MLB Draft 2013: Best Picks on Day 2

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MLB Draft 2013: Best Picks on Day 2
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While the majority of the top-end talent was selected in the first two rounds of the 2013 MLB draft, some big-time talent slid to the third round and beyond on Day 2 in Secaucus, N.J.

Unlike most sports, we've seen plenty of stars come out of the later rounds in the MLB draft, whether it be pitchers or position players.

Here's a look at the best bargains on Day 2 of the draft that could prove to be household names in the future.

 

76. New York Mets: Ivan Wilson, OF, Ruston HS (LA)

There are questions about Ivan Wilson's signability—Chris Iseman of MLB.com points out he is committed to Grambling—but if the Mets can ink him to a contract, they may just have themselves a steal.

Wilson is one of the best prep athletes in the class and boasts great raw power, with the ability to hit home runs all over the park. He's also a solid baserunner, displaying impressive instincts while making the most of his speed.

Add in the arm strength necessary to be a threat to runners in the outfield, and you have yourself an impressive prospect.

 

98. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Scottsdale CC (AZ)

First of all, Stephen Tarpley's mound presence, composure and command stand out, especially as a left-hander.

Second, he has three pitches that could be above-average offerings in the pros: a fastball that he can get up to 94 mph and a curveball and slider that show good bite. His success at the major league level will likely depend on whether he can improve his changeup. 

 

146. New York Mets: Jared King, OF, Kansas State 

To say the Mets cleaned up on Day 2 would be an understatement. In addition to nabbing Ivan Wilson, they also landed Kansas State outfielder Jared King (arguably a top-60 prospect) at No. 146 overall in the fifth round.

King doesn't have the greatest arm (practically destined for left field), but his bat does plenty of talking. He has the potential to be an above-average contact hitter and power hitter at the next level with his incredible bat speed.

 

167. Houston Astros: Jacob Nottingham, C, Redlands HS (CA)

I like what I see from Jacob Nottingham. He not only has the potential to be a good catcher with a strong arm, but he also has pop at the plate, which is always intriguing for a catching prospect.

Nottingham's swing can be a bit long, but it shouldn't be a huge problem with some coaching. He's a solid athlete, standing out as a two-sport star at Redlands High School, and with his aggressive demeanor and solid understanding of the game, he could be potential steal late in the draft.

 

168. Chicago Cubs: Scott Frazier, RHP, Pepperdine (CA)

There are legitimate concerns about Scott Frazier's delivery and command, but there's no question he has good stuff.

Frazier already has a plus fastball for the major leagues, even hitting 98 mph at times on the gun. His curveball breaks sharply, with the possibility to be a plus pitch in due time. His changeup will need to improve for him to be a major league starter, though.

But while Frazier is considered a long-term project, grabbing him at No. 168 overall could end up being a steal down the line. He has the stuff to be something special in the pros with some coaching.

 

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