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
|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|
|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.|
|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|
|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|
|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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