2013 MLB Draft Results: Full Evaluations for Every Organization
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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|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.
|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
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|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
|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
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|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
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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
|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
|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.
|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
|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
|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.
|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
|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.
|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.