Yesterday was the 2014 MLB player draft, and the Mets, we all know by now, picked Michael Conforto with their pick, the tenth in the draft. When it comes to amateur players I am a total amatuer, I do not know who any of these guys are. A lot of other blogs work hard at this stuff, personally I enjoy Mack’s Mets who are outworked by no one. I’m sure they will have excellent comprehensive analysis of all of the Mets main draft picks, not just their number one. Here at 2 Guys I’m going in a different (ie:easy) way and thought it would be fun to look back at the players who went number 10 overall in the last ten years and see where they are now. So, here we go:
2004, Thomas Diamond, P, Rangers
Thomas major league career consisted of 16 bad appearances with the Chicago Cubs in 2010. As far as my computer can tell he no longer throws a baseball for a living.
2005, Cameron Maybin, OF, Tigers
Maybin was considered a hot prospect and was one of the key players included by the Tigers in their December 2007 trade for a guy named Miquel Cabrera. Although Maybin has been able to bounce around a little and make some major league meal money his inclusion in the Cabrera deal is a good example of selling high on a prospect.
For good measure in 2008, Brian Sabean picked Buster Posey at number 5. Anyone wondering why the Giants were World Series Champs in 2010 and 2012, the 2006-2008 drafts were vital to those efforts.
2008, Jason Castro, C, Astros
Castro did not hit at first, but blossomed into a power hitting catcher last year at age 26.
2009, Drew Storen, P, Nationals
A college pitcher, Storen was able to make an impact quickly for the Nationals, he made his debut in 2010. Storen has been a quality reliever for the Nationals since.
2010, Michael Choice, OF, A’s
Traded by the A’s this offseason he is off to a rough rookie campaign with Texas.
2011, Cory Spangenberg, 2B, Padres
Spangenberg has done well enough in the Padres system, and is slowly climbing up the ladder (Double A at this point.) He has had two concussions already, which has not helped. George Springer, killing it for Houston right now, was taken next at number 11.
2012, David Dahl, OF, Rockies
A high school outfielder when picked, it’s early to say too much. Dahl is currently in the Sally league.
2013, Philip Bickford, P, Blue Jays
Bickford, a high school pitcher, did not sign with the Blue Jays and enrolled at Cal-State Fullerton.