For all you baseball draftniks out there, we have a brief rundown on
where the Mets New York Mets sit going into the first-year player draft that starts Thursday in Orlando.
The Mets have five picks in the top 100: Nos. 18, 22, 33, 68 and 100. The Nos. 18 and 33 choices were compensation for the Braves signing Tom Glavine.
Indications going in are that the Mets are interested most in Arizona State first baseman Ike Davis, the son of former big-league pitcher Ron Davis. Baseball America ranks Davis the third-best power hitter available in the draft and 36th in its overall ratings.
The Mets have been known for adhering to the slotting system, unlike many of their fellow big-money clubs, but GM Omar Minaya (pictured) has hinted he won't be so beholden to slotting with the club's farm system desperately in need of replenishing after the Johan Santana Johan Santana trade.
The draft will be held today and tomorrow at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. The Mets will be represented by St. Lucie manager Tim Tuefel and another ex-Met, Al Jackson, who is now the club's minor-league pitching consultant.
The first day of the draft is being broadcast on ESPN2.