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Mets 2015 draft analysis

A look at some of the trends from the Mets' 2015 draft class. The first-year player draft began on June 8 and concluded June 10.

REINFORCEMENTS

Nineteen of the Mets' 39 total picks and
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Nineteen of the Mets' 39 total picks and three of their first four, were high school players. Many of the Mets' top prospects are in the upper levels of the minor leagues and on the verge of reaching the majors in the next few seasons. Leftfielder Michael Conforto, centerfielder Brandon Nimmo and shortstop Gavin Cecchini are at Double-A Binghamton, shortstop Matt Reynolds and pitcher Steven Matz are with Triple-A Las Vegas and second baseman Dilson Herrera and catcher Kevin Plawecki are shuttling between MLB and Triple-A. The lower levels have their share of interesting names rightfielder Wuilmer Becerra at Single-A Savannah, first baseman Dominic Smith at Single-A Advanced St. Lucie. The team's top pick in the draft, outfielder Desmond Lindsay (pictured), was from Florida's Out-Of-Door Academy. The Mets selected him in the second round, 53rd overall.

ARMED AND READY

The Mets already have an enviable inventory of
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The Mets already have an enviable inventory of pitching talent at the major and minor league levels, but the team leaned heavily on drafting hurlers this June. Of their 39 total picks, 28 were pitchers 10 lefthanders and 18 righthanders. Lefthanded relief is a weakness in the organization overall. The Mets picked six pitchers in their first 10 picks and took eight straight pitchers from rounds 15 to 22 (six righthanders, two lefthanders). University of Illinois righthander Nick Blackburn, pictured, was selected in the 22nd round, 659th overall.

DUE SOUTH

The Mets selected 10 players from schools in
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The Mets selected 10 players from schools in Florida, their most picks from any one state. Second place was a tie between California and Texas, which produced four draft picks each for the Mets. The Mets selected one New Yorker, righthanded pitcher Thomas Hackimer. Hackimer was born in New Hyde Park, grew up in Floral Park, went to high school at Archbishop Molloy and attended St. Johns. The Mets picked Hackimer in the 15th round, 449th overall. Lefthander PJ Conlon, pictured, pitched at the University of San Diego and was selected by the Mets in the 13th round, 389th overall.

PUTTING OFF GRADUATION

Of the Mets' 20 college players, two are
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Of the Mets' 20 college players, two are from junior college and 12 were juniors in college. Only six were seniors, including two fifth-year seniors. Righthanded pitcher George Thanopoulos, pictured, is a junior at Columbia. He was selected in the 35th round, 1,049th overall.

POSITION PLAYERS

The Mets drafted 11 position players -- four
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The Mets drafted 11 position players -- four outfielders, four infielders and three catchers. Miami third baseman David Thompson, pictured, was selected in the fourth round, 119th overall.

BIG VALUE

The tallest players drafted by the Mets were
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The tallest players drafted by the Mets were a pair of 6-6 righthanded pitchers: Jackson Wark (30th round, high school, Alabama) and Geoff Hartlieb (37th round, Lindenwood University, Missouri). The Mets also drafted several 6-4 hurlers, including Dallas Baptist righthander Joe Shaw, pictured. Shaw was drafted in the 12th round, 359th overall.

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