2013 MLB Draft Grades: Best and Worst Picks of 2nd Round
The opening rounds of the 2013 MLB draft are in the books, and it's time to hand out grades.
Day 1's second round featured plenty of intriguing picks, as several teams targeted and selected talented prospects in hopes of snagging the next big thing.
But while some teams hit, others missed.
Here we'll hand out grades for every second-round selection, highlighting some of the best and worst picks along the way.
*Best and worst picks are italicized. Results courtesy of MLB.com.
No. 40. Houston Astros: Andrew Thurman, RHP, UC Irvine
Andrew Thurman is no Mark Appel, but he did toss a no-hitter last season. This is a solid pickup for a team desperate to add some depth to its pitching staff. When in the zone, Thurman can be lethal with an array of pitches, including a fastball that can clock in around the mid-90s.
No. 41. Chicago Cubs: Rob Zastryzny, LHP, Missouri
Rob Zastryzny doesn't boast a lighting-quick fastball, but it does give batters all sorts of problems because of how it sinks. Unfortunately for the Cubs, Zastryzny doesn't possess the potential of some of the other second-round pitching prospects this year.
No. 42. Colorado Rockies: Ryan McMahon, 3B, Mater Dei HS (Calif.)
A talented offensive player, Ryan McMahon is a great pickup for the Colorado Rockies at this stage. He's getting more and more comfortable at the plate, and his defense is certainly nothing to sneeze at.
No. 43. Minnesota Twins: Ryan Eades, RHP, LSU
With a strong fastball and a solid curveball and changeup, Ryan Eades is a big addition for the Minnesota Twins. He helps add depth and promise to the Minnesota pitching staff, which is exactly what the Twins were looking for coming into this year's draft.
No. 44. Miami Marlins: Trevor Williams, RHP, Arizona State
Consistency is the biggest issue with Arizona State's Trevor Williams. One game he looks like a star and the next, not so much.
The good news for the Marlins is that they were able to snag him with a second-round pick. Based on his skill set and the potential he brings to the table, the argument can be made that Williams was a first-round talent this year.
Like every other player taken at this point, Williams must now prove he's worthy of such a high selection.
No. 45. Boston Red Sox: Teddy Stankiewicz, RHP, Seminole State
Another right-handed pitcher with tons of potential, Teddy Stankiewicz boasts a strong arm, one that has caught the eye of the Boston Red Sox. He needs to polish up his changeup and curveball, though, in order to make an impact for the Red Sox on the mound in the future.
No. 46. Kansas City Royals: Cody Reed, LHP, Northwest Mississippi Community College
Drawing comparisons to David Price is no easy task. But Cody Reed was one of the top selections in the second round this year. Although it remains to be seen how he pans out, based on what we've seen from Reed thus far, the Kansas City Royals got this pick right.
A junior college stud, Reed has thrown a no-hitter and 10 complete games overall over the past two seasons.
Reed also possesses phenomenal velocity on his pitches and looks poised to develop into a key player in Kansas City's rotation.
No. 47. Toronto Blue Jays: Clinton Hollon, RHP, Woodford County HS (Ky.)
Clinton Hollon has potential and awesome velocity, but he's extremely raw and a bit of a project player. He needs to develop his curveball and changeup before he can really pay off for Toronto.
No. 48. New York Mets: Andrew Church, RHP, Basic HS (Nev.)
Like most prospects coming off the board in this round, Andrew Church has upside to his game. But he didn't see the mound a ton in high school and is committed to San Diego.
Church is extremely raw and must clean up his mechanics in order to become a successful pitcher at the next level. His velocity is decent, but his command is an obvious issue.
There's the chance that Church makes tremendous strides in the coming years and becomes a major league pitcher, but there's just as much risk that he doesn't pan out as the Mets hope.
No. 49. Seattle Mariners: Austin Wilson, OF, Stanford
Seattle picked up a star in Stanford's Austin Wilson. Sure, the question marks are there, but the talent here is overpowering.
A sensational athlete, Wilson is an absolute steal at this point in the draft. He's fun to watch in the outfield and at the plate as well, even though he can struggle to make contact with the bat on occasion.
Credit the Mariners for staying patient and making sure to snag him at No. 49.
No. 50. San Diego Padres: Dustin Peterson, SS, Gilbert HS (Ariz.)
A superb hitter with great power, Dustin Peterson is a promising pickup for the San Diego Padres in Round 2. His impact is not limited to offense either, which means he makes a lot of sense for the Padres at No. 50 overall.
No. 51. Pittsburgh Pirates: Blake Taylor, LHP, Dana Hills HS (Calif.)
The Pittsburgh Pirates made a great move in selecting lefty Blake Taylor in the second round. With velocity in the low-90s, Taylor has a bright future ahead of him.
Taylor also boasts excellent command of his curveball, which bodes well for him and the Pirates.
No. 52. Arizona Diamondbacks: Justin Williams, SS, Terrebonne HS (La.)
A powerful hitter with improving athleticism, Justin Williams is a solid acquisition for the Arizona Diamondbacks at this point in the draft. He'll need to become more consistent at the plate of course, but the potential is undeniable.
No. 53. Philadelphia Phillies: Andrew Knapp, C, California
An emerging talent behind the plate, Cal's Andrew Knapp is arguably just as strong on defense as he is with the bat in his hands.
Overall, he's a solid player whose improvement is encouraging even if his upside is somewhat limited.
No. 54. Milwaukee Brewers: Devin Williams, RHP, Hazelwood West HS (Mo.)
Devin Williams has a ways to go before he's gracing the mound for the Milwaukee Brewers, but if he adds some muscle and continues to add to his repertoire, he has the velocity and the raw ability to make a significant impact down the road in the majors.
No. 55. Chicago White Sox: Tyler Danish, RHP, Durant HS (Fla.)
Durant High School's Tyler Danish offers a strong fastball and a tricky slider, but he has an awkward delivery and doesn't possess the variety of pitches to see a ton of playing time at the next level.
He'll need more time to develop his arsenal.
No. 56. Los Angeles Dodgers: Tom Windle, LHP, Minnesota
It's not hard to see why the L.A. Dodgers fell in love with Tom Windle. There's a lot to like about the lefty. He's got decent velocity and solid command of his pitches. Together, they make for a pretty high ceiling.
No. 57. St. Louis Cardinals: Oscar Mercado, SS, Gaither HS (Fla.)
A defensive standout out of Florida, Oscar Mercado is a decent selection for the St. Louis Cards. His struggles at the plate are a concern, though, and unless he improves on offense, his defensive tools may go to waste.
No. 58. Detroit Tigers: Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Vanderbilt
The Detroit Tigers made sure to grab a handful of pitchers on Day 1, capping off a busy day by drafting Vanderbilt's Kevin Ziomek. Although the potential to blossom is a bit limited with Ziomek, he boasts a variety of pitches and shows fantastic command at this point in his career.
No. 59. Los Angeles Angels: Hunter Green, LHP, Warren East HS (Ky.)
Hunter Green must put on some weight and improve his command before he can be called on consistently. The L.A. Angels obviously love his potential, but he's a ways away from contributing.
No. 60. Tampa Bay Rays: Riley Unroe, SS, Desert Ridge HS (Ariz.)
It's hard to argue with Riley Unroe's talent, which certainly justifies a look from the Tampa Bay Rays. Unroe is a standout and is exceptional on both sides of the ball. But he's committed to USC, which could be bad news for the Rays.
No. 61. Baltimore Orioles: Chance Sisco, C, Santiago HS (Calif.)
Chance Sisco will have to make the transition from shortstop to catcher. He's more than capable of doing it, but it's a challenge nonetheless. At the plate, he has a strong swing and can consistently find the ball.
No. 62. Texas Rangers: Akeem Bostick, RHP, West Florence HS (S.C.)
Akeem Bostick is a stellar athlete, one of the best in this year's draft. At 6'5", his size bodes well for him at the next level. But like many players at this stage, Bostick is in need of time, coaching and experience.
Only time will tell if this pick was a smart one for the Rangers.
No. 63. Oakland Athletics: Dillon Overton, LHP, Oklahoma
A lefty out of Oklahoma, Dillon Overton possesses solid command of his pitches and has back-end starter potential for a team like the Athletics. He offers great value for Oakland at this point in the second round.
No. 64. San Francisco Giants: Ryder Jones, 3B, Watauga HS (N.C.)
Ryder Jones looks destined to star at third base even though he's cracked the 90s on the mound. He's powerful at the plate and looks natural operating in the field.
It would seem Jones is too talented to not play in the field.
No. 65. Atlanta Braves: Victor Caratini, C, Miami Dade CC
Victor Caratini is a dependable player at the plate but will need to gain more experience behind it if he's going to make a significant impact as a catcher at the next level.
No. 66. New York Yankees: Gosuke Katoh, 2B, Rancho Bernardo HS (Calif.)
A speedy second baseman out of California, Gosuke Katoh can become a solid option for the Yankees if he can continue to develop and make consistent contact at the plate. There's a lot of unknown with Katoh, but that's often the case with many high school players.
No. 67. Cincinnati Reds: Kevin Franklin, 3B, Gahr HS (Calif.)
Kevin Franklin has phenomenal raw power and should develop into an above-average defender. But questions about his ability at the plate have caused many to doubt him. Clearly, the Cincinnati Reds believe in him enough to make him the 67th overall selection.
No. 68. Washington Nationals: Jake Johansen, RHP, Dallas Baptist (Texas)
A 6'6", 235-pound right-hander, Jake Johansen boasts a decent mix of pitches. His fastball is in the low 90s and his curveball is also quality. With his tremendous frame giving him a mighty advantage, Johansen should only get better.
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