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A look back at what the Mets did in the 2015 draft

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Who did the Mets select in the 2015 draft, and how have those players performed?

Desmond Lindsay
Desmond Lindsay
Chris McShane

With Major League Baseball's amateur draft set to begin this evening, let's take a look back at what the Mets did in the draft the last time around. Last year, the Mets did not have a first-round draft pick in last year's draft, forfeiting it after signing free agent Michael Cuddyer. With their second-round pick, the Mets selected Desmond Lindsay, a toolsy high school outfielder from Florida. The 18-year-old debuted with the GCL Mets and hit and impressive .304/.400/.464 in 21 games. He was promoted to the Brooklyn Cyclones to finish the season, and hit .200/.308/.267 in 14 games. He has yet to debut in 2016.

In the third round, the Mets selected Max Wotell, an athletic high school pitcher with a projectable body and unique mechanics. The southpaw made his debut with the GCL Mets and appeared in nine games. In those nine games, he put up a 2.53 ERA in 10.2 innings, walking nine and striking out 16. He has yet to debut in 2016.

Here's the complete table of the Mets' 2015 draft picks.

Round Name Position School State Type Date of Birth Signed
1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2 Desmond Lindsay OF Out-Of-Door Academy FL HS 01/15/97 Yes
3 Max Wotell LHP Marvin Ridge HS NC HS 09/13/96 Yes
4 David Thompson 3B University of Miami FL 4Yr 08/28/93 Yes
5 Thomas Szapucki LHP William T Dwyer HS FL HS 06/12/96 Yes
6 Chase Ingram RHP Hillsborough CC FL JuCo 04/17/95 Yes
7 Corey Taylor RHP Texas Tech University TX 4 Yr 01/08/93 Yes
8 Patrick Mazeika C Stetson University FL 4 Yr 10/14/93 Yes
9 Kevin Kaczmarski OF University of Evansville IN 4 Yr 12/31/91 Yes
10 Witt Haggard RHP Delta State University MS 4 Yr 12/09/91 Yes
11 Jake Simon LHP Galveston Ball HS TX HS 01/21/97 Yes
12 Joe Shaw RHP Dallas Baptist University TX 4 Yr 12/20/93 Yes
13 PJ Conlon LHP University of San Diego CA 4 Yr 11/11/93 Yes
14 Vinny Siena 2B Univercity of Connecticut CT 4 Yr 12/24/93 Yes
15 Thomas Hackimer RHP St. John's University NY 4 Yr 06/28/94 No
16 Dillon Becker RHP Angelo State University TX 4 Yr 04/21/94 Yes
17 Sixto Torres LHP Faith Baptist Christian HS FL HS 03/31/96 Yes
18 Jordan Humphries RHP Crystal River HS FL HS 06/11/96 Yes
19 Nic Enright RHP The Steward School VA HS 01/08/97 No
20 Thomas McIlraith RHP University of Oklahoma OK 4 Yr 02/19/94 Yes
21 Taylor Henry LHP Centenary College of Louisiana LA 4 Yr 07/06/93 Yes
22 Nick Blackburn RHP University of Illinois IL 4 Yr 07/10/94 No
23 Kenny Bautista OF Puerto Rico Baseball Academy PR HS 08/07/97 Yes
24 Jordan Verdon 3B Granite Hills HS CA HS 01/07/97 No
25 Dylan King RHP Riverdale HS TN HS 12/05/06 No
26 Shane McCalanahan LHP Cape Coral HS FL HS 04/28/97 No
27 Jake Higginbotham LHP Buford HS GA HS 01/11/96 No
28 Anthony Dimino C Belmont Abbey College NC 4 Yr 08/05/93 Yes
29 Seth Davis LHP Augustana College IL 4 Yr 05/08/93 Yes
30 Jason Wark RHP Bellerose Composite HS AB HS 05/23/97 No
31 Tanner Dodson RHP Jesuit HS CA HS 05/09/97 No
32 Dustin Beggs RHP University of Kentucky KY 4 Yr 06/14/93 No
33 Brendan Illies C Puyallup HS WA HS 06/14/96 No
34 L.T. Tolbert RHP IMG Academy FL HS 06/07/96 No
35 George Thanopoulos RHP Columbia University NY 4 Yr 01/18/93 No
36 Anthony Gordon OF Terra Nova HS CA HS 08/28/97 No
37 Geoff Hartleib RHP Lindentood University MO 4 Yr 12/09/93 No
38 Jacob Wyrick LHP Cleveland State CC TN JuCo 11/14/95 No
39 Chad Luensmann RHP Bellwood Antis HS PA HS 02/04/97 No
40 Nick Conti 2B Dr. Phillips HS FL HS 02/14/97 No

With their fourth-round pick, the Mets selected David Thompson, a slugging third baseman from the University of Miami whose stock fell somewhat due to a thoracic outlet syndrome diagnosis, a condition he underwent surgery to correct. Thompson debuted with the Brooklyn Cyclones and hit an underwhelming .218/.268/.320 in 59 games. He was promoted to the Columbia Fireflies to start the 2016 season, and through mid-May, the slugger is hitting an impressive .302/.372/.488.

With their fifth-round pick, the Mets selected Thomas Szapucki, a high school pitcher with an excellent fastball and an excellent slider, but poor mechanics. The left-hander debuted with the GCL Mets and appeared in three games, posting a 15.43 ERA in 2.1 innings, walking none and striking out three. He has yet to debut in 2016.

With their sixth-round pick, the Mets drafted Chase Ingram, a junior college right-handed pitcher with a fringe-average fastball but a pair of offspeed pitches in his curveball and changeup that project to be solid offerings. He made his professional debut with the Kingsport Mets, appearing in 12 games. In those games, he posted a 3.60 ERA in 20 innings, walking 10 and striking out 27. He was promoted to the Columbia Fireflies to start the 2016 season, and through mid-May, has posted a 3.72 ERA in 29 innings, walking 11 and striking out 36.

The Mets took Corey Taylor, a Texas Tech senior now pitching out of the bullpen, in the seventh round. Taylor made his 2015 debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones, appearing in 18 games, posting a 1.50 ERA in 18 innings, walking four and striking out 16. He was promoted to the St. Lucie Mets to start the 2016 season, and through mid-May, has posted a 1.29 ERA in 14 innings, walking three and striking out 10.

With their eighth-round pick, the Mets took Patrick Mazeika, a work-in-progress catcher from Stetson University. He made his professional debut with the Kingsport Mets, hitting an impressive .354/.451/.540 in 21 games. Mazeika began this season on the disabled list, but he's hit .262/.365/.311 in 17 games for the Columbia Fireflies.

In the ninth round, the Mets drafted Kevin Kaczmarski, a senior from the University of Evansville and the son of former minor league infielder Randy Kaczmarski. Kevin made his professional debut with the Kingsport Mets, hitting an excellent .355/.415/.512 in 64 games. He was promoted to the Columbia Fireflies to start the 2016 season, and through mid-May, is hitting .219/.321/.329 in 20 games.

The Mets drafted Witt Haggard, an athletic right-hander from Delta State University who was previously the backup quarterback at Ole Miss, in the tenth round. He made his 2015 debut with the Kingsport Mets, appearing in 10 games and pitching to a 5.11 ERA in 12.1 innings, walking nine and striking out 21. Haggard was promoted to the Columbia Fireflies to start the 2016 season, and through mid-May, has posted a 20.25 ERA in 1.1 innings, walking three and striking out two.

With their eleventh-round pick, the Mets selected Jake Simon a high school southpaw with fringe-average stuff. He made his 2015 debut with the GCL Mets, appearing in nine games. In those games, he posted a 2.81 ERA in 16 innings, walking five and striking out 12. He has yet to make his 2016 debut.

With their twelfth-round pick, the Mets selected Joe Shaw, a big Texan from Dallas Baptist University armed with a live fastball but not much else. He made his 2015 debut with the Kingsport Mets. In nine games, Shaw posted a 3.29 ERA in 13.2 innings, walking three and striking out 17. He was promoted to the Columbia Fireflies to start the 2016 season, and through mid-May, has posted a 3.21 ERA in 33.2 innings, walking eight and striking out 36.

With their thirteenth-round pick, the Mets selected P.J. Conlon, a southpaw born in Northern Ireland who fits the classic profile of a finesse lefty, possessing a fringe-average fastball, various offspeed pitches, solid control, and a high baseball IQ. He made his 2015 debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones, appearing in 17 games. In those games, he posted a perfect 0.00 ERA in 17 innings, walking two and striking out 25. He was promoted to the Columbia Fireflies to start the 2016 season, and through mid-May, has posted a 1.23 ERA in 36.2 innings, walking four and striking out 29.

With their fourteenth-round pick, the Mets selected Vinny Siena, a scrappy middle infielder from the University of Connecticut. He made his 2015 debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones and hit .273/.337/.304 in 68 games. He was promoted to the St. Lucie Mets to finish the season and hit .188/.278/.250 in four games. Siena began the 2016 season with the Columbia Fireflies, and through mid-May, is hitting .322/.447/.432 in 35 games.

With their sixteenth-round pick, the Mets selected Dillon Becker, a reliever from Angelo State University who made his 2015 debut with the Kingsport Mets. In 12 games, Becker posted a 3.60 ERA in 15 innings, walking 11 and striking out 19. He has yet to make his 2016 debut.

The Mets selected Sixto Torres in the seventeenth round. He was a high school left-hander from Florida with mid-rotation potential thanks to a mid-90s fastball and developing secondary pitches that show potential to be more than just fringe offerings. The southpaw made his 2015 debut with the GCL Mets, appearing in 10 games. In those games, he posted a 2.84 ERA in 12.2 innings, walking 13 and striking out 12. He has yet to make is 2016 debut.

With their eighteenth-round pick, the Mets selected Jordan Humphries, an athletic high school right-hander from Florida with little physical projection but developing secondary pitches. He made his 2015 debut with the GCL Mets, appearing in seven games and posting a 3.86 ERA in 11.2 innings, walking one and striking out seven. He has yet to make his 2016 debut.

With their twentieth-round pick, the Mets selected Thomas McIlraith, a solidly built Texan right-hander with fringe-average stuff across the board. He made his 2015 debut with the Kingsport Mets, appearing in 12 games. In those games, he posted a 1.71 ERA in 58 innings, walking 19 and striking out 34. He was promoted to the Columbia Fireflies to start the 2016 season, and through mid-May, has posted a 4.86 ERA in 33.1 innings, walking 14 and striking out 24.

With their twenty-first-round pick, the Mets selected Taylor Henry, an athletic left-handed pitcher from Centenary College in Louisiana who relies on deception to get hitters out. He made his 2015 debut with the Kingsport Mets, appearing in eight games and posting a 4.15 ERA in 8.2 innings, walking three and striking out seven. He has yet to make his 2016 debut.

With their twenty-third-round pick, the Mets selected Kenny Bautista, a 17-year-old outfielder from Puerto Rico with poor mechanics but the potential to be a power hitter. He made his 2015 debut with the GCL Mets, hitting .187/.241/.252 in 33 games. He has yet to make his 2016 debut.

In the twenty-eighth round, the Mets selected Anthony Dimino, a work-in-progress catcher from Belmont Abbey College who relies on his contact ability to put balls in play. He made his 2015 debut with the GCL Mets, hitting .295/.380/.343 in 30 games. He has yet to make his 2016 debut.

With their twenty-ninth-round pick, the Mets selected Seth Davis, a strike-throwing college southpaw with a good curveball but virtually no physical projection due to his diminutive size. He made his 2015 debut with the Kingsport Mets, appearing in 11 games. In those games, he posted a 2.79 ERA in 19.1 innings, walking three and striking out 22. He was promoted to the Columbia Fireflies to start the 2016 season, and through mid-May, has posted a 2.79 ERA in 19.1 innings, walking 10 and striking out 18.