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2013 MLB Draft Grades: Final Report Cards for All 30 Teams

Adam WellsFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 4, 2017

2013 MLB Draft Grades: Final Report Cards for All 30 Teams

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    After 40 rounds and over 1,200 players, it is time to reflect on what happened during the past three days in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. 

    Obviously not all these players are going to contribute—some of them won't even make it out of short-season ball—but now is a time to be excited for the future and what could be. 

    However, as we know all too well, not all drafts are created equal. Some teams will have a master plan they pull off to perfection, like Houston did last year with the trio of Carlos Correa, Lance McCullers and Rio Ruiz. Others seem like they are throwing darts at a set of photos and wherever it hits, that is what they pick. 

    Here are our instant-reaction grades to what every big league team did during the draft, including its first-round pick, best value pick and a sleeper pick.

    (Note: Teams are listed in alphabetical order.)

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    First-Round Pick: Braden Shipley, RHP, Nevada

    Best Value Pick: Matt McPhearson, OF, Riverdale Baptist HS (Md.)

    Sleeper Pick: Colin Bray, OF, Faulkner State CC (Ala.) 

     

    The Arizona Diamondbacks had Braden Shipley, a top-10 talent in this draft, fall into their lap at No. 15. They did well to get a solid starting pitcher with Aaron Blair in the competitive balance round. Justin Williams has huge raw power with a questionable hit tool. Matt McPhearson is a true center fielder and good athlete with plus-plus speed, as well as a solid hit tool. 

    Grade: B+

Atlanta Braves

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    First-Round Pick: Jason Hursh, RHP, Oklahoma State

    Best Value Pick: Carlos Salazar, RHP, Kerman HS (Calif.) 

    Sleeper Pick: Mikey Reynolds, SS, Texas A&M

     

    The Atlanta Braves' drafts continue to baffle. They took a reliever with their first pick (Hursh), overdrafted a player who is incredibly unpolished (Victor Caratini) and really got no high-upside impact or high-floor talent.

    It's a good thing they are able to have success on the international market, free agency and trades. 

    Final Grade: C-

Baltimore Orioles

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    First-Round Pick: Hunter Harvey, RHP, Bandys HS (N.C.)

    Best Value Pick: Josh Hart, OF, Parkview HS (Ga.) 

    Sleeper Pick: Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Scottsdale CC

     

    The Baltimore Orioles started out strong with two high-upside talents. Hunter Harvey has a ton of projection in his 6'3" frame and two good pitches already. Josh Hart is an athletic center fielder who projects to be a good leadoff hitter.

    Then they went rather conservative, possibly as a way to have money for their top two picks. I do like the selection of Stephen Tarpley, who has good feel and two pitches right now, at No. 98. 

    Final Grade: B+

Boston Red Sox

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    First-Round Pick: Trey Ball, LHP, New Castle HS (Ind.)

    Best Value Pick: Jon Denney, C, Yukon HS (Okla.)

    Sleeper Pick: Jordan Sheffield, RHP, Tullahoma HS (Tenn.)

     

    I love what the Boston Red Sox were able to get at the top of the draft. Trey Ball is a projectable, athletic left-handed starter. Teddy Stankiewicz is probably a reliever in the big leagues but does show some feel for a changeup that could raise his ceiling. Jon Denney was the steal of the third round as a power-hitting catcher, though there are concerns about his defense.

    They did have to go conservative for a few rounds after that to ensure they can sign both Ball and Denney, but they made up for it with intriguing picks like Jordan Sheffield and Ryan Boldt (neither of whom I think will sign) in the later rounds.

    Final Grade: A

Chicago Cubs

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    First-Round Pick: Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego

    Best Value Pick: Trey Masek, RHP, Texas Tech

    Sleeper Pick: Scott Frazier, RHP, Pepperdine

     

    The Chicago Cubs had a baffling draft after the No. 2 pick, likely indicating that Kris Bryant is not going to be a cheap sign.

    They didn't get any real impact after the first round, though Rob Zastryzny could be a No. 4 or 5 starter. Trey Masek is a bit small for a right-handed starter, but he flashes three above-average pitches. With some mechanical tweaks, he can remain a starter. 

    Final Grade: B-

Chicago White Sox

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    First-Round Pick: Tim Anderson, SS, East Central CC

    Best Value Pick: Andrew Mitchell, RHP, TCU 

    Sleeper Pick: Trey Michalczewski, 3B, Jenks HS (Okla.)

     

    After years of basically punting the draft, the Chicago White Sox have looked much better the past two years.

    Anderson is an exciting middle-of-the-diamond player, though his fringy arm strength likely means he moves to center field. Tyler Danish is a fast-moving reliever. Jacob May is a raw, toolsy outfielder with the potential to be a good center fielder. Mitchell fits their mold as a big, hard-throwing right-handed starter, though his control has been a big problem for him in college. 

    Final Grade: B-

Cincinnati Reds

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    First-Round Pick: Phillip Ervin, OF, Samford

    Best Value Pick: Michael Lorenzen, RHP, Cal State Fullerton 

    Sleeper Pick: Tyler Mahle, RHP, Westminster HS (Calif.)

     

    Despite what the Cincinnati Reds say now, Phillip Ervin is a right fielder in pro ball. He doesn't have enough speed for the middle of the diamond. Michael Lorenzen could be a fast-moving reliever, though his ceiling is limited.

    A lot of their draft after the first two picks was built around finding powerful high school pitchers and athletes. It's a risky proposition, but one that has worked out well for them so far. 

    Final Grade: B-

Cleveland Indians

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    First-Round Pick: Clint Frazier, OF, Loganville HS (Ga.)

    Best Value Pick: Sean Brady, LHP, Ida Baker HS (Fla.)

    Sleeper Pick: Adam Plutko, RHP, UCLA

     

    The Cleveland Indians went for ceiling with their first pick (Frazier), then didn't pick again until the 79th pick thanks to signing Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn.

    There isn't a lot of impact in this class beyond Frazier, but they were able to stockpile a lot of pitchers who project as back-end starters or relievers. Plutko was a good Day 3 pick as a starter whose stuff isn't great, but knows how to pitch. 

    Final Grade: B-

Colorado Rockies

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    First-Round Pick: Jonathan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma

    Best Value Pick: Alex Balog, RHP, San Francisco (No. 70 overall)

    Sleeper Pick: Terry McClure, OF, Riverwood International Charter HS (Ga.) (No. 229 overall)

     

    The Colorado Rockies got exactly what they need with Gray at No. 3. Ryan McMahon has good upside, especially as a second-round find. Balog projects as a mid-rotation starter. Sam Moll is likely a reliever in the big leagues, but his power fastball-curveball combination will let him move quickly. McClure has solid tools across the board and should have gone at least 100 picks higher. Kyle Serrano was a nice gamble in the 29th round, but he is going to Tennessee to pitch for his dad. 

    Final Grade: B

Detroit Tigers

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    First-Round Pick: Jonathon Crawford, RHP, Florida

    Best Value Pick: Austin Kubitza, RHP, Rice

    Sleeper Pick: Dominic Ficociello, 3B, Arkansas

     

    The Detroit Tigers are the most predictable team in the draft. All they want are tall right-handed pitchers, literally. Eight of their first 11 picks followed that formula, though it doesn't leave a lot of variety to spread the wealth.

    Crawford is likely a reliever, while Knebel is definitely a reliever. They didn't do much in the way of adding ceiling or impact to a depleted system. A.J. Puk was a nice get late in the draft, but he is going to pitch at the University of Florida. 

    Final Grade: C

Houston Astros

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    First-Round Pick: Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford

    Best Value Pick: Andrew Thurman, RHP, UC Irvine 

    Sleeper Pick: James Ramsay, OF, South Florida

     

    The Houston Astros started off very well with Appel and Thurman, but things veered off quickly. What this suggests is that Appel is going to cost them a lot of money, leaving them little pool money to allocate later. But they did get the best player in the class and some decent minor league depth along the way. 

    Final Grade: B

Kansas City Royals

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    First-Round Pick: Hunter Dozier, SS, Stephen F. Austin

    Best Value Pick: Sean Manaea, LHP, Indiana State

    Sleeper Pick: Luke Farrell, RHP, Northwestern

     

    Hunter Dozier was a clear overdraft and a way to save money for later—presumably to entice Sean Manaea, who was a top-10 pick coming into the year and could get back to that if his hip heals, to sign—which is a good strategy if it works.

    After that, they went with a lot of cheap signs and org. players. But Manaea will likely make or break this class. 

    Final Grade: B

Los Angeles Angels

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    First-Round Pick: None 

    Best Value Pick: Hunter Green, Warren East HS (Kent.)

    Sleeper Pick: Jonah Wesely, LHP, Tracy HS (Calif.)

     

    The Los Angeles Angels clearly made pitching a priority in this draft, taking arms with eight of their first nine selections. Green was, at worst, a top-35 talent that the Angels tabbed at No. 59. He has the kind of upside and projection this system seriously lacks right now. Kenyan Middleton is an intriguing arm with some potential, but he is raw for a 20-year-old.

    A decent draft considering where they started out, but depth is an issue. If by some miracle Wesely signs, this is a good draft. 

    Final Grade: B

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    First-Round Pick: Chris Anderson, RHP, Jacksonville

    Best Value Pick: Tom Windle, LHP, Minnesota

    Sleeper Pick: Brandon Trinkwon, SS, UC Santa Barbara

     

    I like what the Los Angeles Dodgers did.

    Anderson was a potential top-15 pick early in the season before he slowed down, likely due to being overused by his coaching staff. Windle has a great frame and delivery with a chance to show three above-average pitches and turn into a No. 4 starter. Cody Bellinger is limited to first base, but he does have upside as an above-average power hitter. 

    Final Grade: B+

Miami Marlins

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    First-Round Pick: Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina

    Best Value Pick: Trevor Williams, RHP, Arizona State

    Sleeper Pick: K.J. Woods, OF, Ft. Mills HS (S.C.)

     

    The Miami Marlins had five of the first 80 picks and made pretty good use of them.

    Moran was the best pure college hitter the draft offered. Matt Krook lacks physical projection but can touch 94 from the left side with two average off-speed pitches, and Williams is a good college starter who only slid because he didn't miss enough bats. Colby Suggs could move quickly as a power reliever, though he does have a chance to start. 

    Final Grade: B+

Milwaukee Brewers

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    First-Round Pick: None 

    Best Value Pick: Devin Williams, Hazelwood West HS (Mo.)

    Sleeper Pick: Garrett Cooper, 1B, Auburn

     

    The Milwaukee Brewers did a few things that were really impressive. They had to add some high-ceiling talent to a system that is as thin as any in baseball right now.

    Williams fell to them at No. 54 for whatever reason—perhaps he is a tough sign—but has a live arm with a good fastball-breaking ball combination. Tucker Neuhaus also fits the high-ceiling mold, while they also added good depth in the third and fifth rounds. 

    Final Grade: B+

Minnesota Twins

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    First-Round Pick: Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X HS (Texas)

    Best Value Pick: Ryan Eades, RHP, LSU

    Sleeper Pick: Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS (Calif.)

     

    I love where the Minnesota Twins are going.

    Kohl Stewart is the kind of pitcher who they would have shied away from in the past because he isn't as high probability as a college arm. His ceiling is incredible, even if he takes a little longer. Eades is a solid back-end starter. Gonsalves fell this season because his off-speed stuff never came around, but he is not far removed from being a top-100 player in this class. With a little work, the Twins might find something in him. 

    Final Grade: A-

New York Mets

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    First-Round Pick: Dominic Smith, 1B, Junipero Serra HS (Calif.)

    Best Value Pick: Ivan Wilson, OF, Ruston HS (La.)

    Sleeper Pick: Tyler Bashlor, RHP, South Georgia College

     

    The New York Mets had a fine draft. It wasn't special or system-changing, but they got one of the best high school hitters (Smith), a pitcher with good upside and potential (Andrew Church), and some intriguing arms later in the draft.

    Wilson could be the star of this class, after Smith, thanks to a big, physical frame and three above-average tools. 

    Final Grade: B

New York Yankees

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    First-Round Pick(s): Eric Jagielo, 3B, Notre Dame (No. 26 overall); Aaron Judge, OF, Fresno State (No. 32 overall); Ian Clarkin, LHP, Madison HS (Calif.)

    Best Value Pick: Michael O'Neill, OF, Michigan

    Sleeper Pick: David Palladino, RHP, Howard College

     

    The New York Yankees had a strong draft. They went for solid college players who project well—though maybe not as stars—early with Jagielo and Judge. Clarkin is a very good, high-ceiling talent at the end of round one. O'Neill is an excellent hitter who may not stay in center because he doesn't have the speed.

    They also added a few players late who have a chance to pitch in a big league bullpen. 

    Final Grade: B+

Oakland Athletics

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    First-Round Pick: Billy McKinney, OF, Plano West HS (Texas)

    Best Value Pick: Dillon Overton, LHP, Oklahoma

    Sleeper Pick: A.J. Vanegas, RHP, Stanford

     

    While not a stacked class, the A's did a good job of mixing upside with floor.

    McKinney is a polished high school hitter but is likely limited to left field in the future. Overton has some projection left in his lanky frame but was ranked ahead of Jonathan Gray coming into the year. Vanegas probably doesn't sign as a 19th-round pick after falling due to injuries, but he is a power reliever who could move quickly. 

    Final Grade: B-

Philadelphia Phillies

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    First-Round Pick: J.P. Crawford, SS, Lakewood HS (Calif.)

    Best Value Pick: Jan Hernandez, SS, Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy

    Sleeper Pick: Trey Williams, 3B, College of the Canyons

     

    Athletes are, more often than not, the name of the game for the Philadelphia Phillies, and they drafted three really good ones in the first four rounds (Crawford, Cord Sandberg, Hernandez).

    Williams is an underrated hitter with a good feel for the zone and some power. Hernandez may not stay at shortstop, but he has the most offensive potential in the class with plus bat speed and raw power. 

    Final Grade: B

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    First-Round Pick(s): Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson HS (Ga.) (No. 9 overall); Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS (Wash.) (No. 14 overall)

    Best Value Pick: Trae Arbet, SS, Great Oak HS (Calif.)

    Sleeper Pick: Adam Frazier, SS, Mississippi State

     

    Fans in Pittsburgh are tired of hearing about farm systems and the future, but the scouting department certainly did well in the first round.

    The Pirates got Meadows who has the most upside of any high school position player in this class, and McGuire, the best defensive catcher with some raw offensive skills. Arbet is likely destined for second base thanks to fringe arm strength, but he has a really good bat and should profile just fine at the position.

    They also added good depth with players like JaCoby Jones and Frazier. 

    Final Grade: A-

San Diego Padres

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    First-Round Pick: Hunter Renfroe, OF, Mississippi State

    Best Value Pick: Jordan Paroubeck, OF, Serra HS (Calif.)

    Sleeper Pick: Jake Bauers, 1B, Marina HS (Calif.)

     

    San Diego has one of the most underrated systems in baseball, even though it is routinely ranked in the top 10. The problem is you don't see a lot of stars, so it is hard to sell casual fans. This draft sort of epitomizes the Padres, as they didn't add one huge impact player but some nice depth.

    Renfroe is a toolsy college player who put his skills on the field this year. Dustin Peterson has a good chance to be better than his brother, D.J., who was taken by the Mariners in the first round. 

    Final Grade: C+

San Francisco Giants

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    First-Round Pick: Christian Arroyo, SS, Hernando HS (Fla.)

    Best Value Pick: Daniel Slania, RHP, Notre Dame

    Sleeper Pick: Brandon Bednar, SS, Florida Gulf Coast

     

    Look, the San Francisco Giants have two championships in the past three years, so it is hard to say they are wrong. But as far as getting the most bang for their buck, they left a lot to be desired in the draft. Arroyo is a decent hitter who won't stay at shortstop. And most of their top 6-7 picks were overdrafts.

    It was an unusual draft for a franchise that does fairly well for itself in developing talent. 

    Final Grade: D+

Seattle Mariners

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    First-Round Pick: D.J. Peterson, 3B, New Mexico

    Best Value Pick: Austin Wilson, OF, Stanford 

    Sleeper Pick: Corey Simpson, OF, Sweeny HS (Texas)

     

    Depending on how you feel about Peterson, this class looks good or okay. I am not the biggest fan of his because I don't think he will hit for enough power or be able to stay at third base, but I do see the upside in a player who can hit .280 with a good on-base percentage. Wilson had first-round tools but was hobbled by injuries.

    It's a solid group for a Seattle team that has a very good farm system. 

    Final Grade: B-

St. Louis Cardinals

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    First-Round Pick(s): Marco Gonzales, LHP, Gonzaga (No. 19 overall); Rob Kaminsky, LHP, St. Joseph Regional HS (N.J.) (No. 28 overall)

    Best Value Pick: Mike Mayers, RHP, Mississippi

    Sleeper Pick: Nick Petree, RHP, Missouri State

     

    How do you criticize a team that already had the best farm system in baseball? They didn't draft bad players early, but they went for floor instead of ceiling. Oscar Mercado was an overdraft in the second round because he can't hit.

    There were some nice college starters later in the draft, but nothing that really jumps out. A surprising criticism for a team that usually gets nothing but praise. 

    Final Grade: C-

Tampa Bay Rays

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    First-Round Pick(s): Nick Ciuffo, C, Lexington HS (S.C.) (No. 21 overall); Ryne Stanek, RHP, Arkansas (No. 29 overall)

    Best Value Pick: Stanek

    Sleeper Pick: Kean Wong, 2B, Waiakea HS (Hawaii)

     

    Stanek was an absolute steal where the Rays got him. Even if you think he is a reliever, he will show a plus-plus fastball and plus slider with a nice starter's body. Inconsistency this season really hurt him, but the stuff is still there. Ciuffo is a strong defensive catcher with offensive upside.

    They did really well on the high school market, with Ciuffo, Riley Unroe, Thomas Milone and Wong. 

    Final Grade: B+

Texas Rangers

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    First-Round Pick(s): Alex Gonzalez, RHP, Oral Roberts (No. 23 overall); Travis Demeritte, SS, Winder Barrow HS (Ga.) (No. 30 overall)

    Best Value Pick: Gonzalez

    Sleeper Pick: David Ledbetter, RHP, Cedarville University

     

    The Texas Rangers love upside and athletes, which is why their first pick of Alex Gonzalez was a little surprising. I was a big fan of his coming into this draft because of how he manipulates the baseball, even though the stuff isn't dominant. Demeritte is a player more their speed, and he could turn into a stud with insane bat speed, though he is as raw is it gets.

    After that, they really followed their formula by shooting for ceiling and raw talent later. 

    Final Grade: B

Toronto Blue Jays

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    First-Round Pick: Phil Bickford, RHP, Oaks Christian HS (Calif.)

    Best Value Pick: Jacob Brentz, LHP, Parkway South Senior HS (Mo.)

    Sleeper Pick: Brentz

     

    Brentz gets the tag of best value and sleeper because he was a second-round talent who slipped because of signability concerns. The sleeper portion comes in because it would be a surprise if he signs, so his status is very much in flux right now. 

    I'm not as high on Toronto's draft as I usually am. Bickford has a great arm and you can try to project him as a very good starter, but he doesn't have any kind of usable off-speed pitch against professional hitters. Clinton Hollon was a nice pick in the second round, though he could end up as a reliever due to his lack of size. 

    Final Grade: C+

Washington Nationals

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    First-Round Pick: None

    Best Value Pick: Nicholas Pivetta, RHP, New Mexico JC

    Sleeper Pick: Cody Gunter, 3B, Grayson County College

     

    The Washington Nationals love tall right-handed power pitchers and got three in their first four picks. Pivetta is the best of the bunch, with a very good fastball-curveball combination and some command. He could end up as a reliever, but there is enough to dream on. Drew Ward was an overdraft, though he does have some pop in his bat. 

    Final Grade: C

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