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Mets replenish relief pitching on Day 2

June 13, 2017

NEW YORK -- Following a first day of the Draft that saw them select a polished college arm in David Peterson and a raw high school infielder in Mark Vientos, the Mets huddled back into their Port St. Lucie, Fla., Draft room on Tuesday for the meat of the event:

NEW YORK -- Following a first day of the Draft that saw them select a polished college arm in David Peterson and a raw high school infielder in Mark Vientos, the Mets huddled back into their Port St. Lucie, Fla., Draft room on Tuesday for the meat of the event: Day 2.
By day's end, a trend became clear. The Mets' final five picks were all college pitchers, four of them relievers at their respective universities.
"We have had a little bit more success later in the Draft, getting guys to the big leagues, helping the big league club," Mets vice president of amateur scouting Tommy Tanous said. "We stayed with that philosophy. It was just kind of how the Draft fell this year. We were happy with the amount of pitching we could take in the later rounds."
Mets' Stanford selections 'feed off each other'
Below is a look at whom the Mets picked in Rounds 3-10.
The Draft concludes on Wednesday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at noon ET.
Round 3 (97th overall), Quinn Brodey, OF, Stanford
Not once, but twice during his Stanford career, Brodey legged out an inside-the-park home run -- most recently to win a game over San Jose State in May. But Brodey's wheels are only one part of his game. Starting all 58 of Stanford's games, Brodey led the Cardinal in nearly every major offensive category, including a .314 average, 11 home runs, 51 RBIs and four triples.
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Brodey is a management science and engineering major and a member of the Cum Laude Society, earning National Merit Scholar Honorable Mention.
Round 4 (127th overall), Tony Dibrell, RHP, Kennesaw State
One hundred and three strikeouts in 95 2/3 innings at the Division I level was enough for Dibrell to open eyes his senior season, making him, in Draft guru Jim Callis' estimation, "clearly the best college prospect in Georgia." Dibrell is certainly Georgia through and through, playing his prep ball at Chattahoochee High School, less than an hour's drive from Kennesaw State. There, he posted a 2.45 ERA as a junior.
Round 5 (157th overall), Matt Winaker, OF, Stanford
The Mets doubled down on Stanford talent on Day 2 of the Draft, selecting Brodey's teammate, Winaker, in Round 5. Unlike the Southern California-born and bred Brodey, Winaker played his high school ball in the Bay Area, a short drive from Stanford. When he arrived on campus, he immediately began hitting, though Winaker's breakout season was his junior year.
Playing in an outfield alongside Brodey, Winaker nearly matched his teammate this season with a .308 average, nine home runs and 45 RBIs. He and Brodey were two of the four Stanford players to appear in all 58 games.
Round 6 (187th overall), Marcel Renteria, RHP, New Mexico State
The last remaining Montreal Expo, Bartolo Colon, may be nearing the end of his career, but Renteria has a chance at least to keep alive the heritage. Renteria is related to former Expos Gil Heredia and Dave Oropeza -- the former an Expos pitcher from 1993-95, and the latter a former Montreal farmhand.
Round 7 (217th overall), Conner O'Neil, RHP, Cal State Northridge
O'Neil kept the Mets' trend of college pitchers going on Day 2, though his profile is different. One of Division I's top relievers, O'Neil saved seven games with 63 strikeouts in 50 innings at Cal State Northridge, walking 27. Set to turn 23 in September, O'Neil could advance quickly as a reliever, but Tanous said the Mets would at least like to try him as a starter in the Minors.
Round 8 (247th overall), Trey Cobb, RHP, Oklahoma State
Another college reliever, Cobb missed seven weeks this season due to a broken bone in his pitching elbow. But when he returned, he was dominant, striking out 36 batters with nine walks over 26 2/3 innings. That came after a breakout junior season that saw him start 12 games, relieve in 12 others and become the 14th Oklahoma State pitcher to strike out 100 batters in a season.

Round 9 (277th overall), Cannon Chadwick, RHP, University of Arkansas
Notice a trend? Make that three consecutive college relievers for the Mets, who scooped another big arm in Chadwick out of Arkansas. Recovering from injuries that cost him much of his junior season, Chadwick struck out 38 batters against 12 walks in 32 innings as a senior Razorback. His line included two saves and a 3.66 ERA.
Round 10 (307th overall), Stephen Villines, RHP, University of Kansas
The Mets wrapped up Day 2 with -- you guessed it -- a college reliever. Villines posted some impressive peripherals at Kansas, striking out 54 with five walks in 43 1/3 innings. All told, the Mets ended their day with four pitchers who served exclusively as a reliever at their respective university, a trend hinting at one of the Mets' weaknesses at the big league level. Tanous indicated that Cobb, Chadwick and Villines may all serve as relievers at the next level.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.