Mets show Arkansas bias on Day 2 of Draft
First two picks have direct ties to strong SEC program
NEW YORK -- After the second round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday, Mets vice president of player development Paul DePodesta joked that he should hire the University of Arkansas recruiting coordinator.
With the 71st overall pick in the draft, New York drafted Matthew Reynolds, an athletic utility man that played with the Razorbacks for three seasons.
The Mets then drafted starting pitcher Theodore Stankiewicz three picks later with their second pick in the second round. The right-hander out of Ft. Worth High School is currently committed to attend Arkansas next season.
"We love their players. We think they've done a great job with their program," DePodesta said. "Obviously we drafted a couple of their big recruits last year. We liked Reynolds and a couple other guys out of their club this year, and unfortunately their names got called by a couple teams before we got around to them."
DePodesta called Reynolds a "tremendous offensive player" that will begin moving through the organization as a shortstop, and will move to third base or second base in the future. He believes Reynolds will move through the ranks fairly quickly.
Round 2, Matthew Reynolds, 3B
A three-year player in the SEC, Reynolds hit .312 with four home runs and twenty-six RBIs in 40 games this season for Arkansas. While he's not necessarily known for his power -- hitting eight total home runs in his college career -- the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Reynolds was ranked as the 36th-best prospect in the junior class and the 83rd-best Draft prospect for the 2012 Draft by Baseball America.
Round 2, Theodore Stankiewicz, RHP
The 6-foot-4 right-handed pitcher out of Fort Worth Christian High School in Texas is committed to play college baseball at Arkansas and could be tough to sign. Stankiewicz has a fastball that sits between 88 and 91 mph, but can reach 93 on the gun. He's still lanky and has room to grow, which could bring up the speed on his fastball.
Round 3, Matthew Koch, RHP
The right-hander out of Louisville split closing duties this season. He throws a fastball that gets up to around 94 mph and sits close to that speed. Koch was 1-2 with a 3.34 ERA in 2012, striking out 30 batters in just over 32 innings of work.
Round 4, Branden Kaupe, SS
A native of Hawaii, Kaupe played high school baseball at Baldwin High School and is committed to Central Arizona Junior College. He hit .511 with two home runs and 21 RBIs this season. He did not strike out in any of his plate appearances.
Round 5, Brandon Welch, RHP
After two years at Palm State Junior College, Welch has a scholarship to Florida Atlantic University next year. The Florida product throws a mid-90s fastball.
Round 6, Jayce Boyd, 1B
A power-hitting prospect from Florida State, Boyd hit .390 with three homers and 57 RBIs in 60 games this season.
Round 7, Corey Oswalt, 3B
Oswalt, out of Madison High School (Calif.), has the ideal body for a third baseman. With a 6-foot-4 frame, he hit .436 with four home runs and 26 RBIs in 22 games this season. He is committed to UC Santa Barbara.
Round 8, Tomas Nido, C
Although he may not stay behind the plate, Orangewood Christian High School (Fla.) product Nido has the power to climb up the system quickly. He is committed to Florida State.
Round 9, Richie Rodriguez, SS
Rodriguez, from Eastern Kentucky University, was named a Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award semifinalist, recognizing him as one of the top five college shortstops in the country. He hit .377 with 14 home runs in 54 games this season.
Round 10, Paul Sewald, RHP
The starter out of University of San Diego compiled an 8-4 record this season with a 3.09 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 84 1/3 innings.
Round 11, Logan Taylor, RHP
The Eastern Oklahoma University product amounted a 5-2 record with a 1.82 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 82 innings.
Round 12, Robert Whalen, RHP
The hard throwing right-hander from Haines City High School (Fla.) is committed to Florida Atlantic University.
Round 13, Matthew Bowman, RHP
DePodesta said the Princeton product was throwing 95 mph in the Mets' pre-Draft workouts with plus life on his fastball. The Mets were intent on taking him because of his excellent athleticism --he also played the field at Princeton -- and command of the strike zone.
Round 14, Chris Flexen, RHP
Coming out of Newark Memorial High School (Calif.), Flexen had a 0.44 ERA in 12 starts this season.
Round 15, Nicholas Grant, RHP
Out of Milford High School (Del.), Grant is 6-feet-2 and 200 pounds. His physical build helped him turn into one of the elite prospects out of the state of Delaware.
Ethan Asofsky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.