In Round 8, Mets take second high schooler

In the eighth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Mets selected Dash Winningham, a first baseman from Trinity Catholic High in Ocala, Fla. (No. 235 overall).

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

Winningham is committed to Florida Gulf Coast University, but his loyalties might be flexible.

"Hopefully, I'll get drafted and get offered some good money," Winningham told the Ocala Star-Banner last summer. "If that doesn't happen, I'll go to Florida Gulf Coast for three years and try to do a good job there."

If he does do away with his commitment and sign with the Mets, the team will pick up a left-handed hitter who won't turn 19 until October, but is already 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds.

In addition to manning first for Trinity Catholic -- and helping the Celtics to a 19-9 record and a state championship -- during his high school season, Winngingham played for the Orlando Scorpions during the summer.

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