Teams pick in reverse order of their overall records from last season, the same order they will use come June in the amateur draft. Any player not on a MLB 40-man roster is eligible to be drafted as long as he meets one of these two requirements: this is his fifth Rule 5 draft and he signed his first professional contract at age 18 or younger OR this is his fourth Rule 5 draft and he signed his first professional contract at 19 or older.
Any player who is picked in the Major League phase of the draft, must remain on his new team's active roster for at least 90 days, or be offered back to his original team.
AddedLHP Sean Gilmartin from Minnesota
The Mets plan is to let Gilmartin, who will turn 25 in May, fight for a bullpen spot in spring training. Given his large left/right splits as a minor league starter, Gilmartin might be on his way to a career as a lefty specialist.
The Braves originally picked Gilmartin with the No. 28 pick in the 2011 draft out of Florida State, but sent him to Minnesota for Ryan Doumit last year. The polished college lefty blew threw the low minors, reaching Triple-A Gwinnett by July 30, 2012, but he's been stranded at the minors' highest level for the last two and a half seasons.
He has worked exclusively as a starter for the Braves and Twins, but his stuff is just a little short to be a big league starter. According to Mike Smith at Fangraphs, he was sitting 88 mph with his fastball in 2013 with Gwinnett without much movement, with a range of mostly 87-89. He's a four-pitch guy with a changeup at 79-81, a low 70s curveball and a slider at 79-81. Mike Newman wrote Gilmartin up in a similar manner in 2012. Newman pointed out that even when he's was struggling overall, Gilmartin was a "lefty-killer."
In 2014 in Triple-A with the Twins, Gilmartin held lefties to a .190 batting average a .218 on-base percentage and a .214 slugging percentage with a 31 percent strikeout rate and a 3.4 percent walk rate. This is not small sample size silliness, over three seasons in Triple-A, he's held lefties to a .211/.241/.277 line (AVG/OBP/SLG) with a 3.5 percent walk rate and a 23 percent strikeout rate. Righties in Triple-A beat him up at a .310/.380/.518 clip with a 14 percent strikeout rate and a 10 percent walk rate.
Gilmartin split 2014 between Minnesota's Double-A affiliate in New Britain and their Triple-A affiliate in Rochester. In 26 starts, 12 in Double-A and 14 in Triple-A, he ran a 3.71 ERA (which was 3.12 in Double-A and 4.28 in Triple-A). In New Britain, he struck out 24.5 percent of opposing hitters, while that slipped to 19 percent in Rochester.
Gilmartin began 2013 in Triple-A with the Braves, but left shoulder tendonitis and its associated rehab kept him away from Gwinnett and the International League for almost exactly two months, from June 16 - August 15.
Lost RHP Logan Verrett to Baltimore
A few rounds after the Braves selected Gilmartin in 2011, the Mets plucked Verrett out of Baylor in the third round. Where the Braves rushed Gilmartin to Triple-A, the Mets took it easy with Verrett, who did not reach Triple-A until this year, where he ran a 4.33 ERA over 162 innings over 28 starts with the Las Vegas 51s. He struck out 17 percent of his opponents and walked 4.9 percent. Verrett's fastball is a little light -- 89-90 -- without much movement to work through an order multiple times. However, his slider is a big league pitch, and probably at least an average one at that. He also has a change-up that was fairly firm when I saw it regularly in Single-A. If he's going to succeed as big league piece, it's as a slider-heavy right-handed reliever.
Verrett worked as a starter for the Mets in Triple-A this year, but his future, to the extent he has one in the big leagues, is most likely as a reliever. He probably would have snuck onto the last 10 spots of my off-season Top 41 Mets prospect rankings.
One way to think about this is that the Mets swapped out a potential right-handed reliever with a short fastball for a left-hander with a short fastball. All in all, it seems like a small plus.
Minor League phase
Players selected in the minor league phase are not subject to any roster restrictions in the subsequent season.
The Mets did not make any selections in the minor league phase of the draft.
Instead, they lost players.
RHP Greg Peavey to Minnesota
A sixth round pick out of Oregon State in 2010, Peavey is a four-pitch righthander with good control but a fastball that's short for Triple-A or the big leagues. In 18 starts last year in Double-A at age 25, he ran a 2.90 ERA. However, in 91.1 innings in Triple-A over the last two years, as both a starter and reliever, he was bombed for a 7.59 ERA, 116 hits and 14 home runs, with 65 strikeouts against 45 walks.
He just was not part of the big league plans. Could he have provided rotation depth in Triple-A? Doubtful. He was a useful swingman in Double-A.
2B/SS JC Gamboa to San Diego
Gamboa did not play for the Mets in the US in 2014, as they loaned him out to the a team in the Mexican League where he hit .306/.385/.472 as a 23-year-old in 95 games. Don't let those shiny numbers for a second baseman fool you, that league plays like Single-A. Gamboa's last exposure to professional baseball came in 2013 when he hit .195/.269/.271 in 32 games for Brooklyn.
Maybe there's a little organizational value here as a guy who can play second and fill in at short, but he's never hit in the US.
C Camden Maron to Cincinnati
Maron's a local kid, who the Mets drafted in the 34th round in 2009 out of Hicksville HS. He has a contact-oriented approach at the plate, and knows the strike zone well. However, he has well below average power and rarely drives the ball. He also has a well below average arm for catcher. He's like Josh Thole-lite.
The Mets had him repeat advanced Single-A in 2014 as a 23-year-old and he hit a very Maron-ish .282/.387/.362 in just under 100 games. He should be able to hold his own at Double-A and could even see some Triple-A time with the right set of injuries, but he's not likely to be a big league asset.
RHP Randy Fontanez to DodgersFontanez, who the Mets drafted in the 27th round in 2011, has quietly worked his way up through the system as a fastball/slider reliever, reaching Double-A in 2014. As a B-Met, he ran a 4.86 ERA with 33 strikeouts against 14 walks in 33 1/3 innings. I think everything here is just a little below average, he fastball, breaker, slider and command. It'll work in a minor league bullpen, but projecting big league success on him is a jump.