MLB Draft 2013: Teams That Landed Perfect Fits for Their Franchise

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2013

Ryne Stanek fell to the end of the first round in the 2013 MLB draft.
Ryne Stanek fell to the end of the first round in the 2013 MLB draft.Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The MLB draft is typically a locale where teams search for the best player available, but sometimes a lucky organization can mix talent and team need to strike gold.

With such a long lapse before most prospects arrive in the majors (if they do at all), it often makes sense to snatch the most gifted young gun. It is also good, however, to take other variables into account.

Not all ballparks are created equally, so some stadiums will enhance some players' potential. Certain clubs also have a knack for building stars at specific positions, so a couple of college stars found the perfect landing spot to thrive.

In these instances, the combination of team and player looks just right, which should pave the way for tangible results once these draftees are ready for the spotlight.


New York Yankees : 3B/OF Eric Jagielo (No. 26) and OF Aaron Judge (No. 32) 

While admitted Yankee-hater Ian Clarkin might not want to wear pinstripes, Eric Jagielo and Aaron Judge should be doing cartwheels after getting selected by the Bronx Bombers.

Looking for a new wave of power bats to eventually replace Alex Rodriguez and their other veterans, the New York Yankees grabbed Notre Dame third baseman Jagielo with pick No. 26 and Fresno State outfielder Judge six selections later.

Balls with the appearance of a lazy fly ball frequently clear Yankee Stadium's short porch in right field. It's a hitter's haven for powerful left-handers, and Jagielo is just that.

The 6'3", 215-pound 21-year-old was named 2013 Big East Player of the Year after slugging .633 through 56 games for the Fighting Irish. He's a pull hitter who has demonstrated good discipline early in his career, so he could inflict major damage in New York's lineup.

While Judge is a righty, that should not pose a problem for the 6'7", 255-pound behemoth. The reigning College Baseball Home Run Derby winner, Judge possesses scary raw power that could translate well in Bronx's cozy confines.

New York's offense has looked very un-Yankee-like so far this season, but at least it now holds a new duo of sluggers who could carry the power numbers up the rankings in a few years.


St. Louis Cardinals: LHP Marco Gonzales (No. 19)

Really anyone the St. Louis Cardinals get their hands on is a good fit.

The organization has a knack for spreading pixie dust over players that morphs them into All-Star-caliber talents. This is especially true of pitchers.

Not only have they developed Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright and Shelby Miller into aces, but they have also saved the careers of Joel Pineiro, Todd Wellemeyer, Jake Westbrook and Kyle Lohse over the years.

If Dave Duncan can harness results from those arms, he should transform Marco Gonzales into a solid major league starter.

The 21-year-old lefty from Gonzaga won't wow anyone with his 88 to 92 mph fastball, but he bears control over three usable pitches. After registering a 1.55 ERA and a 92-23 K/BB ratio last year, he entered the draft as one of the safest choices.

Lohse fooled some onlookers into perceiving him as a possible Cy Young contender, so St. Louis is the right place for a young starter with all the tools to flourish in the middle of its rotation.


Tampa Bay Rays: RHP Ryne Stanek (No. 29)

Great, give the Tampa Bay Rays more pitching. Nice going, guys.

The Rays annually unveil a future ace like clockwork, and they might have another one in a few years if all pans out with Ryne Stanek.

He did not take off as expected during his junior year at Arkansas, instead recording a 7.9 K/9 ratio and 3.5 BB/9 rate. That production lowered his draft stock, but Tampa Bay still might have secured a major steal.

Stanek has a mid-90s fastball in his arsenal as well as a curveball that could develop into a major plus pitch. If he does not succeed in the rotation, Stanek could become a weapon in the bullpen, although that's not the plan for a first-rounder. 

Bleacher Report's Mike Rosenbaum ranked him No. 15 leading up to the draft, so Stanek tumbled to fall to Tampa. It's unfortunate for his bank account, but the team's excellent track record with young pitching could help the 21-year-old realize his upside.