2013 MLB Draft Results: Biggest Winners and Losers from Day 2
Day 2 of the 2013 MLB draft is officially in the books, and surprisingly, there are still several big names on the board.
Cavan Biggio, Kyle Serrano, Chris Okey and Andy McGuire all went undrafted after two days, 10 rounds and 316 picks.
While those players were unlucky, several teams enhanced their status by adding talented players from both the high school and college ranks.
Minnesota, Boston and Oakland, for example, all had banner days.
Let's take a look at the winners and losers from the second day of the draft, encompassing Rounds 3 through 10.
Winner: Minnesota Twins
The Twins had a strong first day, picking up high school stud Kohl Stewart with the fourth overall pick and snagging LSU right-hander Ryan Eades with their second-round selection. Both picks filled a need for the pitching-starved organization.
They started Day 2 by selecting a future battery mate for Stewart and Eades, Mississippi's Stuart Turner.
It only took one season at Ole Miss for Turner to establish himself as the top catcher in the conference. Before joining the Rebels, Turner excelled at Division II LSU-Eunice. Defensively, Turner is a future Gold Glover. His performance at the plate will be key to how high he rises, however, and scouts worry about his ability to make consistent contact.
With their next pick, the Twins got projectable high school lefty Stephen Gonsalves.
Gonsalves looked incredible last summer on the showcase circuit, even though his velocity isn't as impressive as one would expect from a 6'5'', 200-pound pitcher. His best secondary pitch is a changeup, which has above-average potential at the next level.
With later picks, Minnesota chose right-hander Aaron Slegers, who helped guide Indiana to a Big Ten championship this season, and Florida prep catcher Brian Navarreto, who has shown excellent power at the plate and impressive skills behind it.
All in all, the Twins have had a great first two days.
Loser: Aaron Brown
Aaron Brown entered the 2013 season as one of the top two-way players in the country.
The only question seemed to be what position he would play at the professional level.
Fast-forward six months, and Brown has yet to come off the board.
And, oh yeah, he's a pitcher now.
As bad as it is that Brown has yet to be drafted, he now has to come to terms with the fact that his only shot at making it onto a big-league roster is as a reliever.
Winner: Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox made a concerted effort to go after college players on Day 2, but their biggest splash came when they were able to get Oklahoma prep catcher Jon Denney with their third-round pick.
Denney was widely regarded as a first-round pick but dropped all the way to the 81st overall selection, despite having extremely polished defensive skills and a complete approach at the plate. Snagging him was a steal for the Sox.
Their run on collegians began with Lee University's Myles Smith—who has a mid-90s fastball and potential as a reliever—and ended with Texas A&M right-hander Kyle Martin.
In between they also picked up a nice find in Kentucky southpaw Corey Littrell, a crafty lefty with No. 4 or 5 starter potential.
Loser: Andy McGuire
The Virginia shortstop was one of the top shortstop prospects in this year's draft, even taking into account his recent hip surgery.
Apparently that surgery scared off more teams than McGuire expected, and heading into the third day of the draft, the high schooler is still looking for a home.
And that home might end up in the form of a dorm room at the University of Texas campus.
Winner: Houston Astros
The Astros got rave reviews for their performance on Day 1, and they continued their hot streak on Day 2.
They kicked off the third round with North Carolina lefty Kent Emanuel. Emanuel doesn't have much projection, and he's not the guy who's going to blow anyone away with a fastball that tops out at 91 mph, but he is one of the smartest pitchers you'll ever see. He had great command of a three-pitch mix, and that, combined with his intelligence on the mound, should allow him to have enough success to warrant a spot at the back of a big-league rotation.
They followed the Emanuel selection with back-to-back Vanderbilt position players in Gregor Conrad and Tony Kemp.
Kemp is an exceptional athlete, although he lacks big-league size, while Conrad offers great power potential.
They scooped up Emanuel's former battery mate in UNC catcher Brian Holberton later in the draft and also picked up two raw, high-reward players in California prep outfielder Jason Martin and Virginia prep lefty Austin Nicely.
Nicely is a great athlete who offers a solid three-pitch mix, although it will take a decent chunk of bonus money to sway him from his commitment to Virginia.
Loser: Chris Okey
Florida prep catcher Chris Okey has all of the tools to be an everyday catcher in the big leagues.
But it's hard to reach the big leagues if you don't get drafted, and so far, that's the hand Okey has been dealt.
Few catchers in this year's class are as polished and accomplished as Okey. He's shown great athleticism, All-Star potential at the plate and Gold Glove potential behind it.
A double-digit round selection means Okey is likely headed to Clemson, where he has the potential to have an immediate, Alex Bregman-like impact on a young Tigers squad.
Winner: Oakland Athletics
It's hard to find an organization that had a better performance on Day 2 than the A's, who picked up a nice mix of proven collegians and high-upside high schoolers.
They kicked off their effort with a massively talented prospect in first baseman Ryon Healy. The Oregon star has put up some pretty big numbers the past few years and has great power potential at the next level.
They went to the high school well with their next pick and drafted California prep lefty Chris Kohler, who has flashed a low-90s fastball and an above-average curveball. He hasn't pitched too many innings over the past few years in an effort to keep him fresh for pro ball.
They went the college route in back-to-back picks, first snagging Dylan Covey, a former first-round selection who hasn't pitched to his potential in three seasons at San Diego. Then it was Mississippi right-hander Bobby Wahl, a proven commodity with No. 4 or 5 starter stuff or the potential to be a dominant closer.
They finished off their strong effort with high schooler Dustin Driver, a physically mature right-hander who was projected by many as a third-round talent. He features a low-to-mid 90s fastball and a devastating breaking ball.
Loser: Ryan Boldt
It's not every day Minnesota produces a first-round draft pick, although the state appeared to have another in outfielder Ryan Boldt of Red Wing High.
Despite not getting the same attention as most of the other top high school outfielders, Boldt showed impressive tools on the showcase circuit last summer, winning MVP honors of the Perfect Game All-American Classic.
Boldt possesses above-average speed and hitting ability, and he's shown flashes of power. He's got the size and frame to stick in center field, where he could offer Gold Glove potential.
Everything mentioned above makes it all the more puzzling that Boldt still hadn't come off the board by the end of the 10th round.
His commitment to Nebraska seems strong, but not entirely unbreakable.
Winner: University of Nebraska
Boldt's loss is Nebraska's gain.
Coming off of a disappointing 30-loss season, Darin Erstad's Cornhuskers could use all the help they can get, and Boldt would be a great prize for a program trying to work its way into relevance in the Big Ten.
Considering his talent, there is literally no chance that Boldt signs for what teams will be offering as a Day 3 pick.