2013 MLB Draft Results: Where Every Prospect Landed in 1st Round

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2013 MLB Draft Results: Where Every Prospect Landed in 1st Round
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After months of analysis and conjecture, the 2013 MLB draft is finally underway, and there were some surprising results in Round 1.

To nobody's surprise, however, Stanford's Mark Appel was the first overall pick to the Houston Astros. According to team beat writer Brian McTaggart, Appel grew up in Houston until he was 12 years old, so he'll likely be thrilled to play for his hometown squad:

Power-hitting slugger Kris Bryant was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the No. 2 overall pick, surprising many experts—including Jim Callis of Baseball America—who thought the team would select a pitcher:

This was just the first surprise of an exciting night of MLB draft action.

Here's a look at the entire first round, courtesy of MLB.com:

Pick Team Player School Position
1 Houston Astros Mark Appel Stanford RHP
2 Chicago Cubs Kris Bryant  University of San Diego  3B 
3 Colorado Rockies Jonathan Gray  Oklahoma  RHP 
4 Minnesota Twins Kohl Stewart Pius X HS (TX)  RHP 
5 Cleveland Indians Clint Frazier Logansville HS (GA)  3B 
6 Miami Marlins  Colin Moran North Carolina  3B 
7 Boston Red Sox Trey Ball New Castle HS (IN)  LHP/OF 
8 Kansas City Royals Hunter Dozier
Stephen F. Austin  SS
9 Pittsburgh Pirates Austin Meadows Grayson HS (GA)  CF 
10 Toronto Blue Jays Phillip Bickford Oaks Christian HS (CA) RHP
11 New York Mets Dominic Smith Sierra HS (CA)  1B 
12 Seattle Mariners DJ Peterson
New Mexico  3B 
13 San Diego Padres Hunter Renfroe Mississippi State OF 
14 Pittsburgh Pirates Reese McGuire Kentwood HS (WA) C
15 Arizona Diamondbacks Braden Shipley  Nevada  RHP 
16 Philadelphia Phillies JP Crawford  Lakewood HS (CA)  SS 
17 Chicago White Sox Tim Anderson  East Central CC (MS) SS 
18 Los Angeles Dodgers Chris Anderson Jacksonville  RHP 
19 St. Louis Cardinals Marco Gonzalez Gonzaga  LHP 
20 Detroit Tigers Jonathon Crawford Florida  RHP 
21 Tampa Bay Rays Nick Ciuffo Lexington HS (SC) 
22 Baltimore Orioles Hunter Harvey Bandys HS (NC) RHP
23 Texas Rangers Alex Gonzalez Oral Roberts  RHP 
24 Oakland A's Billy McKinney Plano West HS (TX) OF 
25 San Francisco Giants Christian Arroyo Hernando HS (FL) SS
26 New York Yankees Eric Jagielo Notre Dame 3B 
27 Cincinnati Reds  Phillip Ervin Samford  OF 
2013 MLB Draft Supplemental First Round        
28 St. Louis Cardinals Rob Kaminsky
St. Joseph Regional HS (NJ)
LHP 
29 Tampa Bay Rays Ryne Stanek Arkansas RHP 
30 Texas Rangers Travis Demeritte Winder-Barrow HS (GA) SS 
31 Atlanta Braves Jason Hursh Oklahoma State RHP 
32 New York Yankees Aaron Judge Fresno State  OF 
33 New York Yankees Ian Clarkin
James Madison HS (CA) LHP
2013 MLB Draft Competitive Balance Round A        
34 Kansas City Royals Sean Manaea Indiana State LHP 
35 Miami Marlins Matt Krook St. Ignatius HS (CA)
LHP
36 Arizona Diamondbacks Aaron Blair Marshall  RHP
37 Baltimore Orioles Josh Hart  Parkview HS (GA)  OF
38 Cincinnati Reds Michael Lorenzen Cal State Fullerton  RHP
39 Detroit Tigers Corey Knebel  Texas   RHP 

 

Now we'll take a look at some of the biggest storylines stemming from the first round of the 2013 MLB draft.

 

Mark Appel No. 1 Overall

MLB didn't take long to post an awesome "draftagram" card on Twitter:

After passing on Appel last year with the top pick of the 2012 MLB draft, Houston finally landed the star pitcher out of Stanford. Appel was eventually picked up with the No. 8 overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates but opted instead to stay in school for his senior season. 

And what a season he had for the Cardinal. Appel went 10-4 this past year, posting an ERA of 2.12 with 130 strikeouts.

The Astros won't rush Appel to the majors, however, according to McTaggart:

Given the team's current struggles, it seems like a smart move by Houston to bring him along slowly. That said, by this time next year, Appel could well be one of the hottest young pitchers in the league.

 

Red Sox Manage to Catch Everyone off Guard

Screen Shot Courtesy of MLB Network

Nobody thought Boston would select Trey Ball. Nobody even knew Ball was on Boston's radar, according to John Manuel of Baseball America:

Ball is a two-way player, excelling as a left-handed pitcher as well as an outfielder. According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, the Sox haven't picked up a two-way player since 2008 when they selected Casey Kelly:

An intriguing prospect, Ball measures in at 6'6" and 180 pounds. He throws a fastball in the low 90s and features a strong curveball and changeup, according to MacPherson

It will be interesting to see how this young man develops in the next few years. The Red Sox passed up high-school outfielder Austin Meadows and college pitchers Braden Shipley and Ryne Stanek—all of whom were expected to be on the club's radar for this pick.

 

Royals With a Huge Reach At No. 8

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It was a bit of a surprise that the Cubs selected Bryant over Gray.

But that selection paled in comparison with the shocking selection the Kansas City Royals made when the franchise picked up shortstop Hunter Dozier with the No. 8 overall pick.

Keith Law of ESPN had Dozier as his No. 38 overall player:

JJ Cooper of Baseball America postulated that the Royals are simply spreading their money around for later picks, which is the explanation that makes the most sense for this move:

Nobody's implying Dozier isn't going to be an excellent pro just because the Astros "reached" for him with the No. 8 pick. He was a productive player at Stephen F. Austin this past year, hitting .396 with 17 home runs and 12 stolen bases.

That said, the Royals' selection was just as shocking as when the Dallas Cowboys picked center Travis Frederick in Round 1 of the 2013 NFL draft earlier this year.

 

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