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One day after Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler gave Mets fans a glimpse of their future, the team plans to cement another brick of that plan in place. First-round Draft pick Dominic Smith will officially sign with the Mets on Wednesday, the first baseman confirmed via his Twitter account late Tuesday night.
After passing a physical, Rob Kaminsky, an 18-year-old left-handed pitcher out of St. Joseph Regional (N.J.) High School, signed his contract Tuesday at Busch Stadium. He will begin his Minor League career in Jupiter, Fla., with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, who begin their season Saturday.
It doesn't seem fair that someone as good as Colin Moran could also be lucky. But on Tuesday afternoon in an elimination game at the College World Series, Moran was blessed with good fortune to go along with his prodigious skill at the plate.
As Matt Harvey completed his final work assignment of the day, debriefing around two dozen media members -- a larger-than-normal contingent -- following his afternoon start, Zack Wheeler sat quietly five locker stalls away. If the crush of clubhouse visitors bothered him, he did not show it, leaning back in his chair and thumbing through a cell phone.
The Brewers formally announced on Monday's off-day that they had signed their top five selections in the First-Year Player Draft, then announced 17 more deals on Tuesday, all of which had already been reported elsewhere.
Right-hander Braden Shipley, the D-backs' No. 1 pick in this month's First-Year Player Draft officially signed on Tuesday and will fly out to Hillsboro, Ore., to join the Class A Hops on Wednesday to begin his professional career.
The Tigers selected Vanderbilt center fielder Connor Harrell in the 31st round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, but couldn't get him to sign on the dotted line. However, they finally got their target when Harrell agreed to terms with the team on Tuesday after being picked in the seventh round of this year's Draft.
Like a wise veteran, Mets starter Zack Wheeler cleaned up his own mess on multiple occasions to turn in six shutout innings in his Major League debut, but it was batterymate Anthony Recker who helped spark the rest of the New York offense in securing the top pitching prospect's first big league win, a 6-1 victory over the Braves to complete a doubleheader sweep Tuesday.
Former Padres first-round Draft pick Donavan Tate, who in 2009 agreed to the largest signing bonus in franchise history, is ready to resume his professional career.
The Phillies reached a deal with first-round Draft pick J.P. Crawford on Tuesday. Crawford, a high school shortstop, was the 16th overall pick in this year's First-Year Player Draft.
Wil Myers went 0-for-4 in his big league debut as the Rays lost, 5-1, to the Red Sox in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Fenway Park on Tuesday.
Wil Myers was aggressive and confident at the plate during his first day in the Major Leagues on Tuesday, but he finished with just one hit in seven at-bats.
It was a nondescript, not to mention damp, Major League debut for Wil Myers, the No. 1 prospect of the Tampa Bay Rays. But MLB.com's No. 4 overall prospect did record his first hit and learn a good deal in the process.
If 2012 is to be remembered as the year Mike Trout and Bryce Harper were first unleashed upon the Major League Baseball world, then 2013 is shaping up to be remembered as the season Matt Harvey and Shelby Miller established themselves as aces in the making, the type of top-end starting talent teams dream of developing.
Tuesday can be a new beginning for the Mets as No. 2 prospect Zack Wheeler makes his big league debut when the Mets faces the Braves in Atlanta.
Justin Marks pitched well in Triple-A Omaha's 2-0 loss to Iowa on Monday, allowing three hits over six innings. Johnny Giavotella was 1-for-3 with a walk for the Storm Chasers.
Tyler Smith seems like a coach's dream, the kind of player every team wants to have.
Monday marked Giants second-round Draft pick Ryder Jones' first trip to AT&T Park, but it was by no means his first exposure to the organization.
Wil Myers sounded eager to get his Major League career started as he talked to reporters on a conference call Monday night.
Oscar Mercado met many who he hoped would one day be his teammates as the second-round Draft pick was at Busch Stadium on Monday to officially become a member of the Cardinals organization.
Fourth-round Draft choice Ryan Horstman and 11th-rounder Zack Littell both signed contracts with the Mariners on Monday as the club now has inked 10 of its top 12 picks.
Matt Harvey did this, you know. The crush of expectations, the weight of a franchise -- Harvey endured it all a year ago and succeeded brilliantly in the face of it. Eleven months later, it is top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler's turn to debut for the Mets on Tuesday against the Braves, in the nightcap of a doubleheader in which Harvey won the matinee.
Astros second-round pick Andrew Thurman isn't a Major Leaguer yet, but his experience in Minute Maid Park during Monday's pregame mirrored the routine of one. After all, Thurman, the No. 40 overall pick, has a pro contract now, inking a deal with Houston on Monday.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday the club is "fully engaged" in contract talks with No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel, the right-handed pitcher from Stanford, and hopes to be able to complete a deal this week.
Alex Wood appeared calm on the eve of his first Major League start, which will be in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets. With the benefit of six relief appearances in the Majors already under his belt, Wood has been able to adjust to the bright lights at a comfortable pace.
The Tigers added to their Draft signings by agreeing to terms with Corey Knebel, the 39th overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft two weeks ago.
Lefty Tony Cingrani was called up from Triple-A Louisville to start vs. the Cubs on Tuesday in place of injured ace Johnny Cueto. When Cueto successfully returned to face the Brewers in Sunday's 5-1 victory, Cingrani was kept around to back up, just in case.
This month has already seen Yasiel Puig's dazzling debut with the Dodgers, Anthony Rendon's return to D.C., Gerrit Cole's promotion in Pittsburgh and Mike Zunino's assumption of Seattle's catching duties. On Tuesday, two particularly prominent promotions will be added: Wil Myers will bring his right-handed power bat to the Rays' lineup, and Zack Wheeler will toe the rubber for the Mets.
Injuries forced right-handers Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna and left-hander Daniel Norris, the Blue Jays' top three prospects, onto the disabled list in the Minor Leagues in the past six weeks. Slowly, but surely, all three are beginning to return to action.
With their top pick, Jake Johansen, locked up to a contract less than 24 hours after the First-Year Player Draft, the Nationals continued in that direction on Monday, when they announced that 22 picks have been signed.
Moments before Ian Clarkin was chosen in the First-Year Player Draft, a video showed the southpaw confessing his dislike for the Yankees. But that didn't dissuade the Bombers from taking him with the 33rd overall pick, and it hasn't stopped the 18-year-old southpaw from closing in on signing with New York.
It usually takes a good amount of time to evaluate a trade. Any trade. When prospects are involved, patience and time are requirements for an accurate and fair trade evaluation.
The Rays announced on Sunday that they will call up outfielder Wil Myers, their No. 1 prospect, from Triple-A Durham in advance of Tuesday's doubleheader at Fenway Park. To make room on the active roster, second baseman Ryan Roberts was optioned to Triple-A Durham.
Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon said he's getting more comfortable at second base and is learning the nuances of the position from hitting coach Rick Eckstein, one of two infield coaches on the team.
A pair of the Orioles' top prospects are making strides in their recovery processes. Dylan Bundy (right flexor mass tightness) will make the next step in his throwing progression Monday. Top position player prospect Jonathan Schoop (lower back stress fracture) took the next step in his recovery. He's jogging in a pool and throwing.
The Brewers finalized a $1.35 million contract Sunday with right-hander Devin Williams, their top pick (second round, 54th overall) in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Pedro Alvarez launched a three-run homer off Zack Greinke to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth and give the Pirates a 6-3 win behind rookie starter Gerrit Cole, who won his second decision in as many starts on Sunday.
Double-A Northwest Arkansas split a pair of seven-inning games at home against Springfield, with Matt Fields hitting his 16th home run in Game 2.
Right-hander Adys Portillo, the Padres' No. 5 prospect, began a Minor League rehab assignment Saturday in Fort Wayne. He pitched 2 2/3 innings in the second game of Fort Wayne's doubleheader against West Michigan.
Outfielder Caleb Gindl arrived from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday and became the sixth Milwaukee Brewer to make his Major League debut in a season yet to hit its halfway point.
Second baseman Ian Kinsler told the Rangers that he was ready, so the team activated him off the disabled list on Saturday. The Rangers also kept infielder Jurickson Profar on the Major League roster and optioned Leury Garcia to Triple-A Round Rock.
The Astros have reached an agreement with No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel, according to a CBSSports.com report.
Four more selections in last week's First-Year Player Draft have agreed to terms with the Royals, including seventh-round pick Kyle Bartsch, left-handed pitcher from the University of South Florida; and 10th-round pick Alex Newman, outfielder from Cypress College.
While the Cubs might be looking to call up an outfielder in the near future, they might not be calling Brett Jackson's name just yet.
The Padres have signed shortstop Dustin Peterson, the team's second-round Draft pick and highest-drafted player to reach a deal. Peterson, who was the 50th overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft from Arizona's Gilbert High, had committed to play for Arizona State.
University of San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft by the Cubs, was presented with the Dick Howser Trophy on Saturday.
Triple-A Omaha waited through a rain delay and scored four times in the first, only to see the game suspended in the sixth due to rain.
The Angels announced Friday that they have agreed to terms with 34 of their selections in the First-Year Player Draft, leaving first pick Hunter Green among only five draftees yet to strike a deal.
Clint Frazier walked up a short incline, turned a corner, passed through the doors to the Indians' clubhouse and stared at the sight before him. There stood a gathering of Indians players, sporting bright red wigs reminiscent of the mop sported by Frazier, the organization's first-round Draft pick who signed with the club Saturday.
Citing a desire to "put him where he's most comfortable," Mets manager Terry Collins has officially decided to start top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Braves, rather than Game 1. Admitting that Wheeler is going to face significant pressure regardless of when he pitches, Collins said he simply wanted to keep Wheeler on his regular night-game routine.
The Mets announced Friday that they have signed 11 of their picks from the First-Year Player Draft, including sixth-round selection Champ Stuart, a center fielder out of Brevard (N.C.) College.
St. Louis came to terms with pitcher Michael Mayers (3rd round, University of Mississippi), outfielder James Bosco (13th round, Menlo College), pitcher Michael Brookshire (20th round, Belmont University), catcher Alex DeLeon (23rd round, University of Kansas) and pitcher Kyle Webb (32nd round, Elon University).
Four more of the Royals' First-Year Player Draft picks have signed contracts, among them were third-round choice Carter Hope, a right-handed pitcher from The Woodlands, Texas and fourth-round pick Zane Evans, a catcher from Georgia Tech.
Much like the College World Series itself, this year's field of eight CWS teams mixes venerable legacies with younger, emerging traditions. The CWS begins Saturday with Mississippi State vs. Oregon State at 3 p.m. ET.
With veteran A.J. Burnett sidelined by a Grade 1 tear in his right calf, fellow righty Brandon Cumpton will make his Major League debut for the Pirates on Saturday in a start vs. the Dodgers.
Side by side, Tyler Lyons and Michael Wacha threw their in-between-starts bullpen sessions at Citi Field on Thursday. One day later, the Cardinals decided to option Wacha to Triple-A Memphis in order to clear a roster spot for right-hander Jake Westbrook, whom they activated off the 15-day disabled list ahead of his start on Friday night at Miami.
A's first-round Draft pick Billy McKinney, officially in the fold as of Friday, was on hand to take batting practice and meet the media. By Saturday, he'll be in Arizona to begin his professional career with the Arizona Rookie League club.
Royals Minor League report: June 13
Right-handed pitcher Andrew Thurman, taken by the Astros with the first pick of the second round in last week's First-Year Player Draft out of UC-Irvine, told MLB.com on Friday he had agreed to a contract with the Astros and was set to sign early next week.
The Tigers on Friday came to terms with No. 1 pick Jonathan Crawford, a right-hander from the University of Florida who was chosen No. 20 overall.
Class A Potomac left-hander Sammy Solis is currently dealing with "general shoulder soreness," according to a baseball source. The soreness does not appear to be significant though, according to the source.
Mets pitching prospect Rafael Montero has been promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets announced on Friday.
Nick Franklin made an impression on MLB.com columnist and professional scout Bernie Pleskoff during the 2012 Arizona Fall League, and the Mariners' prospect turned starting second baseman has continued his rise all the way to Seattle.
The Orioles optioned rookie Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk after Thursday's game. A corresponding roster move will be made Friday.
The Red Sox on Thursday promoted their top prospect, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, from Double-A Portland to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The Astros signed their highest Draft pick to date when they agreed to terms on Thursday with Vanderbilt University first baseman/outfielder Conrad Gregor, a source confirmed for MLB.com.
Kyle Zimmer earned his first win in advanced Class A as Wilmington defeated Salem, 9-5, on Wednesday.
In his first big league game, Mariners catcher Mike Zunino had a hit, threw out a runner attempting to steal and called a good game.
First-round Draft pick DJ Peterson, a third baseman out of New Mexico, took batting practice with the Mariners on Wednesday after agreeing to a contract as the 12th overall pick.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle confirmed the obvious Wednesday afternoon, that Gerrit Cole will remain in his regular rotation and face the Dodgers on Sunday, in the finale of this six-game homestand.
Many analysts believe Rockies No. 1 Draft pick Jonathan Gray, a right-hander from the University of Oklahoma, could be on the fast track to the Majors. How fast isn't known, but Gray clearly wants to start on that road.
The Rays have agreed to terms with switch-hitting shortstop Riley Unroe, their second-round selection in last week's First-Year Player Draft, and signed five more of their picks.
Chances are good that Padres Draft pick Bryan Verbitsky will never forget his 21st birthday. "I got to spend my birthday signing my first professional contract," Verbitsky said by phone late Tuesday from Arizona.
The Yankees have signed first-round Draft choice Eric Jagielo, a left-handed-hitting third baseman from Notre Dame. The 26th overall selection in last week's First-Year Player Draft, Jagielo will receive slot value with a signing bonus of a little more than $1,839,400.
The Dodgers have quickly agreed to terms with their top two picks from last week's First-year Player Draft, first-rounder Chris Anderson and second-rounder Tom Windle, according to baseball sources.
Old Dominion outfielder Ben Verlander, Detroit's 14th-round selection, has agreed to terms with the club. The younger brother of Justin Verlander made the announcement via Twitter on Wednesday.
The White Sox have agreed to terms with Tim Anderson, their top pick from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
The Royals signed four more Draft picks on Tuesday -- seventh-round pick Kyle Bartsch; 10th-round pick Alex Newman; 11th-rounder Xavier Fernandez and 27th-rounder Chris Flecha. With the latest additions, the club has signed 22 of their 41 selections.
There's no question rookie left-hander Tony Cingrani has impressed in the time he's spent with the big league club this year. The Reds would love to hold on to him, but they simply don't have a place in the rotation. For now, they have him at their disposal strictly as a sixth starter.
The Pirates' 2011 No. 1 overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft, Gerrit Cole, made his debut for the parent club on Tuesday. He faced the World Series champion San Francisco Giants and held them in check for 6 1/3 very efficient and economical innings.
The Cardinals have reached agreements with each of their top three Draft picks -- left-handers Marco Gonzales and Rob Kaminsky and shortstop Oscar Mercado -- MLB.com has learned.
Royals Minor League report: June 11
Houston will be well represented in the Texas League All-Star game, with six players on Double-A Corpus Christi selected to participate. Catcher Rene Garcia and outfielder George Springer will start for the South Division, with outfielder Domingo Santana in reserve. Pitchers Jake Buchanan, David Martinez, and Mike Foltynewicz are also on the team.
The Oakland Athletics have come to terms with first-round pick Billy McKinney, an outfielder from Plano West High School in Texas, along with 25 other selections from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Once the Draft ends and the players who want to sign eventually do, Reds director of player development Jeff Graupe, along with his staff and scouts, is in charge of guiding and evaluating the club's Minor League talent. And according to Graupe, there's plenty of talent to work with in the Cincinnati organization.
A day after signing No. 1 pick Hunter Dozier, the Royals announced Tuesday they have agreed to terms with second-round pick Cody Reed, a left-handed pitcher from Northwest Mississippi Community College.
The Marlins' focus on developing youth has created room for advancement at all levels, and already some aspiring talent has filtered up to the big leagues.
The Dodgers added to their farm system with 40 selections last week in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, but many of the club's top prospects are already making an impact in the Major Leagues.
Theo Epstein was impressed with what he saw from top prospect Javier Baez during his four-homer night on Monday, and the front office has high expectations of the young shortstop.
Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia was officially recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, and started in left field and batted sixth against the Phillies. Arcia, 22, was recalled after rookie center fielder Aaron Hicks was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring on Monday.
Nick Petree, a ninth-round Draft pick out of Missouri State University, was among seven players taken in last week's First-Year Player Draft to sign with the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Six members of the Cardinals' Double-A Springfield roster have been named to the Texas League All-Star Game, which will be played in Springdale, Ark., on June 25.
The Angels' farm system was not highly regarded entering the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, but director of scouting Ric Wilson views the rebuilding process as a test.
North Carolina punched its ticket to Omaha on Tuesday, claiming the last available spot for the College World Series.
With Gerrit Cole set to make his Major League debut for the Pirates on Tuesday night, Pittsburgh selected his contract from Triple-A Indianapolis and cleared a spot on the active roster by placing Wandy Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list.
Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik acknowledged the time frame has been accelerated by circumstances, but the club is eager to see what 2012 first-round Draft choice Mike Zunino can contribute after calling the 22-year-old catcher up from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday.
The Astros signed four of their picks from this weekend's First-Year Player Draft, including seventh-round selection James Ramsay.
Following the blueprint previous general managers Bobby Cox and John Schuerholz used while winning a record 14 consecutive division titles, the Braves have continued to place an emphasis on scouting and development.
The Royals' system is built on patience, and the prospect with the most attention is 21-year-old outfielder Bubba Starling, who was selected with the fifth overall pick two years ago.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said he doesn't know where the team's farm system ranks among the other organizations in the league, but he thinks it's serving its purpose just fine.
The amateur summer scene is already upon us -- the elite wood-bat, college-level Cape Cod League opens on Wednesday -- as scouts ramp up for a busy few months of summer leagues, showcases and All-America games.
If first-round draftee Clint Frazier wants to further impress the folks in Cleveland, he'd do well to follow the example of Francisco Lindor, a fellow position player out of the high school ranks.
Now fully immersed into their professional careers in the Minors, Stryker Trahan and Archie Bradley are showing why they could be a future battery pairing in Arizona someday.
Javier Baez had a historic night on Monday, hitting four homers for Class A Daytona.
Trey Ball, Teddy Stankiewicz and Jon Denney will be among the newest Red Sox prospects, once they complete the signing process. They will only add to a farm system that is already reaping the benefits of recent Drafts and international signings.
Left-hander Tyler Skaggs was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Monday, one day after allowing five runs in five innings to the Giants.
Right-hander Phil Bickford seemed optimistic about the possibility of signing with the Blue Jays but declined to get into specifics when speaking with reporters Monday evening.
Right-hander Roberto Osuna, the Blue Jay's No. 2 prospect, returned to the mound Sunday with Class A Lansing. He threw five shutout innings in his first start after more than a month on the disabled list.
When Zack Wheeler takes the mound on Thursday for Triple-A Las Vegas, he will almost certainly be making his final Minor League start. General manager Sandy Alderson has all but confirmed June 18 as the date of Wheeler's big league debut, saying on Monday on WFAN radio that "unlike most speculation, this probably has some accuracy."
Kacy Clemens won't be following in his father's footsteps -- not to the Astros right now, at least. The son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, who had a three-year stint with Houston toward the end of his career, announced Sunday he intends to honor his commitment to the University of Texas, rather than sign with the Astros.
The nerves Braves reliever Alex Wood felt as he made his first career road appearance at Dodger Stadium on Thursday night were not simply a product of pitching in front of more than 40,000 fans for the first time. His anxiety was fueled by the fact he was wearing glasses while pitching for the first time.
Despite struggles at the big league level, the Cubs have no intention of rushing their top prospects to the Majors.
According to Baseball America's Jim Callis, the Brewers have agreed to terms with third-round Draft pick Barrett Astin.
On Tuesday, exactly two years after being selected first overall in the First-Year Player Draft, Gerrit Cole will get his first sniff of a Major League game.
The Reds wasted little time in signing first-round Draft pick Phillip Ervin.
Hunter Dozier, the Royals' first-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft, had always dreamed of playing in the big leagues. Now, he's a few steps closer after being selected eighth overall last Thursday and signing with the club on Monday afternoon for $2.2 million.
Though far from complete at all positions, the Astros' Minor League system is miles from where it was over a year ago, when general manager Jeff Luhnow took over. Two Drafts later, and with a slew of trade acquisitions developing well, the system is now among the best in baseball.
The coming week in Major League Baseball could be all about arrival -- just as last week when Yasiel Puig took the Majors by storm. Highly touted prospects Gerrit Cole, Zack Wheeler and Wil Myers are all awaiting their big league debuts.
For a franchise that has two huge stars no older than 28, it's fitting that the Rockies' top prospect is just a year removed from high school baseball. If all goes as planned, outfielder David Dahl will eventually join Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez in the heart of Colorado's lineup.
The Giants' shrewd strategy of making pitching the backbone of the organization was the foundation of recent success, and all it took was some tinkering with the offense to put together championship-caliber together. It's an outline that continues to hold true in San Francisco.
The Rangers have seen recent success from the Draft from players like Robbie Ross, Nick Tepesch, Justin Grimm and Tanner Scheppers. They hope more drafted players are on their way in their farm system.
Oakland welcomed 42 players to the organization over the three-day Draft, including 23 pitchers, and they hope the newest crop will fill the void left by players making the final step to the Major Leagues.
The Twins placed Aaron Hicks on the disabled list Monday with a strained left hamstring and recalled Oswaldo Arcia from Triple-A Rochester.
Top prospect Gerrit Cole isn't the only player the Pirates have to look forward to. Since general manager Neal Huntington arrived in Pittsburgh in 2007, the farm system has gone from 26th to seventh in baseball.
When told that MLB.com wanted to get a rundown of the Minor Leaguers who have a chance to be in the big leagues real soon, Doug Harris, the Nationals' director of player development, joked, "They are already here."
In what seems like a never-ending stream of talent, the Cardinals' farm system is ranked No. 1 by Baseball Prospectus.
With one of the strongest farm systems in Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins have no shortage of talent brewing in their system.
The Mets added dozens of new names to the system during last week's First-Year Player Draft, taking high school first baseman Dominic Smith with their top pick and adding talented youngsters from there. But they are not about to forget their recent Draft classes, some of which are only now just beginning to shine.
Over the next few months, many of the Yankees' 2013 Draft choices will assimilate into the lower levels of the club's farm system, beginning their respective journeys in the hopes that a path of long bus rides and fast food can eventually lead to Yankee Stadium.
The future, slowly but surely, is continuing to look bright for the Cubs. And while the wait might be prolonged, the Cubs front office is pleased with the work done through the First-Year Player Draft and international scouting since the regime headed by president of baseball operations Theo Epstein took over in October 2011.
Tampa Bay has drafted and developed well in recent years, so the future looks bright when examining some of the players coming up through the organization's pipeline.
The First-Year Player Draft ended Saturday, but for many of those selected over the three-day event, the journey to The Show is only beginning.
While the Mariners' big league bats may be struggling, help is on the way. The 2013 Draft saw Seattle continue to stockpile big-name offensive talent, adding corner infielder DJ Peterson out of New Mexico and Stanford's Austin Wilson. In total, the Mariners took 40 players, adding to a farm system that has seen a rapid rise in talent since general manager Jack Zduriencik and amateur scouting director Tom McNamara took over.
Touted third-base and outfield prospect Nick Castellanos headlines a Tigers Minor League system looking to rebuild pitching depth from the bottom.
With potential stars like Manny Machado already making an impact at the Major League level, the Orioles are now making an effort to restock their strong Minor League system with depth at all levels.
This year, the Phillies had the 16th pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft and assistant general manager Marti Wolever and company went offensive at the top, using their first five picks on position players.
The Brewers already liked the pitching prospects that were climbing up the ladder of their farm system. This week's First-Year Player Draft only solidified the position at every Minor League level, pending signings.
Top Twins prospects Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario were both promoted to Double-A New Britain from Class A Advanced Fort Myers on Sunday.
The Padres' Minor League system is stockpiled with young arms, some who are already contributing at the Major League level and others who could be future stars .
Sure, it was only a slow chopper down the third-base line. But after Jeff Kobernus beat out Eduardo Escobar's throw to first, that slow chopper became the first hit in the Nationals utility man's Major League career.
After a short outing from starter Nathan Karns, the bullpen came through with six shutout innings in a 5-4 Nationals victory to claim the nightcap of their doubleheader on Sunday. Ian Desmond's RBI double gave the Nats the lead.
Nolan Arenado expressed pride in his younger brother, Jonah, who was selected by the Giants in the 16th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft out of El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif.
The Royals didn't go into the draft looking for anyone in particular, so naturally they came out of it with a lot of variety.
Bullpen coach Willie Blair was busy finishing up batting practice before Saturday's game against the Rockies, so he missed a text message from the Padres telling him that the organization was about to select his son, Taylor, with its 35th-round Draft pick.
The A's acquired Minor League third baseman Vinnie Catricala from the Mariners on Sunday in exchange for a player to be named or cash.
Considering how well the A's have done during a stretch without an off-day, perhaps they shouldn't take one, as scheduled, come Monday.
Tyler Thornburg was optioned back to the Minors on Saturday to create roster space for closer Jim Henderson's return from the DL.
Chris Young, out of Saturday's lineup because of a stomach illness, was back in the mix for the A's in Sunday's series finale in Chicago.
The Brewers reportedly had an agreement in place Sunday with the second of their two Day 1 selections in the First-Year Player Draft, Florida prep infielder Tucker Neuhaus, and were bringing top pick Devin Williams to Milwaukee for a physical exam.
Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson has a slight strain in his left oblique, an MRI exam taken Friday revealed. Johnson, who was placed on the disabled list Thursday, is rehabbing at the team's spring facility in Sarasota, Fla.
Pitcher Kyle Smith of the Royals' Class A Wilmington (Del.) club was named to the Carolina League's All-Star team. Smith was a fourth-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
The D-backs boast plenty of talented arms in their pipeline, but as they have seen firsthand this season with injuries to veterans Brandon McCarthy, Daniel Hudson and Ian Kennedy, teams can never have enough starting pitching.
The Draft also brought the spotlight to several smaller colleges that might be unknown to even the most ardent baseball fans, as five players were selected from each Lee University and Western Oklahoma State.
Like the 29 other organizations across Major League Baseball, the Orioles got better this week. How much better remains to be seen, but the Orioles added as many as 41 new players to the system via the three-day First-Year Player Draft.
The picks are in. Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft reached completion on Saturday, and more than 1,200 players were chosen. The draft's final day saw 30 rounds of players come off the board to begin their respective journeys.
With the farm system not lacking in pitching prospects, the Giants selected position players with three of their first four picks in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, including first-rounder Christian Arroyo.
Of the 40 players Boston selected over the three days of the First-Year Player Draft, 18 were pitchers (five lefties, 13 right-handers), 10 were infielders, seven were outfielders and five were catchers.
The Rangers took shortstop Sheldon Neuse in the 38th round out of Fossil Ridge High in Fort Worth, Texas. He played on Team USA's 16-and-under National Team in 2010. He's committed to the University of Oklahoma.
Beginning with the selection of Clint Frazier on Thursday, through each of the draftees nabbed on Saturday, Cleveland put together a Draft performance it's proud of.
Over the course of rounds 11-40, there are, invariably, prospects who were rated highly heading into the Draft who get taken. A reason for this is signability, since teams don't want to take a chance on some of these players early in the Draft.
The motto for the Blue Jays was to take pitching early and often in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Of their first 12 picks, 11 of them were pitchers, highlighted by first-round selection Phillip Bickford.
The Rays started off the Draft on the right foot Thursday night, selecting a catcher they had their eyes on and a pitcher they did not expect to fall their way late in the first round. Three days later, they believe they managed to keep up that pace.
Detroit went after advanced pitching in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, ultimately taking 25 hurlers. The team's first seven picks were all collegiate pitchers, and the plan is to let nearly all of them begin as starters, even if they are still developing pitches.
The road to the College World Series continued with eight matchups around the country, and the afternoon included several games that featured tight outcomes and several players now drafted by Major League clubs.
One year after claiming the American League West crown, the Athletics looked to solidify their franchise through the 2013 First-year Player Draft.
The Mariners cast a wide net to find the 40 players they selected in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. They drafted players who hail from 15 different states, as well as a pair of Canadians. Seattle also put a notable emphasis on pitching, selecting 13 hurlers between the fourth and 27th rounds, as well as focusing on versatile players who could grow into multiple different positions.
Brody Weiss has already played on the Coors Field diamond twice, taking part in the Rockies Futures game each of the past two years. But his next appearance in Denver might be a bit different, as the Rockies, the club his father manages, drafted him in the 22nd round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Shaun Anderson, a prep pitcher out of American Heritage High School in Coral Gables, Fla., realized a great personal ambition Saturday when he was chosen as the final player in the First-Year Player Draft.
The Padres have a battery of solid top pitching prospects, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that San Diego used five of its first six picks on position players in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. With their first selection, they chose outfielder Hunter Renfroe.
David and Ryan Ledbetter couldn't have asked for a better situation in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. The twin brothers and right-handed pitchers both got drafted by the Rangers this weekend.
The three-day 2013 First-Year Player Draft wrapped up Saturday, but also marked the beginning of the careers of a whole new generation of players with family ties and last names that every baseball fan has come to know.
The Mets found power and speed, proven studs and projectable prospects. Through 40 rounds of the First-Year Player Draft, the club added a versatile mix to its farm system.
It's been quite a time for Torii Hunter Jr. Last week he graduated from Prosper (Texas) High School. On Friday he celebrated his 18th birthday. And on Saturday the Tigers made him their 36th-round selection (1,086th overall) of the First-Year Player Draft.
The Rockies focused on finding a group of talented young pitchers, selecting 25 starters and relievers in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. The crown jewel of the class is starter Jonathan Gray, who Colorado nabbed with the third overall pick.
Brian Cashman knows the First-Year Player Draft is the lifeblood of any Major League team. No matter how much money a team spends in free agency, the key to sustained success on the field is a deep and talented farm system.
With the Yankees working to nail down Andy Pettitte's 250th victory out on the field, Josh Pettitte's cell phone buzzed with news from Tampa, Fla., where director of amateur scouting Damon Oppenheimer was calling to report the Yankees had just selected him in the 37th round of the First-Year Player Draft. But the 18-year-old Josh is planning on attending Baylor.
Baseball prospects go through a long development process, and by the time most reach the Majors, the makeup of the team that drafted them is dramatically different. So Pirates general manager Neal Huntington wasn't trying to plug any organizational holes through the Draft the past few days.
The Angels' specific need was to bolster their organizational pitching depth, as seven of the organization's top 10 prospects are position players. And that's what the team did as it tied a club record -- originally set in 1999 -- selecting a pitcher with each of its first seven selections in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Through only the first 10 rounds, the Cubs felt they got the Draft's best hitter (No. 2 overall pick Kris Bryant), a position player they couldn't pass up (third-round pick Jacob Hannemann) and a bevy of experienced arms that can infuse the organization's well-noted lack of pitching depth.
Saturday was a good day for Brewers coach John Shelby as his son, JaVon, was selected in the First-Year Player Draft.
White Sox second-round pick Tyler Danish is the perfect example of how comfortable the team's front office and scouting department have gotten with each other.
Chase Darhower had a tumultuous collegiate career. He started at the University of Central Florida as a shortstop, but played only seven games. After five games with Northwest Florida State College as a pitcher, he almost left the sport all together.
As Jason Heyward was preparing for Saturday night's game at Dodger Stadium, he learned the Braves drafted his younger brother, Jacob Heyward, in the 38th round. A proud moment for big brother, who said Jacob has already decided to forgo the pros for the University of Miami.
The Twins have noted time and again, when it comes to the Draft, they will take the best available player. Luckily for them, who best available with the No. 4 overall pick was right-hander Kohl Stewart out of St. Pius High School in Houston. Before the Draft wrapped, the Twins selected 24 pitchers -- seven lefties and 17 righties.
The Nationals have regularly stocked their farm system with flame-throwing pitchers and middle-of-the-order sluggers, and they stuck with that philosophy in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
What the Astros front office wanted was "polish." So, Houston mostly went with tested talent over intriguing youth, selecting five college players with the franchise's first five picks, including three pitchers at the top, in the First-Year Player Draft.
Highlighted by shortstop J.P. Crawford, who went in the first round, the Phillies used their first five selections on offensive players in the First-Year Player Draft.
Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid is pleased with Milwaukee's 2013 Draft class, especially the group of pitchers the team snagged early and often.
The Marlins began the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Thursday with good fortune as UNC third baseman Colin Moran fell to them at the No. 6 spot.
The Rays picked two-sport star Coty Blanchard out of Jacksonville State with their 15th-round selection (No. 458 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft.
After selecting five right-handed pitchers over the first two days of the First-Year Player Draft, the Rays reeled in a southpaw with their 13th-round selection Saturday, picking lefty starter Benjamin Griset out of St. Mary's College.
The Padres selected Rod Boykin in the 12th round (358th overall) of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. A center fielder from Edgewood Academy High School, Boykin hit .538 with 56 stolen bases.
The Padres selected pitcher Travis Remillard in the 13th round (388th overall) of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, making him the first junior college player the Friars selected in the Draft.
This year's Draft is thought to have a deep group of catchers, and Ryan Miller was one of them who stood out in the later rounds. The Padres selected Miller in the 14th round (418th overall) .
The Padres used back-to-back picks on catchers when they selected Tyler Dial in the 15th round (448th overall) of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
The Rays used their 12th-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday to select their second shortstop, Wake Forest's Pat Blair.
Jonathan Dziedzic was drafted by the Red Sox in the 39th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, but he opted to return to Lamar and that move turned out to be the right one. The 22-year-old was drafted in the 13th round (384th overall) by the Royals on Saturday.
With the 834th overall pick in the 28th round of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday, the Royals decided to reunite a father and son by selecting Kevin Kuntz, son of first-base coach Rusty Kuntz.
Edwin Diaz's father, also named Edwin, was a second-round pick in 1993, but the 6-foot-2, 180-pound high schooler from Puerto Rico didn't go as high as his dad did. The A's selected Diaz with their 15th-round pick of the Draft on Saturday.
Jaime Schultz, the Rays' 14th-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft, has been used as a reliever at High Point, with a fringe-plus fastball in short innings.
Justin Higley finished the 2013 season with a .252 batting average in 210 at-bats for Sacramento State. The A's 13th-round pick also hit 10 home runs, but he struck out 55 times with just 22 walks.
Erich Weiss' father, Gary, spent parts of two seasons in the big leagues. The Texas infielder -- Pittsburgh's 11th-round Draft pick -- knows how to hit, with a quick stroke that allows him to send line drives to all fields.
Beau Wallace did a little bit of everything for Hinds (Miss.) Community College this past season, so the Pirates made him their 12th-round pick (359th overall) on Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft.
Danny Collins' versatile bat certainly piqued the Pirates' interest, and they made the first baseman their 13th round pick on Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft Saturday, the 389th selection overall.
At only 17 years old, outfielder Nick Buckner has raw tools and is still learning how to use them. The Pirates took Buckner with their 14th-round pick, the 419th overall, Saturday on Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft.
The Pirates drafted Max Rossiter a year ago, but he opted not to sign and returned to Arizona State for his senior year. Pittsburgh made Rossiter its 15th-round selection Saturday on Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft, the 449th pick overall.
The Nationals continued to emphasize pitching on Day 3 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, but perhaps their most notable Saturday selection was an unheralded infielder with a .134 batting average. They used their pick at the end of the 22nd round, No. 676 overall, to select Cody Dent, University of Florida senior. Dent's father, Bucky, was a three-time All-Star and 1978 World Series MVP.
In the 11th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday, the Mariners selected Zack Littell, a right-handed pitcher from Eastern Alamance High School in North Carolina.
With their 12th-round Draft choice, the Mariners didn't stray far from the nest, selecting first baseman Justin Seager, the younger brother of Seattle's starting third baseman, Kyle Seager.
Lachlan Fontaine became the second Canadian prep player to be selected by the Mariners in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft when they made him their 13th-round pick. Like third-round selection Tyler O'Neill, Fontaine impressed the Mariners while playing for Team Canada.
Seattle bolstered its outfield depth in the 14th round of the Draft, taking center fielder Ian Miller out of Wagner College in New York. The 6-foot junior bats lefty and throws with his right hand.
The Mariners have been loading up on left-handed pitching in the 2013 Draft, and the 15th round was no different as they selected junior Eddie Campbell out of Virginia Tech. The 6-foot Campbell became the fourth left-handed pitcher of Seattle's Draft.
James Roberts received plenty of playing time during his first two years at USC. He must have impressed the Indians, who selected him in the 15th round of the First-Year Player Draft with overall pick No. 441.
The White Sox selected Texas Tech reliever Andre Wheeler in the 15th round of Saturday's First-Year Player Draft. The junior led the Red Raiders with 23 appearances, serving as their primary lefty out of the bullpen.
The Tribe nabbed a national record holder in the 14th round of the First-Year Player Draft. With the 411th overall pick, Cleveland selected Silento Sayles, a base thief who stole a record 103 bags during his senior season at Port Gibson (Miss.) High School.
The Blue Jays wrapped up the 15th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday with their third consecutive position player, but only their fourth of the entire Draft, selecting outfielder Jonathan Davis with the 445th pick.
For the first time, the Blue Jays chose back-to-back positional players -- selecting power-hitting first baseman L.B. Dantzler from the University of South Carolina in the 14th round with the 415th pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
The Indians selected outfielder Heath Quinn in the 12th round of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday. Quinn, who turned 18 on Friday, attended Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham, Ala., and was the 351st player to be picked.
The A's drafted Lou Trivino with their 11th-round pick to start off their selections for Day 3 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Gerrit Cole spent much of Spring Training forcing the Pirates to imagine how special he could be as a big league pitcher. Imagination will make way for realization Tuesday night, when Cole will make his Major League debut, starting at PNC Park against the San Francisco Giants and Tim Lincecum.
The Rangers selected right-handed pitcher Ryan Ledbetter in the 19th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday. The club took his brother, David, in the third round on Day 2 of the Draft on Friday. Both attended Cedarville University in Ohio.
He may not carry a pedigree equal to that of third overall pick Jonathan Gray, but the Rockies took another pitcher from Oklahoma in the 12th round of the First-Year Player Draft when they selected southpaw Billy Waltrip.
The Rockies spent their 13th-round pick on Arizona State third baseman Michael Benjamin, who was one of the Sun Devils' most trusted bats in 2013.
Colorado grabbed another bullpen arm in the 14th round of the First-Year Player Draft when it selected reliever Dylan Stamey from South Alabama.
In the 15th round of the First-Year Player Draft, the Rockies grabbed John Beck, a right-hander who has shown promise at the University of Texas-Arlington, but recently endured a tumultuous junior year.
Oregon State first baseman Danny Hayes was selected in the 13th round of the First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago White Sox.
The Rangers selected University of Louisville left-handed pitcher Cody Ege with pick No. 460 in the 15th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
With their 15th-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday, the Red Sox selected their third outfielder in Bryan Hudson.
The Rangers picked right-handed pitcher Jarred Smith from State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota with the 430th overall selection in the 14th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Like Cubs prospect Albert Almora, outfielder Willie Abreu has established himself as one of the best prospects in South Florida, but it took until the 14th round of the 2013 Draft for the Reds to select the Hurricanes commit with the 435th overall pick.
The Brewers picked their second first baseman of the First-Year Player Draft with the 452nd pick in the 15th round in power hitter David Denson out of South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., on Saturday.
North Carolina pitcher Hobbs Johnson was passed over as a Draft-eligible sophomore a year ago. The Brewers did not let that happen again, selecting the left-handed pitcher with the 422nd overall pick in the 14th round of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
The Rangers took outfielder Taylor Olmstead with the 400th overall selection in the 13th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
On Friday night, Raphael Rhymes helped his team top Oklahoma in Game 1 of his NCAA Super Regional. On Saturday the Tigers made him their 15th-round selection (456th overall) in the First-Year Player Draft.
The White Sox took just their fourth position player of the Draft in the 12th round on Saturday. Cal-State Bakersfield shortstop Tyler Shryock was named WAC player of the year this season.
The Brewers chose their first catcher of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday in high-school backstop Tanner Norton, the 392nd overall pick in the 13th round.
The Red Sox selected one of Tony Gwynn's pupils in the 14th round of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday when they drafted catcher Jake Romanski out of San Diego State, where Gwynn coaches.
Brandon Dulin was overlooked by colleges and professional scouts alike coming out of high school, but he got their attention this spring and parlayed that into a 12th-round selection (354th overall) by the Royals in the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Although there was no top prospect from Puerto Rico like last year with Astros No. 1 pick Carlos Correa, there were many solid Puerto Rican prospects and Xavier Fernandez was one of the better ones in this year's Draft class. The 18-year-old from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy was the Royals' Day 3 opening pick in the 11th round (324th overall) on Saturday.
The Brewers chose their second left-handed pitcher of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday with Trevor Seidenberger, the 362nd overall pick in the 12th round.
With the 332nd pick in the 11th round, the Brewers selected right-handed pitcher Andy Hillis out of Lee University.
Logan Pierce put up big numbers while playing at Troy University, and the Phillies scooped him up in the 15th round (451st overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
The White Sox drafted Matthew Ball in the 11th round with the 333rd overall pick, investing in another young arm for the future.
The Phillies shook a trend of taking Day 3 high schoolers when they selected Georgia Tech infielder Samuel Dove with the 421st overall pick in the 14th round of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
The Orioles made Mater Dei High School (IN) shortstop Tyler Walsh their 15th-round selection Saturday.
The Phillies selected right-handed pitcher Griffin Jax with their 12th-round pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, (361st overall). Jax is from the Denver area, and the Phillies used their first choice of the afternoon on Denton Keys, a left-handed pitcher from Rye, Colo.
With their 12th-round pick, the D-backs took a high school center fielder with a ton of upside. Coming out of Junipero Serra Catholic High School (Calif.), Dane McFarland has one of the most enticing power/speed combos among the prep outfielders in the Draft, even though he is somewhat raw.
The D-backs continued stocking up on speedy center fielders in the 13th round on Saturday, selecting Florida center fielder Taylor Ratliff with the 390th pick overall. He is the fourth center fielder taken by Arizona in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Taken 420th overall in the 14th round, Steve Hathaway became the first pitcher drafted by the D-backs on the third day of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft
The Phillies began Day 3 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday by selecting high school pitcher Denton Keys.
Selected seven rounds after his twin brother, Jordan Parr became the first third baseman taken by the D-backs in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, grabbed off the board 450th overall out of Illinois in the 15th round on Saturday.
Saint Joseph's Jimmy Yacabonis set a single-season program record for saves this year, and the junior closer will now have a chance to sign a professional baseball contract.
Houston took Arizona pitcher James Farris in the 15th round of the Draft, part of a string of five consecutive pitchers taken by Houston on Saturday.
There's a new Sheriff in the Houston Minor League system. That's the nickname given to LSU senior pitcher Chris Cotton, whom the Astros tabbed as their 14th-round choice Saturday in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Houston took University of North Florida senior Kyle Westwood with the first pick of the 13th round on Saturday, making it six pitchers in the first 13 selections for the Astros.
With their 11th-round pick, No. 320 overall, the Twins selected high school shortstop Nelson Molina.
In the 12th round, No. 350 overall, Minnesota selected University of Pittsburgh right-hander Ethan Mildren.
With their 13th-round pick, the Twins drafted right-hander Brandon Peterson out of Wichita State, No. 380 overall.
With pitching and speed dominating the Astros' priorities through 11 rounds, the organization finally opted for power, taking East Carolina junior Chase McDonald in the 12th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
In the 14th round of the First-Year Player Draft, the Twins selected outfielder Zack Granite at No. 410 overall.
With the 440th pick overall in round 15, Minnesota drafted left-hander Derrick Penilla out of Mount San Antonio College.
The Astros wasted no time looking for more pitching on Day 3, snagging high-school pitcher Devonte German of Bishop Manogue in Reno, Nev., with the first pick in the 11th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
After missing most of the 2011 season as a medical redshirt and playing sparingly in 2012, catcher Austin Green finally was able to show his potential this year, and the Tigers selected him with their 13th-round pick (396th overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
The Nationals began Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft by selecting right-hander John Simms out of Rice University in the 11th round (346th overall) on Saturday.
The Nationals continued Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday by using their 12th-round pick (No. 376 overall) to select Andrew Cooper, a right-hander from Sierra College in California.
With their 13th-round selection, No. 406 overall, the Nationals on Saturday picked right-hander John Costa of Palm Beach State College.
The Nationals used the 436th pick in Round 14 of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday to select David Masters, a shortstop from Central Arizona College.
In the 15th round of the First-Year Player Draft (No. 466 overall), the Nationals selected center fielder Isaac Ballou of Marshall University.
The Yankees selected a center fielder in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft and grabbed two more on Day 2. To start Day 3 on Saturday, they turned their attentions slightly to the right. The Yankees used their 11th-round selection on right fielder Kendall Coleman, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound Rowlett, Texas, native who played high school ball for Rockwall High School.
Philip Walby is only a one-pitch pitcher at this point in his young career. But that one pitch was good enough to convince the Yankees to pick him in the 12th round of the First-Year Player Draft.
Cale Coshow might be a project for the Yankees, but the 13th-round pick could eventually turn out to be a tremendous value pick.
With their fourth pick on Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft, the Yankees selected their third consecutive pitcher. Their 14th-round pick was Sam Houston State hurler Caleb Smith, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound left-hander.
When the Yankees hosted Jordan Barnes for a pre-Draft workout in May, Barnes said he felt "like a Yankee for a day." Now, he actually is one. New York selected the Northwest Mississippi Community College outfielder with its 15th-round pick in the First-year Player Draft, making him the fifth outfielder the Yanks have picked.
Frustrated with not hearing his name called through the first 10 rounds of the First-Year Player Draft, Jake Drehoff decided to go to the pool with his friends to take his mind of it.
The first time the Tigers drafted Ben Verlander, in the 46th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, it seemed like a courtesy to his brother, Justin. Now it probably has more to do with his skills, as Detroit selected the 6-foot-4 right fielder with its 14th-round selection (426th overall) on Saturday afternoon.
The Blue Jays strayed from pitching for only the second time in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft in the 13th round, selecting Ithaca College shortstop Timothy Locastro with the 385th pick.
The Dodgers selected Vanderbilt catcher Spencer Navin with their first pick on Day 3 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Brigham Young infielder Adam Law became the third Dodgers Draft pick this year with Major League bloodlines when Los Angeles selected him in the 12th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
The Dodgers took their first high school left-hander of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday, selecting Ty Damron from Krum High School in Texas in the 13th round.
The Dodgers dipped into the Ivy League with their 14th-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, selecting left-hander Michael Johnson from Dartmouth on Saturday.
The Dodgers drafted two-way left-hander Billy Flamion in the 15th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
With their second pick on Day 3, the Cardinals selected Puerto Rican right fielder Ricardo Bautista with the 365th overall selection.
The Cardinals again looked to the outfield with their 13th-round pick, selecting center fielder Jimmy Bosco at No. 395 overall.
The Cardinals made Elier Rodriguez their first catcher selected in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, taking him in the 14th round with the 425th overall pick.
With their 15th-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft (No. 455 overall), the Cardinals selected prep center fielder DeAndre Asbury-Heath.
The Giants claimed another pitching prospect and likely reliever in the 13th round of the First-Year Player Draft with Villanova junior Pat Young.
The Giants selected left-handed pitcher Nick Jones in the 14th round of the First-Year Player Draft. While Jones excelled both as a pitcher and a first baseman in college, he projects best as a pitcher at the next level.
In the 15th round, the Giants drafted catcher Eugene Escalante from Mt. Olive College (N.C.).
The Blue Jays made it back-to-back left-handers when they chose Tim Mayza in the 12th round with the 355th pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
The Cubs opened the final day of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday by selecting Jordan Hankins of Austin Peay State in the 11th round. He played the infield in college, but will move behind the plate.
The Cubs continued to add pitching with their 12th-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday, taking prep right-hander Trevor Clifton.
The Cubs selected college right-hander Trevor Graham in the 13th round of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday. Graham, from Franklin Pierce University (N.H.), stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 220 pounds.
The Cubs used their 14th-round pick in Saturday's First-Year Player Draft on Houston right-hander Daniel Poncedeleon. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound righty was 7-5 with a 4.47 ERA in 15 starts for the Cougars, striking out 62 batters and walking 34 in 86 2/3 innings.
The Cubs selected the college roommate of first-round Draft pick Kris Bryant with their 15th-round pick Saturday, taking San Diego right-hander Michael Wagner 438th overall, though he is ranked as the 58th-best prospect.
Steven Brault was a great two-way player for Regis in his junior season. He finished the year with a 2.63 ERA on the mound, and he also played outfield for Regis, where he hit .397/.416/.554.
After selecting back-to-back third baseman to cap off Day 2 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Braves selected their second consecutive right-handed pitcher to start off Day 3, taking Charleston Southern pitcher Ryan Gunther in the 12th round, the 373rd overall pick.
The Braves sprung for their third catcher of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, selecting Joseph Odom out of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., in the 13th round, the 403rd overall pick.
The Braves took a chance on power potential with their selection of first baseman Tyler Kuresa with the 433rd overall pick, in the 14th round, of the First-Year Player Draft.
After taking six right-handed pitchers, the Braves finally jumped on their first left-hander, taking Campbell's Matt Marksberry in the 15th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft with the 463rd overall selection.
After a run of selecting six straight pitchers in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Reds picked catcher Shedric Long out of Jacksonville High School in Alabama in the 12th round.
In the 15th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Reds picked Jarrett Freeland out of Parkview High School (Ga.) as a catcher.
Evan Mitchell became the third pitcher selected out of Mississippi State in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft when the Reds took the right-hander in the 13th round on Saturday.
Erik Schoenrock, whose father Daron is the coach at the University of Memphis, made the most of his first season in the Tigers' rotation. Schoenrock was 4-2 with a 2.21 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 53 innings this past season as a junior at Memphis, and the Padres selected the left-hander in the 11th round (328th overall) as their first pick on the third day of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
The Cardinals continued to bolster their organization on Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft, selecting right-handed pitcher Steven Farinaro in the 11th round, with the 335th overall pick, to start the day.
The Giants began the third day of the First-Year Player Draft by selecting 18-year-old Puerto Rican prospect Johneshwy Fargas in the 11th round.
Since they drafted Buster Posey in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, the Giants have not needed to use early-round selections on a backstop, as that position is secure for the foreseeable future. But a team needs to have depth at each position -- even one where a star looms -- so San Francisco selected LSU catcher Ty Ross with its 12th-round selection Saturday.
The Rangers took left-handed pitcher Derek Thompson with the 370th overall selection in the 12th round.
The Reds started Day 3 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft right where they left off on Day 2, selecting left-handed pitcher Ty Boyles out of Quartz Hills High School (Calif.) in the 11th round.
The Rangers selected outfielder Ryan Cordell in the 11th round with the 340th overall pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
The Rockies picked up their fifth left-handed bat of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft when they selected Florida Gulf Coast left fielder Sean Dwyer with their 11th-round pick.
The Tigers started Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft in the same way they started Day 2 -- by grabbing a University of Louisville ace. They selected right-hander Chad Green with their 11th-round pick (336th overall) on Saturday afternoon.
Alec Grosser was an unknown less than one year ago, but he's spent the past few months as one of the most sought-after prep arms in the country. The Braves began the third and final day of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft by selecting Grosser with their 11th-round pick.
With their first pick of the final day of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the D-backs took their third shortstop in as many days, selecting Jacob Cordero in the 11th round with the 330th pick overall. A graduate of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, the island native is a college commit of Bethune-Cookman, according to Perfect Game.
After about 72 hours, 40 rounds and more than 1,000 picks -- 1,216, to be exact -- the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft is over. And for Chris Buckley, Reds senior director of amateur scouting, and executives across baseball, the work is just getting started.
Starting with Jacksonville University's Chris Anderson at 18th overall, the Dodgers used the majority of their 40 selections in the 2013 Draft on pitching, not surprising considering how many arms they traded while loading up on All-Star bats last season.
Among the Cardinals' 41 Draft picks, they mixed an aggressive approach with caution at times, taking 30 college players and 11 high-school athletes.
The Braves focused on a handful of attributes and stuck to them, loading up on young arms with the potential to build up to big league velocity and reaching into the high school talent pool early and often in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Red Sox manager John Farrell had a well-timed rainout on Friday. It allowed him to fully savor the fact that his son Luke, a right-handed pitcher out of Northwestern University, was selected in the sixth round of the First-Year Player Draft by the Kansas City Royals.
Marlins prospect Andrew Heaney is making up for lost time after missing the first couple months of the season with a lat strain. He has made four starts and the Marlins are encouraged by what they've seen.
Right-handed pitcher Alex Gonzalez goes by "Chi-Chi," a nickname given to him by his grandfather. Soon, he could be known as a Texas Ranger.
If it hadn't been for a devastating one-car accident three years ago, Chad Jones likely would be playing in the NFL. Instead, the left-handed pitcher was selected by the Reds in the ninth round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
The Reds rounded out Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday by selecting right-handed pitcher Daniel Wright from Arkansas State in the 10th round.
The Braves finished off the second day of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft with the 10th-round selection of Ian Hagenmiller, a high school third baseman from West Palm Beach, Fla., with the 313th overall pick.
Bad weather led to the postponement of two games on the first day of the NCAA Super Regionals, but the two that were played made up for it with plenty of drama on Friday night, with LSU and UCLA picking up wins against Oklahoma and Cal State Fullerton, respectively.
Ten rounds are in the books. As baseball breaks to prepare for rounds 11-40 of the First-Year Player Draft -- beginning Saturday at 1 p.m. ET -- information is starting to come in about why Day 1 went down the way it did, why some teams made the decisions they did on top, what caused certain players to slide and what the scouting industry has to say how the Draft has progressed thus far.
The Marlins spent their ninth-round pick -- and the 262nd overall selection -- on shortstop Aaron Blanton, the third consecutive middle infielder taken by Miami.
The Marlins used the 112th overall pick to add outfielder K.J. Woods on Friday in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
The Mets drafted Luis Guillorme, a shortstop from Coral Springs Charter High School, in the 10th round.
It's always interesting to see what talent comes out of the Pacific Northwest, and right-hander Dustin Driver -- taken by the A's at No. 221 -- has the chance to be one of the best from the region this year.
Taken by the A's with the 161st overall pick on Friday, righty Bobby Wahl had an impressive sophomore season as a starter at Ole Miss, then enjoyed a successful turn pitching in relief for Team USA over the summer. He returned as Ole Miss' Friday starter and continued to use his power repertoire successfully.
Less than 24 hours after being selected by the Nationals in the second round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, right-handed pitcher Jake Johansen agreed to a contract with the team.
Shortly after the Phillies made J.P. Crawford their first-round pick, 16th overall, in the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night, the high school shortstop from Lakewood, Calif. talked to Phillies Minor League right-hander Shane Watson.
With their final selection of the Draft's second day, the Indians picked Ross Kivett, a position player who was born in Cleveland. After taking seven straight pitchers, the club went after Kivett in the 10th round with pick No. 291.
With their 10th-round pick (No. 302 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Brewers selected right fielder Michael Ratterree out of Rice. In his four seasons at Rice, Ratterree remained relatively consistent. Of course, that also meant there wasn't a ton of improvement -- at least stats-wise -- from the 6-foot-1, 210-pound outfielder.
When the Mariners drafted Emilio Pagan in the 10th round, it made him the highest Draft pick in Belmont Abbey College baseball history. Pagan is the ninth Crusader ever selected in the First-Year Player Draft.
With their ninth-round selection, the Mariners selected left-handed pitcher Jacob Zokan out of the College of Charleston (S.C.). Zokan -- Seattle's third left-handed pitcher of the Draft -- missed much of the 2012 season while battling an arm injury.
With the 237th overall pick, the Mariners selected Tyler Smith, a right-handed shortstop out of Oregon State University. The eighth-round selection is potentially the Mariners' third shortstop taken in the first 10 rounds, depending on what the organization decides to do with catcher/shortstop Tyler O'Neill.
The Mariners stayed in state with their seventh-round pick, taking left-handed pitcher Tyler Olson out of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Olson, the 207th overall pick, attended University High School in Spokane.
It's unusual for Major League teams to draft pitchers who were relievers in high school or college, but the Phillies saw something they liked in Shane Martin and took him with pick No. 271.
Justin Parr, taken with the 241st overall pick on Friday, was the Big Ten Player of the Year after leading the conference with a .399 average (third in all of Division I) and 51 RBIs.
Jimmy Reed and the other three left-handed pitching prospects the Cardinals drafted Friday not only share a common dominant arm. All four stand at about the same height -- or lack thereof. When the Cardinals selected Reed with the 185th pick, he became the fourth left-hander at six feet or under picked by St. Louis this Draft.
Chris Rivera wasn't in the Cardinals' original plans. It initially appeared that the Fullerton, Calif., prospect was uninterested in signing with a club out of high school, but recently the Cards got word from area scout Mike Garciaparra that Rivera's mind had changed. St. Louis selected him in the seventh round, No. 215 overall.
While the Dodgers' eighth round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft starred as a shortstop at the University of Georgia, the club plans to convert Kyle Farmer to catcher.
After selecting high school pitchers with their only two selections on Day 1, the Brewers picked their only high schooler of Day 2 with center fielder Brandon Diaz of American Heritage High School (Fla.) in the eighth round (No. 242 overall).
After 316 selections over the past two days, the 2013 First-Year Player Draft will resume Saturday at 1 p.m. for its third and final day with rounds 11-40.
The Cubs closed the second day of the First-Year Player Draft by selecting Tennessee workhorse Zack Godley with their 10th-round pick (No. 288 overall).
The Cubs broke a string of taking eight straight college players in the ninth round of Friday's First-Year Player Draft, selecting prep center fielder Charcer Burks with the 258th overall pick.
The Cubs added a potential impact arm in Friday's eighth round of the First-Year Player Draft when they selected college left-hander Sam Wilson with the 228th overall pick.
After drafting seven pitchers, the Angels selected a catcher, Florida State's Stephen McGee, in the ninth round of the First-Year Player Draft.
That's the report on Michigan State right-hander David Garner, who was chosen by the Cubs in the seventh round (No. 198 overall) of Friday's First-Year Player Draft.
Another high-profile, high-upside college arm fell to the Cubs on the second day of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, when they selected right-hander Scott Frazier in the sixth round (No. 168 overall).
After nine rounds, the Blue Jays had selected nine pitchers -- five right-handed, four left-handed -- and five of them straight out of high school. All of them are 6-foot-1 or taller. On Day 2, the first of them was Patrick Murphy out of Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona.
Dace Kime's career with the Cardinals has been a good one, and that's what led to his status in this year's Draft, as the Indians selected the Louisville right-hander in the third round on Friday with pick No. 79.
Drafted in the eighth round (255th overall) by the Reds, righty Scott Brattvet is relatively new to starting, beginning as a reliever at the junior college level before transferring to CSU Bakersfield and moving into the rotation in 2012. This season, he settled in as the Saturday starter by going 9-1 with a 2.55 ERA over 15 starts.
Realizing that Angel Pagan's strained left hamstring wasn't improving as quickly as they had hoped, the Giants placed the center fielder on the 15-day disabled list Friday.
With the 196th pick in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Nationals selected third baseman Cody Gunter of Grayson County College in Denison, Texas.
The Nationals continued Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday by selecting first baseman James Yezzo, a junior at the University of Delaware, in the seventh round, No. 226 overall.
With their eighth-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft, No. 256 overall, the Nationals on Friday picked left-handed pitcher David Napoli of Tulane University.
The Nationals used the 286th pick (ninth round) of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday to select Jake Joyce, a right-handed pitcher from Virginia Tech.
With their seventh-round pick (No. 212 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Brewers selected center fielder Omar Garcia out of Miami Dade Community College South. Garcia played two seasons at the Miami, Fla., junior college and hit .447 with 19 RBIs, 39 runs scored and 32 stolen bases in 39 games played in his 2013 sophomore season.
With their last selection on Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Nationals took a second player from Tulane University, shortstop Brennan Middleton, in the 10th round, 316th overall.
The Pirates selected Chad Kuhl, a University of Delaware right-hander, in Round 9 of the First-Year Player Draft.
The Royals' 10th-round pick, Alex Newman, presented a scouting challenge.
Charles Irby's fastball sits around 90 mph as a starter and in the mid-90s as a reliever, with good movement. He mixes his fastball with a plus curveball.
An arrest earlier this year led to a big drop in Daniel Rockett's stock, but a solid spring upon his return after charges were dropped helped him recoup some value when the Royals made him their ninth-round selection (264th overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Kyle Bartsch, the Royals' seventh-round selection, was 3-0 with a 3.12 ERA for the University of South Alabama this season. The left-handed pitcher had a .189 opponents' batting average against over 26 innings.
The Pirates made Neil Kozikowski, out of Avon Old Farms School (Conn.), their eighth-round pick Friday and the 239th overall selection in the First-Year Player Draft.
Ben Wetzler, taken at No. 151, has been a mainstay of Oregon State's rotation for three years and has put together a consistent track record of success in the Pac-12. He succeeds without dominating stuff, but he earns high marks for his command and pitchability.
Cody Stubbs began his college career at Tennessee and transferred to Walters State Community College after his freshman year. He was drafted by the Nationals in the 14th round in 2011, but elected to attend North Carolina. This year, the Royals took him with their 234th overall pick in the eighth round on Friday.
Taylor Grover dominated during the 2013 season at South Carolina-Aiken, and the Red Sox took notice.
A left-handed reliever from Florida has been the first or second player in each of the last two Draft classes to reach the Major Leagues. If the D-backs keep Gibson in the bullpen, he could follow a similar path this year after he was selected No. 210 overall on Friday.
With their eighth-round pick (No. 230 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Twins selected college third baseman Dustin DeMuth. Indiana had its most successful baseball season in decades this year, and DeMuth is a big reason why.
The Marlins made second baseman Iramis Olivencia the 232nd overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
When Thomas Pannone was drafted a year ago out of the Rhode Island high school ranks, it was as an outfielder. But while he played both ways at Southern Nevada this year, he was selected by the Indians as a pitcher.
A native of the Bahamas, Champ Stuart is a toolsy outfielder with good speed who is still learning the game.
Chris Kohler, a left-hander from Los Osos (Calif.) High School, didn't pitch much growing up, saving his arm for high school and beyond. That strategy has appeared to pay off well for Kohler, who has projectability, size and pitching know-how.
UCLA right-hander Adam Plutko -- the Indians' first pick on Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft, selected at No. 321 in the 11th round -- has been one of the most consistent performers in college baseball during the last three years, and he's done it without terribly overpowering stuff.
Jordan Sheffield was one of the top-ranked high school arms in the Draft class, but he underwent Tommy John surgery in April, which caused his stock to fall.
Dylan Covey was a first-round pick in 2010, but when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, he headed to the University of San Diego to learn how to pitch with the disease. It's now under control, and Covey entered this year's Draft as, once again, a legitimate prospect.
Missouri State right-hander has proven to be healthy following Tommy John surgery, posting sub-2.00 ERAs each of the past two seasons. He has a great feel for pitching and his changeup is his best pitch.
Coming out of high school, Tyler Barnette was the Red Sox's ninth-round selection in 2010. He chose to go to Charlotte, where he saw immediate success and was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year after going 9-2 with a 2.29 ERA in 16 starts. Chicago took a chance on Barnette in the 14th round on Saturday, using its 423rd overall pick on the right-hander.
The Blue Jays chose left-handed high school pitcher Jacob Brentz in the 11th round with the 325th overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
With the 177th pick in the Draft, Seattle made prep Corey Simpson of Sweeny HS (Texas) its sixth-round pick. While he played catcher in high school, the Mariners plan to use him as an outfielder.
While Tyler Marincov doesn't have a standout tool, his overall game made him an intriguing prospect in this year's First-Year Player Draft.
Myles Smith began his college career as a shortstop at Missouri, but he quickly realized that if he was going to have a professional career, it was going to be on the mound.
Shortstop Tyler Wade played his way up Draft boards after an excellent senior season at Murrieta Valley High School in California in which he hit .524 and impressed scouts with his speed and athleticism.
Outfielder Colin Bray starred in three sports at Vancleave High School in Vancleave, Miss., initially signing with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to play football. On Friday, the D-backs made him their 180th overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
In terms of his tools and body, JaCoby Jones is a first-round talent. Yet the Louisiana State product hasn't always been consistent with his performance. The Pirates made Jones the 87th overall pick, taking him with their first selection on Day 2 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
After drafting a pair of infielders Thursday, the Giants made Chase Johnson their first pitching selection when they took him off the board with their third-round pick of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Austin Nicely suffered a stress reaction in his back last spring and didn't play all of last summer, but the left-hander returned to the mound in time for late-fall showcases and was healthy enough this spring to remain near the top of many Draft boards.
A reliever throughout his college career at Oregon, Jimmie Sherfy has served as the Ducks' closer for the past two years, saving 19 games in 2012 and pitching so effectively as a junior that he was added to the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list.
College lefties who show they know how to pitch tend to do well in the Draft and for southpaw Corey Littrell, his savviness on the mound is what he sees as his biggest strength.
Right-hander Austin Kubitza has shown an ability to match up against the best pitchers in the college game by using essentially two pitches -- a fastball that sits in the upper 80s and will touch 90 mph with a ton of sink, and a nasty slider that he has enough confidence in to throw in any count.
For a high school pitcher out of California, left-hander Jonah Wesely is a well-polished product. The Tracy High School product is physically maxed out at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, and he already has an excellent understanding of the game. He was named to Rawlings' 2013 All-America first team and is committed to play at UCLA next season.
Kansas State product Jared King was a solid performer at the college level with good tools across the board, but it's his bat that ultimately got him drafted.
The Giants selected their second shortstop of the Draft with their seventh-round pick, Brandon Bednar of Florida Gulf Coast University, on Friday.
The Giants selected Notre Dame reliever Daniel Slania in the fifth round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Carlos Asuaje makes hard contact using a compact swing. Listed at 5-foot-8, 155 pounds, he doesn't hit for much power, profiling more as a speedy, top-of-the-order hitter.
As the Friday starter for one of the top-ranked college programs in the country, North Carolina product Kent Emanuel undoubtedly had plenty of intrigue surrounding him entering the Draft. The Astros made Emanuel the first player to be taken on Friday, Day 2 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Riverdale Baptist High School (Md.) has long been a hotbed for talented baseball players, and center fielder Matthew McPhearson could be the next big one for the D-backs, who tabbed the 18-year-old with the 120th overall pick in the fourth round on Friday.
Trey Williams, a third baseman out of College of the Canyons, is the son of former big leaguer Eddie Williams, and as is often the case with sons of former players, his baseball instincts have been honed particularly well.
Arm soreness late in the season dropped Trey Masek to the fifth round in Friday's First-Year Player Draft, but it appears the Cubs got a potential first-day talent in the Texas Tech right-hander.
Mark Armstrong, the Reds' third-round pick of the First-Year Player Draft, is a strong, athletic right-hander from Clarence High School, just outside Buffalo, N.Y.
Rather than sign with the Brewers, who took Georgia Tech right-hander Buck Farmer in the 15th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Farmer returned to school for his senior season, and it appears it was a good move.
Scouts had a hard time seeing Jake Bray, a junior college reliever who doubled as a third baseman. Bray moved from Jacksonville State to Feather River College (Calif.) for the 2013 season. Those who the right-handed reliever may have liked his low-90s fastball that can touch the mid-90s and excellent slider.
Mason Katz was a staple in LSU's lineup for four years and moved all over the diamond to keep his powerful bat in the game. On Friday, the Cardinals took him 125th overall.
Dominic Ficociello showed good bat speed at times in college, leading some to feel that he could develop power down the road. He played mostly third and first at Arkansas, though he dabbled at second last fall.
The Rangers continued to stock up on pitchers in Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft. They took five pitchers, all right-handed, with their eight picks Friday, starting the day by selecting David Ledbetter in the third round.
Playing center field for Vanderbilt, Connor Harrell began to put it together this spring, hitting over .300 in a tough Southeastern Conference after hitting .241 in 57 games in 2012.
Hawaiian infielder/catcher Kean Wong has a short, compact stroke and a good approach at the plate. He has good power for his size, but he is more of a line-drive hitter.
When watching Kacy Clemens, it's easy to see the resemblance to his father, Roger. Clemens has a very strong build and a smooth delivery. He's aggressive on the mound, and has shown a good feel for pitching.
Although Sam Wolff is small for a right-hander at 6-foot-1, he showed an explosive fastball in college that will sit in the mid 90s and has a good downward plane.
Tyler Linehan's fastball sits in the low 90s and has good cutting action to it while his curveball has late, sharp downward action. If Linehan can become more consistent and add a third pitch, he has a good future ahead of him.
The Angels tabbed right-handed pitcher Harrison Cooney in the sixth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Ian McKinney has a fastball that hovers around 90 mph but normally sits in the upper-80s. McKinney's slider is his most effective offspeed pitch, but he also throws a changeup and curveball.
The Cardinals made right-hander Mike Mayers, who relies on his feel for the pitching craft more than overpowering stuff, the 93rd overall pick, taking him with their first selection on Day 2 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Growing up, right-hander Ricky Knapp learned how to pitch from a professional. The instruction of his father, former Tigers pitching coach Rick Knapp, shaped his development into the next Florida Gulf Coast product to be taken in the First-Year Player Draft.
Taken No. 150 overall in the fifth round, Jamie Westbrook has a very good feel for hitting, and even with a small frame, the D-backs believe he has the plus bat speed to have average power in the future.
San Francisco selected Stanford first baseman Bryan Ragira with the 132nd overall selection. Ragira and teammate Austin Wilson formed one of the better offensive duos in the Pac-12 this season.
Zane Evans is still learning how to pitch, but his fastball routinely reaches 90 mph after catching several innings.
Outfielder Mike Yastrzemski may be the grandson of Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, but the Vanderbilt product has carved out a great amateur career of his own. The Orioles selected him in the 14th round (429th overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Jason Monda is a projectable college outfielder who hits for average and should add power down the line. Monda, out of Washington State, has shown that he can handle center but might have to move to a corner as he fills out, a place where his glove could be a plus.
A year ago, Carlos Correa represented Puerto Rico well as the No. 1 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft. Jan Hernandez, another shortstop, may have been taken a bit later, but he has the chance to do his home island proud, too.
Matt Oberste remains athletic enough to play the outfield, but arm injuries likely will limit him to first base as a professional.
Kyle Finnegan's velocity has never been a problem, as the right-hander possesses a singing fastball that can reach 97 mph in short stints, but his secondary pitches are a work in progress.
The Tigers spent Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft nearly the same way they spent Day 1 -- selecting right-handed collegiate pitchers. University of Louisville right-hander Jeffrey Thompson headlines a group of six pitchers, along with two outfielders, chosen on Friday.
The Royals selected Carter Hope, their first right-handed pitcher in the 2013 First-Player Draft, from The Woodlands High School (Texas) in the third round with the 82nd pick overall on Friday.
Cody Dickson had an up-and-down season at Sam Houston State but improved his Draft stock by pitching well toward the end of the season. The Pirates took him 119th overall on Friday.
Hunter Lockwood hit 11 home runs as a freshman at Oklahoma in 2012, good enough to rank second in the Big 12, but he transferred to Weatherford College this year, reportedly for the chance to catch regularly and be closer to home.
The only thing Patrick Biondi doesn't have is power, but he has the chance to be a leadoff-type hitter who can impact the game with his legs as much as with his bat and glove.
With their first pick on Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Cubs selected Jacob Hannemann in the third round at No. 75 overall. He's only a freshman, but he's a 22-year-old two-sport standout who went on his Mormon mission before heading to college.
The Giants grabbed an outfielder off the Draft board for the first time with their eighth-round selection, Tyler Horan.
Dakota Freese, a right-hander from Des Moines Area Community College, was selected with Oakland's 12th-round pick on Saturday.
Conrad Gregor, out of Vanderbilt, has an advanced college bat and an idea at the plate, along with power potential. He didn't hit for as much power this year as many scouts would like to see from a college first baseman, but he has shown good power in the past.
The Giants drafted another pitcher in the sixth round with their selection of UCLA's Nick Vander Tuig.
California prep center fielder Jason Martin is an above-average defender with solid range and good instincts, and he has a quick, compact swing that he uses to spray line drives to all fields.
In a Draft light on college shortstops, Adam Frazier stood out despite his lack of elite tools. The Pirates selected him 179th overall.
A Fruitland High School from Fruitland, Idaho, Martarano has committed to play linebacker on the blue turf of Boise State's football field, but he was also selected at No. 391 overall in the 13th round by the Phillies in the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
Ty Young was considered by some to be one of the best pure hitters in this year's Draft class. He has a smooth left-handed swing and has great plate discipline to go along with a good feel for hitting. Out of Louisville, Young, a third baseman, also has above-average speed along with great instincts on the basepaths.
Cavan Biggio's hitting ability, his instincts and, of course, his bloodlines made the latest in the line of Biggio ballplayers too good of an option to pass up. On Saturday, the Phillies took Cavan Biggio in the 29th round (871st overall) in the First-Year Player Draft.
Taylor Williams began his college career at Washington State, but he played sparingly as a freshman in 2011 before transferring to Mount Hood Community College in Oregon. He then transferred to Kent State this year and has become the Golden Flashes' top starter.
The D-backs took a catcher, Stryker Trahan, with their top pick last year, but it took until the ninth round on Friday for the club to select its first backstop of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Arizona took Grant Nelson 270th overall, a senior catcher out of Saint Louis University.
With their final pick on Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft, the Yankees selected a player who could someday be in the mix at the back end of their Major League bullpen. New York grabbed South Carolina closer Tyler Webb with their 10th-round pick.
With their seventh-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Rockies selected right-handed pitcher Konner Wade.
The Rockies went for a high school bat in Round 8 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, taking Georgia prep star Terry McClure with the 229th overall pick of the Draft.
The Dodgers drafted local product Brandon Trinkwon in the seventh round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, a shortstop from the University of California-Santa Barbara.
Conner Kendrick is far from a power pitcher, but his deceiving delivery could help him prove to be a value pick for the Yankees in the ninth round of the First-Year Player Draft.
Canadian infielder Malik Collymore, taken by the Cardinals with the 305th overall pick, was moving up Draft boards a bit as the big day approached. Teams were intrigued by his athleticism and power/speed combination.
Top-flight athletes make for intriguing baseball prospects. They have the upside of a player typically drafted in the early rounds of a draft, but often aren't as polished.
Ohio State starter Brad Goldberg became the sixth pitcher and fifth right-hander of the White Sox 2013 Draft selections, when he was chosen in the 10th and final round of Day 2.
The Rockies tapped into a family with deep bloodlines in baseball when they grabbed UCLA shortstop Patrick Valaika in the ninth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
With their final Day 2 pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Rockies found a proven offensive talent in the 10th round by selecting outfielder Michael Tauchman from Bradley.
Selected by the Cardinals with the 245th pick, Andrew Pierce began his college career at Jones County Junior College and transferred to Southern Mississippi for his junior year. He became the Golden Eagles' ace and has pitched well over the last two seasons.
The Giants concluded Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft by selecting their fifth pitching prospect of the day, Tyler Rogers, on Friday.
The Giants used their ninth-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft to secure a power arm of the left-handed variety in Minnesota's Donald Snelten on Friday.
The Yankees might have found themselves a bargain in the eighth round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday. Despite being drafted by the Pirates in the fourth round last year, outfielder Brandon Thomas elected to return to Georgia Tech for his senior year.
The White Sox continued to restock the pitching in their farm system with ninth-round pick Nick Blount out of Southern Polytechnic State in Georgia. The 6-foot-6-inch, 230-pound senior attended the University of Tennessee before transferring to the Hornets.
Left-hander Chris Freudenberg throws in the upper-80s to low-90s with a clean, easy arm action. His velocity dipped late in the season, likely as a result of a heavy workload that included both starting and relieving for South Mountain Community College (Ariz.).
The Rangers wrapped up Day 2 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft taking Oregon right-hander Cole Wiper with the 310th overall selection in the 10th round.
Trey Michalczewski played shortstop and second base at Jenks (Okla.) High School, but will almost certainly move to third base in the White Sox organization after he was drafted in the seventh round on Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Nick Rumbelow posted a solid season for LSU in 2013, and that performance got him drafted by the Yankees in the seventh round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday. Rumbelow made 29 appearances as a reliever for the Tigers last season, posting a 3.56 ERA and striking out 32 batters in 30 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers drafted their second junior college pitcher on Friday, selecting right-hander Jacob Rhame in the sixth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
The Dodgers drafted their first two-way player in the fifth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, selecting right-hander J.D. Underwood from Palm Beach State.
The Rangers selected right-hander Jose Samayoa with the 280th overall selection in the ninth round. The senior went 10-1 in 16 appearances (15 starts), with a 1.73 ERA.
The White Sox selected another right-handed pitcher in the sixth round in Cal State -- San Marcos senior James Dykstra. He went 9-4 with a 2.02 ERA in 13 starts this season and was named to the All-Association of Independent Institutions First Team.
The Rangers selected College of Southern Nevada second baseman Evan Van Hoosier with the 250th overall selection in the eighth round.
With their 10th-round pick (No. 308 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Rays selected Loyola Marymount University right-hander Aaron Griffin. Griffin is the brother of A's right-hander A.J. Griffin. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound right-hander went 4-5 with a 3.07 ERA in 13 starts for the Lions during his senior season.
To conclude Day 2 of the Draft, the Orioles used their 10th-round pick to select Fresno State catcher Austin Wynns.
After the Tigers selected eight pitchers with their first nine picks, they wrapped up Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft with 6-foot-3 center fielder Kasey Coffman. The junior showed a mix of power and speed at Arizona State this season with eight home runs and a team-high nine stolen bases.
The Orioles took Dartmouth left-handed pitcher Mitch Horacek at No. 279 overall with their ninth round selection.
The Rangers took righty Nick Gardewine with the 220th overall selection in the seventh round. Gardewine, who attended Kaskaskia Community College in Illinois, went 9-1 with a 2.12 ERA in 13 starts this season.
With their ninth-round pick (No. 278 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Rays selected University of Houston right-hander Austin Pruitt. A diminuitive pitcher at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, Pruitt used his excellent pitchability en route to a 10-win season for the Cougars this spring.
Texas prep right-hander Roel Ramirez uses whip-like mechanics to produce a low 90s fastball and a very deceptive changeup.
For the seventh straight pick, Toronto chose a pitcher, selecting 6-foot-3 right-hander Conner Greene in Round 7 with the 205th overalll pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
The Blue Jays had yet to add a positional player in 2013 First-Year Player Draft heading into the eighth round, and that didn't change when they selected Kendall Graveman with the 235th overall pick.
After taking right-hander Kendall Graveman in the eighth round, Toronto went back to Mississippi State in the ninth, selecting lefty Chad Girodo with the 265th overall pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
After selecting nine consecutive pitchers, Toronto ended Day 2 of the Draft by selecting catcher Garrett Custons of the United States Air Force in Colorado.
Orioles' third-round pick left-hander Stephen Tarpley, who can throw strikes and has terrific mound presence with his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame, has an upside as a future big league starter.
The Braves continued their grab for right-handed pitching prospects in the seventh round, selecting a high-school arm in Ian Stiffler with the 223rd overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
The Braves kept their eighth-round pick in the family on Friday, selecting outfielder Kyle Wren, the son of Braves general manager Frank Wren, with the 253rd overall pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
For the third straight pick, the Braves took a prospect with baseball bloodlines Friday, selecting third baseman Dylan Manwaring in the ninth round, the 283rd overall selection of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
As Louisana State University right-handed reliever Will LaMarche readies to face Oklahoma in this weekend's NCAA Super Regional, he already received good news when the Tigers made him their ninth-round selection (276th overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
The Rangers selected catcher Joe Jackson from The Citadel with the 160th overall selection in the fifth round. Jackson, whose great-great-great uncle is former Chicago White Sox outfielder "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, is listed at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds. The junior hit .279 in 58 games this season with a home run and 26 RBIs.
The Rangers selected prep shortstop Isaiah Kiner-Falefa with the 130th overall selection in the fourth round. Kiner-Falefa, who went to Mid-Pacific Institute in Hawaii, is listed at 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, and he's committed to playing for San Jose State.
With their sixth-round pick (No. 182 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Brewers selected college first baseman Garrett Cooper. Cooper hit seven home runs and 12 doubles and had 37 RBIs in 56 games as a senior at Auburn in 2013, with a slash line of .354/.481/.540.
The Brewers stayed local for their fifth-round selection (No. 152 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, taking right-handed pitcher Joshua Uhen out of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.
Drew Dosch, the Orioles' seventh-round pick, has an advanced approach at the plate, and the 20-year-old has decent power.
Listed at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, Trey Mancini is strong and creates good loft with his quick right-handed swing, leading to 28 career collegiate homers while playing for Notre Dame.
Zach Reininger will have a few options to ponder over for the next month. The Tigers selected the 6-foot-3, 170-pound right-handed pitcher in the eighth round (246th overall) in the First-Year Player Draft Friday. He's also a part of Texas Tech's recruiting class for the Fall 2013 semester.
The Dodgers selected first baseman Cody Bellinger in the fourth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the first high school prospect drafted by the club this year.
At his most recent pre-Draft workout, fourth-round pick Mason Smith impressed Padres scouts when he hit 11 home runs in 25 swings at Petco Park. What impressed the Padres more was that they were the fifth different team he worked out with that week, and he still impressed, even though he was likely tired.
Alex Murphy, Baltimore's sixth-round pick, was named the 2013 Gatorade Maryland Baseball Player of the Year and earned All-Metro as a senior. He was a team captain and four-year starter.
After taking their first three pitchers of the Draft from the college ranks, the D-backs selected right-hander Brad Keller 240th overall from Flowery Branch High School in Flowery Branch, Ga., with their eighth-round pick on Friday.
The Yankees stayed local with their sixth-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft, selecting Sacred Heart University shortstop John Murphy.
After drafting three straight position players, the Yankees went to the mound with their fifth-round pick, selecting right-handed pitcher David Palladino in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Taken by the Red Sox with the 203rd pick overall, Mike Adams had pitched just 16 innings during his first three years at Tampa before finding a role as the Spartans' bullpen ace this season.
One of the youngest players in this First-Year Player Draft class, Casey Shane won't turn 18 until August, but that didn't stop the Indians from selecting the right-hander in the sixth round.
Trevor Frank move to the closer's role improved his Draft stock, and the Indians grabbed the right-hander with the 235th overall pick.
Despite lacking premium velocity, Kenny Mathews succeeded at both Fullerton and Riverside, and the Indians took the left-hander with the 201st overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft.
In the fifth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Angels selected Kyle McGowin, a right-handed pitcher from Savannah State University in Georgia.
The Marlins drafted outfielder Ryan Aper with the 172nd overall pick of the First-Year Player Draft, taking their fourth position player in as many picks on Friday.
Teams love projectable righties, and high schooler Tyler Mahle, the Reds' seventh-rounder and 225th overall pick, definitely fits this description.
The Angels stuck with pitching in round seven of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, selecting right-hander Garrett Nuss.
As a senior at Sallisaw (Okla.) High School in 2010, first baseman Matt Oberste was named Male Athlete of the Year by the state coaches association. He excelled in three sports in high school but received no Division I scholarship offers, and instead went to Connors State Junior College to play baseball.
Scouts appear split on whether high schooler Cory Thompson is a better fit on the mound or in the infield, though it didn't keep the Mauldin, S.C., native from being selected in the First-Year Player Draft by the Reds in the fifth round.
Ben Lively has never wowed scouts with his raw stuff, but the right-hander has quietly put together a solid college career at the University of Central Florida.
With their fifth-round pick (No. 170 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Twins selected catcher Brian Navarreto. In a Draft class fairly deep in high school catching, don't sleep on Navarreto.
The Marlins selected shortstop Justin Bohn with the 202nd overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
A native of the Bahamas, Champ Stuart played three sports at Christ School in Asheville, N.C., before heading to Brevard (N.C.) College. Brevard is a Division II school and off the beaten path for scouts, but they took notice of Stuart.
Aaron Slegers typically throws his fastball about 90 mph and has touched 95. He has a good approach on the mound and is able to add and subtract from his fastball as needed.
Jared King is a solid college performer with good tools across the board. His best tool is his bat, and he has the chance to hit for both average and power.
Zack Weiss, the Reds' sixth-round pick, may have to hone his command and his control a bit if he hopes to slot as a reliever at the next level.
L.J. Mazzilli, son of former big leaguer Lee Mazzilli, was selected in the ninth round of the 2012 Draft by the Twins, but he opted to return to UConn for his senior season. He responded with a solid all-around season that resulted in his Day 2 selection this year.
The Houston Astros addressed a weakness on Friday, nabbing standout high school catcher Jacob Nottingham with the first pick in the sixth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Prep catcher Jonah Heim has good size at 6-foot-3 and 189 pounds, he's shown pop at times at the plate and has a strong throwing arm.
The Blue Jays selected college left-handed pitcher Matt Boyd in the sixth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, making the club 6-for-6 in getting pitchers to open the Draft.
After using their only pick on the first day of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on a pitcher, the Nationals opened Day 2 by selecting high school infielder Drew Ward with their third-round pick, No. 105 overall.
The Nationals took New Mexico Junior College right-hander Nicholas Pivetta with the 136th pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
The Nationals continued Day 2 by taking pitcher Austin Voth with the 166th pick of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
Calvin Drummond was the sixth-round selection at 186th overall by the Tigers, despite not taking the mound this season.
Canada's crop of Draft talent this year isn't terribly deep, but Travis Seabrooke stands out among that pool as a lefty with a high ceiling, and the Orioles took a chance on him in the fifth round.
For the first time in five rounds, the Blue Jays steered away from high school pitchers to draft junior college left-handed pitcher Daniel Lietz with the First-Year Player Draft's 145th overall pick.
Tony Kemp has been one of college baseball's most electric players over the last three years, and he has proven to be one of the best players in the SEC. But the Vanderbilt star is listed at just 5-foot-6 and 160 pounds, and he has an uphill battle to overcome his size as a professional. The Astros were impressed enough with Kemp's talent, however, to take him with the 107th overall pick in the Draft.
With a power pitcher's frame and a solid fastball and curve, TCU right-hander Andrew Mitchell was a first-team Mountain West Conference selection, and the White Sox took him in the fourth round of the Draft.
The Braves took their second catcher in four picks on Friday afternoon, selecting high school backstop Tanner Murphy with the 133rd overall pick in the fourth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
Center fielder Amalani Fukofuka from James Logan High School in Union City, Calif., was the Royals' fifth-round selection and the team's second high school selection.
The Rockies looked behind the plate with their sixth-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, taking catcher Dom Nunez with the 169th overall pick.
Despite being named an All-American a year ago, New Mexico's Mitchell Garver went undrafted as a junior. He returned to school and is regarded as one of the better college seniors in this year's Draft class.
Over the years, Coastal Carolina has produced some solid Draft talent, some going as high as the second round. Jacob May, the son of former big leaguer Lee May Jr., is the next in line.
Michigan outfielder Michael O'Neill, nephew of former All-Star Paul O'Neill, makes consistent hard contact and sprays line drives to all fields.
With their fifth-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Rockies selected right-handed pitcher Blake Shouse out of Middle Georgia College.
Ryon Healy arrived at Oregon as a third baseman, but he moved across the diamond to first base as a freshman. He has blossomed into an excellent defender at first base with the potential for plus power, prompting the A's to make him the 100th overall pick, their first selection on Day 2 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
The White Sox selected right-handed pitcher Thaddius Lowry out of Spring High School (Texas) in the fifth round (153rd overall pick) of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday afternoon.
With their sixth-round pick in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Royals went with a familiar name, selecting Luke Farrell, the son of Red Sox manager John Farrell.
With their fifth-round pick (No. 158 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Rays selected college second baseman Johnny Field. Field has always been a fan favorite at Arizona because of his great performance and all-out style of play.
Right-hander Bryan Verbitsky said he was surprised the Padres selected him with their third-round Draft pick Friday. He never had a workout with them specifically, though he had been in contact with their scouts. Verbitsky was the first pitcher chosen by the Padres after they took two outfielders and a shortstop Thursday.
The Cubs continued to take college players with their fourth-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Friday, selecting right-hander Tyler Skulina out of Kent State with the 108th overall pick.
The Marlins addressed the backstop position with the 152nd overall pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, taking Cal State Fullerton catcher Chad Wallach on Friday in the fifth round.
The Rays didn't set out to put together eight almost completely balanced rounds Friday in the First-Year Player Draft. But by the time Day 2 of the 2013 Draft was over, they had selected four college players and four out of high school, four right-handed pitchers and four position players.
With its fifth-round pick, Seattle chose shortstop Jack Reinheimer out of East Carolina University. In 2010, Reinheimer was Atlanta's 31st-round pick.
With the 117th overall pick, the Mariners made left-handed pitcher Ryan Horstman their fourth-round Draft choice. The Massachusetts native played his college ball at St. John's University, but not before taking a year off from the game.
Drafting by what is needed at the Major League level, especially after the first couple of rounds, isn't much of a concern for D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery.
The Angels went with another right-handed pitcher in round four of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, selecting Elliot Morris out of Pierce College in Washington.
Riley Unroe already had at least two connections to the Rays before they picked him in the second round of the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night.
Indians' fourth-rounder Kyle Crockett's deceptive, low-three-quarters delivery makes him tough on left-handed batters, and could explain why he stood out from other Draft-eligible southpaws with similar skill sets.
Sean Brady, a left-hander out of Ida Baker H.S. (Fla.), is polished for a high schooler and has the potential for three Major League-average pitches. The Indians selected him 141st overall, in the fifth round.
The Dodgers selected Arizona third baseman Brandon Dixon with the 92nd pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
The Braves started Day 2 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft with the selection of right-handed pitcher Carlos Salazar in the third round and held to a few common themes on Friday: power pitchers, depth up the middle of the diamond, and players likely to sign contracts.
Just as they did with their second-round pick, the Angels used their third-round pick to bolster their Minor League pitching depth.
With the 109th overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Rockies selected right fielder Jordan Patterson out of the University of South Alabama.
The Marlins selected shortstop Ben DeLuzio with the 80th overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
With their fourth-round pick (No. 110 overall) the Twins drafted high school left-hander Stephen Gonsalves. Gonsalves had a very good summer of 2012, pitching well at the Area Code Games in California and the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park in San Diego, though an inconsistent spring had some wondering just how high he'd go on Draft day.
To begin the Draft's second day, the Mariners made Canadian shortstop Tyler O'Neill their third-round choice. The right-handed prep -- who also played catcher in high school -- projects as a right fielder in the Mariners' organization.
With their third-round pick (No. 78 overall) of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Twins selected college catcher Stuart Turner. Turner spent his first two college seasons at LSU-Eunice, helping the Bengals win the 2012 Division II junior college national championship.
The Blue Jays used their third-round pick, 83rd overall, on right-handed pitcher Patrick Murphy out of Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Cord Sandberg reminds some of Josh Hamilton. Like the former MVP, Sandberg has the chance to be a very good outfielder. He's also a football star who accounted for 44 touchdowns as a Florida high school senior.
Jon Denney was the only player at the MLB Draft telecast not selected Thursday, but the high school catching prospect didn't have to wait long to hear his name on Day 2.
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At the end of Day 2 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Mets looked at their new group of players with significant satisfaction. As each round passed, they found themselves taking players they were legitimately pleased to welcome to the organization.
Kris Bryant, the Cubs' first-round Draft pick, was so confident in his ability, he said he was ready to play in the big leagues now. That prompted manager Dale Sveum to check with the team's traveling secretary to see if the third baseman was headed to Chicago for Friday's game.
Casey Meisner is a rare Texas pitcher who remains projectable. Listed at 6-foot-7, 185 pounds, Meisner has touched 94 mph with his fastball, but more typically throws it around 90 mph.
The Rockies began Day 2 of their 2013 First-Year Player Draft by selecting lefty Sam Moll with the 77th overall pick.
Zack Wheeler's big-league promotion has seemed imminent for days now with the most recent sign of a looming callup, as ESPN reported that Wheeler's first start would occur next Friday.
Austin Wilson, a big right fielder out of Stanford who can run and hit with power, was selected by the Mariners with their second-round pick in Thursday's First-Year Player Draft.
The Rockies picked up athletic ability in left-handed-hitting high school third baseman Ryan McMahon, and more pitching in college righty Alex Balog with their final two picks on Thursday -- the first day of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
The Padres missed out on D.J. Peterson in the first round, but selected his younger brother, Dustin, a shortstop from Gilbert High in Arizona with the No. 50 overall pick in the Draft, then took switch-hitting outfielder Jordan Paroubeck at No. 69 overall.
Scouting director Dan Kantrovitz included left-hander Marco Gonzales in a pool of players he thought had a reasonable chance to still be available at No. 19. The case was similar with lefty Robert Kaminsky at No. 28. The Cardinals ended up nabbing both. The biggest surprise came next.
Selected by the Yankees 33rd overall on Thursday in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, left-hander Ian Clarkin said that he cheered wildly the night Luis Gonzalez's broken-bat flare found a patch of Arizona outfield grass, giving the D-backs the 2001 World Series title over Mariano Rivera and the Yankees. He's since changed his mind.
After taking Braden Shipley with their first-round pick, the D-backs selected right-hander Aaron Blair out of Marshall University with their Competitive Balance pick (36th overall), and then chose outfielder Justin Willliams out of Terrebonne High School in Houma, La. with their second-round pick (52nd overall).
Like pitchers, teams can never have too many catchers, especially those who have shown intriguing offensive potential. That was the approach the Braves took on Thursday when they selected catcher Victor Caratini with their second round selection in this year's First-Year Player Draft.
Major League Baseball has followed up its most diverse draft in two decades with a fitting encore. Seven African-Americans were drafted in the first round in 2012, the most since 1992, and six more players of African-American descent were drafted in the first round Thursday.
When the Rays were making their second selection of the first round on Thursday, they found a name they didn't expect to still be available: Ryne Stanek. The hard-throwing righty from the University of Arkansas had been projected as a Top 10 pick, but the Rays grabbed him 29th.
The long road to the First-Year Player Draft ended for 73 players Thursday night, when they were selected on the first day of the 2013 Draft. The rest of this year's class will have to wait to learn its fate until the picks resume with the third round Friday at 1 p.m. ET.
The Giants drafted Ryder Jones, a left-handed-batting third baseman who also possesses pitching aptitude as a right-hander, with their second selection (64th overall) Thursday in the First-Year Player Draft.
Colby Suggs might have been the fourth player the Marlins selected on Thursday in the First-Year Player Draft, but the 21-year-old just might be the quickest of the group to reach the big leagues.
Trevor Williams, a 21-year-old right-hander from Arizona State, has a high upside, yet his performance didn't always match his ability. But the Marlins saw enough raw potential in him to select him in the second round of Thursday's First-Year Player Draft.
After nabbing power lefty Trey Ball with their first pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Red Sox opted to complement him with a power righty in their second and final pick on Thursday night, snagging right-hander Teddy Stankiewicz at No. 45 in the second round.
With four picks on the first day, the Marlins cashed in by selecting Matt Krook, a 6-foot-4 left-hander from St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco, with the 35th pick.
D.J. Peterson, a college third baseman out of New Mexico, was the 12th overall pick by the Mariners. Little brother Dustin, a shortstop from Gilbert (Ariz.) High School, went to the Padres in the second round at pick No. 50.
The Orioles -- the youngest team in the American League -- continued their youth movement in Thursday night's First-Year Player Draft, selecting high school catcher Chance Sisco with the 61st overall pick.
The Orioles selected prep outfielder Josh Hart with the 37th overall pick, the fourth selection in the First-Year Player Draft's Competitive Balance Round A.
With their second-round selection of right-hander Andrew Church, the Mets completed Day 1 of their Draft having acquired two new high school players for the farm.
The Twins continued to address their biggest organizational need, picking Louisiana State University right-hander Ryan Eades with the No. 43 overall pick in the second round of the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night.
The Angels are in desperate need of high-ceiling pitching talent for their barren farm system, and that's exactly where they went with their first pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night, taking high school left-hander Hunter Green with the 59th overall selection in the second round.
The Nationals made their first selection of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft in the second round, 68th overall, when they took right-hander Jake Johansen of Dallas Baptist University.
The top three picks in this year's Draft all were players with big-time tools, and that's the way it should be. Smart teams can find role players and solid regulars after the first few picks.
By the time the first round of Thursday's First-Year Player Draft was coming to a close, the Astros were thrilled to see that UC-Irvine pitcher Andrew Thurman was still available. So when the 40th pick rolled around, they knew they had their man.
Corey Knebel wasn't on the Draft radar out of high school. In fact, he wasn't even on the radar for the University of Texas until a scholarship opened up three summers ago, just days before he was heading to junior college. The biggest surprise of all, though, came Thursday night when the Tigers called.
The Blue Jays used their second pick on Day 1 of the First-Year Player Draft to select 18-year-old right-hander Clinton Hollon.
With their second-round pick, and third selection on the first night of the Draft, the Pirates took Blake Taylor, a left-handed pitcher from Dana Hills High in Southern California.
The Brewers' long wait ended at 10:18 p.m. CT on Thursday, when the team used its first pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on right-hander Devin Williams, a high-school arm from Hazelwood West High School in Missouri.
The Dodgers selected Tom Windle, a left-handed pitcher from the University of Minnesota, in the second round (56th overall) of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft Thursday.
Credit to the nine young men who let their Draft day developments play out in living color, in the shadow of the New Jersey Turnpike, in an MLB Network studio loaded with MLB royalty. For in this room, you could see the tears of joy, but you could also feel the anxiety.
The Cubs took a step toward improving their pitching by selecting Missouri left-hander Rob Zastryzny with the 41st overall pick of the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow raved about first overall pick Mark Appel, about his pure physical gifts, work ethic, smarts and intangibles the Astros believe will make him a cornerstone of a rotation -- and a franchise -- for years.
Looking to add to the supply of power arms already in their organization, the Braves took right-handed pitcher Jason Hursh with the 31st overall selection in this year's First-Year Player Draft. They took Miami Dade catcher Victor Caratini with their second-round selection.
The Padres, looking for an impact bat for their system, selected Mississippi State outfielder Hunter Renfroe with the 13th-overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.
Shortstop Christian Arroyo has so much going for him that he couldn't care less about being considered an unexpected first-round Draft choice by the Giants.
Catching has been a problem spot in the Rays organization, which made South Carolina high school backstop Nick Ciuffo the logical choice for its first pick -- the 21st -- of Thursday's First-Year Player Draft.
Right-hander Blake Goins, out of Pearland High School in Texas, has displayed strong command of his pitches, which include a fastball that can reach 94 mph and a hard slider.
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