The No. 1 pick in this year’s Major League Baseball Rule 4 Draft went as expected: The Tigers took Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson. Otherwise, though, there were some eye-openers in Wednesday’s first round, as Jim Callis of MLB.com and Keith Law of The Athletic were among those to cover. Let’s take a look at some of those moves and then you can vote on the biggest surprise from the opening round.
- Vanderbilt 3B/OF Austin Martin “falls” to Blue Jays at No. 5: It’s a bit hyperbolic to suggest that someone who went fifth overall actually “fell” down. Martin was regarded by some as the best all-around prospect in the draft and was expected by many to go in the top two picks. Once the Orioles passed on him, though, both the Marlins and Royals opted to do the same, dropping yet another premium position player prospect into the Blue Jays’ laps. Martin will now join a future core that includes Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio and Nate Pearson, among others.
- Orioles select Arkansas OF Heston Kjerstad at No. 2: Everyone anticipated that Kjerstad would be a first-rounder, but closer to the middle of the round. Kjerstad is regarded as having some of the best left-handed pop in the class — if not the best left-handed pop. But the Orioles are likely going to look to cut a deal here, thus allowing them to double up on a more balanced pair of high-end prospects.
- Minnesota RHP Max Meyer goes No. 3 to the Marlins: Meyer was projected as a Top 10 pick, but southpaw Asa Lacy was generally expected to be the top pitcher off the board, with most mock drafts projecting him to go to the Marlins. Miami clearly liked Meyer better, despite concerns about his height (6’0″). The Gopher ace runs his heater up into triple digits and will give the Fish a power arm to pair with an already-impressive crop of young pitching talent.
- Giants grab another college catcher: Two years after grabbing Joey Bart at No. 2 in the 2018 draft, the Giants used yet another top pick on a backstop. This time, with the 13th choice, San Francisco went with North Carolina State’s Patrick Bailey. Between Bart and Bailey, perhaps the Giants will be able to find at least one successor to franchise great Buster Posey. Regardless, president of baseball Farhan Zaidi simply believes Bailey was too good to pass on in that spot. “You don’t draft for need and you can never have too much catching,” Zaidi said (via Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, on Twitter).
- A Red Sox reach? In a move that J.J. Cooper of Baseball America regards as “the shock of the first round,” Boston used the 17th pick on Nick Yorke, a high school middle infielder from California. Yorke was not regarded by prospect gurus as a first-rounder entering the draft; however, because the Red Sox don’t have a second-rounder this year, they felt it was worthwhile to pick up Yorke when they still could.
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What’s concerning about a guy being 6’0″? lol
Oh the Pain
Eddie Gaedel, is that you?
Other than he’s a lil manlet?
Well, if we were to keep it simple, and only look at it from the perspective of basic physics, a 6 foot frame is able to generate less power than a larger frame. In a game where power is key, you should be concerned about someone who isn’t able to generate as much of it as the elites in the sport.
Case and point: among the top 10 best major league pitchers in 2019, the shortest is 6-2. There are two others who are 6-3. Everyone else is 6-4 or taller.
This guy already throws 100, like the article says.
Explain Pedro Martinez, 5’11”
Pedro was listed at 5’11”…
Question: how are you defining who the 10 best MLB pitchers are?
Billy Wagner: 5’9
The fact that you have to go back to someone who was drafted 27 years ago, to find a successful short pitcher, doesn’t help your point.
Greg Maddux was like 6′ even and he is one of the best pitchers I’ve ever seen.
As with most “general rules,” you can ALWAYS find one or two exceptions… but the smart money, as they say…
Pretty impressive list of pitchers under 6′, most of whom could bring the heat: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/413684-you-must-be-this-tall-to-dominate-mlb-the-12-best-pitchers-ever-u.. The list would be even bigger with pitchers right at 6′ like Max Meyer.
Sonny Gray was one of the best pitchers last year and he’s 5’10. Johnny Cueto is 5’11. Not saying that I disagree with your point. It is generally correct, but you can be successful at 6’0 or below.
Jon Rauch was like 7 foot and threw 91.
Craig Kimbrel 5’11”.
It’s because Martin is hyped up and the first four teams had great scouting to see pass bologna hype chit! Blue Jay’s are constantly drafting poorly and her it is again this year
i mean they literally mention Bichette, Biggio, and Pearson right there but sure, the Blue Jays are terrible at drafting.
Well it’s a lot harder when you can’t just pick someone with a major leaguer’s face and name
Exactly Dannibalcorpse! I wish my Rangers were as ‘bad’ at drafting as the Blue Jays are.
Toronto is going to be stacked in a couple of years.
I know, eh? A consensus #2 by a lot of people that actually know what they are talking about and watched him play. Just terrible!
wild bill tetley
Blue Jays are up and down, draft-wise. For all the guys mentioned there is the Logan Warmoth, TJ Zeuch and Jon Harris picks, but they were all in the 20’s in the first round. Groshan’s health is a concern but when he plays he rakes. Too soon to judge Manoah. You give an organization’s current regime 5 years, so 2021 we can truly make a strong judgement on the Blue Jays drafting.
Hope the Jays can get Martin signed. It always feels like players who drop more than they expected are difficult to negotiate with because they sometimes expect above slot value to sign.
But, I am happy with the pick. Wonder what position the Jays see for him.
Hes the future CF
He went as number FIVE, for goodness sake! Really a terrible drop.
No worries, working with Boras is always easy breezy
You don’t not pick a guy because of Boras. You own his control for 6-7 years before he can ask for the moon in free agency.
Have the Giants given up on Joey Bart or something? He’s still an elite prospect.
Oh the Pain
MLB Draft isn’t about need. It’s about taking who you feel is the best available player. Catching depth isn’t a bad thing. It’s interesting to me that Zaidi’s former team, the Dodgers, is well-stocked at that position.
Angels drafted Taylor Ward and Matt Thaiss in back to back years who were both catchers at the time. Its definitely a werid pick for SF but its only a problem if they both pan out, which is a good one to have.
Saw a good argument on ESPN I think.
If universal dh is here to stay, one way to use the spot if you have two above average catchers is to split their time, and keep both fresher than just being a primary C who goes 130+ behind the dish
Also, Dodgers did same thing with Zaidi at the helm, with Smith and Ruiz, and others lower down.
Good point but in that situation you would likely have to carry someone who could be a 3rd catcher (like a Chris Gimenez/Blake Swihart that plays corner OF and DH). You wouldn’t be able to get away with having a 3rd catcher be someone who is an emergency catcher.
In the AL you see good hitting catchers DH occasionally but usually it’s rare to have one catcher good enough to DH regularly let alone two. Plus even if you did that you’d probably need to give your catchers at least one off day per week. That’s not to say this would never happen but I don’t think any team will regularly have two catchers in the lineup any time soon
Maybe not in the same lineup but the Rays had 2 catchers rotating in the 2nd half last year and it worked pretty darn well. One of which landed a nice contract.
Catchers are great trading chips.
Don’t you need two catchers at the big league level? The odds are not with both of these guys becoming stars. In fact, the odds are not with both of these guys even becoming average big leaguers. But if they do beat the odds, you still need a back up and one of those two will definitely prove to be better than the other. If they hit the lotto and have both become elite, then you have a big piece of a really good trade package.
The Giants may have drafted the best player on the board at the time.
Who knows? Maybe they can move Bart/Bailey to a corner IF spot later on
The Giants. Lol
The Giants: Clearly, on track to be the LOST franchise of the 2020’s
How so? What’s wrong with their farm system?
the majority of fans think theres something wrong w their system is what’s wrong, why do any research?
Sadly, other… I did not expect Texas to choose Foscue at 14. What a fail. I’d much rather have Bitsko, Jarvis, or Sabato… but noooo we have to take the “Solak” with less offensive ability (which is the only thing holding Solak’s game together). Other than that Hjerstad was a huge surprise too, I expected him to go around 10th or so.
Yeah the Rangers continue to make bad decisions at the top of the draft. Ever since Preller left to San Diego the draft has been a major weak spot for Texas. They are enamored with SS and 2B for some reason. Often shifting them around to different positions. It’s bizarre to say the least.
Ed Howard was a strange pick for the Cubs. He is a toolsy player. You remember a lot of guys drafted described as toolsy but not a lot of MLB players referred to as toolsy. Both Tyler Soderstrom and Garrett Mitchell would have been better picks. I don’t think Howard was the best player available. I wonder how much the Chicago background played into the pick because it definitely did. There were better players available with both higher floors and ceilings such as Garrett Mitchell and Tyler Soderstrom. Additionally, some teams do tend to draft based on need at times. This was one time where the Cubs could have done that. They can’t develop pitching so they could have taken a projectable low risk college pitcher in a draft full of them.
He was literally the highest ranked player still available.
Just because one site labels him the best player available doesn’t mean he is. You should look at multiple sources and put together an opinion from all the info. Yeah mlb.com had him as the #15 player but fangraphs pegged him as #24. My point is there were players with a higher floor such as Garrett Mitchell who was available and higher ceiling such as Soderstrom. Theo has made two of his first round picks as high school kids. Albert Almora and Paul Blackburn. For a team that wants to win now they should have taken a player like Mitchell who will make the same level of impact but in a shorter time period.
After about the first 10 picks, it’s a crapshoot. Sure, they could’ve went several different routes with the #16 pick, but I don’t see anything wrong with their pick. It would be different if the Cubs had the #1 pick and went with Howard. I guess we’ll find out in 5 years whether the Cubs made a good pick or not. It’s way too early to criticize a team’s pick.
Doesn’t matter what the mock drafts say. Texas thought he was, and that’s the important thing.
Hmmm….I was watching the coverage and when ESPN went to Jeff Passan his exact words were I’m getting texts that “this is the best pick in the draft so far.”. Which means a better pick than the first 15. Maybe not a better player, but a better pick—whatever that means.
This is a darn baseball draft. I’m guessing that none of us were in any of the Zoom war rooms, have seen almost any of the players live, haven’t watched extensive tape on any of them, interviewed any of them.
This has nothing to do with Javy Baez, Kris Bryant, etc. Heck, three years ago a lot of people would have bet their life that Addison Russell would have been the Cubs shortstop through 2025.
To call any pick strange or say there was a better one is just off base at this time, unless someone here is a professional scout or is working for a team right now—and at that, if you are on MLBTR now you probably have better things to do.
I had a catch with a 14th round pick when he was 14. Does that count? I also had a catch with a Georgia Tech freshman who would have gone pretty high. But he’s not a pitcher. So that doesn’t count.
CF Garrett Mitchell would have been a nice get for the Cubs at #16. They have plenty of catching depth in the system to pass on Tyler Soderstrom who might wind up at 3B for the A’s. Ed Howard was the best SS in this draft, a nice pickup at a premium position. It will be a few years before Howard sees the big leagues as a high school selection.
Who knows the future in regards to Javier Baez and Kris Bryant? The latter is more likely to leave as a free agent. Baez could replace Bryant at 3B if the Cubs can lock him into an extension and as he ages. Howard could be the heir apparent at SS with Nico Hoerner the likely core 2B on the Northside of Chicago.
I agree that pitching should have been the priority for the Cubs in a draft chock full of talented college arms. Of course, they could always use Howard as a deadline trade chip next year and send him back to the Southside of town for a pending FA starter like Carlos Rodon. lol
If they picked Soderstrom he wouldn’t have to remain at catcher. He is a good athlete so putting him in the outfield would be a good option. He is a hitter with good potential to hit for average and power. That is what every team needs. As others have stated teams usually don’t draft for need in MLB based off the amount of time players spend in the minors. Needs change so quickly but teams should draft toward their organizational strengths. Developing high schoolers that are only average hitters and developing pitching as a whole are not organizational strengths for the Cubs. So they should look to college hitters (where they have had success) or try to get a high school athlete with already elite hit tools or college pitchers that don’t need as much development. Howard failed to check any of those boxes. He is the type of player the Cubs have struggled to develop over the past decade (think Albert Almora and even though he was mostly with OAK in the minors, Addison Russell).
I had UCLA CF Garrett Mitchell atop my list for the Cubs and concluded that college arms should have been prioritized to finish my comment. I simply pointed out the upside of Ed Howard to justify the Cubs selection.
Btw: Tyler Soderstrom could potentially become the next Josh Donaldson out of this draft for the A’s. The irony is that Donaldson was originally drafted by the Cubs as a hit first catcher out of Auburn University in the first round of the 2007 June MLB Draft (#48) before the Cubs dealt him to Oakland a year after his selection in a blockbuster July trade that had SP Rich Harden join the NL Central winners.
you don’t eee many MLB stars called toolsy because the guys that fulfilled their promise usually evolved from toolsy to complete players
You gotta trust Dan Katrovitz
I think the mlb draft is the most boring thing in sports they draft people no one knows and 75% of them don’t make it or get dealt to a different team so it’s kinda useless (I know not really)
i like al conin
Then get to know them!
What if you don’t want to get to know them until they become big leaguers? Those of you that like to follow prospects up the ladder will enjoy the draft immensely and that is perfectly okay. But there are some that only care about major league teams. In those cases the draft really doesn’t matter, at least not for a few years. And the thing is, that’s perfectly okay too.
The OP could have probably stated it more tactfully, but this is the internet and tact is usually an endangered species around here.
Yet here you are watching and commenting on it… interesting
Just ignore Case. He is an idiot who makes stupid comments. If that comment is actually serious, then his IQ resulted in a daily short bus ride.
Ok tough guy this is purely my opinion but it must of hurt your little feelings baby buh buh
he left a pair af parentheses covering his ass though, so hes in the clear!
You don’t make a very strong case. If you hate baseball so much why are you commenting on a baseball blog site?
wild bill tetley
Martin fell into the Blue Jays lap thanks to Baltimore wanting to save some money. We’ll see if that move pays off for the O’s. If Martin becomes a perennial all-star the Jays should be sending Baltimore a gift basket every Christmas thanking them for their generosity.
What if he doesn’t become a perennial all-star and tops out at AA? Should Baltimore send the Jays a condolence card every year at this time saying thinking of you in your time of misery? Plus, why is just on Baltimore? Two other teams passed on him as well.
wild bill tetley
First, unless Kjerstad becomes a stud and Baltimore becomes a contender the answer is no.
Second, why Baltimore? Because it was conceivable both Lacy and Meyer would be drafted ahead of Martin because they are pitchers. Those picks aren’t a shock. Baltimore reached, or so that’s what we are lead to believe. They may be onto something except their strategy was to save money and that was a bigger priority for them than other teams.
I’m certain there is someone somewhere pointing out the obvious that Colorado doesn’t have legitimate hitters in their lineup. You should pick a fight with them.
Learn how the draft pool of money works. The Orioles didn’t “save money.” They want to spread around slot values into later picks.
wild bill tetley
Which is saving money on the first pick. That’s how they have more to spread around.
Is everyone from Jersey stupid? I ask because you’re not the only Jersey guy that comes here and posts without using thought.
I’d argue the Braves taking a 3rd round talent in the 1st is a big surprise… but I might be bias
wild bill tetley
Probably not. Anthopoulos has a habit of drafting pitchers, not signing 1st round picks or reaching for a 1st round pick. You might be correct.
I was a little surprised the Sox went with Garrett Crochet at #11, but I think like it (at least for now). I was hoping for either C Bailey or a P. He’s a risk, especially since the Sox development system usually blows, but he does look to have a high ceiling.
I’m trying to ignore the comparisons to Chris Sale, it’s too easy to buy into that hype. But if by chance he is anywhere close to Sale, then the Sox got the steal of the draft. But again, I am extremely hesitant to buy into that hype, because he could easily be a bust. We’ll just have to wait and see.
But smart going with a P to try and build the next wave of pitching over the next 5 years, especially if the Sox don’t extend many of their highly touted SP prospects.
I’m trying to ignore the comparisons to Chris Sale
Booooo! If you don’t believe that every player your favorite team picks in the first three rounds is a future hall of famer, you just hate baseball. And America.
I’m fairly certain the White Sox would have rolled with any of the higher rated college arms from among LHP’s Asa Lacy and Reid Detmers or RHP’s Emerson Hancock and Max Meyer had they fallen to them with their #11 pick. The White Sox view Garrett Crochet as a southpaw pitcher with the ceiling of Chris Sale or the floor of Andrew Miller.
A power lefty is a system need for the White Sox going forward with most of their elite arms being right-handed and southpaw Carlos Rodon nearing free agency. They view Crochet similarly to Sale in that he could become a late inning bullpen asset for their contending team asap before blossoming into a potential TOR to join RHP’s Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech and Dylan Cease down the road.
White Sox can develop pitchers been doing that well for a long time. Hitting not as much. Opposite of the other side of town who can’t develop pitchers and when they do develop one, they trade him away for a marginal pitcher. Crochet might have been the pitcher that got hurt the most by the pandemic. If he was able to show better command and control, he might have went earlier in the draft.
I’m not getting my hopes up that he turns into Chris Sale or Madison Bumgarner…. If he’s close to Matt Thornton it will be a good pick…. I’m hoping he earns an MLB promotion as a relief pitcher… let him find success before considering him as a starter
I believe the Red Sox lost that second round pick because they were over the luxury tax last year, no?
That loss essentially translates to losing a first rounder in this case. And yet, the majority of their fans spent the spring bitching about the Sox’ “money grab”, when they decided to cut payroll.
I would hope that at least some of those fans now realize that reducing spending under the luxury tax is about a lot more than just saving money.
Lost the pick for cheating.
They lost the pick because of the sign stealing scandal.
Nothing to do with luxury tax, everything to do with the electronic sign fiasco.
They didn’t breach highest level of penalties on salary.
There is no fan who dislikes the Red Sox more then a Yankee fan, but I have to give Boston some slack over Yorke. Why? The “Experts” are wrong as often as they are right. I think about a team once roasted for moving up to take a player ( they were actually given a Draft Grade of “D”). The player? Patrick Mahomes
And just like the Seahawks got a low grade drafting Russell Wilson, including an F from the ever so unreliable Bleacher Report for their 2012 Draft class, yet he ended up being the best quarterback from his class.
If they were any good as talent evaluators they would be working for a front office rather then writer for a blog
Giants were expected to sign the left hitting high school catcher. So I don’t see what the surprise to everyone them signing a college catcher. They signed a college catcher because it’s gonna be cheaper to sign, it gives them more money to spend on the other four pics they got in the top hundred
Biggest surprise of the first round for me was Greg Amsinger’s wolf boy beard. Seemed like a bit of a reach. Maybe he cut an underslot deal with his barber.
A close second is how little credit Dan O’Dowd gets for being a top shelf analyst. He knows how to give good info in a clear and succinct way while maintaining the flow of a broadcast.
A year ago, O’Dowd was on set with Adam Ottavio, who thanked him for saving his career by claiming him off waivers and giving him an oppurtunity in Colorodo. O’Dowd looked at him, and said “You know, Adam, I’d love to take credit for that, but the truth is, I didn’t know much about you when we claimed you. That was my pro scouting director. He’s the one you should thank”.
Harold Reynolds almost fell off his chair. This is an industry where some GMs take credit for things like the sun coming up in the morning. O’Dowd’s sheer honesty was so so refreshing, I became an O’Dowd groupie.
Don’t agree with him all the time, but this is an honest man. And players that are fairly famous for their “class”, like Mikey Lowell, think O’Dowd walks on water. Ya, he’s pretty top shelf.
Yeah man that beard was something crazy, LOL and yeah I like Dan o. Met him personally Colorado some years back, stand-up guy
Kjerstad was a reach for sure
AJ Puk was supposed to go #1 according to almost all pundits, but “fell” to #6.
Same kinda thing goes for Buster Posey.
Same thing goes for Mark Appel in his first go around. He was projected #1 in the 2012 draft, but fell to the Pirates at 8. He didn’t like it and went back in and got picked #1 the next year.
And then did absolutely nothing in major league baseball. Bust at 8, Bust at 1.
(Jays fan dances until 2 am)
Hey, you’re a year older. Congratulations.
I have to be honest, I have cousins all over Canada. I used to hate it in the nineties when we would see each other over the summer and the Blue Jays would be whooping the Red Sox all the time. But I still had to root for them because I root for every team not named the yankees. I hope they get good again although not so good that they whoop the Red Sox all the time again.
I half expected the Kjerstad selection to be leading the poll, but I don’t see it really as that bad. He’s the 2nd best power bat in the class, and that’ll play well in Baltimore. He could well be a middle of the order bat for them for a decade.
We also need to see what they do with the draft as a whole. If they manipulate the money, and come away with 3 guys with a real shot at the Bigs- they’re better off than if they had just gotten Martin.
I don’t think it was the worst pick, but the biggest surprise, to me, was the Giants taking Bailey.
Thankfully, the Giants kept John Barr on staff. He’s a pretty good scout (that’s a huge understatement). I’m sure he had involvement in the pick.
Austin Wells to the Yankees was a surprise. He better get acquainted with his new best friends quickly A Razor and Shaving cream
Of course if he doesn’t want to shave, he can go back because he didn’t even lose a year of eligibility. The players have all the leverage this year.
I agree drafting PBA early in the draft, but once you get to the middle of the first round really HOW MUCH better is Bailey than the next guy? If he was such a surefire star (and I do think he’s good), then he should have gone top 5. Weird pick to me. Bart, by all accounts, is going to be an anchor for years. Though if Bailey pops then they can trade one I guess.
I imagine Toronto’s top pick driving a small car.
You nailed it! Gotta be an Aston Martin.
I’m not at all surprised by what the O’s did, but then I was a lot less convinced that Martin is an “impact” kind of player than most were. Nice bat, but likely a corner OF, and even there the defense is at best “meh”. Kjerstad strikes me as an Austin Meadows type, and while that isn’t the kind of guy you like at #1-2, the floor is pretty high; he figures to get there and be a steady regular, with the potential for more.
Now let’s see what the O’s do with the extra money. Thier comp pick was pretty much chalk.
The Sox pick? Ya, O’Dowd’s right, it’s a punt. That they had Alex Spier (their rump-swab echo chamber) already prepared to claim it wasn’t, is almost proof. Few teams are as PR consious as the Red Sox, so they saw the reaction coming, and were all set to go.
With the franchise value having ballooned up as high as it’s likely to go, John Henry and the gang might be looking to improve the yearly take, rather than endlessly re-investing, which to be fair, is how they’ve done things.
Kjerstad is very far from being anything like Austin Meadows. Meadows was always a hitter with a pure swing who everyone knew would be able to hit, and hit well. People thought it was likely he would develop power later. Kjerstad has no questions about his power but there are real serious questions about his hit tool. That is a very dangerous pick. Anyone who can hit at the major league level will eventually get there and stay there. On the other hand if you can’t hit you can’t play. A guy with a loop and holes in his swing and strikeout problems in college has less of a chance of making an impact at the major league level.
I voted for Austin Martin at 5, since that was sort of three surprises rolled into one…
Mick Abel baby. Would love to see the Phillies, for once, have this young stud 20 year old right handed pitcher like the Cubs did with Kerry Wood. Come up to MLB and catch fire and lead them to a pennant.
other, st. louis didn’t draft a pitcher.
or other, st. louis drafted another 3rd baseman
Blah, blah, blah…experts on drafts are as wrong as they are right most of the time.
I hate how they give teams grades after a draft round because the reality is no one really knows for at least a couple of years what the outcome of what any draft really is
right, might as well not predict anything. its like saying meteorologists are so frequently wrong that watching the weather is just useless.
I feel bad for Reid Detmers. How will the Angels end up ruining his career? The Red Sox had the Curse of the Bambino. The Angels have the Curse of the Stud Pitching Prospect. Let’s hope he’s the one to finally break it!
The Human Rain Delay
Great pick imo, they need arms fast and Deters should arrive quickly
I don’t particularly care for the Cubs pick, I might have gone for one of the catchers or an arm there. Howard isn’t much of a hitter.
Very puzzling pick of Yorke by the Red Sox as they are loaded up at the middle infielder position. More so since they lost a round 2 selection. Yorke must be hot stuff according to Bloom. we’ll see.
Money may also be a factor as apparently Yorke will sign a team friendly deal.
I don’t know if the Sox can sign Jared Kelley (#12 ranked prospect) and Garrett Crochet (#18), but if by some miracle they can sign both, the Sox already had a nice draft. My guess is Kelley’s headed to college, but not that bad of a gamble on the Sox part.
Just noticed they signed a JC kid as their 3rd pick. Makes me wonder if they’ll pick scrubs as their 3, 4, and 5 and use the excess money to sign both Kelley and Crochet.
Nothing like a breaking update to my post because of the 5 minute allotment for editing a post LOL. That will never happen again.
They can. They would prioritize those 2 first and if the 4th and 5th rounders are sacrificed so be it.
I was stunned that Ryan Detmers, a major league ready southpaw starter, was there for the Angels at the tenth pick. That is one helluva start. Then they picked up another leftie in the fifth round.
Jared Kelley Gatorade Player of the Year winner falling out of round 1 was my biggest surprise. I was expecting top 15 possibly top 10. White Sox with the steal.