With their first pick in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 Draft, the Mets selected infielder Andrew Ely from the Chicago Cubs organization. The 24 year old was the Cubs 2014 32nd round draft pick of the University of Washington.
Last year, Ely played 97 games for the Cubs’ Double-A affiliate. He would hit .259/.356/.355 with 14 doubles, two triples, three homers, 25 RBI, and one stolen base. Ely was predominantly used as a middle infielder (2B – 29 G, SS – 41 G) while also seeing time at third base, left field, and DH.
Ely did not appear on any of the top prospect lists for the Cubs organization.
While the Mets added Eli to their organization, the team did lose left-handed pitcher Jose Carlos Medina in the Rule 5 Draft. The pitcher was selected by the San Diego Padres.
Medina pitched last season for Brooklyn and Columbia. In 12 starts and two relief appearances, Medina was 2-6 with a 3.27 ERA, 1.3128 WHIP, 1.7 BB/9, and a 5.7 K/9.
In the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft, the Mets selected Burch Smith from the Tampa Bay Rays organization. The Mets then traded him to the Kansas City Royals organization for cash considerations.