By Bryan Zarpentine @BZarp on June 9, 2014
We won’t know for a few years whether or not the New York Mets, or any other MLB team, have done a good job of selecting players in the 2014 MLB Draft. But we can try to make judgments on which draftees have a chance to make a difference down the line and which draftees fans should be watching closely. Here are 5 noteworthy players that the Mets drafted that fans should know about.
Bonfield was one of several players the Mets took in the later rounds that will be tough to sign, but could have been drafted much earlier based on talent. He's a big kid with big league potential, and if the Mets can find the dollar figure that will make him back out on his college commitment and sign, he'll be a great addition to the Mets' farm system.
Wieck is notable for two reasons. Firstly, he has incredible size (6-foot-9 240 pounds), making him a monster on the mound. The second reason is that he was the first of five left-handed pitchers the team drafted, as they try to replenish that part of their farm system. Wieck projects as a lefty specialist in the big leagues, and he has a chance to move fast and fill that role quickly for the Mets.
Prevost is another imposing pitcher at 6-foot-8 and he's improved drastically in the past year, becoming the Big East pitcher of the year. He throws a lot of strikes, which the Mets love, and he's starting to come into his own as a pitcher. As a college senior, he'll sign for cheap and help the Mets spend more on some of their other picks, which will be helpful.
Ramos may have been the best defensive shortstop available in this year's draft and many scouts think he could play defensively in the big leagues right now. Of course, he still has to hit, and as a high school player, it could take him a few years until his bat catches up to his defense. With a glove like his, though, he'll have every opportunity to make it to the big leagues.
The Mets' first round pick is obviously the team's most important. The Mets need outfield help and power in their organization, and Conforto provides that. He also has a chance to move through the system quickly and help give the lineup a power boost within a couple years, and that makes him a valuable draft pick and a prospect to watch closely.
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