With only hours to spare, the New York Mets lock up the 20th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, LHP David Peterson.
The Mets added another talented lefty to the organization Friday, coming agreeing to a contract with their first-round pick, David Peterson.
We've signed 1st-round selection, David Peterson, the 20th overall pick in the 2017 #MLBDraft. Peterson will be assigned to the @BKCyclones. pic.twitter.com/oJqkDPqM5H
— New York Mets (@Mets) July 7, 2017
With Friday’s 5 p.m. ET deadline to get draft picks signed looming, the Mets were able to bring Peterson aboard for his pick’s slot value – $2,994,500, per MLB.com’s Jim Callis.
Peterson skipped his senior year at the University of Oregon, entering the draft as a junior. A first-team All-American, Peterson went 11-4 with a 2.51 ERA and a program-record 100 strikeouts over 100.1 innings for the Ducks.
His 11 wins and 100 strikeouts both ranked second on the NCAA Division I baseball leaderboards.
He was also named the runner-up for the Golden Spikes Award (given to the country’s top amateur player) and the Dick Howser Trophy (best college player), according to James Miller of the New York Daily News.
“He had just a tremendous year this year,” Tommy Tanous, the Mets vice president of amateur scouting said on draft day, per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. “He’s one of those players, one of those pitchers that you feel like every time you see him pitch, he kept getting better.”
Callis believes that Peterson projects as a mid-rotation starter and someone who could move through the minor leagues very quickly. He’ll begin his career with the short-season Brooklyn Cyclones as the Mets look to ease him into the professional ranks