup and curveball, but those pitches are below-average and need plenty of work.
12 362 Bret Mitchell RHP Minnesota State-Mankato Minn.
In his first year at Minnesota State-Mankato after two seasons at Iowa Central CC, Bret Mitchell helped pitch the Mavericks to the NCAA Division II College World Series. Using an 88-92 mph fastball and a curveball with swing-and-miss potential, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound righthander set a school record with 108 strikeouts in 94 innings.
13 392 Brian Harrison 3B Furman S.C. $125,000
Furman third baseman Brian Harrison was the state's wild card. A knee injury sidelined him for nearly two months, but the athletic junior returned to power the Paladins into the eighth and final spot in the Southern Conference tournament. He went 15-for-24 with four home runs in Furman's last six conference games, and had 10 homers in 109 at-bats overall during a .367/.462/.734 season. Drafted out of high school (29th round, Pirates), he should go in the first 10 rounds given a clean bill of health. Harrison has solid athletic ability and solid-average all-around tools, including an above-average arm.
14 422 J.B. Brown 2B Pacific Calif.
Pacific's Brown can hit; he batted .378 and .390 the last two seasons despite drawing just 20 walks in more than 430 plate appearances, and he has looked like a good hitter since his appearance at the Area Code Games back in 2006. At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Brown is a strong, physical lefthanded hitter and has the bat speed to continue to hit as a pro. His power is to the gaps. If he stays at second base his bat profiles well.
15 452 Tillman Pugh OF Sonoma State (Calif.) Calif.
Sonoma State outfielder Pugh transferred from Arizona State but got sidelined by academic issues this spring. He is a plus-plus runner with some power, and he is still unrefined in a way that suggests he still has a significant ceiling left to reach.
16 482 Ryan Fraser RHP Memphis Tenn.
17 512 Chad Sheppard RHP Northwestern State La. $125,000
Luke Irvine drew more of the early attention at Northwestern State, but scouts came away preferring Sheppard because he has a better body and a better secondary pitch. After redshirting in 2008, Sheppard tied the Demons' save record with 10 as a freshman last spring, then matched that total again this season. He uses his 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame and low-90s sinker to keep the ball down in the strike zone and induce grounders. He has given up just two homers in two college seasons. His slider is a solid No. 2 pitch, though it can get slurvy at times. When he has both pitches working and throws strikes, Sheppard can be all but unhittable. His frame would suggest durability, but he has worked exclusively out of the bullpen in college and likely will remain a reliever in pro ball. Though he's a draft-eligible sophomore, scouts don't think he'll be difficult to sign.
18 542 A.J. Pinera RHP Tampa Fla.
19 572 Jon Kountis RHP Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Fla.
20 602 Luke Stewart 1B Alabama-Birmingham Ala.
21 632 Dabias Johnson 2B Cook HS, Adel, Ga. Ga.
22 662 Brandon Brown SS South Alabama Ala.
23 692 Drew Martinez OF Memphis Tenn.
24 722 Erik Goeddel RHP UCLA Calif. $350,000
Goeddel is the first player from this year's draft known to have signed for more than MLB's slot recommendation. A blue-chip prospect in high school, he needed about 24 months to recover from Tommy John surgery during his senior year at Bellarmine Prep in San Jose. He threw eight innings as a redshirt freshman in 2009, then went 2-0, 3.12 with 58 strikeouts and 23 walks in 49 innings of relief this spring, emerging as a key piece of UCLA's stellar bullpen. He came on especially strong down the stretch, catching scouts' attention in regionals and sitting in the mid-90s with a wicked 86-mph slider in the College World Series.
25 752 Peter Birdwell RHP Vanguard (Calif.) Calif.
26 782 Jet Butler SS Mississippi State Miss.
27 812 Todd Weldon RHP Wayland Baptist (Texas) Texas
28 842 Jeremy Gould LHP Duke N.C.
29 872 Hamilton Bennett LHP Tennessee Wesleyan CC Tenn.
30 902 Josh Edgin LHP Francis Marion (S.C.) S.C.
31 932 Steve Winnick RHP Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) Calif.
32 962 Patrick Farrell C Regis (Colo.) Colo.
Teams always find jobs for catchers who can hit at least a little bit, and Colorado has two such players this year. The first is senior Patrick Farrell, a sturdy 6-foot-3, 210 pounder who transferred to Regis from Nevada-Las Vegas. He has a knack for getting the bat on the ball, as he struck out 14 times over 145 at-bats this season, and also has power potential. Farrell is a decent receiver and has average arm strength, but needs to improve his footwork. He has a strong, durable frame and works hard. He had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in early May--an operation that was performed by Pierce Trumper's father--but he's back to 100 percent now.
33 992 Hunter Carnevale RHP Pacific Calif.
34 1022 Justin Schafer 2B UC Davis Calif.
Redshirt junior infielder Schafer is an above-average runner with a chance to hit for average but with a little pop. He profiles as a utility player. His older brother Logan is an outfielder in the Brewers organization.
35 1052 Josh Easley RHP Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
Righty Josh Easley, a freshman who originally signed with Arkansas, has good pitchability. He has an 88-91 mph fastball that could hit 93 more consistently if he fills out his 6-foot-2, 165-pound build, and he owns a solid curveball.
36 1082 Jesen Dygestile-Therrien RHP Edouard Montpetit HS, Montreal Quebec
Righthander Dygestile-Therrien is a bit of a project but has the size and clean arm scouts look for in a pitching prospect.
37 1112 Dylan Brown OF Tampa Fla.
Spartans outfielder Brown, an Oklahoma State transfer and the younger brother of Athletics prospect Corey Brown, also will get a look thanks to his raw power. His undisciplined approach hinders him offensively.
38 1142 Peter Miller RHP Cambridge Christian HS, Tampa Fla.
39 1172 Brian Cruz SS Varela HS, Miami Fla.
40 1202 Brock Stewart SS Normal (Ill.) West HS Ill.
Third baseman Brock Stewart has hitting ability and arm strength but needs to fill out his 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame. Stewart's father Jeff is a former Redbirds coach who now scouts for the Padres.
41 1232 Taylor Christian RHP Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
42 1262 J.J. Franco SS Poly Prep, Brooklyn N.Y.
43 1292 Donnie Tabb SS East Central (Miss.) CC Miss.
Five-foot-8 shortstop Donnie Tabb wasn't drafted coming out of high school last year, thanks to his size and unrefined tools. He had a strong year at East Central CC and might be able to stay in the middle infield thanks to excellent arm strength and quickness.
44 1322 Kevin Gelinas LHP UC Santa Barbara Calif.
Gelinas, whose career has wound through Pepperdine and Central Arizona JC, is big lefty reliever who can touch 94 mph with his fastball--when healthy. He threw just five innings all season due to an elbow strain and had received a medical redshirt.
45 1352 Terrance Jackson LHP Oklahoma City Okla.
46 1382 Mike Jefferson LHP Louisiana Tech La.
47 1412 Sean O'Connor RHP Carroll HS, Southlake, Texas Texas
Dallas Baptist secured a commitment from another big righthander, Sean O'Connor. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder isn't generating as much buzz as Noah Syndergaard, but he gets good sink on his low-90s fastball. O'Connor has a lot of effort in his low-three-quarters delivery and needs to refine his slurvy slider.
48 1442 Austin Smith 1B Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic HS Fla.
49 1472 Dillon Newman RHP Belton (Texas) HS Texas
50 1502 Mark Eveld C Tampa Jesuit HS Fla.