The College World Series begins this weekend in Omaha, Neb., and it will feature 60 MLB draft picks among the eight teams remaining in the tournament.
The picks range from as high as the fourth overall pick -- Vanderbilt's JJ Bleday (Marlins) -- to 36th-rounder Shay Smiddy (Rays) of Louisville. None of these 60 picks have signed with their respective teams, though, because they cannot do so until their college season is over.
The Mets have two of their draft picks still playing in Omaha. Here is who to watch:
Jake Mangum, OF, Mississippi State
The Mets selected Mangum in the fourth round with the 118th pick overall, so he is certainly someone worth keeping a close eye on. Mangum, a switch-hitter, is the SEC's all-time hits leader with 378, including 103 this year as a senior. He was named second-team All-American by D1Baseball and Baseball American and has helped Mississippi State reach at least the Super Regionals four straight years -- a first in program history.
Cole Gordon, RHP, Mississippi State
The Mets' other draft pick competing in the College World Series is also on Mississippi State. Gordon, selected in the 32nd round, is a grad student closer for the Bulldogs who is 4-0 with a 3.76 ERA, 11 saves and 65 strikeouts in 40.2 innings pitched. Grad students drafted in the 32nd round don't usually reach the majors, but perhaps Gordon is a late-bloomer who takes a shot at the big leagues with the Mets.
Mississippi State will play its opening game Sunday night against Auburn at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2.