2002 Mets' Draft Selections

With only one selection prior to the fourth round of this year's draft, the New York Mets went high-profile in taking Texas prep left-hander Scott Kazmir, the national high school player of the year by several outlets. As of June 23, Kazmir was not one of the 15 players the Mets had signed from the 2002 first-year player draft. But the former Cypress Hill High School ace clearly headlines a draft that the organization hopes will inject power arms and talented outfielders.

Kazmir's fastball has consistently been clocked in the mid-90s. He has signed with national champion Texas and is expected to take much of the summer in negotiations.

The Mets' fourth- through eighth-round picks all signed early, as did 10th-rounder Matt Lindstrom from Ricks (Idaho) Junior College. Here's a brief synopsis on the Mets' signees from the first 10 rounds.

-- 4th round: Bobby Malek, outfielder, Michigan State: Off to a 3-for-18 start at short-season Brooklyn, Malek was Michigan's high school player of the year as a senior at Detroit Catholic Central and he had an outstanding career for the Spartans. The left-handed hitting right fielder can hit and throw, but his power was suspect to many scouts. He hurt his wrist during his all-American college season, so he's been limited to DH with the Cyclones.

-- 5th round: Jon Slack, outfielder, Texas Tech: Slack has power, speed and arm strength. A Las Vegas high school product, he was an all-region choice for two years at the Community College of Southern Nevada before transferring to Texas Tech. In his first three games at Brooklyn, he played twice in left field and once in center. Against Aberdeen in his second game, Slack had a three-hit night.

-- 6th round: Adam Elliott, right-hander, Clayton Valley HS, Concord, Calif.: Elliott has shown an above-average fastball and curveball. The Mets' signed him away from a college scholarship to Nevada-Las Vegas and he's scheduled to pitch at Rookie-level Kingsport.

-- 7th round: Jim Anderson, catcher, Cal-Riverside: Assigned to short-season Brooklyn, Anderson is one of three Cal-Riverside players assigned to the New York-Penn League (joining Tri-City outfielder Adam Seuss and Lowell pitcher Chris Smith). Anderson, as a junior this spring, hit .301 with a team-high eight home runs and 47 RBI. He also stole 14 bases.

-- 8th round: Tyler Davidson, outfielder, Washington: The third college outfielder taken by the Mets, Davidson's also on Brooklyn's roster. At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, he's a dominating presence in a batting order. His freshman year with the Huskies, he changed his swing so he could use his body more. Out of high school, the knocks on him were that he couldn't hit for average and couldn't throw but he has improved in both areas.

-- 10th round: Matt Lindstrom, right-hander, Ricks (Idaho) Junior College. Signed after his sophomore year at Ricks, the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Lindstrom throws in the low 90s. His brother, Rob, was a freshman third baseman for Ricks this season. Lindstrom has been assigned to Brooklyn.

The Mets Picks

Round Name Position School
1 Scott Kazmir LHP Cypress Falls H.S., TX
2 Compensation Pick for David Weathers - -
3 Compensation Pick for Roger Cedeno - -
4 Bob Malek OF Michigan State
5 John Slack OF Texas Tech
6 Adam Elliot RHP Clayton Valley H.S., CA
7 Jim Anderson C Cal-Riverside
8 Tyler Davidson OF Washington
9 Christian Colonel SS JC of Southern Idaho
10 Matt Lindstrom RHP Ricks JC, Idaho
11 Kelvin Garay LHP Santa Cruz H.S., P.R.
12 Shawn Bowman 3B Coquitlam, B.C.
13 Blake Whealy 2B Evansville
14 Jeff Brewer RHP U of British Columbia
15 Elvys Quezada RHP Seton Hall
16 Zachary Clements C Christian Brothers, TN
17 Laron Wilson OF Longwood College, VA
18 Ivan Maldonado RHP Indian Hills CC, Iowa
19 Bryan King RHP Mesa State, CO
20 Will Hudson SS Oregon State
21 Brendan Winn OF Brevard CC, FLA
22 Tim McNab RHP Florida Atlantic
23 Rashard Parker OF UCLA
24 Robert Paulk RHP North Florida JC
25 Nathan Kiser 1B Lebanon H.S., VA
26 Kylie Cullinan 3B Fullerton JC, CA
27 Ricky Steik RHP John F. Kennedy H.S., CA
28 Chris Munn RHP St. Thomas Aquinas H.S., FLA
29 Timothy Didjurgis RHP Pima JC, AZ
30 Chris Robinson C Dorchester, Ontario
31 Marcos Cabral 2B/SS Southwest Miami H.S.
32 Todd Dulaney 2B Wabash Valley JC, IL
33 Tim Jones OF Morristown H.S., NJ
34 Chase Lambin SS Lousiana-Lafayette
35 John Findley RHP Nettleton H.S., ARK
36 Joey Huskins C Fountain Valley H.S., CA
37 Billy Weitzman RHP Briarcliffe JC, NY
38 Derek Antelo RHP Broward JC, FLA
39 Dewayne Carver RHP Daytona Beach CC, FLA
40 Jonathan Malo SS Montmorency College, Quebec
41 Steven Romero RHP South Hills H.S., CA
42 Ryan DiPietro LHP Berlin H.S., CONN
43 Jeremy Brown OF Sylvan Hills H.S., ARK
44 Ian Bladergroen 1B Lamar CC, COL
45 Brian Rabbitt RHP Brookdale CC, NJ
46 Doug Fink RHP Southington H.S., CONN
47 Troy Roberson RHP Miami, FL
48 Alfred Profeet C Delaware Tech
49 Esteban Lopez C Chandler H.S., AZ
50 Jack Spradlin LHP Eastlake H.S., CA

Lacy Lusk was minor league editor at Baseball America magazine from 1997-2001. He remains a Carolina League correspondent for BA. This draft report, however, is not affiliated with Baseball America.

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