Garcia-Pacheco a big bat Mets grab in fourth round

Garcia-Pacheco a big bat Mets grab in fourth round

Eudor Garcia-Pacheco never expected to get drafted.

After graduating from Socorro High in El Paso, Texas, he moved on to El Paso Community College with little fanfare. But when he started mashing -- "Nintendo numbers," as his coach, Rob Martinez, put it -- scouts started paying attention. Mets scout Max Semler was the first to give him a call, a call that actually came prior to the first game of Garcia-Pacheco's freshman season last spring.

"He asked me if I wanted to play as a pro," Garcia-Pacheco recalled. "I said, 'Yes, that's always been my dream.'"

That dream became reality Friday afternoon when -- as he and his family crowded around a computer, watching on -- the Mets selected Garcia-Pacheco in the fourth round (115th overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at 1 p.m. ET.

According to Martinez, Garcia-Pacheco is one of the highest draftees to come out of the area since Mets Minor League shortstop Omar Quintanilla, who went to the Athletics in the first round in 2003. Quintanilla and Garcia-Pacheco share the same alma mater, Socorro High.

Garcia-Pacheco's selection comes on the heels of a monster sophomore season. He hit .460 with plenty of power -- 14 home runs, 18 doubles and nine triples. His 63 RBIs came in just 51 games, and it all resulted in first-team JUCO All-American honors. While it's hard to translate those stats into professional production, the belief is Garcia-Pacheco's bat will be what carries him up the Minor League ladder.

His ultimate destination in the field, however, is more of a question. Garcia-Pacheco is a third baseman by trade, and he said the Mets will give him a shot at the hot corner professionally. If that doesn't pan out, first base or the corner-outfield spots are options.

Martinez thinks a defensive change is likely.

"He has a chance to be a plus-first baseman," Martinez said. "He's fired up, he's excited."

Tim Healey is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.