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Mets Mock Draft Recap

2/62 Jered Hughes/RHP/Long Beach State
3/94 Carmine Giardina/LHP/Durant HS (FL)
4/124 John Shelby/2B/Kentucky
5/154 Shane Keough/OF/Yavapai JC

Although this draft lacks the high end talent of other drafts in recent memory, it stil would have been nice to have a first round pick.  If the Mets still had the 18th pick I probably would have taken either Hank Conger, David Huff, or Brett Anderson.  Now on to the actual Mets picks.  The Mets scouting staff was pleasantly surprised to see Hughes available at #62.  As the pick approached, Hughes emerged as the top rated player on our draft board.  Offers nice size and solid off-speed options.  Might not have the upside to be a top of the rotation starter, but looks like a pretty decent bet to be a solid, back of the rotation innings eater.  Not a bad selection for mid-Round 2.  In Round 3 we decided to go the opposite route, a projectable HS LHP.  As is, Giardina shows the potential to miss a number of bats with the excellent movement on his pitches, especially his fastball and curveball.  A bit of a signability question, but without a first the Mets can afford him.  With the final 2 picks, the Mets went after bloodlines.  Despite some recent draft picks, the Mets depth at MI in the minors needs a lot of improvement.  Although he struggled as a Junior, John Shelby regained some of his form late in the year and if he can develop a bit more power he is a 5 tool player.  I am also a bit partial to those with relatives who have played in the majors because they have a better understanding of how major league life is.  The Mets concluded by taking OF Shane Keough out of Yavapai JC, the son of former major leaguer and Oakland front office man Matt Keough.  Keough is a bit raw with his bat, but that is more a product of missing 2 years in High School.  The improvement he showed, especially when it came to strike zone judgment, over the course of this past season indicates to me that with professional coaching it will develop even further.  Despite not having a 1st Round pick in this draft, I think the Mets made out rather well

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