New York Mets: Mason Robbins
August, 16, 2011
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
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Meanwhile, third-round pick Logan Verrett, a right-hander from Baylor University, reportedly signed with the Mets for $425,000.
Round No. 12 pick Kenny Mathews (372 overall), a left-hander from Diamond Bar (Calif.) High School, is the earliest-round selection the Mets did not sign. The next pick to go unsigned was 20th-round selection Mason Robbins, a high school outfielder, who will attend Southern Miss.
A quick count appears to indicate the Mets signed 37 of 51 picks. The Mets appear to have committed at least $6.2 million to draft signings.
The largest draft signing bonuses in Mets history: Mike Pelfrey ($3.55 million, 2005), Philip Humber ($3 million, 2004), Matt Harvey ($2.525 million, 2010), Scott Kazmir ($2.15 million, 2002), Nimmo ($2.1 million), Lastings Milledge ($2.075 million, 2003) and Geoff Goetz ($1.7 million, 1997).
Here's the Mets' official release:
The New York Mets tonight announced that they have signed outfielder Brandon Nimmo of Cheyenne East High School (WY), the club’s first-round selection and the 13th overall pick in 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
The Mets also agreed to terms with their third-round pick, righthanded pitcher Logan Verrett from Baylor University, their 11th-round selection, righthanded pitcher Christian Montgomery from Lawrence Central High School (IN), their 15th-round pick, infielder Phillip Evans from La Costa Canyon High School (CA) and their 16th-round pick, outfielder Bradley Marquez from Odessa High School (TX).
The Mets signed their first 12 selections and 19 of their top 21 picks.
Nimmo, 18, who bats lefthanded and throws righthanded, played American Legion ball for Post 6 since Wyoming has no high school baseball. In 63 games, Nimmo hit .551 (98-178) with 23 doubles, 16 triples, 14 home runs, 99 RBI and 33 stolen bases. Nimmo helped Post 6 capture their third straight state title this year.
The 6-3, 190-pound native of Cheyenne, WY won the MVP award at the Under Armour All-America Game at Wrigley Field last August, going 2-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored for the American Team. Baseball America ranked Nimmo has the second-best high school athlete in the draft, and the second-best pure high school hitter. The publication also said Nimmo has the second-best strike-zone judgment of all high school draft prospects. Nimmo was the first ever first-round selection from Wyoming.
Mets draft picks (l to r) Cory Mazzoni of N.C. State, Logan Verrett of Baylor and Tyler Pill of Cal State Fullerton.
Rd. 2 (71st overall), Cory Mazzoni, RHP, N.C. State, College Bio
Rd. 3 (101), Logan Verrett, RHP, Baylor, College Bio
Rd. 4 (132), Tyler Pill, RHP, Cal State Fullerton, College Bio
Rd. 5 (162), Jack Leathersich, LHP, UMass Lowell, College Bio
Rd. 6 (192), Joe Tuschak, CF, Northern (Dillsburg, Pa.) HS
Rd. 7 (222), Cole Frenzel, 1B, Arizona, College Bio
Rd. 8 (252), Danny Muno, SS, Fresno State, College Bio
Rd. 9 (282), Alex Panteliodis, LHP, Florida, College Bio
Rd. 10 (312), Matthew Budgell, RHP, Woodbridge (Calif.) HS
Rd. 11 (342), Chris Montgomery, RHP, Lawrence Central (Ind.) HS
Rd. 12 (372), Kenny Mathews, LHP, Diamond Bar (Calif.) HS
Rd. 13 (402), Robert Gsellman, RHP, Westchester (Calif.) HS
Rd. 14 (432), Xorge Carrillo, C, Arizona State, College Bio
Rd. 15 (462), Phillip Evans, SS, La Costa Canyon (Calif.) HS
Rd. 16 (492), Brandon Marquez, CF, Odessa (Texas) HS
Rd. 17 (522), Jonathan Clark, CF, Lee University, College Bio
Rd. 18 (552), Travis Taijeron, CF, Cal Poly Pomona, College Bio
Rd. 19 (582), Dustin Lawley, CF, Univ. of West Florida, College Bio
Rd. 20 (612), Mason Robbins, CF, George County (Miss.) HS
Rd. 21 (642), Jonathan Gant, RHP, Wiregrass Ranch (Fla.) HS
Rd. 22 (672), Casey Turgeon, SS, Dunedin (Fla.) HS
Rd. 23 (702), Jeffrey Diehl, C, Cranton (R.I.) HS West
Rd. 24 (732), Tant Shepherd, 1B, Texas, College Bio
Rd. 25 (762), Andrew Reed, LHP, Terre Haute (Ind.) South Vigo HS
Rd. 26 (792), Casey Hauptman, RHP, Nebraska, College Bio
Rd. 27 (822), Randy Fontanez, RHP, South Florida, College Bio
Rd. 28 (852), Jharel Cotton, RHP, Miami Dade CC South, College Bio
Rd. 29 (882), Joshua Ake, SS, Hunterdon Central (NJ) Regional HS
Rd. 30 (912), Jacob Hansen, LHP, F.P. Walshe HS (Fort Macleod, Alberta)