From the desks of:
HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET and THE CONEY ISLAND NINE
Friday, July 15
is the deadline for amateur draft picks to sign.
The New York Mets have so far agreed to terms with ten of their top eleven 2016 amateur draft picks. Seven reported to the (A-) Brooklyn Cyclones, while three others reported to the Kingsport Mets of the (R) Appalachian League:
- Rd. 1 - Justin Dunn, rhp
- Rd. 2 - Peter Alonso, 1b
- Rd. 3 - Blake Tiberi, 3b
- Rd. 4 - Michael Paez, ss
- Rd. 5 - Colby Woodmansee, ss
- Rd. 7 - Austin McGeorge. rhp
- Rd. 10 - Gene Cone, of
- Rd. 6 - Chris Viall, rhp
- Rd. 8 - Placido Torres, rhp
- Rd. 9 - Colin Holderman, rhp
Dissecting pitching performances in particular would be premature, as they've only appeared in a handful of games to date. First round pick (#19 overall) Justin Dunn has made just two appearances for the Cyclones so far, in which he's thrown four scoreless innings.
Of the position players, shortstop Colby Woodmansee is off to a fine start with the Cyclones. The former Arizona State product made 82 starts at shortstop for the Sun Devils, and wrapped up his collegiate career with 44 RBI. He is presently hitting .328 (seventh in the NYPL) through 17 games with two home runs and already has a team leading ten RBI.
There's Always One in Every Crowd
Only first round compensatory pick and the #31 overall selection, left-handed pitcher Anthony Kay, remains unsigned (among the Mets top ten round selections. Four of their top 21 selections remain unsigned).
A University of Connecticut junior hailing from Stony Brook, Long Island, Anthony Kay started 17 games in 2016 for the Huskies posting a 9-2 record with a 2.65 ERA. He surrendered 99 hits, walked 37 batters, and fanned 111 in 119 innings pitched. He twice registered ten strikeouts in a game, while hitters hit just .223 against him.
Overall, Kay went 22-12 in 52 games/39 starts with a 2.64 ERA during three seasons at Connecticut, and fanned 263 batters over 286 innings pitched, with a .224 average against.