New York Mets

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 12 Gavin Cecchini SS Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La. La. $2,300,000
Cecchini's family occupies a unique place in Louisiana baseball, as his father and mother both coached him and his older brother Garin at Barbe High. Garin signed with the Red Sox for a $1.31 million bonus as a fourth-round pick in 2010. Gavin is likely to be drafted higher, in the first round, even though he's not as physical and his bat is much more in question. Wiry at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, Cecchini's best attributes are his steadiness and defensive skills at shortstop. He has good hands and feet as well as the infield actions to stay at short, and excels at cutoff throws and being in the right spot defensively. His arm strength is a tick above-average and unfailingly accurate. His speed is about the same and plays up like his arm--he's a skilled baserunner who takes extra bases and steals bases intelligently. Cecchini's bat involves some projection, though. Some scouts believe he will be a bottom-of-the-order hitter despite his polished approach because of a lack of strength and impact bat speed. Cecchini is one of the safer bets in the high school class due to his polish, but scouts are mixed on his true upside.
1s 35 Kevin Plawecki C Purdue Ind. $1,400,000
Purdue is steaming toward its first Big Ten Conference regular-season championship in 103 years, thanks in large part to Plawecki, an offensive-minded catcher with enough defensive savvy to make it to the majors as a regular behind the plate. Plawecki has a mature approach, focusing on staying inside the ball and driving it back up the middle. Scouts marvel at his ability to make contact, as he has struck out just 28 times in 154 games over three seasons with the Boilermakers. A 6-foot-1, 215-pound righthanded hitter, he could develop average power once learns to backspin balls and turn on pitches. Defensively, Plawecki has fringe arm strength that plays up thanks to a quick release, and he has thrown out 40 percent of basestealers while making just one error this spring. He throws from a low three-quarters slot that costs him velocity and accuracy, and he developed a tired arm when he used a more traditional release point. He's an efficient receiver who calls his own pitches and takes charge of his pitching staff. Add it all up, and Plawecki draws comparisons to a righthanded-hitting version of A.J. Pierzynski.
2 71 Matt Reynolds 3B Arkansas Ark. $525,000
Reynolds opened his college career as a shortstop before a torn thumb ligament short-circuited his freshman season. He has played more at third base since, both for the Razorback and for USA Baseball's college national team last summer. He's a solid athlete with a tweener profile: defensive tools suited for third and a bat that profiles better up the middle. Reynolds lacks third-base power, with a line-drive, gap-to-gap approach. He doesn't have the proper load in his swing to produce more than fringe-average power. He responded well to last summer's challenge of playing with Team USA and later in the Cape Cod League, improving his preparation and pushing himself to improve. He was Arkansas' best hitter this spring (.350/.460/.541) thanks to a more consistent approach and better patience at the plate. He's an average runner who can steal a bag as well. Reynolds may hit his way into an everyday role if he gets the chance to play shortstop or second base as a pro, as he has soft hands, good footwork and an above-average arm.
2 75 Teddy Stankiewicz RHP Fort Worth Christian HS, North Richland Hills, Texas Texas
Stankiewicz is a polished high school pitcher who fits in the third to fifth round on talent, but he may not be signable away from an Arkansas commitment outside of the top two. He flashes two above-average pitches that should improve as he fills out his projectable 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame. His fastball usually sits at 88-92 mph, topping out anywhere from 89-94 on a given day. His slider is very good at times and mediocre at others. He also uses a curveball as a show pitch and has the makings of a changeup. Stankiewicz has good body control and command for a high school pitcher and could contribute immediately as a freshman for the Razorbacks if he doesn't sign. Scouts like the way he repeats his delivery and competes.
3 107 Matt Koch RHP Louisville Ky. $425,000
A swingman in his first two seasons at Louisville, Koch may have found his true calling in the Cape Cod League last summer. Used solely in relief by Chatham, he finished the summer with 15 1/3 straight scoreless innings, including an appearance in the Cape all-star game. The Cardinals have kept him in that role this season, which he opened by showing at 96-97 mph for one inning at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge in Florida. He has pitched at 92-96 mph this spring, though scouts have had a difficult time seeing him because he shares closing duties with Derek Self. Koch has been inconsistent with his secondary pitches, the main reason that opponents have hit a surprising .319 against him this year. He'll flash a plus changeup and a low-80s slider with depth, and some scouts think it's still worth trying to develop him as a starter. Koch is built for durability at 6-foot-3 and 204 pounds, leading to more credence for that belief. There's mixed opinion as to whether he's better than former Louisville closer Tony Zych, who signed for $400,000 as a Cubs fourth-round pick last year. Zych throws harder but Koch has a better body, a superior pitch and less effort in his delivery.
4 140 Branden Kaupe SS Baldwin HS, Wailuku, Hawaii Hawaii $225,000
Kaupe may be the shortest player in this year's draft. He's listed at 5-foot-7, but some believe he's actually a few inches shorter. Kaupe's best tool is his speed. He's a plus runner and may even be a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. Kaupe fits best defensively at second base and has good hands and solid-average arm strength. A switch-hitter, Kaupe has excellent bat control and strike-zone awareness. He will be a singles hitter, but does have some gap power and pullside loft. With a commitment to Central Arizona JC, Kaupe was considered signable and should agree to a below-slot deal.
5 170 Brandon Welch RHP Palm Beach State (Fla.) JC Fla. $200,000
Welch was primarily an outfielder in high school, though he closed from time to time, and he played both ways as a freshman last year at Daytona State (Fla.) JC, posting a 5.68 ERA. He transferred to Palm Beach State JC as a sophomore, moving into the rotation and going 4-3, 2.83 with 79 strikeouts and 13 walks in 76 innings. The athletic, quick-armed Welch generated buzz early in the spring, showing one of the liveliest arms in Florida and sitting around 92-94 mph and touching 96 with his fastball. The separating factor was a power slider that at times reached 84-87 mph, with depth. With all the talent in the state's high school and college ranks, though, scouts had a hard time bearing down on juco players, and when they checked in at the state tournament in May, Welch's velocity had dipped into the 87-90 range. Welch, a Florida Atlantic signee, is a bit undersized at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, so most scouts see him as a reliever at the pro level.
6 200 Jayce Boyd 1B Florida State Fla. $150,000
Boyd was an acclaimed prep player and has been a three-year starter for Florida State. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference in batting at .395 entering regional play. He has adjusted his approach and swing since high school, when he was a 19th-round pick as a third baseman. He has become a contact hitter with gap power, hitting 16 homers his first two seasons but just three this spring. He's an above-average defender at first with good hands, but hasn't gotten much exposure in college at third, which obviously would increase his value. His lack of home run power and righthanded-hitting first-base profile makes him tough to peg from a draft standpoint.
7 230 Corey Oswalt RHP Madison HS, San Diego Calif. $475,000
Oswalt played in the 2011 PG All-American Classic as a position player, but he has emerged as a better prospect on the mound this spring. Though he's new to pitching, Reed has intriguing upside thanks to his prototypical 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame, smooth arm action and sound delivery. He currently pitches in the 88-90 mph range as a starter but touches 91-92, and he has some feel to spin a breaking ball, though he doesn't really know what he's doing with it, in the words of one scout. His changeup is in its nascent stages. Oswalt is a long-term project, and he could develop into a higher-level prospect with three years working with Andrew Checketts at UC Santa Barbara, if no team makes a run at signing him this spring.
8 260 Tomas Nido C Orangewood Christian HS, Maitland, Fla. Fla. $250,000
Nido isn't quite a one-tool player; the Florida State signee has average arm strength. But his calling card is plus-plus raw power, as he has strength and takes a big, powerful swing, generating above-average bat speed. He's a slow-twitch athlete, and it may be a stretch for him to stay behind the plate. He has a tendency to sell out for power, even though he doesn't need to with his strength. Nido had late helium and was doing some individual workouts for teams, and if he puts on a power display with wood, he could be drafted highly.
9 290 Richie Rodriguez 2B Eastern Kentucky Ky. $10,000
Rodriguez made good use of the hitter-friendly environment at Eastern Kentucky and in the Ohio Valley Conference as a whole, batting .377/.472/.690 as a senior this spring. He helped the Colonels to a share of their first OVC regular-season title in 12 years. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder makes consistent contact from the right side of the plate, but he won't have nearly as much pop in pro ball. He has a strong if sometimes erratic arm, though he'll fit better at second base than shortstop at the next level.
10 320 Paul Sewald RHP San Diego Calif. $1,000
Sewald spent most of his first three seasons at USD in the bullpen before emerging as the most consistent starter in the weekend rotation as a senior, going 8-4, 3.09 with 75 strikeouts and 27 walks in 84 innings. His stuff isn't overpowering, but he competes hard and throws strikes with a three-pitch mix. Sewald started off the year pitching in the 87-91 mph range, but he settled in around 85-88 down the stretch. He has a deceptive late-breaking slider around 77 mph and has developed a decent changeup at 80-81. Though he's a senior, Sewald's 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame might not be maxed out, and his stuff could play up in a relief role in pro ball.
11 350 Logan Taylor RHP Eastern Oklahoma State JC Okla. $150,000
Taylor began his college career at Northeast Texas CC in 2011, transferred to Arkansas last fall and moved on to Eastern Oklahoma State when he didn't survive the Razorbacks' final cut. He helped the Mountaineers come within an extra-inning defeat of advancing to the Junior College World Series, taking the loss in a 10th-inning relief appearance against Jefferson (Mo.) CC. Taylor ended the regional playoffs ranked third among national juco players in strikeouts (114) and strikeouts per nine innings (13.5). Taylor sometimes battles his control and command, but when he's on, he's tough on hitters with a 90-94 mph and a 12-to-6 curveball. He did a better job of keeping his 6-foot-5, 242-pound frame in shape this year. If he doesn't turn pro, he'll transfer back to Arkansas.
12 380 Rob Whalen RHP Haines City (Fla.) HS Fla. $100,000
13 410 Matt Bowman RHP Princeton N.J. $100,000
14 440 Chris Flexen RHP Newark (Calif.) Memorial HS Calif. $374,400
Still just 17 years old, Flexen already has an impressive body at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. He sits in the 90-91 mph range and tops out at 93 mph. Mostly a two-pitch guy right now, he scrapped his curveball in favor of a slider this spring and it shows flashes of being a plus pitch with nasty life at times. Flexen has some effort to his delivery and scouts say his arm action could be smoothed out, but they love his competitive fire on the mound. Flexen could be pushed up draft boards because it will likely take second-round money to buy him away from his Arizona State commitment.
15 470 Nicholas Grant RHP Milford (Del.) HS Del.
16 500 Myles Smith RHP Miami Dade JC Fla.
Florida's junior college ranks were stronger on the mound than at the plate this spring, in marked contrast to 2011, when Cory Spangenberg and Brian Goodwin got seven-figure bonuses. Smith was one of the state's top arms, with an 89-92 mph fastball that touched 94, complemented by a changeup some scouts graded as plus. His below-average breaking ball contributed to a modest 67 strikeouts in 78 innings. Smith's 6-foot frame and inconsistent ability to spin it could lead him to make good on his Missouri commitment.
17 530 Stefan Sabol C Orange Coast (Calif.) CC Calif. $100,000
Sabol's physicality and upside made him a high-profile prospect coming out of high school, but he elected to go to Oregon, where a broken bone his left hand spoiled his freshman season. He transferred to Orange Coast for his sophomore year but was sidelined by a broken hamate bone. His performance was pedestrian when he returned to action, but his raw tools haven't gone away. Though he saw some action behind the plate this spring, the overwhelming scouting consensus is that he lacks the agility, hands and footwork to catch. He figures to find a home at an outfield corner in pro ball, and he is a solid runner for his size. He has average or even slightly better raw arm strength, but it isn't particularly playable in games because of his long arm action and inaccuracy. Sabol's bat and power will have to carry him. He hasn't developed as a hitter, but he does have pitch recognition and plenty of bat speed, which leads to plus raw power. Unlocking that power in games will be key. Sabol is committed to Oklahoma State.
18 560 Paul Paez LHP Rio Hondo (Calif.) CC Calif.
19 590 Tyler Vanderheiden RHP Samford Ala.
20 620 Tim Peterson RHP Kentucky Ky. $100,000
21 650 Gary Ward LHP Bethel (Tenn.) Tenn.
22 680 Tejay Antone RHP Legacy HS, Mansfield, Texas Texas
23 710 Connor Baits RHP Point Loma HS, San Diego Calif.
Baits has a big 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame and has flashed intriguing arm strength at times, touching 93-94 mph on the showcase circuit and in scout ball last year. He hasn't shown that kind of velocity this spring, working more in the 86-90 mph range with a decent hard slurve at 77-79 and a fair changeup at 82-83. Scouts have expressed concerns over his ability to maintain a funky delivery and arm action, leading some to believe he profiles as a reliever, where his aggressive approach would be an asset. Baits is committed to UC Santa Barbara but could be drafted as high as the fifth round.
24 740 Andrew Massie RHP Dyer County (Tenn.) HS Tenn. $100,000
25 770 Leon Byrd SS Cy-Ranch HS, Cypress, Texas Texas
26 800 Chris Shaw 1B Lexington (Mass.) HS Mass.
Scouts are intrigued by Shaw's raw power, but he is limited to first base and there are too many questions about his bat for him to be bought out of his Boston College commitment.
27 830 Zach Arnold C Franklin County HS, Frankfort, Ky. Ky.
28 860 Jake Marks RHP St. Clair SS, Sarnia, Ont. Ontario
29 890 Austin Barr C Camas (Wash.) HS Wash.
It's a banner year for catchers in Camas, Wash., as Barr and Clint Coulter play their home games less than five miles apart. Barr is a good athlete who shows impressive tools behind the plate. He's a leader on the field and also shows a good feel for hitting with power potential in his strong, 6-foot-2, 215-pound frame. He has type-1 diabetes and wears an insulin pump, so the grind of a full pro season could be difficult, but scouts should have three more years to figure that out. Barr is a 4.0 student and, like all Stanford commits, is considered nearly impossible to sign.
30 920 Dustin Cook RHP Hargrave HS, Huffman, Texas Texas
31 950 Vance Vizcaino SS Wakefield HS, Raleigh N.C.
32 980 Jon Leroux 1B Northeastern Mass.
33 1010 Jared Price RHP Twin Valley HS, Elverson, Pa. Pa.
Northeast scouts saw flashes of big potential for Price this spring, but he was inconsistent with his delivery and results. His fastball will range from 87-93 mph, touching 94 on occasion, and he has a second plus pitch in his curveball. He's physical and strong, but not very projectable at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds. His bow-and-arrow arm action raises some concerns among scouts, but they like his arm strength and ability to spin a breaking ball. He is committed to Maryland.
34 1040 Mikey White OF Spain Park HS, Hoover, Ala. Ala.
White is a key piece of Alabama's recruiting class, a dirtbag in the best sense of the word with solid tools, and he went 8-2 on the mound as well. The second-leading hitter for USA Baseball's 18-and-under team last fall, batting .415, White profiles as a leadoff or No. 2 hitter with average speed, a polished approach and surprising pop in his 6-foot-1, 185-pound frame. He turns in average times down the line and doesn't wow scouts with range, but he turns it up when he needs to leg out a hit, take an extra base or make a play at shortstop. He has good instincts that help accentuate his improving actions and solid-average arm strength, and he plays with intensity. Some scouts don't know where he fits defensively if he can't stay in the middle infield, as he may not have enough speed for center field.
35 1070 Brad Markey RHP Santa Fe (Fla.) JC Fla.
Georgia Tech could have used 5-foot-11, 175-pound Markey this year; he transferred after tossing five innings for the Yellow Jackets as a sophomore. He was the workhorse for an intriguing staff at Santa Fe (Fla.) JC, touching 94 mph with a generally average fastball. He commanded the pitch as well as his curveball. He walked just nine in 87 innings. Most likely, he'll make good on his commitment to Virginia Tech.
36 1100 Donovan Walton SS Bishop Kelley HS, Tulsa Okla.
37 1130 Benny Distefano C Elkins HS, Missouri City, Texas Texas
38 1160 Jeff Reynolds 3B Harvard Mass.
39 1190 Patrick Ervin 2B Pace (Fla.) HS Fla.
40 1220 David Gonzalez RHP Gainesville (Ga.) HS Ga.
Scouts like Gonzalez quite a bit, and the Georgia signee had a good spring, winning his first 11 decisions for a team that was 31-0 until losing in the state semifinals. Gonzalez touches 93 with his fastball, which usually parks in the 88-92 range. He's shown a feel for spinning a breaking ball, flashing above-average sliders and curveballs as well as a chance to keep the pitches separate. His biggest issue is his lack of projection. At 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Gonzalez is physically mature. He could add a changeup but likely is what he is in terms of stuff. Scouts are in on the makeup but have to buy him away from the Bulldogs.