MLB Draft 2013: Teams That Reached with Picks in Round 1
It happens almost every year.
Teams across Major League Baseball attempt to outsmart the rest of the field by making unconventional selections, taking prospects much higher than expected, thinking they've seen something in a player that all of the other 29 teams somehow missed.
Sometimes, these gambles pay off, as was the case with reigning American League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout, who went No. 25 overall in 2009. But most of the time, these selections are later deemed to be reaches on the part of the teams who made them.
Now, with the first day of the 2013 MLB draft in the books, here's a look at some of the teams that reached with their first-round picks on Thursday.
Kansas City Royals
With the No. 8 overall selection, the Royals took shortstop Hunter Dozier, which was a pick that raised eyebrows across the league.
Dozier, a junior out of Stephen F. Austin, is widely considered to be a solid, if unspectacular, prospect, but he entered the draft as a prospect who was considered to be a safe bet to go outside the top-20.
Baseball America characterized Dozier as a “Jeff Kent-style player in a Drew Stubbs body,” but also listed him as the No. 38-ranked player available in the draft.
Immediate speculation suggested the Royals are hoping to sign Dozier for below the slotted signing bonus and use the savings to overpay subsequent selections -- such as high school seniors to lure them away from college.
Regardless of the reasoning, Dozier is far from a slam-dunk as a future MLB regular, so for the Royals' long-suffering fan base, this pick can't be considered a positive one for the franchise.
That is, of course, unless Dozier materializes into a cornerstone for Kansas City at shortstop.
It isn't that the Indians didn't get a good player in Clint Frazier at No. 5, it's just that he isn't a prospect that immediately addresses the team's desperate need for elite-level pitching.
As a high school prospect, Frazier certainly shows a lot of promise and projects to be a solid MLB player in the future. But with Phil Bickford, Trey Ball and a number of other intriguing pitchers left on the board, Cleveland may look back at this pick with regret.
He's arguably the best prep prospect in the prospect pool, so the Indians definitely acquired a good building block.
However, with a top-five pick, the Indians should have taken a better shot at filling the team's needs for the long-term because Frazier certainly won't be of much help at the MLB level for a while.
San Francisco Giants
Yes, the Giants picked relatively late in Round 1 at No. 25, but the team still reached by taking Christian Arroyo, a shortstop out of Hernando High School in Florida.
Arroyo, who was committed to play for the Florida Gators in the fall, has shown some promise, but as is the case with Dozier, many scouts remain on the fence about where the 6'1" prospect will play at the professional level.
In fact, according to Alex Pavlovic of The San Jose Mercury News, Arroyo was far from a top-ranked potential acquisition heading into the draft, as Baseball America had him pegged as the No. 102 available prospect.
Furthermore, Arroyo doesn't appear to have an ideal skill set to play shortstop, second base, third base or catcher, so where he fits in to the Giants' plans down the road remains a mystery.
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