With the 2013 MLB Draft happening on June 6th, Prospects2Pros has decided to take a hand in making a mock draft. So far, 26 of the 39 first round picks have been covered. Now comes the last true first round pick as well as the compensation and competitive balance picks.
27. Cincinnati Reds: Cavan Biggio, Utility, St. Thomas High School, Texas
When this piece gets published, you can bet any Astros fan that reads this is going to have a massive coronary. I know, this is Craig’s son, and to have him play for any team other than the Houston Astros is downright wrong. But with Cincinnati’s minor league system flush with pitchers and position players, and with Biggio open to practically any position, the Reds would be wise to take their former rival’s flesh and blood. Although Cavan has been profiled as a third baseman, it’s not his set position, and as Jonathan MAyo put it in his report, Biggio’s future position is uncertain. Moving from defense though, Biggio is like his dad, in the fact that he can hit with contact and a little power. In a hitter’s park like the GABP, Biggio could move to a 5 spot in the order. Wherever Biggio’s superiors decide he should play, whether it be third base, outfield or second, he should be a valuable asset, and like his dad, if the situation arises in which he needs to move to accommodate someone, (Jeff Kent’s son, anyone?) he’ll be ready for a move.
28. St. Louis Cardinals: Kevin Ziomek, Pitcher, Vanderbilt
If the Cardinals are still uneasy with picking Marco Gonzales, which is what I mocked them to do, then they can go for a proven SEC lefty in Kevin Ziomek. Ziomek, like Indiana State’s Sean Manaea, is a Cape Cod King, as he rose his stock up in the Cape Cod League. If Ziomek can continue to show that his Cape Cod Numbers are just part of a successful season in the making, the Cardinals will likely tab him as an insurance policy if Gonzales fails.
29. Tampa Bay Rays: Brian Ragira, First Baseman/Outfielder, Stanford
The Cardinal are likely going to be decimated this year, as Mark Appel, Austin Wilson, and Brian Ragira all are primed for the draft. Ragira isn’t as much of a contact hitter as his teammate, Wilson, but his power and ability to play first base should suit the Rays, especially if James Loney is only intended to be a temporary option. Ragira’s power may take some time to show, but if Tampa Bay wants a slugger to protect Evan Longoria and Wil Myers, then Ragira certainly should be looked at twice.
30. Texas Rangers: Aaron Judge, Outfielder, Fresno State
Texas fans, fret no longer. Aaron Judge may just be the answer to the question, Who will replace Josh Hamilton? Judge is well built, at 6’7″ and 240 pounds, and he can hit. Not only is he a legitimate power threat, but he also has good contact and speed. While his power is a bit tough to tap right now, it’s likely that he will reach his potential after a season or two in the minors, and not long afterward, bolster a team that has just been handpicked of its best players.
31. Atlanta Braves: Eric Jagielo, Third Baseman, Notre Dame
Nobody will ever truly replace Chipper Jones, but if the Braves want a homegrown upgrade over Chris Johnson, which they will likely need in the future, then Eric Jagielo in all likelihood is the guy they should be looking for. Jagielo is a solid hitter and an excellent defender, and a real anchor to any lineup. He may not be fast, but with the Upton brothers and others, Jagielo won’t need to speed up to keep up.
32. New York Yankees: Dylan Covey, Pitcher, San Diego
If the Brewers hadn’t signed Kyle Lohse, they would likely have gone after Covey, who had been chosen by them three years earlier, but the Yankees will likely go after him. Covey, like Kohl Stewart, suffers from Type-1 Diabetes, and spent the past three seasons at the University of San Diego getting used to his condition. Covey certainly has the skill set that encouraged the Brewers to go after him, the question is if he’s ready to make the next step after three years of recuperation.
33. New York Yankees: Michael Lorenzen, Outfielder, Cal State Fullerton
There is absolutely no way that the Yankees are going to compete in the next few years with the likes of Travis Hafner, Kevin Youkilis and company manning the field. If the Steinbrenners are serious about keeping their payroll down, then they really do need to get younger, and if they want to compete faster, then drafting collegians is the right way to go. Lorenzen is a Ryan Braun-type who like to play inside the park, but at Yankee Stadium, inside the park ball translates to a power hitter. Lorenzen will certainly help remake an outfield that is showing its age, and he will make his debut sooner rather than later.
COMPETITIVE BALANCE PICKS:
34. Kansas City Royals: Chris Okey, Catcher, Eustis High School, Florida
I’m not convinced that Salvador Perez is the answer to the Royals catching situation. Get Okey, who can really hit and defend.
35. Miami Marlins, Stephen Gonsalves, Pitcher, Cathedral Catholic High School, California
Miami usually picks up a solid high school pitcher every few years, and with Gonsalves still on the board, he could become the next big thing after Jose Fernandez is dumped.
36. Arizona Diamondbacks: Braden Shipley, Pitcher, Nevada
Shipley has a zip in his fastball, and his proximity to Phoenix could give the Diamondbacks a chance to go after him.
37. Baltimore Orioles, Jeremy Martinez, Catcher, Mater Dei High School, California
Martinez models his game after Albert Pujols, and Baltimore should start looking for a future catcher for when Wieters moves to DH.
38. Cincinnati Reds: Bobby Wahl, Pitcher, Ole Miss
Wahl falls all the way to the competitive balance round, and Cincinnati gains another bona fida college pitcher who could make out to be a future ace.
39. Detroit Tigers: Hunter Harvey, Pitcher, Bandys High School, North Carolina
It’s not too early to start looking for the next Verlander. Son of closer Bryan Harvey, armed with terrific fastball.