NEW YORK -- When it came time to make the seventh overall selection in this week's First-Year Player Draft, the Mets took right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey out of North Carolina because, as their director of amateur scouting, Rudy Terrasas, put it, he reminded them of Mike Pelfrey.
When told that the Mets were trying to build an organization full of like-minded and like-bodied players, a smile curled up the corners of Pelfrey's lips.
"They had to draft somebody," Pelfrey quipped.
And they could have drafted anybody. But they chose Harvey, all 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds of him, before selecting 17 additional college players with their next 18 picks. Eleven of those were pitchers, 10 of them right-handed and nine of them at least 6-foot-3.
Pelfrey, who at 6-foot-7 remains the organization's most high-profile Draft pick of the last half-dozen years, was flattered by the symmetry.
"Obviously, they got what they wanted in a big, power arm," he said. "You can mold those guys. So good for them."
After focusing heavily on college pitchers over the first two days of the Draft, the Mets wrapped things up on Wednesday by selecting nine high school players, five middle infielders and a trio of college lefties.
They made one notable pick, selecting shortstop J.J. Franco -- son of John -- out of Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, but Franco is committed to pursuing a degree at Brown.
Though the Mets insist they did not enter the Draft with any preconceived strategy, they clearly spent most of the time focusing on pitching and college players. Among their haul was Harvey, a standout power righty with an upper-90s fastball; Cory Vaughn, a potential five-tool outfielder and the son of former All-Star Greg Vaughn; and Matthew Den Dekker, a defensive standout outfielder at Florida.
The Mets swear they did not plan it this way, stocking up so heavily on college players -- and specifically on college arms. That's just how it happened.
"There was no concerted effort as far as, 'We've got to take college players,' " Terrasas said. "We looked at the board, and we lined them up the way that we liked them ability-wise, and we felt that these were the players we wanted to take."
Drafting collegiate players certainly has its benefits, of course. Unlike high schoolers, who typically need years to develop in the Minor Leagues, college players often break into the Majors within a year or two of being drafted.
The Mets' two most successful recent Draft picks, Pelfrey and Ike Davis, both followed that formula. And the organization hopes it will be the same for Harvey, Vaughn, Den Dekker and all those twenty-something right-handers.
They may not all develop into an army of Pelfreys -- the organization could only be so lucky. But if the Mets manage to hit on one or two of their picks -- particularly on Harvey -- they may see the benefits sooner rather than later.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.