2013 MLB Draft Grades: How Your Team Did on Day 1

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2013 MLB Draft Grades: How Your Team Did on Day 1
Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 MLB draft is officially upon us, with the top prospects in the world making their way into the professional ranks. While the stars of the draft may be known and the teams have built their big boards, but there is one question that every fan is wondering.

How did your team do on Day 1 of the MLB draft?

There will be value picks and calculated risks throughout this draft, thus resulting in the improvement of a general future. In that same breath, numerous teams will swing-and-miss when it comes to the on-paper evaluation of their selections.

So how did every team fare?

 

Arizona Diamondbacks: A+

No. 15: Braden Shipley, RHP, Nevada Wolfpack

No. 36: Aaron Blair, RHP, Marshall Thundering Herd

No. 52: Justin Williams, OF/3B, Terrebonne HS (La.)

 

The Arizona Diamondbacks have made a commitment to pitching since their inception in 1998. Today, they've continued that tradition by building around the likes of Patrick Corbin and Wade Miley.

They continued that process by drafting Braden Shipley—a player ranked No. 6 overall by Keith Law of ESPN Insider.

Shipley has a powerful fastball with excellent velocity and three MLB-caliber pitches. While he's not quite as consistent with the changeup and curveball he uses, Shipley could pan out as a strong rotational option.

There may not be flash to this pick, but it's one that could prove to be rewarding as Arizona builds up yet another dominant pitching staff—they did it again with Aaron Blair.


Atlanta Braves: B

No. 31: Jason Hursh, RHP, Oklahoma State Cowboys

No. 65: Victor Caratini, C, Miami Dade Community College

 

The Atlanta Braves are one of the most revered organizations in all of Major League Baseball. While they may boast the personnel to continue winning, however, the Braves need to improve their pitching staff.

Jason Hursh is a risk, but one with good value at No. 31.

Hursh underwent Tommy John surgery in 2011, but his fastball is in the mid-90s and should translate well to the MLB. His secondary pitches are not quite as strong, but they do have the upside to be strong.

There's risk, but it makes sense at No. 31.


Baltimore Orioles: B+

No. 22: Hunter Harvey, RHP, Bandys High School (N.C.)

No. 37: Josh Hart, OF, Parkview High School (Ga.)

No. 61: Chance Sisco, C, Santiago High School (Calif.)

 

The Baltimore Orioles continue to defy the laws of baseball, as their deep batting lineup overcomes the inconsistency of their pitching rotation. By inconsistent, of course, we mean to say that only one of their starters has an ERA below 4.00—Chris Tillman at 3.97.

Hunter Harvey could be the player to bring it all together—if not, he should be better than their current mess.

He's the son of former MLB closer Bryan Harvey, which offers a pedigree to trust as he's developed as a prospect. As an 18-year-old with a 94-mph fastball and the capacity to add a significant amount of strength, the pick makes even more sense.

Baltimore doesn't have much to be happy about when it comes to pitching, but this could be a step in the right direction.


Boston Red Sox: A-

No. 7: Trey Ball, LHP, New Castle High School (Ind.)

No. 45: Teddy Stankiewicz, RHP, Seminole State JC

 

The Boston Red Sox are a team in an odd transition period, as they continue to win games with an aging roster that isn't supposed to be this good. While there are holes in their lineup that could be of issue, when all else fails, you go with pitching.

That's what the Red Sox did by selecting left-handed pitcher Trey Ball out of New Castle High School in Indiana.

Ball is committed to play for the Texas Longhorns, but a long-term pitching investment certainly makes sense. Not only is Ball an intriguing lefty, but the Red Sox are led by pitching specialist John Farrell.

Building for the future is important for an aging team, and Ball is the type of investment this team needs.


Chicago Cubs: A

No. 2: Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego Toreros

No. 41: Rob Zastryzny, LHP, Missouri Tigers

 

The Chicago Cubs passed over the elite pitching prospects on the board and sided with third baseman Kris Bryant out of the University of San Diego. The power hitter could create a potentially elite tandem in the middle of the lineup when paired with Anthony Rizzo.

Putting stars on the corner is quite the wise route to take.

A case could be made that the Cubs needed a pitcher, with Jonathan Gray remaining on the board at the time of their pick. With that being said, the Cubs have aging position players and need to start building for the future.

Bryant is the perfect player to place either in front of or behind Rizzo in the lineup, thus creating a 1-2 punch worth marveling.

 

Chicago White Sox: B

No. 17: Tim Anderson, SS, East Central Community College

No. 55: Tyler Danish, RHP, Durant High School (Fla.)

 

The Chicago White Sox don't have many positions at which they are truly set. If there is an area where they have reason to be comfortable, however, it's at shortstop, where 31-year-old Alexei Ramirez remains one of the better defenders in the MLB.

Fortunately for those skeptical White Sox fans, Tim Anderson doesn't need to play shortstop to be effective.

Anderson projects to be a better hitter than Ramirez and has similar defensive upside with a cannon for an arm and range in the hole, but he may not be a true shortstop. He's played in the outfield before, and that may be where he ends up.

Regardless of where he goes, Anderson is one of the fastest runners in this draft class.


Cincinnati Reds: B

No. 27: Phil Ervin, OF, Samford Bulldogs

No. 38: Michael Lorenzen, RHP, Cal State Fullerton Titans

No. 67: Kevin Franklin, 3B, Gahr High School (Calif.)

 

The Cincinnati Reds have a perennial MVP candidate in Joey Votto and a supporting cast that could contend for a title. Along the pitching staff, there's a mix of quality veterans and young throwers with intriguing upside.

At No. 27, the Reds attempted to bring it all together with a speedster that can potentially hit out of the leadoff spot.

Phil Ervin is an explosive runner that makes contact and gets on base at a high clip. While he's not the biggest player in the field, he is one of the fastest runners and better hitters, which makes him a valuable contributor to any lineup.

Ervin could go a long way towards replacing Drew Stubbs

 

Cleveland Indians: A

No. 5: Clint Frazier, OF/3B, Loganville High School (Ga.)

 

The Cleveland Indians only had one selection on Day 1, which displayed their sense of urgency to get this pick right. Instead of going for an established college star, the Indians opted to take a chance on a high school prospect.

Multi-position man Clint Frazier of Loganville High School in Georgia.

Frazier is one of the youngest players on the board, but the upside is certainly there. He's already built in the ideal manner for an outfielder at 6'0" and 190 pounds, but also has the versatility to play third base.

That versatility intrigued everyone, but it was Cleveland that took the chance.

 

Colorado Rockies: A+
 

No. 3: Jonathan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma Sooners

No. 42: Ryan McMahon, 3B, Mater Dei High School (Calif.)

No. 70: Alex Balog, RHP, San Francisco Dons

 

The Colorado Rockies have needed an ace for longer than we could remember. While pitching at Coors Field is no easy task, giving up on the potential for landing a player to lead their rotation just isn't an option.

Finally, the Rockies proved aware of that truth and selected Jonathan Gray out of Oklahoma.

The right-handed pitcher boasts one of the most powerful arms in this draft, which had some speculating that he could go No. 1 overall. Fortunately for Colorado, the fireballer fell further than expected.

Pitching at Coors Field will be a tough task, but this is the type of pick that could transform an organization.

 

Detroit Tigers: B-

No. 20: Jonathon Crawford, RHP, Florida Gators

No. 39: Corey Knebel, RHP, Texas Longhorns

No. 58: Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Vanderbilt Commodores

 

The Detroit Tigers are, arguably, the most balanced team in the MLB, pairing explosive hitting with world-class pitching. When it comes to pitching, however, you can never have enough depth.

That's exactly why the addition of Jonathon Crawford makes so much sense.

Crawford is a right-handed pitcher from Florida, standing in at 6'1" and 205 pounds. He's a hard thrower that reaches the high 90s on his fastball, but does need to develop better touch on his breaking ball to thrive at the next level.

The upside is certainly there, however, and a recent no-hitter justifies the hype.


Houston Astros: A+

No. 1: Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford Cardinal

No. 40: Andrew Thurman, RHP, UC Irvine Anteaters

 

The Houston Astros passed over Mark Appel with the first overall draft choice in 2012. Despite being drafted, he proceeded to return to Stanford and put on yet another magnificent display of ability and upside.

In 2013, the Astros didn't let him slide again—they brought the Houston native home.

Not only is Appel one of the top prospects in this year's draft, but he's built well and has excellent control on his pitches. Going to his hometown team, Appel certainly has the upside to step in and become the face of the franchise.

Landing an ace is a great way to turn their luck around.


Kansas City Royals: B

No. 8: Hunter Dozier, SS, Stephen F. Austin Jacks

No. 34: Sean Manaea, LHP, Indiana State Sycamores

No. 46: Cody Reed, LHP, Northwest Community College

 

The Kansas City Royals continue to own the label of a team on the rise, as their roster remains young and loaded with promise. With that being said, the Royals do have holes, and with the No. 8 pick, they filled a void with a very big body.

6'4" and 220-pound shortstop Hunter Dozier from Stephen F. Austin—a major stretch.

Just because it's a stretch doesn't mean it wasn't warranted.

Just hearing about his size, it's not hard to see why Dozier has become one of the top prospects in this draft. His size not only permits power and length at the plate, but range as a defensive player.

This was a major stretch, but the fit works.

If you didn't like the selection of Dozier, you had to love the choice of Sean Manaea. While most second-round picks are based off of value more than anything else, Manaea is one of the best lefties in this draft class.

The fact that Kansas City stole him was nothing short of a blessing.


Los Angeles Angels: C+

No. 59: Hunter Green, LHP, Warren East High School (Ky.)

 

The Los Angeles Angels need pitching, and they addressed that void via the draft. Unfortunately, they did so while picking at No. 59 overall.

Even still, Hunter Green is of value.

Green is long and lanky with the potential to add more velocity to his already solid pitches. While he doesn't appear to have the look of an ace, his curveball is strong enough to help him work into the MLB.

Plus, lefty pitchers are always valued.


Los Angeles Dodgers

No. 18: Chris Anderson, RHP, Jacksonville Dolphins

No. 56: Tom Windle, LHP, Minnesota Golden Gophers

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers have spent buckets of money on players that could help them compete for a World Series title. Unfortunately, the quality play of additions such as Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford has been marred by the absence of reliable pitching behind Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

They took a step in the right direction by drafting right-handed pitcher Chris Anderson out of Jacksonville.

Anderson stands at 6'4" and 215 pounds with a fastball that touches 97 mph. He has multiple pitches to work with, including a vicious slider and a strong changeup.

L.A. needs a dominant right-hander to complement Kershaw and Ryu, and Anderson has that upside.


Miami Marlins: A+

No. 6: Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina Tar Heels

No. 35: Matt Krook, LHP, St. Ignatius High School (Calif.)

No. 44: Trevor Williams, RHP, Arizona State Sun Devils

No. 73: Colby Suggs, RHP, Arkansas Razorbacks

 

The Miami Marlins had an abundance of first-day draft choices, and it all started with third baseman Colin Moran out of North Carolina, with the Tar Heels working through the College World Series and Moran regarded as one of the better all-around players in the nation.

Standing at 6'3" and 215 pounds, the Rye, N.Y., native has the ideal combination of size, strength and fielding prowess to thrive at the next level.

There aren't many positions where Miami has certainty, which makes this selection one that suggests they went for the best fit possible. Moran certainly makes sense, as he is one of the top hitters available.

You're looking for picks that make sense, and this one did.

 

Milwaukee Brewers: N/A

No. 54: Devin Williams, RHP, Hazelwood West HS (Mo.)

No. 72: Tucker Neuhaus, SS, Wharton High School (Fla.)

 

The Milwaukee Brewers didn't pick until No. 54 overall, which limited their options. Even still, they managed to address their weak pitching staff by landing a right-handed thrower.

Devin Williams out of Hazelwood West High School.

Williams is an off-of-the-radar type of pick, which leads to the rational questions about whether or not this was the right pick. With that being said, Milwaukee needs pitchers and any investment into arms is a good move at this stage.

If you can't pitch, you won't win.


Minnesota Twins: A

No. 4: Kohl Stewart, RHP, Texas A&M Aggies

No. 43: Ryan Eades, RHP, LSU Tigers

 

The Minnesota Twins have been searching for an ace since Johan Santana departed prior to the 2008 season. While no player is a sure thing to pan out, they've certainly invested their pick wisely at No. 4 with Kohl Stewart.

The Texas A&M product is a high-quality athlete that has drawn comparisons to Josh Beckett.

Prior to his recent collapse, Beckett was a three-time All-Star and the 2003 World Series MVP. For that reason, the praise Stewart has received in terms of his upside suggests that he could be one of the best players of this draft class.

Athletes that can pitch often have the highest upside.

 

New York Mets: A-

No. 11: Dominic Smith, 1B, Junipero Serra Catholic High School (Calif.)

No. 48: Andrew Church, RHP, Basic HS (Nev.)

 

The New York Mets are running out of patience when it comes to the development of Ike Davis. For that reason, they targeted one of the best left-handed hitters available in first baseman Dominic Smith out of Junipero Serra Catholic High School.

A selection that's all about padding their lineup.

Left-handed bats are of extreme importance to any batting lineup, as right-handed pitchers are significantly more common than lefties. For a Mets team that has a player they can build around in David Wright, the next step is finding a star hitter to complement him.

Smith could be that guy.


New York Yankees: A-

No. 26: Eric Jagielo, 3B, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

No. 32: Aaron Judge, OF, Fresno State Bulldogs

No. 33: Ian Clarkin, LHP, James Madison High School (Calif.)

No. 66: Gosuke Katoh, 2B, Rancho Bernardo HS (Calif.)

 

The New York Yankees have built their franchise by spending more money than any other team in baseball. Now, under a new owner, the team is left with monstrous contracts and little available talent to show for it.

They started their rebuilding process by drafting Alex Rodriguez's long-term replacement.

Eric Jagielo has offensive upside, possessing one of the better bats in all of college baseball. From his intriguing power to his developing eye, he could be the type of hitter that the Yankees need to bring in for their future.

With their second pick of the first round, the Yankees landed intriguing bat Aaron Judge out of Fresno State. He's 6'7" and 240 pounds, possessing the elite power that the Yankees desire out of their big bats.

They closed out the first round process with Ian Clarkin, a versatile player that could pitch or hit at the next level. Chances are, he'll end up as a pitcher with quality command and a relatively strong fastball.

New York needs pitchers and hitters, so these three picks certainly make sense—especially with Judge and Clarkin projected to go significantly higher.

 

Oakland Athletics: B

No. 24: Billy McKinney, LF, Plano West High School (Texas)

No. 63: Dillon Overton, LHP, Oklahoma Sooners

No. 71: Chad Pinder, 3B, Virginia Tech Hokies

 

The Oakland Athletics are the type of team that has used home-grown talent and quality veterans to build their team. For that reason, we're inclined to believe that any risk they take comes with good reason, as they wouldn't be a postseason team without good measure.

Billy McKinney was a reach, but the value is fair here.

McKinney is one of the best high school hitters in the draft, hitting well for average and possessing intriguing power. While he may not be the most athletic player, being placed in left field is the ideal location for a player of his build.

It may take time for him to be called up, but when he is, McKinney's bat should provide a major boost to Oakland's lineup.


Philadelphia Phillies: A-

No. 16: J.P. Crawford, SS, Lakewood High School (Calif.)

No. 53: Andrew Knapp, C, California Golden Bears

 

The Philadelphia Phillies still trust Jimmy Rollins to play shortstop, but he is 34 years old. For that reason, finding his long-term replacement would be a wise move for a Phillies team that is in the midst of an in-between period that words simply cannot describe.

By landing J.P. Crawford at No. 16, the Phillies may have found that player.

Crawford will make his money defensively, as he has a strong arm and range at shortstop. With fluid motion in his hips and the willingness to get dirty to make a play, Crawford could be the type of double-play threat that every team values up the middle.

Offensively, he's a quality enough hitter to maintain his spot in a lineup, but again, he's bound to make his name off of defense.


Pittsburgh Pirates: A+

No. 9: Austin Meadows, CF, Grayson High School (Ga.)

No. 14: Reese McGuire, Catcher, Kentwood High School (Wash.)

No. 51: Blake Taylor, LHP, Dana Hills HS (Calif.)

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Austin Meadows with the No. 9 overall draft choice, clearly hoping to pad their already tantalizing outfield. With Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte already out there, Pittsburgh is close to building the best outfield in baseball.

Meadows could solidify that.

Meadows is a natural center fielder, but at 6'3", he has the size necessary to switch to another area. I that proves to be the case, the Pirates may have created the top-of-the-order triumvirate that they need to be a perennial postseason contender.

Five picks later, they struck again.

At No. 14, the Pirates landed a player that could be their catcher of the future in Reese McGuire. You'd be wise to view this as a steal, as many had McGuire as one of the top 10 prospects in this draft.

Even if his hitting ability is raw, McGuire has all of the skills and physical gifts necessary to remain behind the plate.

 

San Diego Padres: B+

No. 13: Hunter Renfroe, OF, Mississippi State Bulldogs

No. 50: Dustin Peterson, SS, Gilbert HS (Ariz.)

No. 69: Jordan Paroubeck, OF, Serra High School (Calif.)

 

The San Diego Padres entered the 2013 MLB draft with young players such as Jedd Gyorko and Yonder Alonso in their lineup. They also have a rotation with glaring holes and more aging veterans than promising youth.

Rather than pad their pitching staff, they drafted right fielder Hunter Renfroe out of Mississippi State.

He's a strong player with raw power at the plate and the cannon required to make the long throws from right field. While his ability to hit for average is questioned, there's no doubt that he can hit for the fences.

That's something San Diego needs moving forward, so drafting an athletic power hitter makes a lot of sense.

 

San Francisco Giants: C

No. 25: Christian Arroyo, SS, Hernando High School (Fla.)

No. 64: Ryder Jones, 3B, Watauga High School (N.C.)

 

The San Francisco Giants live and die by their pitching, but they have recently added the irreplaceable benefit of opportunistic hitting. While they've had success drafting in the past, we can't help but question this pick.

Christian Arroyo was the No. 99 player on Keith Law of ESPN's Big Board and went unranked according to MLB.com.

This isn't to say that Arroyo will not pan out, as the upside is there for a high school shortstop. Standing at 6'1" and displaying range defensively, Arroyo could make the long-term transition, although it's hard to imagine him replacing Brandon Crawford.

This is a debatable pick, but we've learned to trust the Giants.


Seattle Mariners: A

No. 12: D.J. Peterson, 3B, New Mexico Lobos

No. 49: Austin Wilson, OF, Stanford Cardinal

 

The Seattle Mariners have no shortage of pitchers, both as prospects and established veterans. While you can never have enough players in that regard, the Mariners will not compete for the postseason until they hit the ball better.

D.J. Peterson can help them in that regard.

Peterson is one of the better hitters in this year's draft, having won the 2012 Mountain West Conference triple crown. For a Mariners team that has Michael Morse and Kyle Seager to build with, it will be intriguing to see how Peterson fits in.

Stealing Austin Wilson at No. 49 rounds out an excellent first day for Seattle.


St. Louis Cardinals: A-

No. 19: Marco Gonzales, LHP, Gonzaga Bulldogs

No. 28: Rob Kaminsky, LHP, St. Joseph Regional High School (N.J.)

No. 57: Oscar Mercado, SS, Gaither High School (Fla.)

 

If there's one thing that we know about the St. Louis Cardinals, it's that they have invested in the notion that pitching wins championships. Seeing as they've won a World Series as recently as 2006 and 2011, we're inclined to value their trust in pitching prospects.

Marco Gonzales could be the next in line.

Gonzales won't overpower many hitters, but he has excellent command and a marvelous changeup. For a Cardinals team that has consistently won without a dominant lefty, Gonzales could be the player to change the shape of their rotation.

International experience makes Gonzales all the more intriguing.

With their second pick, the Cardinals added yet another lefty in Rob Kaminsky. He has a strong fastball and a quality breaking ball, although there are questions about his durability.

Even if Kaminsky does struggle with his stamina, he could end up as a reliever and contribute at a high level.

 

Tampa Bay Rays: A

No. 21: Nick Ciuffo, C, Lexington High School (S.C.)

No. 29: Ryne Stanek, RHP, Arkansas Razorbacks

No. 60: Riley Unroe, SS, Desert Ridge High School (Ariz.)

 

The Tampa Bay Rays have a strong core, but they always seem to be one step away from legitimacy. In order to improve in that regard, they must build up the middle and complement their pitchers with a reliable player behind the plate.

Nick Ciuffo can be that player.

Ciuffo is all about power, boasting the arm strength to play behind the plate and the pop at the plate to rack up the extra-base hits. His all-around game must improve, specifically as he hits for average, but Ciuffo could be a valuable power bat at the end of the lineup for Tampa Bay.

Most importantly, he could be an everyday catcher that thrives defensively.

With their second pick, Tampa Bay brought in right-handed pitcher Ryne Stanek. This was nothing short of a steal for a player that has the arm strength necessary to pitch at the next level.

That alone makes Tampa's draft a win.


Texas Rangers: B

No. 23: Alex Gonzalez, RHP, Oral Roberts Golden Eagles

No. 30: Travis Demeritte, 3B, Winder Barrow High School (Ga.)

No. 62: Akeem Bostick, RHP, West Florence High School (S.C.)


The Texas Rangers don't have many holes in their lineup, as they hit as well as any team in the MLB. If there is one area that can be labeled with a question mark, however, it's along their pitching staff, where strong options such as Yu Darvish and Alexi Ogando are met by inconsistency behind them.

Drafting a pitcher was the only rational option.

Alex Gonzalez of Oral Roberts makes sense for the Rangers, as he has a cut fastball that keeps hitters off balance. Depending upon the development of his complementary pitches, he could be a starter, but there is the potential for Gonzalez to be a reliever.

Either way, he should be a quality contributor.

Their second pick, Travis Demeritte, boasts good bat speed and overall athleticism that is quite intriguing. Whether he can play third base is questionable, but there's no question that he can play at a high level.

This was a strong draft from a team that is already strong.

 

Toronto Blue Jays: A-

No. 10: Phil Bickford, RHP, Oaks Christian HS (Calif.)

No. 47: Clinton Hollon, RHP, Woodford County HS (Ky.)

 

Phil Bickford comes out of high school to join the Toronto Blue Jays at No. 10. As for why he's so intriguing, note that Bickford already stands at 6'4".

When you have a high school prospect that's blessed with that type of size, your interest is immediately peaked.

Bickford is more than just a big body, though, as he has a strong slider and has been clocked at 97 with his fastball. While the lack of a breaking ball could be concerning, he's young enough to develop pitches.

This is a long-term type of pick for Toronto, but one that makes plenty of sense.

 

Washington Nationals: N/A

Pick No. 68: Jacob Johansen, RHP, Dallas Baptist High School (Texas)

 

The Washington Nationals' first pick of the evening came at No. 68 overall, where they further built upon their pitching staff. While the value wasn't extraordinary, the Nationals have proven to be superb at finding pitchers.

Perhaps Jacob Johansen can be the next in line.

Johansen comes out of Dallas Baptist High School and boasts a massive frame that hovers around 6'6". Assuming he can raise his power pitches to the level that fits his body type, Johansen could be a quality player.

There really wasn't much risk to this one.

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