For every 2013 MLB draft list of reaches, there’s a list of snubs.
The following players were projected to be selected in the first round. For some odd reason, they didn’t hear their name called until after the Competitive Balance Round A began, if they were even picked at all.
Here are the three most talented players who weren’t selected in the first round of this year’s draft.
3. LHP Matt Krook, St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.)
The Miami Marlins selected Krook with the 35th overall pick, the second selection in the Competitive Balance Round A. Keith Law of ESPN projected that the San Francisco Giants—who instead selected one of the biggest reaches in the draft, Christian Arroyo, who wasn’t in Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com’s top 100 prospects—would snag the southpaw with the 25th overall pick.
Krook throws a 94 mph fastball and his 6’4”, 200-pound frame will allow him to become even stronger.
2. C Jon Denney, Yukon High (Okla.)
Denney is still waiting for his phone to ring.
Mayo ranked him the 20th most talented prospect in the 2013 draft class. Few plus arm catchers are able to hit as well as they can throw out daring base runners. Denny is one of those few and he’s still on the board entering the third round.
Law projected him to go to the Cincinnati Reds at 27th overall.
1. OF Austin Wilson, Stanford
The Seattle Mariners selected Wilson with the 49th overall pick, 10 selections into the second round. That’s 33 picks after Law expected him to go off the board.
At 6’5”, 245 pounds, Wilson definitely isn’t lacking in physical ability. He also shook off an elbow injury this past season to hit .288. Mayo ranked him the 27th-best prospect in the class and he somehow slipped out of the first.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and a news editor at Wade-O Radio.
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