New York (AP) Keenan Rex Reynolds will sign with the New York Mets, the team announced on Friday.
Rex, a third-round pick in 2013, will be a third baseman.
He will compete for a job in left field.
The Jets had their first-round draft pick, third baseman Logan Forsythe, suspended indefinitely from the team for his role in a racist rant, the NFL announced in a statement.
The Jets had a second-round selection, third outfielder Anthony Steen, suspended for six games.
In a statement, Reynolds’ agent said Reynolds was excited about the opportunity to play in New York and expressed hope that the Jets would welcome him.
He said he’s excited to play for the Jets and hopes that his teammates and coaches will be supportive.
“Keenan is a passionate and driven athlete who will contribute to this organization and to the team, his family, friends and fans,” his agent, Scott Pellerin, said.
The 25-year-old Reynolds is the fifth player taken by the Jets in the first round in the last four years.
The other four players are defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, cornerback Denzel Ward and defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga.
Reynolds will not count against the team’s 40-man roster.
Rex will join a group of players from other teams that have been drafted to the Mets since 2011.
He is the first player from a New York franchise to sign an MLB contract since New York became a professional baseball team in the early 2000s.
The Mets drafted third baseman Justin Upton, outfielder Chris Johnson and right-hander Matt Harvey in the second round of the draft.