1:10 AM EDT, Tue June 27, 2017
San Francisco Chronicle

Giants lose 12th in 13 games — worst stretch in 25 years

Any day now, the Giants could "catch" the Phillies for the worst record in the majors and grab position for the first pick of the 2018 draft. If the Giants had any shot to prove they did not deserve the honor, they blew it with three losses over the weekend to the Mets, who could apply for disaster-relief aid themselves yet completed a sweep with Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Reyes on the bench. Where is the Moore who nearly no-hit the Dodgers last August and dominated the eventual World Series champs in Game 4 of the Division Series? Three scored on a pair of homers by catcher René Rivera,...

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2017 Mets draft profile: CJ Van Eyk

With their nineteenth selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected CJ Van Eyk, a right-handed pitcher from Florida. Name: CJ Van Eyk Born: Lutz, Florida Age: 19 (9/15/98) Height/Weight: 6'2"/185 lbs Position: RHP Bats/Throws: R/R School: Steinbrenner High School A right-hander out of Steinbrenner High, CJ Van Eyk looked like one of the best prep right-handers in the 2017 draft at times. In 2016, he had a perfect 7-0 record, posting a Hillsborough County-low 0.16 ERA and county-leading 130 strikeouts for the Steinbrenner High School Warriors, leading them to the regional semifinal, and...

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2017 Mets draft profile: Carl Stajduhar

With their eighteenth selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected Carl Stajduhar, a third baseman from Colorado. Name: Carl Stajduhar Born: Fort Collins, Colorado Age: 21 (4/29/96) Height/Weight: 6'1"/215 lbs Position: 3B/1B Bats/Throws: R/R School: University of New Mexico Greg Stajduhar was a collegiate baseball player at Colorado State University: Pueblo, and his son, Carl, followed in his footsteps. Carl played baseball for all four years he attended Rocky Mountain High School, winning a litany of awards and honors, and was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 2014 MLB Draft with...

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2017 Mets draft profile: Yadiel Flores

With their twentieth selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected Yadiel Flores, a right-handed pitcher from Puerto Rico. Name: Yadiel Flores Born: Yabucoa, Puerto Rico Age: 17 (7/31/99) Height/Weight: 6'2"/165 lbs Position: RHP Bats/Throws: R/R School: Puerto Rico Baseball Academy A product of Puerto Rico Baseball Acedemy, Yadiel Flores is as lean a pitcher as you will find, standing 6’2” and weighing 165. His string bean frame is highly projectable, and how much mass he is able to add over the next few years will determine how successful he will be as a professional baseball...

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2017 Mets draft profile: Raphael Gladu

With their sixteenth selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected Raphael Gladu, an infielder from Quebec. Name: Raphael Gladu Born: Trois-Rivieres, Quebec Age: 22 (6/23/95) Height/Weight: 6'2"/195 lbs Position: INF Bats/Throws: L/R School: Louisiana Tech University Raphael Gladu attended high school at Académie Les Estacades in Quebec, where he played baseball and hockey. He attended Galveston College in Texas upon graduation, playing primarily third base. He hit .329/.380/.379 as a freshman and .351/.402/.519 as a sophomore, helping lead the Galveston College Whitecaps to a 30-win...

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2017 Mets draft profile: AJ Labas

With their sixteenth selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected AJ Labas, a right-handed pitcher from Florida. Name: AJ Labas Born: Middleburg, Florida Age: 18 (12/08/98) Height/Weight: 6'3"/220 lbs Position: RHP Bats/Throws: R/R School: Trinity Christian Academy A standout from Trinity Christian Academy who helped pitch them to the 2017 Tournament of Champions, AJ Labas is among one of the better prep pitchers in Florida. His fastball sits 89-91, topping out at 93 MPH. The pitch gets good late life and good sinking action. He complements his fastball with a changeup and curveball. His...

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2017 Mets draft profile: Dylan Snypes

With their fifteenth selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected Dylan Snypes, a shortstop from Mississippi. Name: Dylan Snypes Born: State Line, Mississippi Age: 21 (5/01/95) Height/Weight: 6'2"/180 lbs Position: SS Bats/Throws: L/R School: Oral Roberts University The MVP and most valuable defensive player of 2014 in Wayne County High School, Dylan Snypes was not courted by either MLB teams or high-profile colleges, so he elected to attend a junior college instead. He enrolled in East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi and attended the school for two seasons, hitting...

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Recapping the New York Mets 2017 MLB Draft

With the 2017 MLB Draft in the books, we analyze of each of the Mets’ selections and how likely they are to sign. The 2017 MLB Draft is complete, and it is time recap the draft as a whole. I will give a brief analysis of each pick and rank a likelihood of them signing with the Mets. Some signings have already been made official by the team and I will note those as such. Round 1: LHP David Peterson, Oregon [Profile] I expected Peterson to be gone before the Mets picked at 20, so this looks like good value. Not your prototypical big stuff pitcher the Mets typically covet, but can get up to...

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Mets sign second-round pick Mark Vientos

The 59th overall pick signed for $1.5 million Jonathan Mayo reports that the Mets have signed their second-round draft pick, Mark Vientos, with a $1.5 million signing bonus. Vientos, a senior out of American Heritage High School in Florida, signed for slightly above slot value ($1,094,700), which probably helped him break his commitment to University of Miami. The right-handed shortstop—though not a long term shortstop, as Steve Sypa and Alex Nelson said on Amazin’ Avenue Audio last week—was the 59th overall pick in the draft and was a somewhat controversial prospect. Here is what...

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2017 Mets draft profile: Bryce Hutchinson

With their twelfth selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected Bryce Hutchinson, a right-handed pitcher from Florida. Name: Bryce Hutchinson Born: Port Orange, Florida Age: 18 (10/21/98) Height/Weight: 6'6"/245 lbs Position: RHP/1B Bats/Throws: R/R School: DeLand High School (Florida) Bryce Hutchinson has been on the radar of scouts for years. As a sophomore, he had a monster year, hitting .373 for the Spruce Creek Hawks and leading the entire state of Florida with 22 doubles. A broken hamate bone limited him in his junior year, but as a senior this season, the big first baseman was...

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2017 Mets draft profile: Nathan Peden

With their thirteenth selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected Nathan Peden, a right-handed pitcher from Florida. Name: Nathan Peden Born: DeBary, Florida Age: 18 (10/16/98) Height/Weight: 6'4"/170 lbs Position: RHP Bats/Throws: R/R School: University High School (Florida) The University High School Titans won a school-record 25 games in 2017, winning their regionals and being named runners-up in the state championships, and Nathan Peden was a big reason why. The right-hander went 3-3 as a senior, posting a 1.69 ERA with 39 strikeouts and 10 walks in 41.1 innings pitched. Peden does...

New York Post

The big takeaway from how the Yankees and Mets drafted

It started last Monday, with the Yankees taking South Carolina right-hander Clarke Schmidt at No. 16. Three picks later, the Mets tabbed Oregon lefty David Peterson. By two days later, 53 more pitchers would be added to the New York baseball teams’ haul. The Yankees and Mets turned this year’s MLB First-Year Player Draft into...

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Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler: Position player draft picks

Can you name every position player with at least 1,000 major league games whom the Mets drafted and signed? Last week, we asked you to name every long-tenured major league pitcher that the Mets drafted and signed. For this week’s Mind Boggler, we’d like you to do the same for position players. Position players with at least 1,000 major league games whom the Mets drafted and signed To qualify for this list, the player needed to accumulate at least 1,000 games in the major leagues. Keep in mind that those 1,000 games did not all have to come with the Mets, but with any combination of...

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2017 Mets draft profile: Trey Cobb

With their eighth selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected Trey Cobb, a right-handed pitcher from Washington. Name: Trey CobbBorn: Broken Arrow, OklahomaAge: 21 (6/24/94)Height/Weight: 6'1"/200 lbsPosition: RHPBats/Throws: R/RSchool: Oklahoma State University Trey Cobb, the Mets’ eighth pick in the 2017 draft, takes baseball very seriously. Thanks to his “no fooling around” demeanor, the right-hander helped his high school team to the playoffs and to championships as a sophomore, junior, and senior. He was recruited by multiple colleges—LSU, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas,...

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2017 Mets draft profile: Cannon Chadwick

With their ninth selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected Cannon Chadwick, a right-handed pitcher from Texas. Name: Cannon ChadwickBorn: Paris, TexasAge: 22 (12/02/94)Height/Weight: 6'0"/210 lbsPosition: RHPBats/Throws: R/RSchool: University of Arkansas Following his graduation from Paris High School in Texas, Cannon Chadwick—the Mets’ ninth pick in the 2017 draft—enrolled in Paris Junior College, a junior college also in his native Paris. As a member of the Dragons’ pitching staff, the right-hander went 3-2 with a 1.14 ERA. He clearly was too skilled for the NJCAA, as he...

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Amazin' Avenue Audio, Episode 242: The Draft Recap

This week, Chris gets some hate mail, we talk about the newest members of the Mets organization, and more. Welcome back to Amazin' Avenue Audio—this week, Chris gets some hate mail, we talk about the newest members of the Mets organization, and more. First up, Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore welcome former Amazin' Avenue contributor Alex Nelson and current contributor Steve Sypa to help make some sense of the 2017 First Year Player Draft. Brian and Chris then stick around to answer an email. Next, Aaron Yorke looks at the Mets' main division rival at this point, the Washington...

Sports Illustrated

The Prospect Who Walked Away: Why a Mets first-round pick quit the game 20 years ago

The story of Ryan Jaroncyk, the one-time first-round draft pick of the New York Mets, who quit the game in anger and took his life in an unexpected direction.

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2017 Mets draft profile: Stephen Villines

With their tenth selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected Stephen Villines, a right-handed pitcher from California. Name: Stephen VillinesBorn: Lake Hills, CaliforniaAge: 22 (7/15/95)Height/Weight: 6'2"/175 lbsPosition: RHPBats/Throws: R/RSchool: University of Kansas Stephen Villines was a four-year letter-winner for the El Toro Bulls, his high school team. In his junior year, the young right-hander posted a 1.41 ERA in 49.1 innings, striking out 33 and walking seven. As a senior, he posted a 1.40 ERA in 30 innings, striking out 19 and walking 6. With no MLB clubs calling, and no...

Chicago Tribune

Doesn’t it feel like Theo Epstein needs to make a trade now?

Now that the MLB draft is finished and Theo Epstein is done making his rookie league team better, can he do the same for his major league club? Because after Wednesday night’s 9-4 go-from-ahead loss to the Mets that dropped the Cubs under .500 again with the same kind of repeated failures that...

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2017 Mets draft profile: Marcel Renteria

With their sixth selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected Marcel Renteria, a right-handed pitcher from Arizona. Name: Marcel Renteria Born: Nogales, Arizona Age: 22 (9/27/94) Height/Weight: 5'11"/185 lbs Position: RHP Bats/Throws: R/R School: New Mexico State University Baseball runs in Marcel Renteria’s blood. Though he is not part of a storied baseball family, he is related to not one, but two former players: Dave Oropeza, who played in the Montreal Expos system but never made it past Low-A ball, and Gil Heredia, who had a ten-year career between 1991 and 2001 with four teams. A...

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2017 Mets draft profile: Tony Dibrell

With their fourth selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected Tony Dibrell, a right-handed pitcher from Georgia. Name: Tony DibrellBorn: Alpharetta, Georgia Age: 21 (11/08/95)Height/Weight: 6'3"/205 lbsPosition: RHPBats/Throws: R/RSchool: Kennesaw State University Tony Dibrell was an impressive specimen at Chattahoochee High School, where he lettered four times as a varsity player, but he never garnered much major league attention. As a high school player, the 6’1”, 200-pound right-hander had a fastball that touched 90 MPH, and was supplemented by a developing slider, curveball, and...

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2017 Mets draft profile: Conner O’Neil

With their seventh selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected Conner O’Neil, a right-handed pitcher from Washington. Name: Conner O’Neil Born: Kennewick, Washington Age: 22 (9/25/94) Height/Weight: 6'2"/190 lbs Position: RHP Bats/Throws: R/R School: California State University: Northridge An All-Conference athlete for his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons, Conner O’Neil graduated from Southridge High School in Kennewick, Washington and attended Central Arizona College, a community college in Coolidge, Arizona that has produced its fair share of baseball players. In 2014, he...

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2017 Mets draft profile: Matt Winaker

With their fifth selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected Matt Winaker, a first baseman from California. Name: Matt Winaker Born: Alamo, California Age: 21 (1996) Height/Weight: 6'1"/200 lbs Position: 1B/OF Bats/Throws: R/R School: Stanford University Attending San Ramon Valley High School, Matt Winaker stood out on the baseball diamond and on the gridiron. In 2013 and 2014 he was named an All-East Bay Athletic League member in baseball, and in 2014 was given the very same honor in football. Due to his athletic prowess in both sports, Winaker was named 2014 San Ramon Valley Athlete...

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Mets Morning News: Victory and the draft

Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Mets opened up their series with the defending champs by notching a victory. Jacob deGrom mowed the Cubs down as the latest Mets pitcher to have a good outing. He was in such a groove that he demanded to finish the game. The team is now on a four-game winning streak and pulled a game closer to the division lead as the Nationals lost to the Braves. Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, Times, Post, Daily News, Newsday, MLB.com, NJ.com, Bergen County Record. The other big story emerging...

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2017 Mets draft profile: Quinn Brodey

With their third selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected Quinn Brodey, an outfielder from California. Name: Quinn BrodeyBorn: Los Angeles, CaliforniaAge: 21 (9/03/95)Height/Weight: 6'1"/200 lbsPosition: OFBats/Throws: L/LSchool: Stanford University Quinn Brodey has been performing double duty his entire life. As a student at Loyola High School, he was an excellent student and athlete. In the classroom, he was attracted to figuring out how things worked, which is what led him to eventually going to Stanford and majoring in management science and engineering. On the baseball diamond,...

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2017 Mets draft profile: David Peterson

With their first selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected David Peterson, a left-handed pitcher from Colorado. Name: David Peterson Born: Denver, Colorado Age: 21 (9/03/95) Height/Weight: 6'6"/240 lbs Position: LHP Bats/Throws: L/L School: University of Oregon In high school, Peterson pitched and played first base, but it quickly became apparent to coach Matt Darr that his future was on the mound. As a sophomore, the left-hander went 6-3 with a 3.26 ERA in 49.1 innings, striking out 63 batters. As a junior, he went 4-2 with a 1.60 ERA in 39.1 innings, striking out 56. As a...

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2017 Mets draft profile: Mark Vientos

With their second selection in the 2017 draft, the Mets selected Mark Vientos, a third baseman from Florida. Name: Mark Vientos Born: Pembroke Pines, Florida Age: 17 (12/11/99) Height/Weight: 6'4"/190 lbs Position: 3B Bats/Throws: R/R School: American Heritage High School (Florida) Despite his youth, having been born on December 11, 1999, Mark Vientos has been on the radars of various scouts for a long time. As far back as 2013, the youngster has been participating in baseball showcases across the South, impressing those that had come to see the newest generation of baseball players with a...