2013 MLB Draft Results: Teams That Dominated Day 2
The MLB found its new-age stars in Day 1 of the 2013 draft on Thursday, but where teams separate themselves most is on Friday during Rounds 3-10.
While there may not have been a Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper or Mike Trout taken on Friday, some teams bolstered their farm systems with top talent, while others folded with picks who won't pay off.
Let's take a look at the teams who added the most to their organizations on Friday.
Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox do what I'm surprised more MLB teams don't do in Day 2, which is target college players instead of banking on high schoolers.
But that didn't stop them from picking up one of the hottest names on the board in Oklahoma prep catcher Jon Denney with the 81st overall pick in the third round.
It was a surprise that Denney fell to the second round, much less to the second day of the draft. It was a big steal for the Sox, who added some solid college stars in the process.
They picked up Lee University's Myles Smith, a pitcher who will likely see relief work but has a blistering fastball. Boston also added Texas A&M right-hander Kyle Martin, both picks I love as future members of the rotation.
Not that the Red Sox really need it this season, but they'll have some great pitching prospects added to their system from Day 2 of this year's draft.
To nobody's surprise, the Astros made a big splash on Day 1 with the selection of Mark Appel. But it was the their expertise on Day 2 that will help add to an already solid draft for Houston.
Will Mark Appel or all of Houston's Day 2 picks make a bigger impact?
After signing a future star on a small payroll, the Astros were walking on thin ice with the rest of their high draft picks. But they did so brilliantly and picked up some great prospects.
Their first big pick was North Carolina ace Kent Emanuel. This pick won't blow anyone away, but Emanuel's baseball IQ is through the roof, and his three-pitch command will help him contribute sooner rather than later.
The Astros also picked up two Vanderbilt players in Day 2 in Conrad Gregor and Tony Kemp. Gregor will add a power punch to Houston's lineup if he makes his way into the big leagues, and Kemp will bring athleticism to the franchise.
Plus, all three of these players come from top-flight college baseball teams where they face elite competition day in and day out. Both Vanderbilt and North Carolina seem to make the College World Series more often than not.
The ability to balance high-potential high school players with proven collegiate stars is what separates a good draft from a great draft, and that's exactly why the A's had a masterful draft day on Friday.
They picked up Oregon standout Ryon Healy with the 100th pick, a power hitter who could turn into a RBI machine at the next level. He's got a huge amount of potential to go with heaps of talent, which has already been proven at the collegiate level.
Then they went with left-hander Chris Kohler, a high-school graduate with huge upside. He's committed to Oklahoma for his first year of college ball, but after a great selection, he'll have a tough decision to face now that a MLB franchise has put a ton of stock into him.
After this high-potential pick, they went back to the college system and picked two proven studs: Mississippi ace Bobby Wahl looks the part of a MLB starter at the No. 4 or 5 position, and San Diego's Dylan Covey has been taken in the first round before.
All in all, there's a ton to like about Oakland's picks from Day 2.
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