Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

news

MLB News

Mets end Day 2 of Draft with college hurler

MLB.com

To cap the second day of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Mets went right to where they indicated earlier this week they hoped to go -- a college pitcher.

Kelly Secrest, a 6-foot, 215-pound left-handed hurler, was the Mets' 10th-round choice (No. 295 overall). He wrapped up his senior campaign at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington last month.

To cap the second day of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Mets went right to where they indicated earlier this week they hoped to go -- a college pitcher.

Kelly Secrest, a 6-foot, 215-pound left-handed hurler, was the Mets' 10th-round choice (No. 295 overall). He wrapped up his senior campaign at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington last month.

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

Secrest is different than the other pitchers the Mets drafted Friday in that he's a reliever by trade. Most Major League relievers were starters earlier in their professional careers, but it appears that won't be the case for Secrest.

The numbers -- a 1.73 ERA and .218 opponents' batting average in 2014, for example -- back up that decision. Secrest also had a 9.4 strikeouts-per-nine-innings rate and a 2.5 strikeout-to-walk rate while serving as the Seahawks' closer.

By the end of his senior year, Secrest set a Colonial Athletic Association record with 114 career appearances.

Tim Healey is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

New York Mets