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2013 MLB Draft: Picks 21-33 – Yankees make their three first-round picks

Jun 6, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

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Rays selected catcher Nick Ciuffo with the 21st pick in the 2013 draft.
The second high school catcher to go, Ciuffo has a promising left-handed bat with quite a bit of power potential. He’s still rather raw behind the plate, but he has a good arm and the tools to turn into an adept catcher in time.

Orioles drafted high school right-hander Hunter Harvey 22nd overall.
Hunter is the son of former major league closer Bryan Harvey. The hope is that Hunter will make it as a starter with his low-90s fastball, curveball and changeup, and he could add some velocity as he fills out. There’s a lot of upside here.

Rangers picked Oral Roberts right-hander Alex Gonzalez with the 23rd selection.
Yes, another Alex Gonzalez. This one pitches, though. He’s not very polished for a college pitcher, but his low-90s moving fastball could prove to be an excellent weapon. He also has a slider. Some think he’s more likely to make it as a reliever than as a starter.

Athletics picked high school outfielder Billy McKinney 24th overall.
McKinney figures to hit for both average and power, but he probably won’t be an asset defensively in the process. He did play center in high school, but he figures to soon find himself in left field or maybe right as a pro.

Giants selected shortstop Christian Arroyo with the 25th pick in the draft.
Buster Posey excepted, the Giants don’t have nearly as much luck drafting hitters as pitchers. Still, Brian Sabean opted to go for a shortstop here. Arroyo is expected to stay at the position, but he was a surprise as a first-round pick. While the Giants obviously disagree, it seems like most project him as a utilityman.

Yankees took third baseman Eric Jagielo 26th overall in the draft.
With three of the last eight picks in the first round, the Yankees played it rather safe with the first pick. Jagielo upped his stock in the Cape Cod League last year and then hit .388/.500/.633 with nine homers for Notre Dame this season. He’s questionable to last at third base, and he may not run well enough to be an asset in an outfield corner either. He does possess plenty of power from the left side of the plate, so with hopes of playing in Yankee Stadium, he’s an intriguing fantasy prospect.

Reds selected Samford outfielder Philip Ervin with the 27th pick.
Ervin was the Cape Cod League MVP last year, giving him some momentum headed into his Junior season at Samford. Some teams liked him better as a pitcher, but the Reds drafted him as a center fielder. He’ll probably move to a corner later if Billy Hamilton develops as hoped.

Cardinals selected high school LHP Rob Kaminsky 28th overall.
The Cardinals took left-handers with both of their first-round picks, the difference being that this one is from the high school ranks. Kaminsky certainly has better pure stuff than 19th overall pick Marco Gonzales, but he’s a rather raw talent without much of a changeup at the moment.

Rays selected University of Arkansas RHP Ryne Stanek with the 29th overall pick.
Stanek, no relation to Ryne Sandberg, might be the steal of the first round at No. 29. The 21-year-old has struggled with consistency in college, but he has arguably the best fastball in the draft, a quality slider and the making of a legit curveball. The Rays have plenty of pitching in front of him, which is probably for the best. He’s not as close to being major league ready as some of the other college hurlers.

Rangers picked high school shortstop Travis Demeritte 30th overall Thursday.
This was supposed to be a very weak draft for middle infielders, but four shortstops went in the first round. Demeritte, though, is the least likely of the group to stay at the position, which would have been the case even if he wasn’t drafted by the team that already has Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar. The Rangers probably see him as a long-term third baseman.

Braves selected Oklahoma State right-hander Jason Hursh with the 31st pick in the draft.
The Braves gave up their first-round pick to sign B.J. Upton, but they got one back for losing Michael Bourn. Hursh, a Tommy John survivor, went 6-5 with a 2.79 ERA and an 86/28 K/BB ratio in 106 1/3 innings for the Cowboys this year. A sinkerballer, he could move quickly, though he doesn’t have the kind of upside one might prefer from a first-round pick.

Yankees picked Fresno State outfielder Aaron Judge with the 32nd selection.
Judge is a big guy, standing 6-foot-7, but he hit just six homes in his first two seasons for Fresno State before upping his total to 11 this year. On the other hand, he’s always been an excellent OBP guy, finishing his career with a .451 mark. If he learns to better use his strength to turn on fastballs, he could end up as one of the top hitters in the draft. He’s a worthy gamble for a team with three first-round picks.

Yankees took high school left-hander Ian Clarkin with the 33rd and final pick in the first round of Wednesday’s draft.
Clarkin throws in the low-90s and shows potential with both his curve and changeup, so it would have been no surprise had he gone 15 or 20 spots higher tonight. Command has been an issue, and he’s not someone who figures to rise through the ranks rapidly.

  1. yankswm - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:09 PM


    • yankswm - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      Sorry for this one. Damn iPhone!

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        Using profanities makes the baby Jesus cry.

  2. yankswm - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Matthew, Jagielo was actually a 20-25 projected pick in about every mock draft. Not sure what you read, but he was a first round projection all along. Baseball America, ESPN, Sporting News, you name it.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      Yeah Mayo of MLB and Callis both had Jagielo going to the Yanks at 26, Law had them taking him at 32.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:33 PM

        Looks like you guys are right. I edited that one.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:43 PM

        Well to give you some credit, saying the Yanks were going to draft him at 26 and him being rated #26 are too different things. If you don’t mind my asking, is there a prospect guru you tend to like more than others?

  3. randygnyc - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    The Yankees broke the bank in this draft, IMO. Both Judge (an absolute monster) and lefty pitcher clarkin were expected to go much higher in the first round. Jagelo went at 26 and may prove to be an above average 3B without a very high ceiling offensively. That Judge and Clarkin (who up until the moment was drafted, hated the Yankees), were drafted because swisher and soriano signed elsewhere is a miracle. Clarkin quickly changed his tune about his feelings on the Yankees.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      MLB couldn’t have timed that video of Clarkin hating the Yanks any better. Although did you notice the LHP out of NJ, Kaminsky? Said his favorite moment was Aaron Boone hitting the walk-off HR in the playoffs against Boston in 2004. Going to let that last sentence sit there and not point out the huge error…

  4. randygnyc - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Btw, clarkin’s curveball was rated the best in the country at the HS level.

  5. duckthefodgers - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Brandon Crawford has been working out pretty well so far.

  6. 13arod - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    i wish the yankeys would have got a shortstop insted of an out fielder

  7. missthedayswhenwedidnthavetologin - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:53 PM

  8. thomas844 - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Ludwick won’t be in LF for the Reds forever. Perhaps Ervin could be the guy in a few years for them.

  9. tfbuckfutter - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Ahh….the Yankees pick up the 3 players that will become ridiculously overrated and eventually traded for an over-priced slightly under-performing veteran who will somehow remember how to play the game of baseball during a pennant run, leaving the other team with three guys who will ultimately have marginal careers.

    Sorry, I mean the 2 guys they will trade and the 1 guy they will keep who will remain with the team as proof of their “home grown talent” despite OPSing in the low 700s (BUT HIS DEFENSE!!) or being micro-managed as a pitcher and still never actually contributing much AND getting injured all the time.

  10. humanexcrement - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Whenever the Yankees make a draft pick, I think of George Costanza saying to that woman in the coffee shop, “Hello, my name is George. I’m unemployed, and I live with my parents.” Seriously, whatever your instincts tell you, do the exact opposite.

  11. demo3356 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    How did the Yankees of all teams end up with 3 first round picks?

  12. randygnyc - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    The 26th was theirs. The other two were compensatory picks after their free agents Swisher and Soriano signed elsewhere after receiving qualifying offers from the Yanks.

  13. thebadguyswon - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Three solid picks, IMO, and I’m not a Yankees fan. Really like Clarkin.

  14. mazblast - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Get the Yankee picks’ HOF busts made now. Just like all Yankee picks ever, they’re going to be major league monsters, so don’t even bother to play the games, just give them their entries there now. Ask Brien Taylor.

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