Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Jeremy Hefner was drafted by the Mets out of high school in the 46th round of the 2004 June amateur draft.  He chose not to sign.  One year later, the Mets selected Hefner in the 48th round of the June amateur draft.  Once again, Hefner did not sign.  Instead, he transferred from small Seminole State College in Oklahoma to the much-larger and more scoutable Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, where he hoped to improve his draft status.  Two years later, the San Diego Padres beat the Mets to the punch by drafting Hefner in the 5th round of the 2007 June amateur draft. After five years of toiling in the Padres’ minor league system, the last three of which were spent at the Triple-A level, San Diego gave up on Hefner, placing him on waivers, where he was claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Less than four weeks later, the Pirates also waived Hefner.  Six and a half years after the Mets were rejected by Hefner a second time, the third time was the charm, as the Mets finally got their man. ...
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