Day 2 of the 2013 MLB Draft has come and gone.
Although the event doesn't have the same amount of cache as drafts in other sports, there are plenty of reasons to watch, especially in the later rounds. With the sheer amount of picks in the draft, there are bound to be some great players who slip down the draft.
Mike Piazza was taken in the 62nd round of the 1988 draft. Talk about value. More recently, Albert Pujols went in the 13th round of the 1999 draft.
If you watched the draft, chances are you witnessed the selection of a possible MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year or Hall of Famer.
Here is some of the reaction regarding the better picks of Day 2, along with a player who will be rethinking his future.
Kent Emanuel was drafted with the first pick of the third round by the Houston Astros. Perfect Game USA's Kendall Rogers was a big fan of the pick:
Houston made another strong pick with high school catcher Jacob Nottingham in the sixth round. Formerly Fausto pointed out that he could choose to be a Sooner instead:
Astros sxith-rounder Jacob Nottingham has good power for a catcher. Could go to Oklahoma rather than sign, but good player.— Formerly Fausto (@FormerlyFausto) June 7, 2013
Another third-round pick that generated some buzz was catcher Jon Denney, who went to the Boston Red Sox.
WEEI's Red Sox beat writer Alex Speier thinks Denney is a risky pick with a boatload of potential:
The Providence Journal's Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson pointed out that Denney and Trey Ball would likely be signed for more than their slot allows. That would send a ripple through the entire class:
If the Red Sox think they need to save some money to sign Ball or Denney, they'll probably start picking college seniors going forward.— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) June 7, 2013
The Red Sox drafted college seniors with four of their next seven picks.
Paul O'Neill wasn't the most beloved player during his 17-year career. Fans should be happy for the former outfielder, though, as his nephew was selected in the third round by the New York Yankees:
Congrats to my nephew Michael O'Neill... Drafted by the Yankees today!!!— Paul O'Neill (@PaulONeillYES) June 7, 2013
MLB Draft Insider's Chris Crawford thinks the Minnesota Twins' selection of Stephen Gonsalves in the fourth round was a bit of a high risk/reward pick:
Very interesting risk by the #Twins here for Gonsalves. Really struggled, and the obvious character concerns. Could be a value play.— Chris Crawford (@CrawfordChrisV) June 7, 2013
Trey Masek picked up an injury while at Texas Tech. Rogers thinks he's got a good fastball. He's a good pick for the Cubs in the fifth round.
Oakland Clubhouse's Melissa Lockard liked the Oakland A's taking Bobby Wahl in the fifth round:
Bobby Wahl strikes me as a solid value in round five. I had heard some two to four round buzz on him.— Melissa Lockard (@oakclubhouse) June 7, 2013
The New York Mets and "good baseball decisions" haven't been going together much over the past few years. They may have gotten something special in Patrick Biondi, whom they took in the seventh round. Consider Rotowire's Nick Shlain a fan:
Patrick Biondi, CF from the University of Michigan, 266th overall to the Mets. Good player, plus speed, always liked watching him play.— Nick Shlain (@electricsnuff) June 7, 2013
Ryan Boldt was one of the players conspicuous by his absence in the draft. The St. Paul Pioneer-Press' Chad Graff thinks teams shied away from the player because of possible contract demands:
Only two players with Minnesota ties taken in the first 150 of the MLB draft. Ryan Boldt seems to have dropped because of signability.— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) June 7, 2013
Day 3 of the MLB draft will begin Sunday at 1 p.m.