With their 51st pick in the 2011 MLB draft the Mets selected a catcher, Eddie Rohan, from Winthrop University. Rohan said that the Mets were the only team to contact him before the draft. But he's not the only Winthrop player the Mets are interested in. Yesterday, it was reported that pitcher Robert Lake signed a free-agent contract with the Mets. Lake, a senior, finished the 2011 season with four wins, four losses, and a 4.84 ERA. In six of the games in which he appeared he did not walk a batter, so the Mets continue to pursue pitchers who can throw strikes.
Rohan had the highest average on Winthrop's team, one that finished the season at 27-30, hitting .342. He also led them in OBP (.442), and had the highest fielding percentage (.996) among the starters, committing only one error in 53 games. Surprisingly, among his 68 hits were two triples.
Lake was one of the team's three starters. He started 14 games and made two relief appearances. In 89.1 innings he surrendered 111 hits (unimpressive); however, he also walked only 19 batters (impressive). Opposing batters hit .313 against him.