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Heralded Oberste selected by Mets

Heralded Oberste selected by Mets

Heralded Oberste selected by Mets

The Mets drafted Oklahoma junior first baseman Matt Oberste in the seventh round.

At 6-foot-2, 209 pounds, Oberste has good power, leading the Sooners this season with 11 home runs. He's currently hitting .376 average with 60 RBIs, leading the team in both categories. Oberste also set a school record with a 30-game hitting streak this season.

"Power, hit, low-strikeout guy," said Tommy Tanous, the Mets' director of amateur scouting. "Really has a chance to be a plus hitter in the organization."

Oberste transferred to Oklahoma after playing at Connors State College in 2011, where he had a tremendous season. Oberste hit .418 with 17 home runs and 67 RBIs. He was among the top 10 in the nation in both homers and RBIs.

As a senior at Sallisaw (Okla.) High School, Oberste was named Male Athlete of the Year by the state coaches association. He excelled in three sports in high school but didn't receive any Division I scholarship offers, and instead attended Connors State.

Oberste is athletic enough to play the outfield, but arm injuries will limit him to first base as a professional.

Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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