Drafted with the first overall pick in the 1984 MLB draft, Abner would never make it to the majors with the Mets.
Welcome to UnforMETable, an Amazin’ Avenue Audio show that looks back on less heralded, more obscure Mets players from the past.
With the 2021 MLB Draft in the rearview mirror, we take a look back to June 1984, when the resurgent Mets were in first place—and held the first overall pick in the draft. The team would use that pick on Shawn Abner, a “can’t miss” high school outfielder the team envisioned in a future outfield with Darryl Strawberry.
As the organization quickly transitioned from rebuilding to contending to World Champions, the prospect quickly became trade fodder, as the team packaged him to acquire Kevin McReynolds. Abner would struggle in the majors; ultimately ending his career back in the minors with the Mets’ organization.
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