2013 MLB Draft Results: Full Evaluations for Every Organization

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJune 8, 2013

2013 MLB Draft Results: Full Evaluations for Every Organization

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    With 10 rounds of the 2013 MLB draft in the books, it seems like a good time to start offering up evaluations. 

    Sure, there are 30 more rounds to come on Saturday, but let's be realistic here: The guys projected to be taken in those rounds don't figure to be instrumental in the future of a franchise. That doesn't mean they won't, simply that it is impossible to see it coming. 

    So, instead, let's take a look at the rounds that produced some names we have a chance of being familiar with. 

    Draft results via MLB.com.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    15 Shipley, Braden Nevada (NV) RHP
    36 Blair, Aaron Marshall (WV) RHP
    52 Williams, Justin Terrebonne HS (LA) SS
    88 Palka, Daniel Georgia Tech (GA) 1B
    120 McPhearson, Matt Riverdale Baptist School (MD) CF
    150 Westbrook, Jamie Basha HS (AZ) SS
    180 Bray, Colin Faulkner State CC (AL) CF
    210 Gibson, Daniel Florida (FL) LHP
    240 Keller, Brad Flowery Branch HS (GA) RHP
    270 Nelson, Grant St. Louis University (MO) C
    300 Sherfy, Jimmie Oregon (OR) RHP

     

    The Diamondbacks are always on the lookout for pitchers, and that strategy has not changed. They spent their first two picks on pitchers.

    Braden Shipley is the highlighted arm. He has a good fastball and a developing arsenal. He will need to refine his control on his changeup and curveball, but he's shown potential with those pitches.

    After the first two picks, the Diamondbacks went for a run on position players to give this group nice balance.

Atlanta Braves

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    31 Hursh, Jason Oklahoma State (OK) RHP
    65 Caratini, Victor Miami Dade CC South (FL) C
    102 Salazar, Carlos Kerman HS (CA) RHP
    133 Murphy, Tanner Malden HS (MO) C
    163 Reynolds, Mikey Texas A&M (TX) SS  
    193 Janas, Steve Kennesaw State (GA) RHP  
    223 Stiffler, Ian Somerset Sr HS (PA) RHP
    253 Wren, Kyle Georgia Tech (GA) CF  
    283 Manwaring, Dylan Horseheads HS (NY) 3B
    313 Hagenmiller, Ian Palm Beach Central HS (FL) 3B

     

    The Braves entered this draft with a clear need to bolster their pitching depth.

    So, they spent their first pick on the right-handed Jason Hursh from Oklahoma State. Hursh features a mid-90s fastball and developing arsenal.

    Overall, the Braves have selected just four pitchers thus far, but they've done a nice job maximizing value, and they landed an exciting prospect in Victor Caratini with pick No. 65. 

Baltimore Orioles

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    22 Harvey, Hunter Bandys HS (NC) RHP
    37 Hart, Josh Parkview HS (GA) CF
    61 Sisco, Chance Santiago HS (CA) C
    98 Tarpley, Stephen Scottsdale CC (AZ) LHP
    129 Heim, Jonah Amherst HS (NY) C
    159 Seabrooke, Travis Crestwood SS (Canada) LHP
    189 Murphy, Alex Calvert Hall College HS (MD) C
    219 Dosch, Drew Youngstown State (OH) 3B  
    249 Mancini, Trey Notre Dame (IN) 1B  
    279 Horacek, Mitch Dartmouth (NH) LHP
    309 Wynns, Austin Fresno State (CA) C

     

    The Baltimore Orioles have been succeeding despite inconsistent pitching. So, it is no surprise that the franchise took high school pitcher Hunter Harvey with their first pick.

    The son of former MLB closer Bryan Harvey, Hunter is an 18-year-old with a mid-90s fastball and the room to add muscle and throw even harder.

    With two more picks coming in the first 61 selections, the Orioles went with centerfielder Josh Hart and catcher Chance Sisco. Both are talented high school prospects who will need some seasoning, but they both carry high ceilings. 

Boston Red Sox

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    7 Ball, Trey New Castle Chrysler HS (IN) LHP
    45 Stankiewicz, Teddy Seminole State (OK) RHP
    81 Denney, Jon Yukon HS (OK) C
    113 Smith, Myles Lee University (TN) RHP
    143 Littrell, Corey Kentucky (KY) LHP
    173 Austin, Jordon Forest HS (FL) CF
    203 Adams, Mike University of Tampa (FL) LHP  
    233 Allday, Forrestt Central Arkansas (AR) CF
    263 Martin, Kyle Texas A&M (TX) RHP
    293 Grover, Taylor U South Carolina Aiken (SC) RHP

     

    The aging Red Sox are overachieving, but this franchise can't let that keep them from looking to build for the future. 

    By selecting left-handed pitcher Trey Ball out of New Castle High School in Indiana with their first selection, the Red Sox showed they do have an eye on the future. 

    Ball is not going to make an impact anytime soon for the Red Sox, but he has the talent to develop into a top-of-the-rotation pitcher down the road. 

    The Red Sox made pitching a clear priority by taking pitchers with seven of their first 10 selections. 

Chicago Cubs

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    2 Bryant, Kris University of San Diego (CA) 3B
    41 Zastryzny, Rob Missouri (MO) LHP
    75 Hannemann, Jacob Brigham Young (UT) CF
    108 Skulina, Tyler Kent State (OH) RHP
    138 Masek, Trey Texas Tech (TX) RHP
    168 Frazier, Scott Pepperdine University (CA) RHP
    198 Garner, David Michigan State (MI) RHP
    228 Wilson, Sam Lamar CC (CO) LHP
    258 Burks, Charcer William B Travis HS (TX) CF
    288 Godley, Zachary U Tennessee (TN) RHP


    The Chicago Cubs opted to pass on the power arm of Jonathan Gray at No. 2. Instead, they went with third baseman Kris Bryant out of the University of San Diego.

    Bryant has great power and an advanced approach at the plate. He has the talent to be a middle-of-the-lineup type of bat.

    Combine him with Anthony Rizzo, and the Cubs have a foundation to build on.

    The Cubs went pitching heavy after Bryant by taking seven pitchers with their next nine selections. 

    There is a lot to like about the Cubs' strategy. They went with the safer pick of a bat with their first selection and stocked up on arms with the rest of them. 

Chicago White Sox

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    PICK PLAYER SCHOOL POS
    17 Anderson, Tim East Central CC (MS) SS
    55 Danish, Tyler Durant HS (FL) RHP
    91 May, Jacob Coastal Carolina (SC) CF
    123 Mitchell, Andrew TCU (TX) RHP
    153 Lowry, Thaddius Spring HS (TX) RHP
    183 Dykstra, James Cal State - San Marcos (CA) RHP
    213 Michalczewski, Trey Jenks HS (OK) 3B  
    243 Freudenberg, Chris South Mountain CC (AZ) LHP  
    273 Blount, Nick Southern Polytechnic State (GA) RHP
    303 Goldberg, Brad Ohio St U (OH) RHP

     

    The Chicago White Sox need talent all over the field. They simply needed to take the best player available and go from there.

    Tim Anderson fits that mold. He is a great athlete who likely be able to handle shortstop duties in the pros, but even if he can't, his bat will make him a valuable piece.

    Like the Cubs, the White Sox went pitching heavy following their first selection. 

Cincinnati Reds

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    27 Ervin, Phillip Samford University (AL) CF
    38 Lorenzen, Michael Cal State - Fullerton (CA) RHP
    67 Franklin, Kevin Gahr HS (CA) 3B
    104 Armstrong, Mark Clarence HS (NY) RHP
    135 Lively, Ben Central Florida (FL) RHP
    165 Thompson, Cory Mauldin HS (SC) SS
    195 Weiss, Zack UCLA (CA) RHP
    225 Mahle, Tyler Westminster HS (CA) RHP  
    255 Brattvet, Scott Cal State - Bakersfield (CA) RHP
    285 Jones, Chad No School (undefined) LHP
    315 Wright, Daniel Arkansas State (AR) RHP


    At No. 27, the Reds went for Phil Ervin, who could potentially fill the void at the leadoff spot.

    He has great speed, and he knows how to get on base. He isn't going to be a power threat, but with a good foundation of power, the Reds don't need it. 

    After Ervin, the Reds were another team that opted to focus on adding arms. 

Cleveland Indians

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    PICK PLAYER SCHOOL POS
    5 Frazier, Clint Loganville HS (GA) OF
    79 Kime, Dace Louisville (KY) RHP
    111 Crockett, Kyle Virginia (VA) LHP
    141 Brady, Sean Ida S Baker HS (FL) LHP
    171 Shane, Casey Centennial HS (TX) RHP
    201 Mathews, Kenny Riverside CC (CA) LHP
    231 Frank, Trevor University of California (CA) RHP
    261 Pannone, Thomas College of Southern Nevada (NV) LHP
    291 Kivett, Ross Kansas State (KS) 2B

     

    The Cleveland Indians had just one pick on the first day, and they went for a high school prospect in Clint Frazier of Loganville High School in Georgia.

    Frazier is an excellent athlete that ultimately has the ability to play infield or outfield.

    Each of the Indians' next seven picks were spent on pitchers as this franchise works to stock its system with arms.

Colorado Rockies

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    3 Gray, Jonathan Oklahoma (OK) RHP
    42 McMahon, Ryan Mater Dei HS (CA) 3B
    70 Balog, Alex University of San Francisco (CA) RHP
    77 Moll, Sam Memphis (TN) LHP
    109 Patterson, Jordan University of South Alabama (AL) RF
    139 Shouse, Blake Middle Georgia College (GA) RHP
    169 Nunez, Dom Elk Grove HS (CA) 3B
    199 Wade, Konner Arizona (AZ) RHP
    229 McClure, Terry Riverwood International Charter School (GA) CF
    259 Valaika, Patrick UCLA (CA) SS
    289 Tauchman, Michael Bradley U (IL) RF

     

    The Rockies are going to have a difficult time ever landing an ace via free agency. So, when stud flamethrower Jonathan Gray fell to the third pick, it had to be a no-brainer for Colorado. 

    Gray has future ace written all over him, and the second Colorado landed him, the rest of the draft became a bonus.

Detroit Tigers

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    20 Crawford, Jonathon Florida (FL) RHP
    39 Knebel, Corey Texas (TX) RHP
    58 Ziomek, Kevin Vanderbilt (TN) LHP
    94 Thompson, Jeffrey Louisville (KY) RHP
    126 Kubitza, Austin Rice (TX) RHP
    156 Farmer, Buck Georgia Tech (GA) RHP
    186 Drummond, Calvin Arizona Christian (AZ) RHP
    216 Harrell, Connor Vanderbilt (TN) CF
    246 Reininger, Zach Hill JC (TX) RHP
    276 LaMarche, Will LSU (LA) RHP
    306 Coffman, Kasey Arizona State (AZ) CF

     

    The Detroit Tigers went with the unique strategy of drafting nothing but college players in the first 10 rounds.

    They went with Florida's Jonathon Crawford with their first selection. Crawford has the arm to make the bigs, but he will need time to find his control with his breaking ball. 

    Even if he doesn't develop, the Tigers will hope that one of the other eight pitchers taken in the first 10 rounds will. 

Houston Astros

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    1 Appel, Mark Stanford (CA) RHP
    40 Thurman, Andrew University of California - Irvine (CA) RHP
    74 Emanuel, Kent North Carolina (NC) LHP
    107 Gregor, Conrad Vanderbilt (TN) 1B
    137 Kemp, Tony Vanderbilt U (TN) 2B
    167 Nottingham, Jacob Redlands HS (CA) C  
    197 Ramsay, James South Florida (FL) CF
    227 Martin, Jason Orange Lutheran HS (CA) CF  
    257 Holberton, Brian UNC Chapel Hill (NC) C
    287 Nicely, Austin Spotswood HS (VA) LHP

     

    After passing on Stanford pitcher Mark Appel in last year's draft, the Astros landed the Houston native in this one.

    Appel is a polished pitcher with nearly unlimited potential. He is also polished enough that his stay in the minors should be short. 

    The Astros wound up making their first three selections pitchers but then went to work on adding position players to a franchise that needs a little, or a lot, of everything. 

Kansas City Royals

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    8 Dozier, Hunter Stephen F. Austin (TX) SS
    34 Manaea, Sean Indiana State (IN) LHP
    46 Reed, Cody Northwest Mississippi CC (MS) LHP
    82 Hope, Carter The Woodlands HS (TX) RHP
    114 Evans, Zane Georgia Tech (GA) C  
    144 Fukofuka, Amalani James Logan HS (CA) CF
    174 Farrell, Luke Northwestern (IL) RHP  
    204 Bartsch, Kyle University of South Alabama (AL) LHP
    234 Stubbs, Cody North Carolina (NC) 1B  
    264 Rockett, Daniel U Texas San Antonio (TX) OF
    294 Newman, Alex Cypress Col (CA) CF

     

    The Kansas City Royals made one of the first round's big surprise selections by taking 6'4", 220-pound shortstop Hunter Dozier. 

    It is hard to argue with the Royals, though. They've done a great job of accumulating young talent. 

    From there, the Royals mostly stuck with the college ranks and went for a nice mix of bats and arms. 

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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    59 Green, Hunter Warren East HS (KY) LHP
    95 Middleton, Keynan Lane CC (OR) RHP
    127 Morris, Elliot Pierce Col (WA) RHP
    157 McGowin, Kyle Savannah State University (GA) RHP
    187 Cooney, Harrison Florida Gulf Coast University (FL) RHP
    217 Nuss, Garrett Seminole State (FL) RHP
    247 Smith, Nate Furman University (SC) LHP
    277 McGee, Stephen Florida St U (FL) C
    307 Gordon, Grant Missouri State (MO) RHP

     

    The Angels need to make developing their own talent more of a priority. Unfortunately for them, that wasn't easy in this draft. They didn't make their first selection until No. 59. They wisely went with high schooler Hunter Green with that pick, and they'll hope he fulfills his massive potential. 

    In the first 10 rounds, the Angels only selected one non-pitcher as they made beefing up pitching depth a clear priority. 

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    PICK PLAYER SCHOOL POS
    18 Anderson, Chris Jacksonville University (FL) RHP
    56 Windle, Tom Minnesota (MN) LHP
    92 Dixon, Brandon Arizona (AZ) 3B
    124 Bellinger, Cody Hamilton HS (AZ) 1B
    154 Underwood, J.D. Palm Beach CC (FL) RHP
    184 Rhame, Jacob Grayson County College (TX) RHP
    214 Trinkwon, Brandon UC Santa Barbara (CA) SS
    244 Farmer, Kyle Georgia (GA) C
    274 Yates, Henry Texas Wesleyan U (TX) LF
    304 Keener, Nick Mansfield U (PA) RHP

     

    The Los Angeles Dodgers need improved pitching depth, and as they've learned, they can't rely on trades or free-agent signings to get it. 

    So, spending their first two picks on pitchers was wise. 

    Chris Anderson is the gem of their class. The 6'4" hurler can hit upper 90s on his fastball, and he has a nasty slider and developing change.

    He could quickly develop into the right hander the Dodgers' rotation needs.

Miami Marlins

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    6 Moran, Colin North Carolina (NC) 3B
    35 Krook, Matt St. Ignatius College Prep (CA) LHP
    44 Williams, Trevor Arizona State (AZ) RHP
    73 Suggs, Colby Arkansas (AR) RHP
    80 Deluzio, Ben The First Academy (FL) SS
    112 Woods, K.J. Ft Mill HS (SC) RF
    142 Wallach, Chad Cal State - Fullerton (CA) C
    172 Aper, Ryan Lincoln Land CC (IL) CF
    202 Bohn, Justin Feather River College (CA) SS
    232 Olivencia, Iramis Arlington Country Day School (FL) 2B
    262 Blanton, Aaron Richland College (TX) SS
    292 Lopez, Carlos Cal St Fullerton (CA) 1B

     

    The Marlins had three picks in the first 41, and they needed them. This franchise needs serious help. North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran was a solid and safe pick at the top. 

    In all, the Marlins have done a nice job of maximizing value. They got two pitching prospects with their other top-41 picks and then went to work on adding talent to an assortment of positions. 

Milwaukee Brewers

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    PICK PLAYER SCHOOL POS
    54 Williams, Devin Hazelwood West HS (MO) RHP
    72 Neuhaus, Tucker Wharton HS (FL) SS
    90 Astin, Barrett Arkansas (AR) RHP
    122 Williams, Taylor Kent State (OH) RHP
    152 Uhen, Joshua University of Wisconsin (WI) RHP
    182 Cooper, Garrett Auburn U (AL) 1B
    212 Garcia, Omar Miami Dade CC South (FL) CF
    242 Diaz, Brandon American Heritage School (FL) CF
    272 Linehan, Tyler Fresno State (CA) LHP  
    302 Ratterree, Michael Rice (TX) RF

     

    The Brewers didn't have a selection until No. 54. Then, when they did pick, they reached for the right-handed Devin Williams out of Hazelwood West High School.

    The Brewers badly need the pitching help, but they did a terrible job of maximizing value.

    Also, given that need for pitching help, it was a surprise to see the Brewers select just five pitchers in their first 10 selections. 

Minnesota Twins

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    4 Stewart, Kohl St. Pius X HS (TX) RHP
    43 Eades, Ryan LSU (LA) RHP
    78 Turner, Stuart Ole Miss (MS) C
    110 Gonsalves, Stephen Cathedral Catholic HS (CA) LHP
    140 Slegers, Aaron Indiana (IN) RHP
    170 Navarreto, Brian Arlington Country Day School (FL) C
    200 Gilbert, Brian Seton Hall U (NJ) RHP
    230 DeMuth, Dustin Indiana U (IN) 3B
    260 Garver, Mitchell New Mexico (NM) C  
    290 Irby, Charles Samford University (AL) RHP

     

    The Twins need to identify their future ace. They went to work on that by drafting high school standout Kohl Stewart.

    Stewart is a tremendous athlete with a live arm and high ceiling. 

    The Twins went with a more seasoned pitching prospect with their next pick and continued to look for arms as Day 2 played out. 

New York Mets

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    11 Smith, Dominic Junipero Serra HS (CA) 1B
    48 Church, Andrew Basic HS (NV) RHP
    76 Wilson, Ivan Ruston HS (LA) CF
    84 Meisner, Casey Cypress Woods HS (TX) RHP
    116 Mazzilli, L.J. Connecticut (CT) 2B
    146 King, Jared Kansas State (KS) LF
    176 Stuart, Champ Brevard College (NC) CF
    206 Oberste, Matthew U Oklahoma (OK) 1B
    236 Knapp, Ricky Florida Gulf Coast University (FL) RHP  
    266 Biondi, Patrick Michigan (MI) CF  
    296 Guillorme, Luis Coral Springs Charter HS (FL) SS

     

    The Mets were set on adding some quality position players to their system.

    They snagged an elite left-handed power bat in Dominic Smith, from Junipero Serra Catholic High School, with their first selection. They then made position players seven of their next 11 selections. 

    If the Mets want to turn things around, they must add depth in their system. This draft is a good start.

New York Yankees

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    26 Jagielo, Eric Notre Dame (IN) 3B  
    32 Judge, Aaron Fresno State (CA) CF  
    33 Clarkin, Ian Madison HS (CA) LHP  
    66 Katoh, Gosuke Rancho Bernardo HS (CA) 2B  
    103 O'Neill, Michael Michigan (MI) CF  
    134 Wade, Tyler Murrieta Valley HS (CA) SS  
    164 Palladino, David Howard College (TX) RHP  
    194 Murphy, John Sacred Heart University (CT) SS
    224 Rumbelow, Nick LSU (LA) RHP  
    254 Thomas, Brandon Georgia Tech (GA) CF  
    284 Kendrick, Conner Auburn (AL) LHP  
    314 Webb, Tyler South Carolina (SC) LHP

    The Yankees have always supplemented their roster with high-priced free agents and big trades. However, when they've been at their best over the last two decades, it has come with homegrown talent. 

    This draft will help them get back to that. 

    Eric Jagielo should make quick work of the minors, and he has the talent to start at the hot corner for years to come. 

    The Yankees went heavy on position players early on, and they got a lot of value in the first 10 rounds. 

Oakland Athletics

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    24 McKinney, Billy Plano West Sr. HS (TX) CF
    63 Overton, Dillon Oklahoma (OK) LHP
    71 Pinder, Chad Virginia Tech (VA) SS
    100 Healy, Ryon Oregon (OR) 1B
    106 Kohler, Chris Los Osos HS (CA) LHP
    131 Covey, Dylan University of San Diego (CA) RHP
    161 Wahl, Bobby Ole Miss (MS) RHP
    191 Finnegan, Kyle Texas State (TX) RHP
    221 Driver, Dustin Wenatchee HS (WA) RHP
    251 Marincov, Tyler University of North Florida (FL) OF
    281 Stalcup, Matt Pittsburg State University (KS) LHP
    311 Grundy, Jerad Kentucky (KY) LHP

     

    The A's have found success while working with a limited budget by drafting well. So, while Billy McKinney was seen as a reach in the eyes of many, it is hard to argue with Billy Beane and Co.

    Following the selection of high schooler McKinney, the A's returned to the strategy that dominated the early days of moneyball: drafting college players.

    They've also increasingly loaded up on pitching as the draft has progressed.  

Philadelphia Phillies

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    16 Crawford, J.P. Lakewood HS (CA) SS
    53 Knapp, Andrew California (CA) C
    89 Sandberg, Cord Manatee HS (FL) CF
    96 Hernandez, Jan Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy (Puerto Rico) SS
    121 Sweaney, Jake Garces Memorial HS (CA) C
    151 Holmes, Ben Oregon State (OR) LHP
    181 Monda, Jason Washington State (WA) OF
    211 Williams, Trey College of the Canyons (CA) 3B
    241 Parr, Justin University of Illinois (IL) OF
    271 Martin, Shane Southwestern Oklahoma St U (OK) RHP
    301 Prosinski, Jon Seton Hall U (NJ) RHP

     

    Jimmy Rollins can't play forever, and the Phillies won't need him to now. J.P. Crawford is an outstanding athlete. He projects to be an outstanding defensive player and an adequate hitter.

    The Phillies focused on the middle of their defense. They spent there first five picks on that area.  

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    9 Meadows, Austin Grayson HS (GA) CF
    14 McGuire, Reese Kentwood Senior HS (WA) C
    51 Taylor, Blake Dana Hills HS (CA) LHP
    87 Jones, JaCoby LSU (LA) CF
    119 Dickson, Cody Sam Houston State (TX) LHP
    149 Arbet, Trae Great Oak HS (CA) SS
    179 Frazier, Adam Mississippi State (MS) SS
    209 Borden, Buddy UNLV (NV) RHP
    239 Kozikowski, Neil Avon Old Farms School (CT) RHP
    269 Kuhl, Chad University of Delaware (DE) RHP
    299 Carle, Shane Cal State - Long Beach (CA) RHP

     

    With Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte already patrolling the outfield, the Pirates added another phenomenal athlete to the mix with Austin Meadows. It may take Meadows a while to get to the bigs, but he'll be worth the wait.

    Catcher Reese McGuire was another solid first-round selection, and again, we have another team getting stronger up the middle.  

    The Pirates were in a nice position with their first two picks, and they capitalized on it. 

San Diego Padres

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    13 Renfroe, Hunter Mississippi State (MS) RF
    50 Peterson, Dustin Gilbert HS (AZ) SS
    69 Paroubeck, Jordan Serra HS (CA) CF
    86 Verbitsky, Bryan Hofstra (NY) RHP
    118 Smith, Mason Rocky Mountain HS (ID) CF
    148 Van Meter, Josh Norwell HS (IN) SS
    178 Gott, Trevor Kentucky (KY) RHP
    208 Bauers, Jake Marina HS (CA) 1B
    238 De Horta, Adrian South Hills HS (CA) RHP
    268 Cimber, Adam U San Francisco (CA) RHP
    298 Livengood, Justin UNC - Wilmington (NC) RHP

     

    The Padres need pitching depth, and they went with position players on five of their first six picks. While this would seem like a head-scratcher on the surface, there is a solid strategy there.

    The Padres play in a pitcher-friendly park; it is always going to be easier for them to lure pitchers than sluggers. So, they went out and drafted their own.

San Francisco Giants

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    25 Arroyo, Christian Hernando HS (FL) SS
    64 Jones, Ryder Watauga HS (NC) 3B
    101 Johnson, Chase Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo (CA) RHP
    132 Ragira, Brian Stanford (CA) 1B
    162 Slania, Daniel Notre Dame (IN) RHP
    192 Vander Tuig, Nick UCLA (CA) RHP
    222 Bednar, Brandon Florida Gulf Coast University (FL) SS
    252 Horan, Tyler Virginia Tech (VA) LF
    282 Snelten, Donald Minnesota (MN) LHP
    312 Rogers, Tyler Austin Peay St U (TN) RHP

     

    The Giants made what most feel was the most bizarre selection by taking Christian Arroyo at No. 25. ESPN's Keith Law (subscription required) had him ranked at No. 99, which is better than at MLB.com, where he wasn't ranked at all. 

    They received better value in later picks, and the Giants have drafted well over the years, but they better hope Arroyo pans out. 

Seattle Mariners

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    12 Peterson, D.J. New Mexico (NM) 3B  
    49 Wilson, Austin Stanford (CA) RF  
    85 O'Neill, Tyler Garibaldi SS (Canada) RF  
    117 Horstman, Ryan St. Johns (NY) LHP
    147 Reinheimer, Jack East Carolina (NC) SS  
    177 Simpson, Corey Sweeny HS (TX) RF  
    207 Olson, Tyler Gonzaga (WA) LHP  
    237 Smith, Tyler Oregon State (OR) SS
    267 Zokan, Jacob College of Charleston (SC) LHP
    297 Pagan, Emilio Belmont Abbey College (NC) RHP

     

    With a system that is loaded with pitching talent but thin on hitters, the Mariners took powerful position players with their first three picks. 

    They weren't content with that, either. Position players comprised six of the first eight picks.

    D.J. Peterson has nice power and a short swing. He may need to move to first, but he is a good enough hitter to make the switch. 

St. Louis Cardinals

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    19 Gonzales, Marco Gonzaga (WA) LHP
    28 Kaminsky, Rob St. Joseph Regional School (NJ) LHP
    57 Mercado, Oscar Vivian Gaither HS (FL) SS
    93 Mayers, Mike Ole Miss (MS) RHP
    125 Katz, Mason LSU (LA) 2B
    155 McKinney, Ian William R Boone HS (FL) LHP
    185 Reed, Jimmy Maryland (MD) LHP
    215 Rivera, Chris El Dorado HS (CA) SS  
    245 Pierce, Andrew Southern Mississippi (MS) RHP  
    275 Petree, Nick Missouri State (MO) RHP  
    305 Collymore, Malik Port Credit SS (Canada) SS

     

    The Cardinals like to horde pitching, and they apparently haven't gotten over that affliction. The Cardinals have made 10 selections—pitchers have been seven of them. 

    St. Louis was especially focused on adding a southpaw. The high-floor, low-ceiling Marco Gonzales and promising high schooler Rob Kaminsky are both lefties. 

    That was a nice pairing at the top, as the Cards are in the midst of another solid draft. 

Tampa Bay Rays

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    21 Ciuffo, Nick Lexington HS (SC) C
    29 Stanek, Ryne Arkansas (AR) RHP
    60 Unroe, Riley Desert Ridge HS (AZ) SS
    97 Milone, Thomas Masuk HS (CT) CF
    128 Wong, Kean Waiakea HS (HI) 2B
    158 Field, Johnny Arizona (AZ) 2B
    188 Woods, Stephen Half Hallow Hills East HS (NY) RHP
    218 Young, Ty U Louisville (KY) 3B
    248 Ramirez, Roel United South HS (TX) RHP  
    278 Pruitt, Austin U Houston (TX) RHP
    308 Griffin, Aaron Loyola Marymount U (CA) RHP

     

    The Rays have done an excellent job in the draft over the years, and they approached this one with a clear strategy: add talent up the middle. 

    Other than the nice value pick of pitcher Ryne Stanek at No. 29, the Rays went exclusively with players who play up the middle. 

    Some of these guys will undoubtedly make a position change, but the Rays had their priority and they went after it. 

Texas Rangers

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    23 Gonzalez, Alex Oral Roberts (OK) RHP
    30 Demeritte, Travis Winder Barrow HS (GA) SS
    62 Bostick, Akeem West Florence HS (SC) RHP
    99 Ledbetter, David Cedarville University (OH) RHP
    130 Kiner-Falefa, Isaiah Mid-Pacific Institute (HI) SS
    160 Jackson, Joe The Citadel (SC) C
    190 Wolff, Sam New Mexico (NM) RHP  
    220 Gardewine, Nick Kaskaskia CC (IL) RHP
    250 Van Hoosier, Evan College of Southern Nevada (NV) 2B
    280 Samayoa, Jose Lee U (TN) RHP
    310 Wiper, Cole Oregon (OR) RHP

     

    The Rangers' emphasis was even more apparent than the Rays. The Rangers have made 11 selections—seven of them have been right-handed pitchers. 

    Texas went with a nice mix of high school and college pitchers to give itself more of an instant boost and a nice foundation for the future. 

Toronto Blue Jays

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    10 Bickford, Phillip Oaks Christian HS (CA) RHP
    47 Hollon, Clinton Woodford County HS (KY) RHP
    83 Murphy, Patrick Hamilton HS (AZ) RHP
    115 Smith, Evan Mary G Montgomery HS (AL) LHP
    145 Lietz, Daniel Heartland CC (IL) LHP  
    175 Boyd, Matt Oregon State (OR) LHP  
    205 Greene, Conner Santa Monica HS (CA) RHP  
    235 Graveman, Kendall Mississippi State (MS) RHP  
    265 Girodo, Chad Mississippi St U (MS) LHP
    295 Custons, Garrett United States Air Force Academy (CO) C

    The Blue Jays have been fans of taking high school pitchers, and they confirmed that yet again; their first four selections followed that script. 

    High school or not, though, the pitching-starved Blue Jays made pitchers their first nine selections. 

Washington Nationals

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    68 Johansen, Jake Dallas Baptist (TX) RHP
    105 Ward, Drew Leedey HS (OK) 3B
    136 Pivetta, Nicholas New Mexico JC (NM) RHP
    166 Voth, Austin Washington (WA) RHP
    196 Gunter, Cody Grayson County College (TX) 3B
    226 Yezzo, James U Delaware (DE) 1B
    256 Napoli, David Tulane (LA) LHP
    286 Joyce, Jake Virginia Tech (VA) RHP
    316 Middleton, Brennan Tulane U (LA) SS

     

    Will someone tell the Nationals that they need to score runs to win? This is a franchise in need of bats, and pitchers made up three of the first four selections and five of nine so far. 

    While it is easy to knock them for this strategy, they've done a nice job of identifying pitchers. They can always turn an excess of pitching into bats with trades down the line.