A Take on the Amateur Draft- Part 2

Posted: June 5, 2013 in by Freddy Berowski

16- Phillies- Colin Moran.  A solid hitter, Moran still needs to develop some power.  He should be a good fit for a Philly team that needs to get younger, and has a solid chance to be a Major Leaguer – while maybe not a superstar – without a lot of minor league seasoning.

17- White Sox- Ian Clarkin. The question here is if the Sox should go into full rebuild mode or stay the course of a slightly above-average team that keeps nipping at the heels of the Tigers, and try to add Major League ready talent.  I would go with the former and take unpolished, but high ceiling, high school lefty Ian Clarkin.

18- Dodgers – Nick Ciuffo.  The conundrum of the draft.  With so many high-priced talents on the big league roster, I can’t see them taking anything but a high schooler unless they decide to cut bait on the big league roster and try to rebuild.  I see them going with premium raw talent at a premium position (catcher) here.

19- Cardinals- Chris Anderson.  One of the best college arms in the draft.  If I’m the Cardinals I stay with what works.

20- Tigers- Austin Wilson. The consensus here is that some work with his swing is needed.  The Stanford  outfielder is athletic with promising potential.

21- Rays- Dominic Smith.  One of the best high school bats in the draft, Smith should be a good investment for the Rays at pick 21.

22- Orioles- Jonathan Crawford. With a strong fastball and slider, The Gators sophomore holds velocity deep into games and if he can figure out his control issues, could be a steal at 22.

23- Rangers- Phillip Ervin.  The Cape Cod League MVP has a bat that should progress through the Rangers system relatively quickly.  A speed and power threat, Ervin could be a starting outfielder for the Rangers in two years, even if his skill set doesn’t play well enough to allow him to remain in center.

24- A’s- Hunter Harvey.  The 18 year old high schooler is the son of former closer Bryan Harvey.  With purely dominant numbers in high school, Hunter has also excelled at multiple national showcase events.  An impact arm, this is the pick I would target for the A’s.

25- Giants- Eric Jagielo.  An offensive-minded third baseman, Jagielo hits for both power and average, though needs to stop chasing bad pitches.  He should provide serviceable but not standout defense at the hot corner.

26- Yankees – Sean Manaea.  This pick could be a steal for the Yankees if he is truly healthy.  The Bombers have the resources most other teams don’t, and with two more first round picks and as close to an unlimited checkbook as you will find in all of Major League Baseball, this should be a no brainer.

27- Cincinnati Reds- Jon Denny. An offensive stud behind the plate, Denny may not have the chops to stick there defensively, but his bat profiles well even if he shifts to a corner outfield position.

28- Cardinals- Tim Anderson.  A very toolsie player, Anderson missed a lot of high school baseball due to injuries and other sports commitments.  Has performed well in Junior College and is a shortstop, although there are questions about his arm at the position long-term.

29- Rays- Cord Sandberg.  A bunch of raw power and great bat speed, Sandberg is a two sport athlete, but has a strong desire to stick to baseball.  Sandberg could profile as a high-impact power bat for the Rays down the road.  A little bit of risk with this pick, but the potential for high reward.

30- Rangers- Cavan Biggio.  The son of future Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree here.  A pure hitter with fringe speed, Biggio is an average defender but should have no problem playing multiple positions.  His dad’s Texas ties are a plus here too.

31- Braves- Hunter Green.  With a fastball topping out at 95 and sitting in the low-to-mid 90s, Green is the kind of pitcher that fits perfectly in the Braves system.  Long term, I see him as a solid big league reliever.

32- Yankees- Rob Kaminsky.  The Yankees should go with the best available arm at this point and that’s Kaminsky.  The local high schooler has solid command with a good fastball and nasty curve, and is a perfect fit for a Yankee system looking to add impact arms.

33- Yankees- Bobby Wahl.  The closer for USA Baseball’s College National team last summer, Wahl can crank it up to 97 on the gun.  He has two other plus pitches – a slider and a change.  For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Yankees are going to be looking to fill that role in the back end of their bullpen and this should pick would help.


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