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06/07/11 12:45 AM ET

'Impact' arm Fulmer was Mets' target all along

Team 'thrilled' pitcher was still available at pick No. 44

NEW YORK -- For the Mets, part of the justification for taking an outfielder with the 13th overall pick in Monday's Draft was that they could nab a pitcher with their second selection.

That is precisely what they did, drafting right-hander Michael Fulmer out of Deer Creek (Okla.) High School with the 44th overall pick in the Draft.

Fulmer, 18, went 10-2 with a 0.72 ERA in his senior season, striking out 127 batters in 68 innings. He also appeared at first base and third base in his high school career, hitting .436 with six home runs and 43 RBIs this season. He was a 2011 first-team All-State selection.

"When we were talking about Michael Fulmer, the first word out of one of our scouts' mouths was, 'This guy doesn't like hitters,'" said Mets vice president of player development and amateur scouting Paul DePodesta. "He had me sold right then. This guy pitches mean."

The Mets, who received the 44th pick as compensation for losing Type-B free agent Pedro Feliciano to the Yankees last winter, selected high school outfielder Brandon Nimmo with the 13th overall pick.

"We were hopeful that there was a potential impact arm waiting for us at 44," DePodesta said. "The guy we had circled the whole time was Michael Fulmer, and we were thrilled when he was actually there."

Live coverage of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft resumes at noon ET Tuesday on MLB.com, where fans will receive exclusive coverage of Day 2 and 3, featuring a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player. You can also keep up to date at Draft Central and by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. Fans can join the Draft conversation by tagging tweets with #mlbdraft.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.