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2013 MLB Draft: Picks 6-10 – The Marlins jump on Colin Moran

Jun 6, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT

Colin Moran AP

Marlins selected third baseman Colin Moran from the University of North Carolina with the sixth overall pick.
One rumor last week was that the Astros might take Moran first overall in order to save some money. The Marlins should consider themselves lucky to get him here. Moran, the nephew of former No. 1 overall draft pick B.J. Surhoff, should last at third base, and he’s got a great approach that could make him a No. 2 hitter in the majors. The big issue is whether he’ll turn into more than a 10- or 15-homer guy.

Red Sox picked high school left-hander Trey Ball with the seventh pick in the draft.
The Red Sox were typically linked to outfielders Austin Meadows and Clint Frazier in this spot, and Meadows was out there for them. Instead, they went with a 6-foot-6 left-hander with big-time upside. Ball was also viewed as a first-round prospect as an outfielder, but the Red Sox drafted him for his talent on the mound. Ball throws in the low-90s now and could add velocity. He’s a high risk kind of talent, but as rarely as the Red Sox get to pick up here — they hadn’t drafted in the top 10 since selecting Trot Nixon seventh overall in 1993 — it’s hard to blame them for shooting for the moon.

Royals selected Stephen F. Austin shortstop Hunter Dozier eighth overall.
This will be the laughing stock pick of the top 10, as most saw Dozier as a second-round talent. The Royals can probably sign him at a discount, which could pay off later if some nice prospects slip, but that’d be a silly motivation when there were legitimate top-10 talents left on the board. Dozier isn’t expected to stay at shortstop, but the Royals will likely play him there initially. He has pretty good power, and he’ll need it, since he figures to end up at third.

Pirates grabbed high school outfielder Austin Meadows with the ninth pick in the draft.
Meadows was projected to go as high as fifth and most didn’t see him lasting past the Red Sox with the seventh pick. He probably won’t last in center, and that’s especially a given with Andrew McCutchen now ahead of him. But he should prove to be quite an asset defensively in right field, and he possesses big-time power potential. He’s a high risk kind of guy, but he’s also one with the ability to end up as the best player from this year’s draft.

Blue Jays picked right-hander Phil Bickford with the 10th pick.
The Blue Jays usually go high school, just as they did here. They may well have preferred Trey Ball, but the Red Sox got to him first. Bickford, who doesn’t turn 18 until next month, already touches the mid-90s with his fastball, and both his slider and changeup could turn into plus pitches later.

  1. kcrobert10 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    No the royals make a laughing stock move. I didn’t see that coming no way. Maybe I just need a new team.

    • mrchainbluelightning - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      They saved some money, now maybe they can sign Manaea.


      • kcrobert10 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:18 AM

        Personally I’m so so sick and tired of hearing about money issues with the royals. If Mr glass doesn’t have the cash to play with the big boys then sell this team to someone who does like Mr Patterson who owns cerner a medical computer company here in kc that is in the top 25 Forbes richest companies. The guy has like 1.6 billion don’t think he would have a problem buying the royals and still having money. Further more kc is bigger population wise than st Louis esp if you add all the people living on the Kansas side of the state line. Yet the cards put out a 100 million dollar payroll yr in yr out and a great farm system why great owners.

      • mrchainbluelightning - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:24 AM

        It’s not about saving money that way, teams have a pool of money they can spend. Last year the Astros took Correa because they could sign him to a cheaper deal. Then used the savings to take Lance McCullers Jr in the 2nd. If they took Buxton or Appel they probably couldn’t offer enough to McCullers to get him to go pro. The Royal are trying the same thing.

  2. mrchainbluelightning - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Pirates just added two really nice high school hitters

  3. dwdive - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Nats fans are funny. They have been beating their chests about how their team is the greatest thing since sliced bread and if Strasburg pitched in the post-season last year they were going to win it all, then they add a “Stud Starter”, “one of the best closers in MLB”, a speedy outfielder that’s going to “add depth” the the already “Deepest roster in MLB”. You guys were talking like you have won multiple WS titles, and you were going to just roll teams this yr. I thinks its great Nats fan are eating handfuls of crow and humble pie. Stop it with “all the injuries”, what can we do, its bad luck, blah blah blah. Teams with the depth you guys were talking about should sustain injuries. All of the good teams work through injuries. Up until last yr, the Yanks, Phillies, Red Sox, Rangers, St Louis, Cincy, San Fran, all had injuries woes, and yr after yr, they are in the playoffs and winning divisions. Nats are not as good as you thought, and now you realize how tough it is to win consistently. Nats injuries are not even half as bad as the Phillies team last yr, and they finished .500, with Nats nation talking trash telling everyone they will be bottom dwellers for yrs to come. They are too old and have no depth and can’t stay healthy, but here they are, getting ready to run down the Braves for the div.

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      I don’t understand what this has to do with the article

      • jcmeyer10 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:03 AM

        For some the comments section acts more like a soap box.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    the jays will be picking really high next year thanks to that last place record!! Oh wait they suck every year for the last 20+ years and look at what all those high picks have done for them besides ZILCH!!

    • nbjays - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Hey harry… let me save you some time, pal. Just cut and paste the following every time you want to post and bash the Jays (which is every time you post), and it’ll save you a ton of typing. BTW, it says everything you always say, in every post…

      “JAYS SUCK blah blah blah blah blah blah JAYS PITCHERS SUCK blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah LAST PLACE blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah PROUDLY AND CUR SUCK blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah JAYS ARE LOSERS blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah JAYS SUCK EVERY YEAR blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah 20+ YEARS blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah!”

      There you go, harry. Just macro this to one key and you’ll save messing up your keyboard with your poo-stained fingers. Not to mention you won’t have to put so much thought into your posts… oh, wait… nevermind.

  5. Stiller43 - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Lets go buccos!

  6. tfbuckfutter - Jun 6, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    The Red Sox long term plan of hiring Bobby Valentine just so they could end up with Trey Ball comes to fruition.

    Well played, front office.

  7. randygnyc - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Red Sox took a stud in Ball that can play outfield if he doesn’t pan out on the mound. Hs kid who is still growing and is 6’5″. Might be a lefty, too.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      I wouldn’t draft someone who doesn’t know by the age of 13 which is their dominant hand.

      • jcmeyer10 - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        These guys aren’t always knows for their smarts.

  8. randygnyc - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Kcrobert- maybe your front office knows something that none of the other scouts do. Dozier was rated somewhere between 60-80 by most people. How’d he go at 8?

    • kcrobert10 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      Seeing my front offices recent lack of success in the draft the last 7 yrs ill error on the side of caution in saying this is and will be w bad pick. They did get Manaea at 34 but we will see if they can sign them both.

  9. randygnyc - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Meadows will be a good player for the pirates at some point. High quality kid/family.

    • mazblast - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      As a Pirates fan of over 50 years’ standing, who has suffered for the last 20 years due to the ineptitude of ownership, management, and players, I say from the bottom (and top) of my heart–

      I don’t care about the quality of any given player or his family. If he’s a good kid and/or from a quality family, fine, but not relevant. All I care about is whether the kid can PLAY. 82-80, that’s all I ask for right now, and if we have to sign Vlad the Impaler to do it, fine with me. We’ll deal with any character issues later.

  10. Old Gator - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    The Feesh peecked an actual real live third baseman to play third base??????

    My heart!

    • dan1111 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:12 AM

      Scouts say that his tradeability outstanding, and it still has room to develop.

      • dan1111 - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:13 AM


    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:07 AM

      Something Feeeshy is going on here…

    • mazblast - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Gator, you have a heart? When did this happen?

  11. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Note to self, Phil Bickford is the next bluejay Bust!!!

    • dan1111 - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:26 AM

      If you want to slam the Jays, fine, but trashing some 17 year old kid in the process is lame.

    • nbjays - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      Didn’t you know? Lame is Harry’s middle name. Just check out his posting history for proof. Pick your cliche: one trick pony, broken record, beating a dead horse… Harry has about as much creativity and originality in his posts as umpires like Bob Davidson and Angel Hernandez have accountability and humility. ZILCH!

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