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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Mets Select Two in Rule 5 Draft

The Mets didn't get the opportunity to take Pat Egan as he was taken by the Brewers the pick before the Mets, but the Mets picked up Brad Emaus, 2B/3B from the Blue Jays, someone that J.P. Riccardi drafted when he was in Toronto. Jason Gray of ESPN.com had this to say about Emaus,

Primarily a second baseman but also capable of playing third, the 24-year-old Emaus drew some comparisons to Ty Wigginton earlier in his pro career, though he might have better on-base skills than Wigginton, at the expense of some pop. When he's on, he features a stroke that scouts call "short to and long through." In other words, a short path to the ball, and his bat stays in the hitting zone a long time. He'll likely be given an opportunity to earn at least part of the second base job during spring training.

The Mets also selected Pedro Beato from the Orioles, whom they had drafted back in 2005. Beato is a local product from Xaverian high school.  Beato is 6'6, 240 pounds, features a mid-90s fastball, low-90s sinker and a 12-6 curve. He transitioned to the bullpen last year and had success (2.11 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 43 appearance in AA). He was born in the great month of October 1986; what's not to like?

My Take: For a team that has rarely participated in the Rule 5 draft in recent years/kept the players on the team, this is a significant step in the right direction. The Mets aren't built to win 90 games in 2011, so why not take a chance on two young players who could continue to develop and help the team in 2012 and beyond?

Let's Go Mets!


  1. a 6'6 mid 90's guy at least makes me want to see him in spring training...if one of these rule 5 guys or signings works out, then they did a good job. It costs nothing to give them a shot

  2. ok, so I am sure the kid chicken is going to post, perhaps during breakfast, but Cliff Lee, 5 years, 120 million dollars, to the Phillies. Well that's lovely for us fans in Met world. Provided they are healthy, when are they ever goign to go on a losing streak? I mean let's say Halladay has a bad night (and those happen so often), you have a stopper in Lee. Let's say they both have a bad night, then your stopper is Hamels. But let's just say all 3 have a bad night, bring on Oswalt. Are you kidding me! Great job by Philly and Ruben Amaro. Not only did they just make themselves the best team in the NL, I guarantee Philly fans are like "Jayson Werth who".

    So what does this mean for the Mets? Well, it isn't all bad. I mean it is, but win 90 games and you have a shot at the wild card. I am not saying the Mets are wild card contender--that's TBD. I am just saying the the Phils can take the division and win 200 games. Whatever. The Mets aren't on that level yet. But the Mets hopefully can compete with the other 2nd place / wild card teams.

    I can't wait for the 4 game series they Mets and Phils will play they show the probably matchups for the coming games and the Phils are throwing Halladay, Oswalt, Hamels, and Lee. I have to laugh it is so ridiculous. Philly and Boston--huge movers in the off season...