2013 Baseball Draft: Smartest Selections Around MLB

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJune 8, 2013

Image courtesy of MLB official Instagram Account (http://instagram.com/p/aPh10Kplp6/)
Image courtesy of MLB official Instagram Account (http://instagram.com/p/aPh10Kplp6/)

The 2013 MLB draft saw its fair share of surprises, including right off the bat when righty Jonathan Gray fell to No. 3 overall after many believed he'd be the No. 1 overall pick.

Whether or not you think that was a smart decision for the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs to pass on Gray, there were plenty of other wise selections made throughout baseball's draft on Thursday.

Here they are. 


Marco Gonzalez, LHP, St. Louis Cardinals: No. 19 Overall

The St. Louis Cardinals' farm system just keeps getting better and better.

ESPN's Keith Law already has the Cards' system ranked No. 1 in baseball, and St. Louis continued to stock the farm by drafting southpaw Marco Gonzalez with the No. 19 pick.

Sports analyst Kent Sterling liked the pick for the Cardinals, tweeting:

Judging by what Shelby Miller is doing in MLB this season (7-3, 1.91 ERA), the Cardinals organization knows how to develop young pitchers, meaning Gonzalez is in good hands.

With the Cardinals' starting rotation primarily comprised of right-handers and lefty Jaime Garcia requiring shoulder surgery that will have him out until 2014, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, St. Louis was wise to draft a southpaw with serious MLB potential. 


Braden Shipley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks: No. 15 Overall

It never hurts when you're being compared to an undefeated MLB pitcher, and that's the case with newly drafted Arizona Diamondbacks righty Braden Shipley.

The pitcher is already drawing comparisons to Boston Red Sox hurler Clay Buchholz after making the move to pitcher from shortstop his freshman year at Nevada.

Since moving to the mound, Shipley has enjoyed much success, pitching to a 7-3 record and 2.77 ERA to go with 102 total strikeouts this past season.

Arizona got itself an absolute steal in Shipley at No. 15. The righty was originally projected to be a top-10 pick, but he somehow slipped all the way to the D-Backs at 15.

Not having put much mileage on his arm, Shipley should move pretty quickly through Arizona's farm system.


Austin Meadows, CF, Pittsburgh Pirates: No. 9 Overall

If you like five-tool players like Mike Trout, you're going to love No. 9 overall pick Austin Meadows.

Meadows hits for power and average, boasts speed on the basepaths, has a cannon from center field and seems to be pretty stoked to be joining the Pirates.

Meadows hit .535/.633/.930, with 14 doubles, four homers, 28 RBI and 17 stolen bases during his senior season, so it's not hard to see why Pittsburgh couldn't pass him up.

While he's still a bit raw, the Pirates can wait for Meadows to fully develop in the minors since they have Andrew McCutchen leading in center field right now.

The idea of the Pirates boasting both McCutchen and Meadows in the outfield in a few years has to be pretty scary for the rest of the NL Central.


Follow me on Twitter: