Philip Humber was regarded as one of the "safest" picks in the draft. A three year starter for Rice, Humber possesses a fastball that is regularly clocked 90-94 mph and can bring it as high as 96 MPH at times. At 6'4" and 210 lbs., he's an imposing figure on the mound that throws a power curveball and a split-finger as his secondary pitches. Aside from being very consistent on the mound, Humber is an excellent student of the game and has an unquestionable work ethic.
2nd Round, RHP Matthew Durkin, San Jose State University:
Durkin is a Kevin Deaton clone...a big 6'5", 240-lbs innings-eater. Durkin, who has a 3/4 release point, throws a sinking fastball that is regularly clocked in the low 90s and works both sides of the plate He throws a cutter and a slider.
3rd Round, RHP Gabriel Hernandez, Belen Jesuit Preparatory School:
The Mets made Hernandez their third straight right handed pitcher selected in the 2004 draft, all oddly enough throwing from 3/4 release points. Like Durkin, Hernandez throws a sinking fastball that averages 88-91 mph. Hernandez throws a sharp curveball and a good changeup. Like Humber, Hernandez has great poise on the mound and thirsts for more baseball knowledge. A good student of the game.
4th Round, Catcher, Aaron Hathaway, University of Washington:
Hathaway is a Mike Matheny clone, known more for his defensive prowess than his able bat. Hathaway has a gun for an arm, able to throw out would-be basestealers from his knees. At the plate, Hathaway has a good batting eye with decent gap power.
5th Round, 3B, Nicholas Evans, St. Mary's High School:
Drafted out of Phoenix, Arizona, Evans is a bit of a risky pick. Evans has said all along he would attend Texas Tech University if he did not like his draft status. He has the body type (6'2", 180 lbs) to add on power projection as he fills out. An aggressive hitter, the ball jumps off his bat. Very athletic.
6th Round, SS, Ryan Coultas, University of California:
Coultas is a big kid (6'3") that fits the newer mold of shortstops these days. He's got a terrific arm and sure hands, but lacks power at the plate. He's not the best hitter, but has excellent base running skills. Known more his defense.
7th Round, RHP, Scott Hyde, George Fox University:
Hyde resembles the Mets' first three pitchers selected in the 2004 draft...tall, athletic, 3/4 release point, good work ethic, decent repertoire (Curveball, Slider) for his development thus far. Fastball averages in the high 80s.
8th Round, RHP, Neil Jamison, Long Beach State:
Rick Peterson sure appears to have his stamp on this 2004 draft as the Mets selected another tall, athletic right-handed pitcher with a 3/4 release point. Like Durkin and Hernandez, Jamison's fastball has good sinking action. He has an average MLB fastball and decent slider, throwing both for strikes. Good work ethic and will challenge hitters.
9th Round, 1B, Christopher Carp, Lakewood High School:
Carp is a very disciplined hitting first baseman that possesses a keen batting eye and good power potential. He gets excellent extension on a good, compact swing and has good gap power. Carp is very good defensively at 1B with decent range and soft hands.
10th Round, RF, Brahiam Maldonado, St. Francis:
Maldonado is not very big (6'0", 180 lbs.). He has a short, compact swing with good power to all fields. He's a complete player both offensively and defensively. A good baserunner, Maldondo has a decent arm and good range in the outfield.
11th Round, Joshua Wyrick, LF, Porterville
12th Round, Jeffrey Landing, RHP, Virginia Tech
13th Round, Martinez Allen, LF, Dunnellon High School
14th Round, Bradley Myers, RHP, Servite High School
15th Round, William Psomas, SS, West Virginia University
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