By Jerry Del Priore
In day two of the 2019 MLB amateur draft, the New York Mets loaded up with seniors, as round 4 to 10 were all upperclassmen selections.
Round 4, 118th overall: Jake Mangum, OF, 23, Mississippi State
Mangum, a senior, is an athletic center fielder who can hit and possesses a lot of speed — he batted .356 with 55 stolen bases over a four-year college career.
Round 5, 148th overall: Nathan Jones, RHP, 22, Northwestern State
Jones whiffed 80 hitters in 81 innings as a senior, with the lowest ERA (2.78) of his four-year career.
Round 6, 178th overall: Zach Ashford, CF, 22, Fresno State
Ashford smacked .381 with a .488 on-base percentage, the latter mark one of the highest in the nation. He also stole 10 bases and hit four triples.
Round 7, 208th overall, Luke Ritter, 2B, 22, Wichita State
Ritter has a propensity for getting on base, as he reached safely in 44 straight tilts. Additionally, he led the Shockers this season with a .333 average, nine long balls, a .458 on-base percentage and a .545 slugging percentage.
Round 8, 238th overall, Connor Wollersheim, LHP, 22, Kent State
Wollershiem has good swing-and-miss stuff, striking out 97 batters in 83 2/3 innings as a senior.
Round 9, 268th overall, Joe Genord, 1B, 22, South Florida
Genord slugged 29 home runs and knocked in 105 runs during his junior and senior seasons. He laced a .333 average as a senior as well.
Round 10, 298th overall, Scott Ota, OF, 21, University of Illinois at Chicago
Making a big jump in offensive output, Ota hit .347 with 20 dingers as senior.