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MLB Draft review: National League
Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
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Another draft is in the books, and while we're only a day removed from the process, it is time to take an early look as to how the teams fared.
As part of a two-part series (American/National League) I'm going to provide a quick synopsis of six National League teams that at first glance look to have done a good job in the 2013 MLB Draft. Frankie Piliere has done the same for the American League teams.
leading right up until the draft itself indicated that the
Diamondbacks may have been leaning toward Fresno State slugger Aaron
Judge after he put on an impressive display of power in front of
Arizona's brass as part of a pre-draft workout. However, when Nevada
righthander Braden Shipley fell in their lap they couldn't resist
taking the emerging fire-baller.
is a converted infielder with an athletic frame and easy, repeatable
delivery. His secondary stuff continues to improve as his fastball
sits in the low- to mid-90s. The D-Backs followed their pick of
Shipley with another power-armed righty from college in Marshall's
Aaron Blair. Blair's overall repertoire is more polished than
Shipley's at this point in time, and he too can dial his fastball up
to the mid-90s, touching a few ticks higher on occasion.
loading up on a pair of power arms the Diamondbacks turned their attention to a
pair of power bats in Justin Williams and Daniel Palka in the third
and fourth rounds. Matt McPhearson, their fifth rounder, has the
best speed of any drat eligible player, and has promise at the plate
outfielder Dane McFarland (12) and college lefthander Steve Hathaway
(14) stand out among the team's picks after the 10th round.
Mets targeted upside with their first four picks, taking a quartet of
high school players. Hard hitting first baseman Dominic Smith,
arguably the most dynamic pure hitter of the 2013 draft class, was
the first of these picks. Smith's affable personality in addition to his
talents could allow him to become an embraced star in New York, and
his polished approach and lefthanded swing could allow him to advance
quickly to the big leagues.
hard throwing righthander Andrew Church, athletic outfielder Ivan
Wilson and ultra-projectable righthander Casey Meisner were the teams
next three picks.
the third round the Mets switched gears and targeted players from the
college level that may not have the upside as their prep
counterparts, but have a proven track record for success. Infielders
L.J. Mazzilli (4) and Matt Oberste (7), outfielders Jared King (5) and
Patrick Biondi (9) and righthander Ricky Knapp (8) all could be
poised to enjoy immediate success in the lower levels of the minor
leagues, and could also be promoted aggressively.
fielding prep shortstop Luis Guillorme (10) has already signed with the
team, and the Mets took some interesting arms in the later rounds
including John Magliozzi (17), Dan Herrmann (20), Daniel Procopio
(22) and Ricky Jacquez (25).
Phillies have placed a high premium on dynamic athletes in recent
years, and continued that preference this year with several of their
All-American shortstop J.P. Crawford was one of the most well-rounded
athletes available in this year's draft, with promise both at the
plate, defensively up the middle of the infield and on the basepaths.
He has just started to recognize his power potential from the
left-side of the plate.
PG All-American outfielder Cord Sandberg was considered a draft
wildcard given his two-sport talents as a promising quarterback
recruit. The Phillies quickly announced that they had signed
Sandberg ending any speculation that he may be headed to college to
pursue both sports.
Jan Hernandez (3), catcher Jake Sweaney (4) and outfielders Jason
Monda (6) and Justin Parr (8) continued to show the team's preference
for high ceiling athletes, while Trey Williams (7) is one of the most
polished hitters from the junior college ranks.
team continued to add some intriguing athletes past the 10th round and it will be interesting to see how aggressively they try to
sign another pair of PG All-Americans in Joey Martarano (13), who also is a two-sport star with a college commitment to play linebacker for Boise State, and Cavan Biggio (29).
Ben Wetzler (5), Denton Keys (11) and righthander Dan Child (18)
stand out among the pitchers they selected.
one of the most impressive collections of arms at the minor league
level, it was no secret that the Pirates were intent on adding a pair
of promising position prospects with their two first round picks.
The first of which was Austin Meadows, selected with their
compensatory pick after they were unable to sign Mark Appel a year
ago. Meadows has five-tool potential with an exciting blend of power
and speed, and he could become a fixture in the Pirates' outfield alongside another former PG All-American, Andrew McCutchen.
Reese McGuire was the second of their two first rounders, one of the
most well-rounded backstops to be drafted in recent years. His
refined defensive prowess will allow him to advance as quickly as his
powerful left-handed swing allows.
Other position prospects taken among their early picks include infielders
JaCoby Jones (3), Trae Arbet (5) and Adam Frazier (6). Jones could
move to the outfield after an impressive career at LSU, Arbet has
exciting upside as an offensive-minded second baseman, while Frazier
is one of the most polished defenders to come out of this year's
Cody Dickson (4) and righthanders Buddy Borden (7) and Shane Carle
(10) give the Pirates a trio of power arms from the college level to
supplement their already deep pitching talent.
will be interesting to see if the Pirates are able to sign either
prep outfielder Nick Buckner (14) and/or prep righthander Billy Roth
(16), and if they do it will strengthen an already strong draft
loading up on arms a year ago, with arguably the most impressive
collection of pitchers in the lower levels of the minor leagues, the
Padres turned their attention to bats this year.
first of which came in the form of Mississippi State outfielder
Hunter Renfroe, whose production at the plate this year reflected his
loud tools. For as good of a hitter as Renfroe is, with exciting
power potential, his right arm is his best pure tool, making
him a perfect fit for right field with the requisite power/power
positional players Dustin Peterson (2), Jordan Paroubeck (2s), Mason
Smith (4) and Josh VanMeter (5) all offer a variety of tools between
Peterson's power, VanMeter's versatility and the natural athleticism
of Paroubeck and Smith.
sixth round pick, Kentucky closer Trevor Gott, could ascend quickly
toward San Diego to give them yet another bullpen arm to contend with.
And while none of Connor Jones (21), Chris Okey (31) and Garrett
Williams (33) are considered signable given the rounds they were
drafted, if the Padres find a way to sign any of the three it
would be considered a major coup.
after the Cardinals selected prep lefthander Rob Kaminsky in the
supplemental first round, the prevailing sentiment among the Perfect
Game staff was that it was a pick that epitomized an organization
that consistently makes sounds decisions in all aspects of their
selection (compensation for free agent Kyle Lohse) came after their true first rounder, another lefthander in
the form of Marco Gonzales, who also doubled as a first baseman in
three years playing for Gonzaga. Gonzales and Kaminsky are both
among the most polished at the college and high school levels, and
could be among the first of their class to reach the big leagues.
Gonzales will do so on the strength of his pitchability and changeup,
while Kaminsky will do so with his impressive command of his fastball
and hammer curve.
fielding shortstop Oscar Mercado was the team's pick in the second
round, and the Cardinals added another PG All-American infielder in
Chris Rivera in the seventh. Canadian infielder Malik Collymore (10)
gives the team a third prep infielder with exciting potential.
first baseman Mason Katz and Missouri State righthander Nick Petree
have been among the most productive players at the college level the
past three years, while another prep lefthander, Ian McKinney, also
has the polish to move toward the big leagues quickly.
righthander Steven Farinaro (11) and junior college righty Blake
Higgins (16) are among the most notable prospects among the team's
picks after the 10th round.
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