When the Houston Astros drafted Kent Emanuel with the first pick on Day 2 of the MLB draft, you knew it was going to be a good day for major league teams.
Emanuel is unlikely to become to an ace in Houston, but he has more than enough stuff to become a starter on the back end of a rotation.
His stuff's not incredible. His fastball will hit the low 90s and rely on his breaking balls. Emanuel's command and control are both very good. He will be able to work the plate and keep batters guessing.
The Astros have been building one of the best minor league organizations, and they nailed it with Emanuel in the third round.
Here are three other picks that outshone the rest on Day 2. You can follow all of the picks with MLB.com's Draft Tracker.
No. 81, Boston Red Sox: Jon Denney, C
It wouldn't have been a surprise to see Jon Denney come off the board in the first round. Instead, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the third round with the 81st overall pick.
SoxProspects.com's Matt Huegel had a succinct summary of what the biggest issue will be for Boston:
With their third round pick in 2013 @MLBDraft, the Red Sox have selected high school catch Jon Denney. Signability guy.— Matt Huegel (@MattHuegelSP) June 7, 2013
The Providence Journal's Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson tried to predict what it might take for Denney to sign:
Last year, Boston paid Arkansas commit Ty Buttrey more than $1 million over slot. Arkansas commit Jon Denney might get similar treatment.— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) June 7, 2013
He's signed with Arkansas, so there's the very real threat he will go to college. Should Denney sign with Boston, this would be a great pick for Boston.
His offensive game overshadows his defensive skills, which is saying a lot. Denney has a good, compact swing with plenty of power. As a high schooler, he's still a little rough around the edges, but with the right coaching and development, he can become an above-average offensive catcher.
Denney's no slouch behind the plate. He's more than capable of becoming a reliable catcher, so there shouldn't be a worry that he'll need to switch positions. Plus, his arm is very good for this stage in his career.
This could be a major steal for the Red Sox.
No. 161, Oakland A's: Bobby Wahl, RHP
The Oakland A's have stockpiled a ton of talented arms over the past couple of years. They've snapped up guys like Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone and A.J. Griffin through trades and the draft.
Bobby Wahl is the next in that factory line of strong arms.
MLB Draft Insider's Chris Crawford thinks Wahl can quickly move through the A's system if he becomes a reliever:
Bobby Wahl was a guy who was being talked about as a top ten pick coming into the year. Could be a fast track reliever if the A's can sign.— Chris Crawford (@CrawfordChrisV) June 7, 2013
Bullpen Banter's Al Skorupa concurs about the the player's possible future in the bullpen but is a fan of the pick otherwise:
Oakland having a really sneaky good draft. Grabs Wahl here, who I like more than many. Some RP qualities but quality arm.— Al Skorupa (@alskor) June 7, 2013
Wah's fastball can reach the mid 90s, and his curveball is a very good pitch as well. There's no doubting he has the stuff to succeed in the majors.
Control problems might end up derailing his starting possibilities. It's great if a starter can have electric stuff. That doesn't mean anything, though, if he can't keep the ball in the strike zone.
Whether as a starter or a reliever, Wahl can have a lengthy MLB career.
No. 266, New York Mets: Patrick Biondi, CF
The New York Mets have become a bit of a joke recently. Every time they take a step forward, it's two steps back. Drafting Patrick Biondi is definitely taking a step in the right direction.
When you look at players you draft in the ninth round, you're not really expecting a ton out of them. With Biondi, the Mets got themselves a real player.
Although the center fielder won't win any home run crowns, he's a very good average hitter. Biondi led the Cape Cod league in batting (.388) in 2012. He knows how to work each part of the ballpark and do just enough to get on base.
Once he's on base, Biondi is a threat to steal. He nabbed 15 bags in 19 opportunities this season at Michigan.
Biondi's glove should also see him get a job in the major leagues. His speed allows him to get to any ball in the outfield.
This is great value with the 266th pick.