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Reviewing the Mets’ 2018 draft

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Who did the Mets select in the 2018 draft, and how did their seasons go?

Jarred Kelenic
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With their first selection in the 2018 MLB Draft, the Mets selected Jarred Kelenic, an outfielder from Waukesha West High School, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He made his professional debut with the GCL Mets and was later promoted to the Kingsport Mets, hitting a combined .286/.371/.468 in 56 games between the two levels. Undoubtedly one of the Mets’ top prospects, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners in December along with Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Gerson Bautista, and Justin Dunn in exchange for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz.

Rounds 2-10

With their second round pick, the Mets selected Simeon Woods-Richardson, a right-handed pitcher out of Fort Bend Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas. He made his professional debut with the GCL Mets and was later promoted to the Kingsport Mets at the end of the season, posting a 1.56 ERA in 17.1 innings pitching with 26 strikeouts against 4 walks between the two levels.

With their third round pick, the Mets selected Carlos Cortes, a second baseman out of the University of South Carolina. Previously drafted by the Mets in the twentieth round of the 2016 MLB Draft as a high school player, Cortes made his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones, and hit .264/.338/.382 in 47 games.

With their fourth round pick, the Mets selected Adam Hill, a right-handed pitcher also out of the University of South Carolina. He made his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones and posted a 2.35 ERA in 15.1 innings pitched, walking 7 and striking out 26. In January, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, along with Bobby Wahl and Felix Valerio, in exchange for Keon Broxton.

With their fifth round pick, the Mets selected Ryley Gilliam, a right-handed pitcher out of Clemson University. He made his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones and posted a 2.08 ERA in 17.1 innings pitched, walking 13 and striking out 31.

With their sixth round pick, the Mets selected Nick Meyer, a catcher out of California Polytechnic State University. He made his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones, and hit .226/.275/.270 in 43 games.

With their seventh round pick, the Mets selected Kevin Smith, a left-handed pitcher out of the University of Georgia. He made his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones and posted a 0.76 ERA with 6 walks and 28 strikeouts in 23.2 innings pitched.

With their eighth round pick, the Mets selected Tylor Megill, a right-handed pitcher out of the University of Arizona. He made his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones and posted a 3.21 ERA with 14 walks and 36 strikeouts in 28.0 innings pitched.

With their ninth round pick, the Mets selected Bryce Montes de Oca, a right-handed pitcher out of the University of Missouri. He spent the entirety of the 2018 season on the disabled list and is yet to make his professional debut.

With their tenth round pick, the Mets selected Manny Rodriguez, a shortstop out of the University of Cincinnati. He made his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones and hit .236/.298/.339 in 51 games.

Rounds 11-20

With their eleventh round pick, the Mets selected Franklin Parra, a left-handed pitcher out of Copiague High School in Copiague, New York. He made his professional debut with the GCL Mets and posted a 0.90 ERA with 11 walks and 10 strikeouts in 10.0 innings pitched.

With their twelfth round pick, the Mets selected Ross Adolph, an outfielder out of the University of Toledo. He made his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones, and hit .276/.348/.509 in 61 games. He was named the Mets’ 11th top prospect coming into the 2019 season, but was traded along with Luis Santana and Scott Manea to the Houston Astros in January in exchange for J.D. Davis and Cody Bohanek.

With their thirteenth round pick, the Mets selected Christian Tripp, a right-handed pitcher from the University of New Mexico. He made his professional debut with the Kingsport Mets and posted a 4.05 ERA with 8 walks and 14 strikeouts in 20.0 innings pitched.

With their fourteenth round pick, the Mets selected Andrew Mitchell, a left-handed pitcher out of Auburn University. He made his professional debut with the Kingsport Mets and was later promoted to the Brooklyn Cyclones, posting a 1.17 ERA with 6 walks and 32 strikeouts in 23.0 innings pitched between the two levels.

With their fifteenth round pick, the Mets selected Phil Capra, a catcher out of Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. He made his professional debut for the Kingsport Mets and hit .146/.266/.184 in 32 games.

With their sixteenth round pick, the Mets selected L.A. Woodard, a shortstop out of Middle Tennessee State University. He made his professional debut with the Kingsport Mets, and was later promoted to the Brooklyn Cyclones, hitting .253/.400/.307 in 27 games across the two levels.

With their seventeenth round pick, the Mets selected Allan Winans, a right-handed pitcher out of Campbell University. He made his professional debut with the Kingsport Mets and posted a 4.66 ERA with 7 walks and 15 strikeouts in 19.1 innings pitched.

With their eighteenth round pick, the Mets selected Chase Chambers, a first baseman out of Tennessee Tech. He made his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones and hit .281/.350/.392 in 59 games.

With their nineteenth round pick, the Mets selected Tommy Wilson, a right-handed pitcher out of Cal State Fullerton. He made his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones, posting a 1.23 ERA with 7 walks and 27 strikeouts in 22.0 innings pitched.

With their twentieth round pick, the Mets selected Brooks Warren, a left-handed pitcher out of East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi. He did not sign with the organization and honored his commitment to the University of Southern Mississippi.

Rounds 21-30

With their twenty-first round pick, the Mets selected Zach Hammer, a right-handed pitcher out of Alexander Central High School in Taylorsville, North Carolina. He made his professional debut with the GCL Mets and posted a 19.29 ERA with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts in 2.1 innings pitched.

With their twenty-second round pick, the Mets selected Jaylen Palmer, a shortstop out of Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York. He made his professional debut with the GCL Mets and hit .310/.394/.414 in 25 games.

With their twenty-third round pick, the Mets selected Saul Gonzalez, a right-handed pitcher out of Montverde Academy, in Montverde, Florida. He debuted with the GCL Mets and posted a 11.57 ERA with 3 walks and 1 strikeout in 2.1 innings pitched.

With their twenty-fourth round pick, the Mets selected Hayden Senger, a catcher out of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He debuted with the Kingsport Mets and was later promoted to the Brooklyn Cyclones, and hit .301/.411/.417 in 32 games across the two levels.

With their twenty-fifth round pick, the Mets selected David Miranda, an outfielder out of Florida Atlantic University. He made his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones and was later promoted to the Columbia Fireflies. He hit .231/.336/.273 in 41 games across the two levels.

With their twenty-sixth round pick, the Mets selected Brian Sharp, a third baseman out of the University of Missouri. He made his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones and hit .250/.347/.387 in 50 games.

With their twenty-seventh round pick, the Mets selected Zach Rheams, a shortstop out of Texas Tech University. He made his professional debut with the Kingsport Mets and was later promoted to the Columbia Fireflies. He hit .223/.307/.402 in 51 games across the two levels.

With their twenty-eighth round pick, the Mets selected Mitch Hickey, a right-handed pitcher out of the University of California, San Diego. He made his professional debut for the Kingsport Mets and posted a 3.71 ERA with 12 walks and 18 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched.

With their twenty-ninth round pick, the Mets selected Nelson Mompierre, a catcher out of St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida. He made his professional debut with the GCL Mets and hit .171/.322/.329 in 23 games.

With their thirtieth round pick, the Mets selected Chandler Avant, a second baseman out of the University of Alabama. He made his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones and hit .246/.318/.299 in 43 games.

Rounds 31-40

With their thirty-first round pick, the Mets selected Brendan Hardy, a right-handed pitcher out of Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, Mississippi. He made his professional debut with the GCL Mets and posted a 3.31 ERA with 14 walks and 19 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched.

With their thirty-second round pick, the Mets selected Jake Mangum, an outfielder out of Mississippi State University. He did not sign with the organization and returned Mississippi State University for his senior season.

With their thirty-third round pick, the Mets selected Michael Picollo, a right-handed pitcher out of Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kansas. He did not sign with the organization and honored his commitment to UNC Wilmington.

With their thirty-fourth round pick, the Mets selected Duke Kinamon, a second baseman out of Stanford University. He did not sign with the organization and will be returning to Stanford.

With their thirty-fifth round pick, the Mets selected Ian Mejia, a right-handed pitcher out of Sahuarita High School in Sahuarita, Arizona. He did not sign with the organization and honored his commitment to pitch for the University of Arizona.

With their thirty-sixth round pick, the Mets selected Denzel Clarke, an outfielder out of Everest Academy High School in Thornhill, Ontario. He did not sign with the organization and honored his commitment to play for Cal State Northridge.

With their thirty-seventh round pick, the Mets selected Zach Fascia, a catcher out of Indian Hills Community College in Centerville, Iowa. He did not sign with the organization and honored his commitment to play for Purdue University.

With their thirty-eighth round pick, the Mets selected Nick Zona, a shortstop out of Hanover High School in Mechanicsville, Virginia. He did not sign with the organization and honored his commitment to play for James Madison University.

With their thirty-ninth round pick, the Mets selected Kody Darcy, a shortstop out of Kentridge High School in Kent, Washington. He did not sign with the organization and honored his commitment to Xavier University.

With their fortieth round pick, the Mets selected Brian Metoyer, a right-handed pitcher out of Louisiana State University of Alexandria. He made his professional debut with the GCL Mets and was later promoted to the Kingsport Mets. He posted a 5.11 ERA with 10 walks and 11 strikeouts in 12.1 innings pitched.

Round Selection Name Position School Type School
1 6 Jarred Kelenic OF HS Waukesha West High School
2 48 Simeon Woods-Richardson RHP HS Fort Bend Kempner High School
3 83 Carlos Cortes 2B 4Yr University of South Carolina
4 110 Adam Hill RHP 4Yr University of South Carolina
5 140 Ryley Gilliam RHP 4Yr Clemson University
6 170 Nick Meyer C 4Yr California Polytechnic State University
7 200 Kevin Smith LHP 4Yr University of Georgia
8 230 Tylor Megill RHP 4Yr University of Arizona
9 260 Bryce Montes de Oca RHP 4Yr University of Missouri
10 290 Manny Rodriguez SS 4Yr University of Cincinnati
11 320 Franklin Parra LHP HS Copiague High School
12 350 Ross Adolph CF 4Yr University of Toledo
13 380 Christian Tripp RHP 4Yr University of New Mexico
14 410 Andrew Mitchell LHP 4Yr Auburn University
15 440 Phil Capra C 4Yr Wagner College
16 470 L.A. Woodard SS 4Yr Middle Tennessee State University
17 500 Allan Winans RHP 4Yr Campbell University
18 530 Chase Chambers 1B 4Yr Tennessee Tech
19 560 Tommy Wilson RHP 4Yr Cal State Fullerton
20 590 Brooks Warren LHP JC East Central Community College
21 620 Zach Hammer RHP HS Alexander Central High School
22 650 Jaylen Palmer SS HS Holy Cross High School
23 680 Saul Gonzalez RHP HS Montverde Academy
24 710 Hayden Senger C 4Yr Miami University
25 740 David Miranda OF 4Yr Florida Atlantic University
26 770 Brian Sharp 3B 4Yr University of Missouri
27 800 Zach Rheams SS 4Yr Texas Tech University
28 830 Mitch Hickey RHP 4Yr University of California San Diego
29 860 Nelson Mompierre C 4Yr St. Thomas University
30 890 Chandler Avant 2B 4Yr University of Alabama
31 920 Brendan Hardy RHP HS Harrison Central High School
32 950 Jake Mangum CF 4Yr Mississippi State University
33 980 Mike Picollo RHP HS Blue Valley North High School
34 1010 Duke Kinamon 2B 4Yr Stanford University
35 1040 Ian Mejia RHP HS Sahuarita High School
36 1070 Denzel Clarke OF HS Everest Academy High School
37 1100 Zach Fascia C JC Indian Hills Community College
38 1130 Nick Zona SS HS Hanover High School
39 1160 Kody Darcy SS HS Kentridge High School
40 1190 Brian Metoyer RHP 4Yr Louisiana State University of Alexandria