MLB Draft 2013: Best Players Selected After the First Round

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2013

Photo courtesy of Yukon HS
Photo courtesy of Yukon HS

As much as teams like to think they are taking the best players in the first round in the MLB draft, history tells us that there is plenty of talent available later in the process.

There are a number of high-upside players who were a bit risky for the first few dozen picks, but they could end up being stars at the next level if they develop well. While these high school players are raw, they have loads of potential.

Within a few years, these guys could end up being known as the biggest steals of the entire draft.


No. 54 Milwaukee Brewers: Devin Williams, RHP, Hazelwood West HS (Missouri)

Almost all high school pitchers are raw, so Devin Williams' inexperience is not much of an issue. However, he does have a mid-90s fastball that should get even better once he gets stronger.

In addition, he has shown a decent curveball that is certain to only get better as he continues to work on it. If he can perfect this offering while also adding a changeup, his raw ability will make him into an above-average pitcher.

The only downside with this pick is that the Brewers might be the one team which truly does not need pitching depth. With Wily Peralta, John Hellweg and others in the farm system, Williams will start out low in the pecking order.

Still, you can never have enough pitching. The young player might take a while before he is major league-ready, but he could end up being an excellent selection for Milwaukee.


No. 76 New York Mets: Ivan Wilson, OF, Ruston HS (Louisiana)

When looking at young hitting prospects, the biggest thing you look for is tools. You want to find a player who can hit for average, hit for power, run the bases, play the field and display good arm strength in the field. 

Although Ivan Wilson has not shown all of these abilities so far at his Louisiana high school, he has the potential to be above average in all of them.

The outfielder has plus-power already with enough speed to be successful in both the field and on the base paths. 

In an organization without much outfield depth, Wilson will get plenty of opportunity to succeed. The only question is if he can improve at the plate to truly reach his potential.


No. 81 Boston Red Sox: Jon Denney, C, Yukon HS (Oklahoma)

Heading into the draft, there were three prep catchers all considered to have first-round ability. Reese McGuire and Nick Ciuffo were both selected early, but Jon Denney had to wait until the third round to finally hear his name called.

While this will cost the catcher a lot of bonus money, this is only good news for the Red Sox, who were lucky enough to get him with the 81st pick.

Denney has the arm and fielding ability to almost guarantee that he will stick at catcher throughout his professional career. This is often the biggest question marks for young players at the position.

Additionally, he also has an advanced bat for his age that projects very highly for a catcher. 

Although the Red Sox might end up having to pay a little above-slot to sign the prospect, he will end up being a steal.


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