2013 MLB Draft Grades: Scoring Every GM in the 1st Round

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2013 MLB Draft Grades: Scoring Every GM in the 1st Round
Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

The first round of the 2013 MLB draft saw general managers make decisions that will impact their organizations for years to come. 

At the heart of any successful franchise is a deep system stocked with talented prospects, and building those systems was exactly what each general manager tried to do in the first round.

Not all GM's are created equal, though. Some did better than others, as there were plenty of surprises from Round 1.

Here's a look at how each general manager performed.

 

AL East

Baltimore Orioles: A-

Haul: Hunter Harvey, RHP, Bandys HS (N.C.)

Dan Duquette made a great pick in the first round in Harvey. He gets an exciting prep prospect who is almost guaranteed to sign with the club—he didn't even bother to commit to a college. He'll take some time to develop but will be at the top of the rotation once he gets there.

 

Boston Red Sox: B+

Haul: 7. Trey Ball, LHP, New Castle HS (Ind.)

Ben Cherington isn't used to picking in the Top 10, and he used the rare opportunity to scoop up a high-upside pick in Ball. The lanky lefty may take a while to mature into an MLB pitcher, but he has the velocity to be in the rotation one day.

There were more sure things available, but Cherington adds another quality arm to the Sox system.

 

New York Yankees: A

Haul: Eric Jageilo, 3B, Notre Dame; Aaron Judge, OF, Fresno State; Ian Clarkin, LHP, Madison HS (Calif.)

Brian Cashman cashed in on all three picks he had to work with in the first round—Judge and Jageilo are proven college bats, and Clarkin gives them a serious left-handed prospect to work with.

 

Tampa Bay Rays: A

Haul: Nick Ciuffo, C, Lexington HS (S.C.); Ryne Stanek, RHP, Arkansas

Andrew Friedman was one of the biggest winners of the first round. First he grabbed a catcher of the future in Cuffio, and then he took the best available pitcher by far with Stanek. As Jim Callis pointed out, Stanek was a great value late in the first:

 

Toronto Blue Jays: A-

Haul: 10. Phil Bickford, RHP, Oaks Christian HS (Calif.)

Alex Anthopoulos grabbed a high-upside prep prospect with his selection here. MLB.com's Gregor Chisolm likes his repertoire already:

That will only get better as he develops in the Jays system.

 

AL Central

Chicago White Sox: B+

Haul: Tim Anderson, SS, East Central CC (Miss.)

Rick Hahn continues to show that he values athleticism, and he got a good one here. Anderson will certainly be a threat on the basepaths; however, there were some great arms and impact bats that were still on the board.

 

Cleveland Indians: B

Haul: 5. Clint Frazier, OF, Loganville HS (Ga.)

Chris Antonetti took a fairly big risk with the No. 5 selection. Frazier is a talented prep prospect, but North Carolina's Clint Moran is considered the most pro-ready bat in the draft and was still available. That being said, Yahoo's Jeff Passan was impressed with Frazier's power:

He could become a star, but the presence of a more pro-ready prospect like Moran puts a damper on some of the value.

 

Detroit Tigers: B-

Haul: Jonathan Crawford, RHP, Florida

Dave Dombowski went really safe here and didn't maximize his opportunity. Crawford has a live arm but may not be a starter in the big leagues for a long time. He had a 3-6 record with a 3.84 ERA at Florida and may wind up in the bullpen.

 

Kansas City Royals: D+

Haul: 8. Hunter Dozier, SS, Stephen F. Austin

Dayton Moore became the first GM to really reach in the Top 10. Dozier was barely a Top 40 prospect, according to ESPN's Keith Law:

Moore had to be thinking financially when he picked Dozier because there were much better prospects available.

 

Minnesota Twins: A-

Haul: 4. Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X HS (Texas)

Terry Ryan made a great investment for the Twins future by selecting Kohl Stewart. The Texas A&M commit was one of the best high school arms in the draft. According to Jim Callis of Baseball America, he has the tools to provide the Twins with the boost they need:

They'll have to wait a while for this pick to pay dividends, but Stewart is a high-upside pick.

 

AL West

Houston Astros: A

Haul: 1. Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford

Jeff Luhnow would have had a difficult time missing with the first selection of the draft; there were three candidates that would have been justifiable. Here he picks up Appel, who at 6'5" and 215 pounds with a great repertoire of pitches will be ready to contribute sooner rather than later.

The Astros are rebuilding right now and will benefit from choosing a polished player like Appel.

 

Los Angeles Angels: N/A

Haul: None

The Angels did not have a first-round pick.

 

Oakland Athletics: A-

Haul: Billy McKinney, LF, Plano West HS (Texas)

Billy Beane gets a great prep bat to stash away for a few years. McKinney could be the best hitter in this draft class when all is said and done.

 

Seattle Mariners: B+

Haul: D.J. Peterson, 3B, New Mexico

Jack Zduriencik opted to go for a more polished option, and that should pay off for him. Peterson can play either third or first and was a highly productive college player. He could be in the Mariners lineup as early as 2014.

 

Texas Rangers: A-

Haul: Alex Gonzalez, RHP, Oral Roberts; Travis Demeritte, SS, Winder-Barrow HS (Ga.)

Jon Daniels did a great job of getting a player who will contribute soon in Gonzalez and a project bat in Demeritte. Gonzalez has three effective pitches that will translate well at the next level, while Demeritte has the raw power the Rangers love.

 

NL East

Atlanta Braves: B

Haul: Jared Hursh, RHP, Oklahoma State

Frank Wren has shown a penchant for finding and developing pitchers, so it's hard to question him, but Hursh doesn't have a high ceiling. This may have been a cap pick.

 

Miami Marlins: A

Haul: Clint Moran, 3B, North Carolina

Michael Hill was in a position where he really needed to get the Marlins help as soon as possible, and that's just what he did. Moran is a disciplined college bat who should be among the first in this class to be in the big leagues.

 

New York Mets: A

Haul: 11. Dominic Smith, 1B, JSerra Catholic HS (Calif.)

Sandy Alderson took advantage of some questionable selections by other teams early in the draft by scooping up the dynamic Smith here. Pundits such as Aaron Fitt and Jim Bowden raved about his potential:

The Mets may have netted a two-way star just outside the Top 10.

 

Philadelphia Phillies: A

Haul: JP Crawford, SS, Lakewood HS (Calif.)

Ruben Amaro Jr. got a first-round steal in JP Crawford, an exceptional athlete at shortstop with great range and defense. He may eventually remind fans of Jimmy Rollins. As Jerry Crasnick tweeted, Crawford hopes to replace him one day:

 

Washington Nationals: N/A

Haul: None

The Nationals did not have a first-round selection.

 

NL Central

Chicago Cubs: B+

Haul: 3. Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego

Jed Hoyer gave us the first surprise of the draft when the Cubs opted to go with San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant over hard-throwing right-hander Jonathan Gray with the second choice overall.

You can't fault the Cubs for acquiring the player who led college baseball in home runs this year, but the opportunity to add an ace who can hit 100 on the gun doesn't happen every day. Bryant should be a star, but passing on Gray is sure to be a question that will be debated looking back on this draft.

 

Cincinnati Reds: B

Haul: Phil Ervin, OF, Samford

Walt Jocketty nets a low-risk, low-ceiling prospect who should become a solid option for the Reds in the outfield. He won't be a superstar, but he should be a serviceable pro.

 

Milwaukee Brewers: N/A

Haul: None

The Brewers did not have a first-round selection.

 

Pittsburgh Pirates: A

Haul: 9. Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson HS (Ga.); Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS (Wash.)

Neal Huntington did a great job of taking the best player available here. Meadows is a great athlete and will be one of a few left-handed bats in the organization's farm system with potential.

Huntington really earned his grade when he doubled up on prep prospects and added McGuire at No. 14. Adding a catcher with the kind of offensive potential McGuire has is a huge boost to his haul.

 

St. Louis Cardinals: B+

Haul: Marco Gonzales, LHP, Gonzaga; Rob Kaminsky, LHP, Saint Joseph Regional HS (N.J.)

John Mozeliak already has a ton of pitching prospects throughout his system in St. Louis, and he adds another solid arm here. As Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game USA tweets, Gonzales has a great feel for his pitches already:

Kaminsky made this an even better draft for Mozeliak, as he should provide the system with a high-ceiling prospect to develop.

 

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks: A-

Haul: Braden Shipley, RHP, Nevada

Kevin Towers was really fortunate to have Shipley drop all the way to No. 15. He's a fairly proven commodity coming out of college and should provide a boost to the system fairly quickly. Jim Callis considered Shipley the No. 3 college pitcher in the draft, which makes him a great value:

 

Colorado Rockies: A

Haul: 3. Jonathan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma

Dan O'Dowd should be ecstatic that the Cubs opted to pass on Gray with the second selection. He just netted something that his organization hasn't had in years—an ace to anchor the rotation for years to come.

Gray's fastball has been known to touch 100 on the gun, and he has all the stuff necessary to become an elite pitcher.

 

Los Angeles Dodgers: B

Haul: Chris Anderson, RHP, Jacksonville

Ned Colletti went the safe route with Anderson here. He's a solid right-handed prospect who could be in the rotation as early as 2015, but he's certainly not the most exciting prospect. He didn't finish his college career strong.

 

San Diego Padres: B

Haul: Hunter Renfroe, OF, Mississippi State

Josh Byrnes isn't likely to be lauded as the greatest general manager in the world for this pick. It won't get him fired, either. Renfroe is a solid bat with average defense and isn't likely to be a bust. He has the maturity to make the big leagues sooner than most.

 

San Francisco Giants: C+

Haul: Christian Arroyo, SS, Hernando HS (Fla.)

Brian Sabean took a big risk here by taking Arroyo. He isn't projected to shortstop and is a Florida commit, which brings into question his signability.

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