Notable names like Jonathan Gray, Mark Appel and Colin Moran came off the board in the first few picks of the 2013 MLB first-year player draft, but as the case often is in professional sports, good players are to be found with later selections.
This year's draft is no exception, and with 40 rounds of prospects to be shuffled throughout the 30 teams in baseball, there's little doubt that diamonds in the rough are to be found.
As hard as it is to keep up with the thousands of prospects who will be selected over the course of the three-day marathon that is baseball's draft process, there are guys who won't be drafted in the first few rounds who have plenty of promise and to whom you should be paying attention.
We look at a few of those guys here, as well as some information on the final two days of the draft on Friday and Saturday from New Jersey.
*For a complete look at the 2013 remaining MLB draft order, click here (courtesy MLB.com).
2013 MLB Draft Information
Where: Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J.
When: Thursday, June 6 to Saturday, June 8
Watch: MLB Network (Thursday)
Live Stream: MLB.com (All days)
|June 7||1 p.m.||3-10|
|June 8||1 p.m.||11-40|
Names to Watch
1B/OF Manny Ramirez Jr., IMG Academy (H.S.)
Few high schoolers have generated the buzz that this high-schooler has drawn over the past few weeks. Then again, few high schoolers have the same name as one of the best power hitters in MLB history.
Manny Ramirez Jr. has the same sweet swing his father had all those years ago coming into the bigs, but he isn't generating the same kind of respect in terms of being a high draft pick or earning recognition for what he can do on the field.
Junior is more famous now for his name than his game, but as Adam Berry noted in this piece for MLB.com, that might only be viable for a very short time after this young man is drafted.
He can play both outfield and first base and has done so at IMG Academy, where his skills were refined over the past few years while Dad stayed in and out of the pro baseball scene.
Stan Grossfield of the Boston Globe also did a story on the younger Ramirez prior to this weekend's draft, and the consensus about his game is simple: While father is busy being Manny, son is busy being Manny Jr.
And Manny Jr. can play ball too.
SS Adam Frazier, Mississippi State
Teammate Hunter Renfroe is garnering most of the attention at Mississippi State, but shortstop Adam Frazier should be looked at as a consistent, steady shortstop at the next level who will neither disappoint nor overly impress you.
Hitting .344 in a team-high 64 starts this year for the Bulldogs, Frazier showed promise at the next level by being durable in the field, posing a threat at the plate and improving his game while in college—the mark of a great pro.
While there isn't a whole lot of potential for mind-blowing plays or power at the plate (zero home runs this year), Frazier puts the ball in play, finds holes in the defense and shows good range and arm strength—enough to be considered as a future candidate to hold down the position in the pros someday.
At 5'11", he also doesn't have the size that will likely lend to projections of "growing" into his frame, but that doesn't matter—Frazier is a steady shortstop who will compete hard each and every pitch.
Shortstop is a "weak" position in this draft, and not every team selecting in the first few rounds is going to be able to get a guy they want. Frazier, who can move up the ladder quickly and contribute right away, would be a nice pull in the middle rounds.
P Tony Rizzotti, Tulane
A starter at Tulane, Rizzotti has spent time at TCU, Grayson Junior College and his current stop—all while battling injuries.
As noted by Mike Axisa of CBS Sports, those knee injuries will likely limit what could have been a first- or second-round calling in the draft, but that won't stop a team in the middle rounds from finally taking a flier on his services.
Co-Pitcher of the Week in Conference USA after posting a one-hit, complete-game shutout in Tulane's season-opening win, Rizzotti has the fastball-slider combination that makes him deadly as a starting pitcher at the college level.
While a third pitch would be needed to make the transition to a major league rotation, there are those (including Axisa) who feel that Rizzotti could be a high-riser as a reliever and that his fastball could approach 100 mph with consistent work in the pen.
With so many prospects slated to be selected over the final two days of the draft, it's hard to pinpoint which guys will make it and which guys won't. These three have the talent to do so, and you should pay attention to their stock moving forward.