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:
Things also worked out for the young player himself, as noted by Bryan Fischer of the Pac-12 Network:
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):
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):
Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago seemed upset that the Cubs passed on the talented pitcher:
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:
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:
Then again, Frazier does have one other aspect that makes him an interesting player, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports:
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:
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:
Then again, Jim Bowden of ESPN was blunt in his assessment of the selection:
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:
MLB analyst Eric Davis also believes in the skill of the first baseman, according to Knobler:
However, it is not just the physical skill that has the Mets excited. Peter Gammons of MLB Network discussed the player's character:
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|
Rob Goldberg is a member of Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team. Follow him on Twitter for the latest updates.
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