Revisiting The Mets 1st Round Picks In 2011 & 2012

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Nimmo continues to grow as a player (Photo by Corey Mansfield)
Last night the New York Mets selected first baseman Dominic Smith with the 12th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.  Smith is consider by many as the best hitting prospect in the draft. While Smith is years away from making an impact with the Mets, his offensive will be desperately needed in their future. 

As I watched the Smith put on the Mets jersey I wondered how the first round picks from 2010 and 2011 were doing this season...

Brandon Nimmo
Selected: 1st Round (13th overall), 2011

The Mets first round selection in 2011 is starting to live up to the promise of a first round pick. In 2012, Nimmo showed potential with Brooklyn(A-), but his .248 did not reflect it. This season he's hitting .303 with 1 home run and 16 RBI for the Savannah Sand Gnats(A), and was selected to South Atlantic League All-Star Game.

Nimmo is a work in progress having come from Wyoming which has long winters and no high school baseball that limited playing time. He's still raw and learning the game. The more he plays the better he gets.

Gavin Cecchini 
Selected: 1st Round (12th overall), 2012

The young shortstop will most likely start the 2013 season in Brooklyn(A-). Cecchini was solid for the Kinsport(RK) in Appalachian League before getting called up to Brooklyn towards the end of the season in 2012. He finished the season with a .240 batting average, and .968 fielding percentage. However, he only had 5 stolen bases in 9 attempts and his .311 on base percentage is a little alarming. 

Cecchini is still extremely young, and he'll need to learn how to get on base and use his speed. While he can drive in runs I think he's better suited as a table setter, something he'll need to embrace. 

Kevin Plawecki
Selected 1st Round (35th overall), 2012

Plawecki started off his professional career slow by hitting only .250 in Brooklyn(A-) last season.  However, he's started off the 2013 season on fire with Savannah(A), hitting .341 with 6 home runs and 40 RBI in only 55 games. Like Nimmo, he was selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.

What's interesting about Plawecki is that the Mets selected him in the in 2012 draft months before they traded for Travis d'arnaud. Did the Mets view Plawecki as their future catcher? Plawecki could be a nice back up plan if often injured d'arnaud doesn't work out.


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