Baseball Draft 2013: Highlighting Notable Names from Day 2

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Baseball Draft 2013: Highlighting Notable Names from Day 2
Jon Denney was not expected to fall to Day 2 of the MLB Draft. Image courtesy of Yukon High School.

Don't stop paying attention to the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft just yet.

All the blue-chippers got nabbed from the board during the first day, but some familiar names carried over to Day 2, where the meat of the draft unfolded.

Of course, the most common plea to keep fans connected to the action is Albert Pujols falling to the 13th round in 1999. That means your team just landed the next Albert Pujols on Friday!

Probably not, but there could be some decent folks out of the bunch.

Nepotism was a prominent theme in New York, as both Big Apple squads took a man with a recognizable surname. With big shoes to fill, let's see if either bears the potential to live up to the family legacy.

 

Jon Denney (Drafted No. 81 by Boston Red Sox) 

Before Friday's action commenced, B/R prospect guru Adam Wells labeled Jon Denney the best prospect remaining

Maybe all the other high school catchers stole the spotlight. Concerns over his ability to perform behind the plate likely combined with potential worries regarding his asking price, but Denney can hit.

The 18-year-old demonstrates exceptional power, projecting as a possible 20 to 25 home-run hitter. Many considered him a first-round candidate, so the Boston Red Sox must have been thrilled to see him lying around in the third.

A lot could happen to make this oversight an afterthought, but the other 29 teams could look back and wonder how they let Denney fall this far. 

 

Cord Sandberg (Drafted No. 89 by Philadelphia Phillies)

If we were to take MLB.com's rankings to heart, Cord Sandberg should not have lasted past the first day.

They tabbed him as the No. 56-rated prospect in the draft, even making an off-the-cuff comparison to Josh Hamilton.

The two-sport star from Manatee High School is considered a great athlete in the outfield with a great build. If he picks baseball over his verbal commitment to Mississippi's football squad, the Philadelphia Phillies landed a steal. 

It's a shame the New York Yankees did not scoop him up, as "Cord extends one out of the park" would have been a gimmie home-run call for John Sterling.

 

Michael O'Neill (Drafted No. 103 by New York Yankees)

Well, at least they landed Paul O'Neill's nephew as a consolation prize. 

Like his uncle, Michael O'Neill is an outfielder, but his overall game does not quite look the same. He hit .356/.398/.498 with Michigan this season, swiping 23 bags in 27 tries.

He projects to be more of a high-contact speedster, but his glove may not last in center field.

The Yankees tried to acquire him in 2010, but he spurned them after getting selected in the 42nd round. Their second attempted connection could yield better results.

 

L.J. Mazzilli (Drafted No. 116 by New York Mets)

Yep, nothing like some good, old-fashion nepotism.

The New York Mets invested their fourth-round selection on L.J. Mazzilli, whose father Lee was a former fan-favorite in Flushing. 

It's yet to be seen if L.J. can garner such adoration in Queens, but the second baseman might be more than a son riding the family name to credibility.

The 22-year-old hit .354/.408/.515 during his senior year with the Connecticut Huskies to up his draft stock considerably. While he offers no exceptional skills, Mazzilli does everything fairly well and could become a serviceable utility man. 

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