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Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Tradition Field, home to the St. Lucie Mets
Tradition Field, home to the St. Lucie Mets
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Meet the Mets

The Mets had a welcome day off on the field, but things were busy as can be off the field. Brodie Van Wagenen had the chance to preside over his first draft day as Mets GM, and a pattern quickly emerged, with the Mets selecting a couple of high-upside, higher-risk prospects.

In the first round the Mets took Brett Baty, a high school third baseman out of Texas.

In the second round, the Mets selected another Texas high school player, this time a pitcher, Josh Wolf.

Daniel Zamora is living proof that you don’t need to be drafted in the first two rounds to make it to the majors.

Ron Darling will make his return to the Mets’ booth tonight, after battling cancer for the past few weeks.

Joel Sherman didn’t buy Mickey Callaway’s anger after the Mets’ frustrating losses in Arizona.

Kevin Kernan says even if Callaway’s anger is real, it might be too late.

The Mets have partnered with KultureCity to help make Mets games more friendly for fans with autism and other sensory-specific needs.

Fangraphs tried to determine which teams in baseball have had the most exciting games this season. The Mets came out near the top, but unfortunately, a lot of that had to do with them blowing late leads or failing to finish off a comeback.

Around the National League East

The Braves took shortstop Braden Shewmake with their first round draft pick.

The Nationals selected pitcher Jackson Rutledge with their top pick.

The Phillies were the only NL East team with a game on Monday and they lost to the Padres thanks to a Manny Machado grand slam.

MLB extended Odubel Herrera’s administrative leave. The Phillies outfielder is due in court on June 17 to face charges over an altercation involving his girlfriend at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City.

The Phillies selected college shortstop Bryson Stott with their top pick in the draft. Stott is one of the more polished prospects in the draft.

Andrew McCutchen appeared to go down with a knee injury during the Phillies’ game on Monday.

The Marlins got Vanderbilt slugger JJ Bleday with the fourth pick in the draft.

Around Major League Baseball

Adley Rutschman went first overall in the draft to the Baltimore Orioles. The hard-hitting Oregon catcher edged out Bobby Witt Jr. for the top spot.

Julio Urias will not be charged with domestic battery.

The Hardball Times took a look at the physics of how teams that use humidors for their balls might be able to cheat.

Nelson Cruz is coming off the DL for the Twins.

Dallas Keuchel will no longer cost a team a draft pick, so MLB.com took a look at his potential top suitors at this point in the season.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve Sypa handled the Daily Prospect Report.

There was a new episode of UnforMETable released, all about Marco Scutaro.

Steve Sypa and friends made their Mets draft wishes known. Only Lukas got his wish.

Allison McCague had player performance meters for pitchers and position players.

Steve Sypa brought you a draft profile for Brett Baty, and another one for Josh Wolf.

This Date in Mets History

Dave Kingman ran roughshod over the Dodgers on this date in 1976, hitting three home runs, to help seal an 11-0 rout for Tom Seaver.