With the July 7 deadline having passed, the 2017 MLB draft is officially in the books. The Mets were able to sign all of their first ten selections, 17 of their first 20 selections, and 32 of the 40 players drafted. First-rounder David Peterson received the highest signing bonus given out by the Mets in 2017, $2,994,500, while 33rd round pick Mac Lozer received the smallest signing bonus given out by the Mets, $5,000. Second-round pick Mark Vientos was the youngest player drafted by the Mets in 2017, being born on December 11, 1999, while 31st round pick Ryan Selmer is the oldest player the team drafted in 2017, being born on May 20, 1994.
In total, the Mets drafted 13 high school players and 27 college players. Of those 13 high school players, eight signed with the team while the remaining five elected to go to college. Of the 27 college players, 24 signed with the team while the remaining three elected to return to college.
More than half of the total players drafted by the Mets in 2017 were right-handed pitchers; 21 to be exact. Ten of those right-handed pitchers were collegiate relievers, ten were high school starters, and one was a collegiate starter. Six left-handed pitchers were drafted, four of whom were collegiate relievers, one was a high school starter, and one was a collegiate starter. The team drafted nine infielders, with all but one of those players coming from the collegiate ranks. The team drafted four outfielders, once again with all but one of those players coming from the collegiate ranks.
The Mets signed three players for overslot, meaning that they signed them for more than the recommended amount of money at their pick. Mark Vientos, who was drafted in the second round, was given a $1,500,000 signing bonus to a slot value of $1,094,700. Bryce Hutchinson, who was drafted in the twelfth round, was given a $360,000 signing bonus to a slot value of $125,000. Kyle Wilson, who was drafted in the thirty-fifth round, was given a $270,000 signing bonus to a slot value of $125,000.
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