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In Round 8, Mets take second high schooler

In the eighth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Mets selected Dash Winningham, a first baseman from Trinity Catholic High in Ocala, Fla. (No. 235 overall).

The Draft concludes on Saturday with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at 1 p.m. ET.

Winningham is committed to Florida Gulf Coast University, but his loyalties might be flexible.

"Hopefully, I'll get drafted and get offered some good money," Winningham told the Ocala Star-Banner last summer. "If that doesn't happen, I'll go to Florida Gulf Coast for three years and try to do a good job there."

If he does do away with his commitment and sign with the Mets, the team will pick up a left-handed hitter who won't turn 19 until October, but is already 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds.

In addition to manning first for Trinity Catholic -- and helping the Celtics to a 19-9 record and a state championship -- during his high school season, Winngingham played for the Orlando Scorpions during the summer.

Tim Healey is an associate reporter for
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