Mets take Wylie in Rule V Draft

Pitcher Mitch Wylie was selected by the New York Mets from the San Francisco Giants' Triple-A Fresno roster in Thursday's Rule V Draft.

A 28-year-old righthander, Wylie began 2005 in the independent Northern League before joining Fresno on June 19.

In 22 games (nine starts) for Fresno, Wylie was 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA and two saves. In 66.0 innings pitched, Wylie allowed 68 hits and 36 runs (33 earned) while walking 15 and striking out 58.

The Davenport, Iowa native was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the eighth round of the June 1998 Free Agent Draft and spent seven years in their farm system.

Additionally, two players the Mets left unprotected were selected by other clubs in the Rule V Draft. Shortstop David Bacani went to the Boston Red Sox, while right-handed pitcher Celso Rondon was taken by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Bacani, 26, spent most of 2005 with Double-A Binghamton of the Eastern League, where he batted .294 with five home runs and 42 RBI in 90 games.

A 22nd round draft selection in the June 2001 Free Agent Draft, Bacani played nine games at Triple-A Norfolk last season, going 3-for-24 (.125). He is a .280 hitter in 1,293 minor league at-bats, spanning 435 contests.

Rondon, 21, did not pitch in 2005 after splitting the previous season between Brooklyn (A) and Capital City (A).

A non-drafted free agent who signed with the Mets in June 2001, Rondon has a record of 13-10 with a 3.61 ERA in 95 career minor league games (nine starts), walking 80 and striking out 211 in 179.1 innings pitched.

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