2013 MLB Draft Grades: Full Day 2 Report Card
As we head into the final day of the 2013 MLB first-year player draft—which once again begins at 1 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on MLB.com—it’s only appropriate that we reflect on Friday’s results. More specifically, it’s time to break down each team’s successes and failures from Day 2 of the draft.
Here’s how I would grade every organization’s draft covering Rounds 3-10.
Arizona Diamondbacks: B
After selecting a pair of right-handed college arms (Braden Shipley, Aaron Blair) and a high-ceiling, high-risk prep shortstop in Justin Williams on Day 1, the Diamondbacks targeted a little bit of everything on Friday, but mostly a mix of college relievers and up-the-middle players.
Pick of the Day: Matt McPearson, CF, Riverdale Baptist HS (Md.) (4th round, 120 overall)
A 70-grade runner and plus athlete, McPearson is loaded with raw talent, but he will need considerable time to refine his secondary skills.
Steal of the Day: Daniel Gibson, LHP, Florida (7th round, 210 overall)
A 6’3”, 220-pound left-hander, Gibson has been solid out of the Gators’ bullpen with a four-pitch mix—that may warrant a look as a starter at the next level—though he’s primarily a fastball/breaking ball guy.
Atlanta Braves: B-
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The Braves furthered their Day 1 strategy on Friday by drafting more high school mashers and right-handed pitching. In fact, five of their eight Day 2 picks were prep players, highlighted by the hard-throwing Carlos Salazar. Among their selections from the college ranks was Kyle Wren, the son of general manager Frank Wren.
Pick of the Day: Carlos Salazar, RHP, Kerman HS (Calif.) (3rd round, 102 overall)
He may be undersized at 6’0", 200 pounds and have some serious effort to his delivery, but there’s a lot to love about an 18-year-old who bumps 97 mph.
Sleeper of the Day: Steve Janas, RHP, Kennesaw State (6th round, 193 overall)
Janas returned to the mound this spring just 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery and dominated hitters in the Atlantic Sun conference. The right-hander isn’t overpowering with a three-pitch mix, but he has advanced command with a feel for pitching. And at 6’5”, 190 pounds, there’s reason to believe that he’ll add both strength and velocity.
Baltimore Orioles: B+
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The Orioles may be loaded on the mound, but they lack depth at nearly every infield position and especially behind the plate. Therefore, the organization’s focus on Day 2 of the draft was landing high school catchers—and they ultimately selected four of them. Beyond that, they also picked up a pair of left-handed pitchers and corner infielders.
Pick of the Day: Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Scottsdale CC (3rd round, 98 overall)
A 6’2”, 200-pound left-hander, Tarpley has a projectable four-pitch mix, including an effortless fastball in the low- to mid-90s and pair of average or better breaking balls.
Sleeper of the Day: Jonah Heim, C, Amherst HS (N.Y.) (4th round, 129 overall)
Heim didn’t get a lot of exposure hailing from a cold-weather state. Although he’s a bigger catcher at 6’3”, 189 pounds, he shows impressive athleticism for his size and solid tools behind the plate.
Boston Red Sox: A-
The Red Sox continued to target high-upside talent on Day 2 of the draft, and they landed two of the better players left on the board in Jon Denney and Myles Smith to begin the day. However, they somewhat hedged against the investment in Rounds 4-10 by selecting college players with five of their final six picks.
Pick of the Day: Jon Denney, C, Yukon HS (Okla.) (3rd round, 81 overall)
Surprisingly unselected on the first day, the Red Sox went for the best player available with their third-round pick. At 6’2”, 205 pounds, Denney is a well-rounded backstop who stands out for his plus raw power from the right side and his strong arm.
Sleeper of the Day: Jordon Austin, OF, Forest HS (Fla.) (6th round, 173 overall)
A 5’11”, 195-pound outfielder, Austin is an impressive athlete with present strength and above-average speed. But he will need considerable time to develop in the minors.
Chicago Cubs: B
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After selecting slugger Kris Bryant with the second pick in the draft, the Cubs addressed their lack of pitching depth aggressively by netting a host of college right-handers on Friday. They ultimately landed many of the guys who were regarded as potential first-rounders a year ago, but had their stocks fall over the course of the spring.
Specifically, they had a solid run on college arms from Rounds 4-7, as they landed Tyler Skulina, Trey Masek, Scott Frazier and David Garner.
Pick of the Day: Jacob Hannemann, OF, Brigham Young (3rd round, 75 overall)
A 22-year-old freshman, Hannemann spent the last two years on a Mormon mission before returning to Brigham Young as a two-sport standout. At 6’1”, 195 pounds, the left-handed hitter is an above-average athlete with an impressive collection of tools, as well as baseball skills that are surprisingly advanced considering his time away from the game.
Sleeper of the Day: David Garner, RHP, Michigan State (7th round, 198 overall)
Although he’s undersized at 5’1”, 180 pounds, Garner has always missed his share of bats with a fastball that reaches the mid-90s and a plus slider that dives out of the zone. Even if he’s eventually relegated to the bullpen, the right-hander has the stuff has the stuff to miss bats at the next level and should offer plenty of value as an eighth-round pick.
Chicago White Sox: C+
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The organization’s first draft under new general manager Rick Hahn was eerily similar to those in previous years under Kenny Williams. The White Sox targeted the usual mix of seemingly under-the-radar high school talent and high-risk players from community colleges.
Pick of the Day: Andrew Mitchell, RHP, TCU (4th round, 91 overall)
The White Sox usually take a flier in the third or fourth round on a college pitcher who’s fallen in the draft. This year, that guy was Andrew Mitchell, a 6’3” right-hander who was regarded as one of the better college arms in the country headed into the spring.
Sleeper of the Day: Trey Michalczewski, 3B, Jenks HS (Okla.) (7th round, 213 overall)
Despite some late helium headed into the draft, Michalczewski surprisingly was still available in the seventh round—perhaps due to a commitment to Oklahoma. A switch-hitter, he has above-average bat speed from both sides of the plate with an advanced approach and impressive raw power to all fields.
And although he played shortstop for his high school team, the 6’3”, 210-pounder has the ideal tools for a career at third base.
Cincinnati Reds: B-
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After targeting mostly high-upside talent on Day 1, including a pair of position players, the Reds almost exclusively pursued pitchers on Friday—which makes sense given their positional strength and depth at the major league level. Of their eight Day 2 selections, the Reds netted seven pitchers: six right-handers and a left-hander.
Pick of the Day: Ben Lively, RHP, Central Florida (4th round, 135 overall)
A 6’4”, 211-pound right-hander, Lively masks his four-pitch mix with a deceptive delivery and doesn’t shy away from attacking hitters. Despite the lack of a dynamic offering, he shows impressive pitchability with a legitimate feel for sequencing.
Sleeper of the Day: Chad Jones, LHP, N/A (9th round, 285 overall)
A two-sport star at LSU, Jones was selected by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft, but he had his career derailed after suffering an ugly leg injury in a car accident. Healthy enough to return to the mound, the 24-year-old left-hander’s fastball has been 88-91 mph in recent workouts.
Cleveland Indians: C+
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The Tribe had a chance to land one of the better arms in this year’s class with the fifth overall pick, but understandably, they decided to go with the best player on the board in Clint Frazier. As a result, they went heavy—very heavy—on pitchers on Friday, selecting one in Rounds 3-9.
More importantly, the Indians addressed the lack of left-handed arms in their system by drafting Kyle Crockett (4th round) Sean Brady (5th), Kenny Mathews (7th) and Thomas Pannone (9th).
Pick of the Day: Casey Shane, RHP, Centennial HS (Texas) (6th round, 171 overall)
The 6’4”, 200-pound right-hander has a highly projectable frame with present strength and consistent mechanics. And even though he’s one of the youngest players in the draft class, Shane has a legitimate feel for his three-pitch mix that’s highlighted by an above-average fastball and slider. However, I question whether he’s signable with a commitment to Texas A&M.
Sleeper of the Day: Trevor Frank, RHP, UC Riverside (8th round, 231 overall)
A 6’0", 175-pound right-hander, Frank has a bright future as a reliever with a fastball that touches 95 mph and a slider that could evolve into a swing-and-miss offering at the next level.
Colorado Rockies: B
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Coming off one of the better Day 1 drafts of all teams, the Rockies primarily focused on high-floor arms and left-handed hitters from the collegiate ranks on Friday. I also like how they took a flier on a few high-ceiling prep players along the way, such as Dom Nunez, a left-handed hitting third baseman, and the ultra toolsy Terry McClure.
The thought is that they may have saved enough money on college pitching to sign both players.
Pick of the Day: Jordan Patterson, OF, University of South Alabama (4th round, 109 overall)
The Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, Patterson is an excellent athlete with underrated baseball skills. At 6’4”, 205 pounds, the left-handed hitter’s ability to hit for both average and power is a clean fit in either right or left field—or even first base if he outgrows either position.
Sleeper of the Day: Terry McClure, OF, Riverwood International Charter School (Ga.) (8th round, 229 overall)
At 6’2”, 190 pounds, McClure is a gifted athlete with loud tools and raw baseball skills. His plus speed is his greatest athlete, and he stands out both on the basepaths and in center field. Although he has bat speed and some pop, the right-handed hitter is raw at the plate and may be a work-in-progress for several years. Committed to Georgia Tech, he does have some signability concerns.
Detroit Tigers: B
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Considering the severe lack of pitching prospects in the Tigers’ system—save for Jake Thompson, their third-round pick in 2012—it wasn’t surprising that they selected college arms exclusively on Day 1. The team employed a similar strategy on Friday, using six of its eight picks on college right-handers, including Austin Kubitza, Buck Farmer and Calvin Drummond.
It’s definitely not a coincidence that they are all guys cut from the same mold. They were viewed as potential Day 1 picks after the 2012 season, have been inconsistent but showed flashes of greatness at times this spring and feature mechanics better suited for the bullpen.
Pick of the Day: Buck Farmer, RHP, Georgia Tech (5th round, 156 overall)
Out of all the college arms selected by the Tigers on Friday, I think Farmer has the best chance of reaching the major leagues as a starter. At 6’4”, 218 pounds, he’s already shown the ability to work deep into games and eat innings without sacrificing command of four average to above-average offerings.
Sleeper of the Day: Connor Harrell, CF, Vanderbilt (7th round, 216 overall)
I’m going to give the Vandy the senior the nod here because I like his physicality and raw power. At 6’3”, 200 pounds, he seems to have the speed, range and arm to stick in center field at the next level, which makes his right-handed pop even more attractive and his propensity to swing and miss less of a concern.
I didn’t think of it until now, but I should have compared him Chris Young (Athletics) in his player profile.
Houston Astros: B+
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After taking Mark Appel first overall and Andrew Thurman in the second round, the Astros were looking for relatively cheap talent on Day 2 and did well given the field of players. They played it safe but smart in Rounds 3-5, drafting middle-tier college standouts Kent Emanuel, Conrad Gregor and Tony Kemp before taking a stab at a few high-ceiling prep players in catcher Jacob Nottingham and center fielder Jason Martin.
Once again, the Astros are having a really nice draft.
Pick of the Day: Jacob Nottingham, C, Redlands HS (Calif.) (6th round, 167 overall)
At 6’3”, 200 pounds, Nottingham is an impressive athlete who was also recruited as a football player (tight end) before committing to Oklahoma. His swing needs some work, but the right-handed hitter has plus raw power potential and should stick behind the plate.
Sleeper of the Day: Tony Kemp, 2B, Vanderbilt (5th round, 137 overall)
While Kemp had always shown tremendous athleticism and game-changing speed, it was the development of his baseball skills this past spring that led his emergence as a legitimate prospect.
Kansas City Royals: C
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After a surprising first day of the draft that featured the selection of Hunter Dozier eighth overall so as to offer Sean Manaea over-slot money, the Royals were forced to target presumably signable college players on Friday.
Pick of the Day: Carter Hope, RHP, The Woodlands HS (Texas) (3rd round, 82 overall)
An impressive two-way prospect who also received consideration as a third baseman, Hope, a 6’3”, 195-pound right-hander, has a smooth delivery and shows three pitches above-average potential.
Sleeper of the Day: Daniel Rockett, OF, Texas-San Antonio (9th round, 264 overall)
Rockett, a 6’2”, 200-pound physically strong outfielder, has loads of raw power, but the length in the right-handed hitter’s swing has also led to high strikeout totals. So while there’s plenty of upside, it’ll likely take him additional time to put everything together.
It’s also worth noting that Rockett served a three-week suspension early in the spring after he was charged with a second-degree felony, though the charges were later dropped.
Los Angeles Angels: C
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With a bonus pool just under $3 million, the Angels selected all college players on Day 2 of the draft, including seven pitchers, all of whom were seemingly lesser-known commodities. In possession of arguably the worst farm system in the game, the organization addressed its lack of depth on the mound, though I’m surprised the team didn’t mix in a few position prospects.
Pick of the Day: Kenyan Middleton, RHP, Lane CC (3rd round, 95 overall)
Also a standout for the Lane basketball team, Middleton offers an intriguing blend of athleticism and stuff, but he is understandably raw from a lack of experience. The 6’3”, 210-pound right-hander features a four-pitch mix that’s highlighted by a fastball that reaches the mid-90s.
Sleeper of the Day: Harrison Cooney, RHP, Florida Gulf Coast (6th round, 187 overall)
A 6’3”, 200-pound right-hander, Cooney opened the season as the team’s closer before eventually sliding into the starting rotation, where he showed a plus fastball and promising secondaries.
Los Angeles Dodgers: B-
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After nabbing a pair of college pitchers on Day 1, the Dodgers played it safe on Friday by targeting mostly college position players, as well as a few junior college arms. More importantly, they addressed the lack of corner infielders in their system by selecting one in Rounds 3 and 4.
Pick of the Day: Cody Bellinger, 1B, Hamilton HS (Ariz.) (4th round, 124 overall)
At 6’4”, 180 pounds, the left-handed hitting Bellinger—who’s the son of former big leaguer Clay Bellinger—projects to add considerable strength to his currently lanky frame. And once he does so, the first baseman should feature at least above-average power.
Sleeper of the Day: Jacob Rhame, RHP, Grayson County College (Texas) (6th round, 184 overall)
After transferring from Oklahoma prior to the season, the 6’3”, 220-pound right-hander had a strong spring behind an above-average fastball with late sink and arm-side run and a pair of raw but promising secondary pitches.
Miami Marlins: B+
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After an excellent Day 1 of the draft, in which they selected Colin Moran, Matt Krook and Trevor Williams, the Marlins targeted mostly high-ceiling players on Friday—and they certainly got some good ones.
Pick of the Day: Ben Deluzio, SS, The First Academy (Fla.) (3rd round, 80 overall)
Also a standout on the football field, Deluzio is an athletic shortstop with plus speed, though some question his ability to remain at the position. At the dish, the 6’2”, 185-pound right-handed hitter has some juice in his bat, through he showcases mostly gap power at the moment.
Sleeper of the Day: Ryan Aper, OF, Lincoln Land CC (6th round, 172 overall)
At 6’3”, 185 pounds, Aper is an intriguing power-speed prospect who hit 17 homers and stole 51 bases this past season. An excellent athlete with loud tools, he projects to stick in center field and should have above-average power for the position, but the development of his hit tool will ultimately determine whether he reaches his ceiling.
Milwaukee Brewers: C+
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The Brewers made a splash on Day 1 of the draft by selecting high-ceiling prep standouts Devin Williams and Tucker Neuhaus. However, they took a step back on Friday, targeting numerous relievers, as well as a pair of toolsy but raw outfielders.
Pick of the Day: Barrett Astin, RHP, Arkansas (3rd round, 90 overall)
A 6’1”, 200-pound right-hander, Astin has worked as both a starter and a reliever for the Razorbacks, with more success coming in the latter role. The Brewers may develop him as a starter, but considering his lack of durability and heavy fastball-breaking ball usage, his future is likely in the bullpen.
Sleeper of the Day: Omar Garcia, OF, Miami-Dade JC (7th round, 212 overall)
Although he lacks strength and has some inconsistency to his swing, Garcia, a 5’9” outfielder, is a true 80-grade runner who absolutely flies on both sides of the ball.
Minnesota Twins: B+
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After drafting a pair of hard-throwing right-handers on Day 1 in Kohl Stewart and Ryan Eades, the Twins addressed their lack of catching depth on Friday by selecting three of the best college backstops in this year’s draft class.
Pick of the Day: Stuart Tanner, C, Mississippi (3rd round, 78 overall)
The top defensive catcher in this year’s class, the 6’2”, 220-pounder is athletic and agile behind the plate, and he features the footwork, arm strength and catch-and-throw skills needed to stymie the running game at the next level.
Sleeper of the Day: Mitchell Garver, C, New Mexico (9th round, 260 overall)
Coming off an outstanding season at New Mexico, Garver, a 6’1”, 205-pound catcher, thrived on both sides of the ball this season. He showed noticeably improved defense, more power and the potential to hit for at least a decent average at the next level.
New York Mets: B+
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After a solid Day 1, in which they landed both Dominic Smith and Andrew Church, the Mets did their best on Friday to shore up their future outfield by selecting four of the better players still on the board.
Pick of the Day: Jared King, OF, Kansas State (5th round, 146 overall)
I still don’t understand why he fell in the draft, but the Mets were surely thrilled when King was still on the board for their fifth-round pick. A 6’1”, 200-pound center fielder, the switch-hitter can flat-out rake from both sides of the plate with above-average power potential, and his athleticism and speed should allow him to stick at the position.
Sleeper of the Day: Patrick Biondi, OF, Michigan (9th round, 266 overall)
Although he’s only 5’9”, 165 pounds, Biondi has the plus speed and defensive prowess to handle center field at the next level. And although he’ll never offer much in terms of power, the left-handed hitter has a quick, compact swing that allows him to use all fields.
New York Yankees: B-
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After making a haul on Day 1 of the draft with three first-round picks, the Yankees aggressively pursued a mix of up-the-middle talent and college pitchers on Friday. Although they netted a few underrated and undervalued college outfielders, the organization failed to land a notable impact prospect.
Pick of the Day: Michael O’Neill, OF, Michigan (3rd round, 103 overall)
The nephew of Paul O’Neill, Michael is an advanced right-handed hitter who makes lots of hard contact to all fields. However, he’s a bit of a “tweener” at the moment, as he lacks either the power or speed to profile cleanly at one outfielder position.
Sleeper of the Day: David Palladino, RHP Howard College (Texas) (5th round, 164 overall)
A 6’9”, 230-pound right-hander, Palladino lacks overpowering offering velocity despite his massive frame, but he does feature a surprising feel for four pitches.
Oakland Athletics: B
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After selecting Billy McKinney with their first pick, the A’s made a serious run on college pitching on Day 2 and landed a couple once-promising arms in Rounds 6-8 that unexpectedly fell into their lap.
Pick of the Day: Ryon Healy, 1B, Oregon (3rd round, 100 overall)
The A’s got their impact college hitter early on Day 2 when they selected the 6’5”, 225-pound Healy in the third round. One of the more consistent hitters in the nation since arriving at Oregon, he’s expect to hit for more power at the next level and is a great fit for the A’s talented system.
Sleeper of the Day: Dustin Driver, RHP, Wenatchee HS (7th round, 221 overall)
Regarded as a potential Day 1 talent, Driver, a 6’2”, 220-pound right-handed pitcher, boasts a 93-94 mph fastball and complements it with a solid breaking ball and promising changeup. However, considering the slot value as seventh-rounder, signability could come into play.
Philadelphia Phillies: B+
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The Phillies went with mostly projectable position players on Friday and landed three of the better high school players still on the board in Rounds 3-5.
Pick of the Day: Cord Sandberg, OF, Manatee HS (Fla.) (3rd round, 89 overall)
A two-sport standout committed to quarterback at Mississippi next season, Sandberg is an excellent athlete with above-average power potential as a left-handed hitter, and he has both speed and instincts that profile favorably in center field.
Sleeper of the Day: Jake Sweaney, C, Garces Memorial HS (Calif.) (4th round, 121 overall)
Another two-sport star, Sweaney is a late-riser whose lack of exposure on the diamond kept him out of the Day 1 discussion. An excellent athlete with a projectable 6’3”, 180-pound frame, he has the tools to be a solid defender at the next level and should show above-average power once he fills out.
Pittsburgh Pirates: A-
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After landing three of the better high school players in the class on Day 1, the Pirates continued to target high-ceiling prospects on Friday before rounding out the day with a run on college arms.
Pick of the Day: JaCoby Jones, CF, LSU (3rd round, 87 overall)
One of the best athletes and toolsier players in the class, the Pirates drafted Jones as a center fielder, where he profiles as an above-average defender. He certainly needs some work at the plate, but the right-handed hitter has the upside of a 20-20 player in the major leagues.
Sleeper of the Day: Trae Arbet, SS, Great Oak HS (Calif.) (5th round, 149 overall)
The first shortstop selected by the Pirates in this year’s draft, the 6’0", 185-pound Arbet steadily ascended the draft board this spring thanks to a more consistent bat and projection to remain at shortstop.
San Diego Padres: B+
Mason Smith // Coutresy of Steve Fiorindo
After drafting three of the better hitters in this year’s class in Hunter Renfroe, Dustin Peterson and Jordan Paroubeck on Day 1, the Padres got a little bit of everything on Friday, including a few more young, promising bats.
Pick of the Day: Mason Smith, OF, Rocky Mountain HS (4th round, 118 overall)
Hailing from an Idaho high school, Smith is understandably raw and inexperienced. However, the 6’2”, 185-pound outfielder has an impressive collection of tools; he projects to hit for both average and a moderate power and has a decent chance of remaining in center field.
Sleeper of the Day: Jake Bauers, 1B, Marina HS (Calif.) (7th round, 208 overall)
Although first-base-only players from the high school ranks aren’t typically attractive draft prospects, Bauers, a 6’1”, 195-pound right-handed hitter, has a consistent swing geared towards hard contact and should offer more power once he matures physically.
San Francisco Giants: B-
Dan Slania // Courtesy of Steve Fiorindo
After selecting a pair of high school players with their first two picks, the Giants drafted college players exclusively on Friday. More specifically, they drafted several pitchers who served as relievers in college, but feature the size and stuff to warrant consideration for a starting role.
Pick of the Day: Daniel Slania, RHP, Notre Dame (5th round, 162 overall)
A 6’5”, 265-pound right-hander, Slania put together an impressive career as Notre Dame’s closer thanks to a mid-90s fastball, swing-and-miss slider and surprisingly advanced changeup.
Sleeper of the Day: Donald Snelten, LHP, Minnesota (9th round, 282 overall)
At 6’7”, 215 pounds, Snelten still involves some physical projection. And with a low-90s fastball and pair of promising secondary offerings, it’s likely that he’ll get a chance to start in the Giants’ system.
Seattle Mariners: B
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After drafting two college mashers in D.J. Peterson and Austin Wilson on Day 1, the Mariners’ primary focus on Friday was college shortstops and pitchers. However, they did manage to add a pair of power-oriented prep outfielders.
Pick of the Day: Tyler O’Neill, OF, Garibaldi SS (Canada) (3rd round, 85 overall)
At 5’11”, 205 pounds, O’Neill is arguably one of the strongest players in this year’s class, and he features outstanding athleticism for his size. At the dish, the right-handed hitter knows how to attack the baseball and should offer at least above-average raw power and maturity.
Sleeper of the Day: Corey Simpson, OF, Sweeny HS (Texas) (6th round, 177 overall)
A 6’3”, 220-pound right-handed hitter, Sweeney possesses some of the best power in the class, though he’ll need to trim the length of his swing in order to make consistent contact at the next level.
St. Louis Cardinals: B+
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The Cardinals continued to address their weaknesses on Friday in the same manner as they did on Day 1, targeting both pitching and up-the-middle talent.
Pick of the Day: Chris Rivera, SS, El Dorado HS (Calif.) (7th round, 215 overall)
At 6’1”, 185 pounds, Rivera has drawn rave reviews for his defense, which ranks among the best in the class and should allow him to remain at the position long-term. At the plate, the right-handed hitter has a compact swing that’s geared toward consistent contact, but don’t expect him to ever hit for much power.
Sleeper of the Day: Nick Petree, RHP, Missouri State (9th round, 275 overall)
A player I ranked in the top 100, Petree is a 6’1” right-hander who’s continued to impress since coming back from Tommy John surgery in 2012. In general, he has a distinct feel for pitching and already shows the ability to command an advanced four-pitch mix.
Tampa Bay Rays: B
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Coming off an impressive Day 1, the Rays continued to add some more young, promising talent on Friday, but they also mixed in a few high-floor college position players.
Pick of the Day: Thomas Milone, OF, Masuk HS (Conn.) (3rd round, 97 overall)
At 6’0", 185 pounds, Milone is a toolsy and athletic outfielder who’s still learning the game after coming up a football player. Although he’s loaded with natural ability and has made strides on both sides of the ball this spring, he’s a work-in-progress in need of experience.
Sleeper of the Day: Ty Young, 3B, Louisville (7th round, 218 overall)
Even though he’s only 5’10”, 178 pounds, Young is an advanced left-handed hitter with a consistent swing and mature secondary skills.
Texas Rangers: C+
First-rounder Travis Demeritte // Courtesy of Steve Fiorindo
After using two of their three Day 1 picks on high-upside prep talent, the Rangers drafted only college players on Friday, including five pitchers.
Pick of the Day: David Ledbetter, RHP, Cedarville (3rd round, 99 overall)
A 6’1”, 185-pound right-hander, Ledbetter is an impressive athlete who has served as a two-way player at Cedarville. On the mound, he’s demonstrated improved pitchability this spring, as well as a slight increase in fastball velocity in the low- to mid-90s.
Sleeper of the Day: Sam Wolff, RHP, New Mexico (6th round, 190 overall)
A 6’1”, 190-pound right-hander, Wolff features a three-pitch mix highlighted by a mid-90s fastball. But he has perennially struggled with his control.
Toronto Blue Jays: C
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After trading away several of their top pitching prospects this offseason, the Blue Jays are clearly making an effort to restock their depleted system, as they’ve used nine of their first 10 picks on pitchers.
Pick of the Day: Matt Boyd, LHP, Oregon State (6th round, 175 overall)
A 6’3”, 215-pound left-hander, Boyd profiles favorably as a mid-rotation starter thanks to a durable frame and his legitimate feel for commanding his four-pitch mix. This was also his first year exclusively working as a starter, so there’s definitely room for development.
Sleeper of the Day: Conner Greene, RHP, Santa Monica HS (Calif.) (7th round, 205 overall)
Although he features a promising three-pitch mix that’s highlighted by an above-average fastball with late sinking action, the 6’3”, 165-pound right-hander is still very raw, with room to improve in all facets of his game.
Washington Nationals: B
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Due to their lack of a first-round pick this year, the Nationals’ draft pool is limited compared to most other teams. As a result, they’ve targeted a mix of high-risk prep hitters and college pitchers.
Pick of the day: Drew Ward, 3B, Leedy HS (Okla.) (3rd round, 105 overall)
A shortstop in high school, Ward’s physically strong, 6’4”, 215-pound frame will force him to move to third base at the next level, which is also a much cleaner fit given the left-hander’s power potential.
Sleeper of the day: Nicholas Pivetta, RHP, New Mexico JC (4th round, 136 overall)
A 6’5”, 215-pound right-hander, Pivetta has served as both a starter and reliever at New Mexico Junior College, though his plus fastball, average curveball and inconsistent command suggest a long-term role in the bullpen.