For the first time since 2012, the Mets opted to make a shortstop in the first round of the MLB Draft.

The Mets moved forward with the No. 14 pick by selecting 18-year-old Jett Williams of Rockwell-Heath High School outside of Dallas, Texas. Williams joins Georgia Tech’s Kevin Parada as the Mets’ two first-round picks in 2022.

Williams had signed on to play at Mississippi State before being drafted by the Mets.

Here’s what you need to know about Williams:

pound for pound

At 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds, Williams is one of the shortest players to be drafted in the first round, but that short stature brings a chip on his shoulder.

“I feel like I always have to prove everyone wrong and just do the little things right,” Williams said. “I’m running out of ground balls, I’m running out of fly balls and I feel like my hitting is really, really good. I have really good plate discipline, bat-to-ball skills and I’m just ready. to get to work.”

Williams possesses quick hands and a knack for tearing up line drives. He said he believed smaller players, like Mookie Betts and Jose Altuve, helped pave the way for him to get drafted.

During his senior season at Rockwell-Heath, Williams batted .411 with seven homers, 41 RBIs, 53 runs and 24 stolen bases.

Back to New York

Williams said he lived in Port Jefferson, NY, between the ages of 2 and 4 while his father, Richard, attended medical school at Stony Brook University.

“When I heard my name called, it was pretty surreal,” Williams said. “You know what’s funny is I was living in New York when I was 2 or 4 years old. I’m glad to be home. I can’t wait to get to work. It’s a moment pretty awesome.”

Williams is the first shortstop to be drafted by the Mets in the first round since Gavin Cecchini in 2012.

Last of a line of athletes

The 18-year-old shortstop is the latest in a line of athletes among four Williams siblings.

Williams’ older brother, RJ, played shortstop and outfield at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he was a member of the Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll.

During this time, Jacob, the third oldest of the Williams siblings, played lacrosse at Stony Brook and Mount Olive University. He was a two-time Carolina All-Conference First Team selection and Conference Defensive Player of the Year.