2014 Draft: Mets draft SS Milton Ramos No. 84

In the third round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the Mets made it two position players.

A day after making Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto their first pick (10th overall), they chose high school shortstop Milton Ramos with the 84th overall pick Friday.

"He's known for his defense," said Mets scouting director Tommy Tanous. "[The bat] is a lot stronger than people think. This is not a below-average bat by any means. I think sometimes when you talk about shortstops with superior gloves, people automatically think it's a non-offensive player. That's certainly not the case for Milton. Tremendous hands. He's going to be plenty strong enough to hit."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

Ramos, considered one of the best players available entering the Draft's second day, is a highly touted defender out of the American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla. This year, Perfect Game named him a First-Team All-American.

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The Mets will try to lure Ramos away from Florida Atlantic -- about an hour from his hometown of Hialeah, Fla. -- the Division I school to which he is committed.

Listed at 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds, Ramos still has some filling out to do, which makes sense given that he won't turn 19 until October. MLB.com's Jim Duquette said on MLB Network that Ramos reminds him of a high school shortstop the Mets took in the first round of the 2012 Draft, Gavin Cecchini, who is ranked as the organization's No. 8 prospect by MLB.com.

MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo went as far to suggest that Ramos could be a Major League defender -- right now.

The bat, however, is the question. With American Heritage this spring, Ramos hit .424 with a .500 on-base percentage. He also drove in 21 runs and scored 19 times in 21 games.

When it comes to adjusting to the professional game, Ramos might already have an edge. His American Heritage coach, Bruce Aven, was a veteran of five Major League seasons with four different teams before retiring following the 2002 campaign. The former outfielder was a career .273 hitter, with his best season coming in 1999 with the Marlins when he hit .289 with 12 homers and 70 RBIs.

"He has above-average speed, a solid arm and great hands," Aven told the Miami Herald prior to Ramos' senior season. "His range is unbelievable. What determines how high he goes in the Draft is his bat."

Garcia-Pacheco a big bat Mets grab in fourth round

Eudor Garcia-Pacheco is an El Paso, Texas, native.

Eudor Garcia-Pacheco never expected to get drafted.

After graduating from Socorro High in El Paso, Texas, he moved on to El Paso Community College with little fanfare. But when he started mashing -- "Nintendo numbers," as his coach, Rob Martinez, put it -- scouts started paying attention. Mets scout Max Semler was the first to give him a call, a call that actually came prior to the first game of Garcia-Pacheco's freshman season last spring.

"He asked me if I wanted to play as a pro," Garcia-Pacheco recalled. "I said, 'Yes, that's always been my dream.'"

That dream became reality Friday afternoon when -- as he and his family crowded around a computer, watching on MLB.com -- the Mets selected Garcia-Pacheco in the fourth round (115th overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

According to Martinez, Garcia-Pacheco is one of the highest draftees to come out of the area since Mets Minor League shortstop Omar Quintanilla, who went to the Athletics in the first round in 2003. Quintanilla and Garcia-Pacheco share the same alma mater, Socorro High.

Garcia-Pacheco's selection comes on the heels of a monster sophomore season. He hit .460 with plenty of power -- 14 home runs, 18 doubles and nine triples. His 63 RBIs came in just 51 games, and it all resulted in first-team JUCO All-American honors. While it's hard to translate those stats into professional production, the belief is Garcia-Pacheco's bat will be what carries him up the Minor League ladder.

His ultimate destination in the field, however, is more of a question. Garcia-Pacheco is a third baseman by trade, and he said the Mets will give him a shot at the hot corner professionally. If that doesn't pan out, first base or the corner-outfield spots are options.

Martinez thinks a defensive change is likely.

"He has a chance to be a plus-first baseman," Martinez said. "He's fired up, he's excited."

Mets take big man on campus with fifth-round pick

The Mets went into the 2014 First-Year Player Draft looking for college arms, and in the fifth round Friday afternoon, they got their guy -- or at least one of them.

Josh Prevost, a right-hander from Seton Hall, became the Mets' fourth selection (145th overall) and the first pitcher taken by the club in this year's Draft.

The 22-year-old was named the Big East Pitcher of the Year following his senior season with the Pirates, during which he went 12-2 with a 1.62 ERA.

"The biggest surprise when you go and see him pitch is his actual command and control of his pitches," said Mets scouting director Tommy Tanous. "Supreme strike-thrower. Tremendous competitor. He has a lot of things that we look for, and still, as a college player, has some upside with his size."

The Draft concludes on Saturday with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo called it a "good senior sign," meaning Prevost is among those whose NCAA eligibility is up, and therefore he might sign a team-friendly, below-slot deal that allows the Mets to spend more on other picks.

Mayo also said Prevost, who stands at a towering 6-foot-8 and 225 pounds, is certainly a starting pitcher long term, a role in which Prevost found his groove during his breakout season this spring.

After tossing a combined 15 1/3 innings his freshman and sophomore seasons, then 58 1/3 as a junior in 2013, Prevost went undrafted last June. He came back with a vengeance this spring, however, throwing 116 1/3 innings while serving as Seton Hall's ace.

Prevost struck out nearly a batter per inning and limited opponents to a .158 average. Of his 15 starts, six were complete games and three were shutouts.

He did it all with a fastball that sits around 90 mph -- but has touched 94 -- as well as a slider and changeup.

Given his height, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Prevost was also a standout on the basketball team at Montgomery High. In addition to being named to the all-conference first team, he set a school record for blocks in a season as a senior.

Versatile Moore from LSU drafted in Round 6

Tyler Moore grew up in Baton Rouge, La., and he didn't have to go far for college when he started playing ball at Louisiana State University. It's safe to say his next adventure, though, will take him a little farther from home.

The Mets made Moore their sixth-round selection (175th overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday afternoon, and shortly after the announcement, LSU coach Paul Mainieri encouraged his catcher/first baseman to do away with his last year of eligibility to sign with New York.

"Our loss is their gain," Mainieri said. "The Mets are getting a wonderful young man. .... He's ready. He's ready to be successful."

The Draft concludes on Saturday with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

The Mets announced Moore as a catcher, but he played behind the plate and at first base for the Tigers this season. The 21-year-old served as the personal catcher for LSU's ace, right-hander Aaron Nola, who went seventh overall to the Phillies on Thursday.

"You kind of stick your chest out with a lot of pride and you hope you have a little bit to do with their development," Mainieri said.

At the plate, Mainieri said, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Moore possesses a mix of solid hand-eye coordination and power. He batted .301 with a .381 on-base percentage and a .484 slugging mark, collecting 10 doubles and six homers to go with his 37 RBIs. Moore also showed good patience, walking nearly as often as he struck out (18 to 21).

"As he continues to play, he's just going to continue to get better and better and better," Mainieri said. "I wouldn't be surprised to see the power develop further. He's a strong kid, he's got bat speed. When he gets his pitch, he knows what to do with it."

Big lefty Wieck drafted by Mets in Round 7

The Mets' seventh-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft was, quite literally, a big one.

Left-handed pitcher Brad Wieck, who just wrapped up his junior season with Oklahoma City University, stands at 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds. His selection (No. 205 overall) comes two rounds after the Mets took 6-foot-8, 220-pound Seton Hall hurler Josh Prevost.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

Wieck's collegiate journey has been a bit of a whirlwind. He originally planned to go to the University of New Mexico following his graduation from San Jacinto Christian Academy in Amarillo, Texas, but Tommy John surgery derailed those plans.

Instead, Wieck ended up at Frank Phillips College for his 2012 season before moving on to Cisco College -- both community colleges in Texas -- for '13.

At one point, Wieck was committed to Texas Tech, but he never ended up playing for the Red Raiders. He wound up at Oklahoma City, where he had a knack for putting up big strikeout numbers -- 118 in 69 2/3 innings.

While nine of his 15 appearances this spring were starts, Wieck did collect five saves in six relief appearances. He also posted a 3.23 ERA and limited opposing batters to a .218 batting average.

The Wieck college tour ultimately improved his Draft stock significantly. The Phillies picked him in the 29th round of the 2012 Draft after his year at Frank Phillips.

In Round 8, Mets take second high schooler

In the eighth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Mets selected Dash Winningham, a first baseman from Trinity Catholic High in Ocala, Fla. (No. 235 overall).

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Winningham is committed to Florida Gulf Coast University, but his loyalties might be flexible.

"Hopefully, I'll get drafted and get offered some good money," Winningham told the Ocala Star-Banner last summer. "If that doesn't happen, I'll go to Florida Gulf Coast for three years and try to do a good job there."

If he does do away with his commitment and sign with the Mets, the team will pick up a left-handed hitter who won't turn 19 until October, but is already 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds.

In addition to manning first for Trinity Catholic -- and helping the Celtics to a 19-9 record and a state championship -- during his high school season, Winngingham played for the Orlando Scorpions during the summer.

Mets pick Katz has potential to play everywhere

If Michael Katz, the Mets' ninth-round pick (No. 265 overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, indeed goes pro, he might be in for a potentially more permanent change.

Katz patrolled left field for the College of William & Mary this spring after playing first base almost exclusively his entire life, and on Friday evening, the Mets announced him as an outfielder. This, after Baseball America named him a Midseason All-American as a designated hitter.

"I went in trying to make the routine plays, just trying to make the plays you're supposed to make," Katz, who was at Citi Field on Monday for a pre-Draft workout, said of the positional switch. "I definitely have room for improvement throwing-wise ... but that will come with reps."

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

No matter Katz's defensive destination, the most attractive aspect of his game is his offensive prowess. As a junior this spring, he hit .363 -- second on the team, trailing only Nick Thompson, who went to the Cardinals 10 picks before Katz.

William & Mary coach Brian Murphy said Katz did "almost everything" at the plate for the Tribe thanks to his significant power to all fields.

Katz managed a .445 on-base percentage and .646 slugging mark, aided in large part by his plentiful extra-base hits -- 14 homers, 24 doubles and one triple. He crossed the plate 64 times and drove in 75 runs in 56 games.

"From Game 1 to Game 56, he was pretty locked in," Murphy said. "His bat is his ticket."

Over the course of his three years at William & Mary, the 21-year-old has also proven durable. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Katz started 166 games -- 55 each of his first two seasons, then 56 this spring.

A vast majority of those, of course, came in the outfield -- a part of the diamond where Murphy thinks Katz could have a future.

"He gets pigeonholed a little bit because he's a bigger kid," Murphy said. "People think he's just a hitter, but he moves around pretty good."

Mets end Day 2 of Draft with college hurler

Kelly Secrest may most likely be a reliever in the bigs.

To cap the second day of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Mets went right to where they indicated earlier this week they hoped to go -- a college pitcher.

Kelly Secrest, a 6-foot, 215-pound left-handed hurler, was the Mets' 10th-round choice (No. 295 overall). He wrapped up his senior campaign at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington last month.

The Draft concludes on Saturday with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

Secrest is different than the other pitchers the Mets drafted Friday in that he's a reliever by trade. Most Major League relievers were starters earlier in their professional careers, but it appears that won't be the case for Secrest.

The numbers -- a 1.73 ERA and .218 opponents' batting average in 2014, for example -- back up that decision. Secrest also had a 9.4 strikeouts-per-nine-innings rate and a 2.5 strikeout-to-walk rate while serving as the Seahawks' closer.

By the end of his senior year, Secrest set a Colonial Athletic Association record with 114 career appearances.