The MLB draft might not have the fanfare of some other sports selections, but the 2013 event was certainly a memorable one.
While fans will not see most of these faces in the major leagues for quite a few years, there is a lot of talent in this class. Unsurprisingly, this led to plenty of opinions from experts and fans about who each team should select.
Things started off with the Houston Astros for the second year in a row. The organization drafted Mark Appel out of Stanford to add some pitching depth, and possibly make an impact early in his career.
The rest of the first round featured plenty of other surprising selections both good and bad. Here are the top reactions to some of the more intriguing picks of the first round.
No. 1 Mark Appel to the Houston Astros
Many believed Mark Appel was the best player in the draft, although this did not necessarily mean that the Astros were going to take him first overall due to signability concerns.
Last year, the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted him with the No. 8 pick and the Stanford right-hander decided to return to school for another year.
However, Houston still went with Appel to start off the draft, according to the MLB Twitter account:
ESPN's Robert Flores was a big fan of the selection:
Mark Appel to the @astros at number one. Pitching, pitching and pitching. I like it. Welcome back to Houston.— Robert Flores (@RoFloESPN) June 6, 2013
Things also worked out for the young player himself, as noted by Bryan Fischer of the Pac-12 Network:
So Mark Appel gets more money than last year and a Stanford degree. That, my friends, is what is called a win-win.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) June 6, 2013
Later in the night, Appel showed that he was quite happy when he sent out this tweet:
Still, the biggest fan of the pick was MLB Network's Harold Reynolds. The analyst said on the air that he believes Appel will be in the majors by July (via Trent Shadid):
Harold Reynolds just said he wouldn't be surprised if Mark Appel is in the big leagues by July of this year. Harold, that's 24 days away.— Trent Shadid (@Shadid13) June 6, 2013
Although this seems far-fetched, it is clear that the Astros made a smart move with this selection.
No. 3 Jonathan Gray to the Colorado Rockies
After the Chicago Cubs selected the first position player in slugger Kris Bryant, the Colorado Rockies selected Oklahoma pitcher Jonathan Gray with the No. 3 pick.
This obviously made the local fans in Oklahoma quite happy (via SoonerSports.com):
Jonathan Gray is a Rockie! No. 3 overall selection. https://t.co/1R4b4efQVs— Oklahoma Sooners (@SoonerSportscom) June 6, 2013
Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago seemed upset that the Cubs passed on the talented pitcher:
Cubs pass on Jonathan Gray’s 100 mph velocity and go with the position player, grabbing San Diego’s Kris Bryant with the No. 2 overall pick.— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) June 6, 2013
MLB Network's Jonathan Mayo does believe Gray will be successful in Colorado, despite the high elevation:
While few pitchers look forward to playing in Denver, this seems to be a good match.
No. 5 Clint Frazier to the Cleveland Indians
The next two picks after Gray were all about potential. Kohl Stewart is the pitcher with a lot of upside, but Clint Frazier could end up being one of the top all-around players in the draft.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports was especially high on the outfielder:
At one private workout with a team, Clint Frazier hit 16 home runs on 24 swings. He's got absolutely massive power. Could be a star.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 6, 2013
He ended up going to the Cleveland Indians with the No. 5 pick, and was in the studio to enjoy the moment (via MLB Network):
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti explained to Jim Bowden of ESPN exactly why Frazier was drafted:
Chris Antonetti just told us that Clint Frazier will def play CF and he has bat speed that passes every HS College players they've seen XM89— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) June 6, 2013
Then again, Frazier does have one other aspect that makes him an interesting player, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports:
Indians pick Clint Frazier: "I've had a lot of people tell me I'll be a fan favorite because of my red hair."— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) June 6, 2013
Hair color aside, Frazier is certainly going to be a player to watch in the upcoming years.
No. 8 Hunter Dozier to the Kansas City Royals
As the draft progressed, few selections made people turn their heads more than Hunter Dozier at No. 8. The Kansas City Royals seemed to really like the shortstop, although this seemed a bit early for the youngster.
Keith Law of ESPN talks about how this was a big reach:
I had Hunter Dozier ranked 38th in this draft class. The Royals just took him 8th.— keithlaw (@keithlaw) June 6, 2013
John Manuel of Baseball America also thought this was too early for the pick, although he had some nice things to say about the hitter:
That said, Hunter Dozier can hit, he's athletic, power, college performer. He's not a stiff. Just not seen as No. 8 overall talent #mlbdraft— John Manuel (@johnmanuelba) June 6, 2013
Then again, Jim Bowden of ESPN was blunt in his assessment of the selection:
Best pick so far: Dominick Smith 1B Mets Worst pick so far: Hunter Dozier SS— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) June 7, 2013
The Royals are obviously higher on Dozier than the analysts, so hopefully they made the right decision with the eighth pick.
No. 11 Dominic Smith to New York Mets
As previously mentioned, Jim Bowden is fond of Dominic Smith. He continued his analysis in more detail here:
Love the Mets pick of Dominick Smith 1B...has a chance to develop into an impact middle of the order bat and ++ defender— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) June 7, 2013
MLB analyst Eric Davis also believes in the skill of the first baseman, according to Knobler:
Former major leaguer Eric Davis, another LA kid, on Mets pick Dominic Smith: "I've seen him play. He's going to be good."— Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) June 7, 2013
However, it is not just the physical skill that has the Mets excited. Peter Gammons of MLB Network discussed the player's character:
One gm says Dominic Smith was the best interview he conducted since Darin Erstad, '94. Highest praise— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) June 7, 2013
Obviously, plenty of people were excited to get an interview with the newest member of the Mets organization (via MLB Public Relations):
Smith will probably need some seasoning in the minors before reaching the majors, but he certainly has a lot of potential.
Full Results (via MLB.com)
|1||Houston Astros||Mark Appel||RHP|
|2||Chicago Cubs||Kris Bryant||3B|
|3||Colorado Rockies||Jonathan Gray||RHP|
|4||Minnesota Twins||Kohl Stewart||RHP|
|5||Cleveland Indians||Clint Frazier||OF|
|6||Miami Marlins||Colin Moran||3B|
|7||Boston Red Sox||Trey Ball||LHP|
|8||Kansas City Royals||Hunter Dozier||SS|
|9||Pittsburgh Pirates||Austin Meadows||OF|
|10||Toronto Blue Jays||Phillip Bickford||RHP|
|11||New York Mets||Dominic Smith||1B|
|12||Seattle Mariners||D.J. Peterson||3B|
|13||San Diego Padres||Hunter Renfroe||RF|
|14||Pittsburgh Pirates||Reese McGuire||C|
|15||Arizona Diamondbacks||Braden Shipley||RHP|
|16||Philadelphia Phillies||J.P. Crawford||SS|
|17||Chicago White Sox||Tim Anderson||SS|
|18||Los Angeles Dodgers||Chris Anderson||RHP|
|19||St. Louis Cardinals||Marco Gonzales||LHP|
|20||Detroit Tigers||Jonathan Crawford||RHP|
|21||Tampa Ray Rays||Nick Ciuffo||C|
|22||Baltimore Orioles||Hunter Harvey||RHP|
|23||Texas Rangers||Alex Gonzalez||RHP|
|24||Oakland Athletics||Billy McKinney||CF|
|25||San Francisco Giants||Christian Arroyo||SS|
|26||New York Yankees||Eric Jagielo||3B|
|27||Cincinnati Reds||Phillip Ervin||CF|
|28||St. Louis Cardinals||Rob Kaminsky||LHP|
|29||Tampa Bay Rays||Ryne Stanek||RHP|
|30||Texas Rangers||Travis Demeritte||SS|
|31||Atlanta Braves||Jason Hursh||RHP|
|32||New York Yankees||Aaron Judge||CF|
|33||New York Yankees||Ian Clarkin||LHP|
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