For my intro and details on how I made my decisions, see the post on picks 1-12. I ran out of time pre-draft to add stats and particulars, so those will come later in this post or another post. With that, here are picks 13-27.
Pick #13, San Diego Padres; Kyle Schwarber, C/1B/OF, Indiana
L/R 6’0″ 240 lbs
Stat Line: .340 AVG, 200 AB, 56 R, 68 H, 30 XBH, 10 HR, 36 RBI, 8 SB
I struggled with this pick, to say the least. At first, I was thinking Monte Harrison would be a good fit, but signability concerns shyed me away from that pick. Kyle Schwarber is a fit here, as his raw power and big body play well with Petco Park, as well as his hitting smarts. They, as a system, don’t have much depth as far as lefty arms go, so they could take one here, but could probably snag one later in the draft because of how pitcher-heavy this year’s is. Schwarber was predominantly a catcher in college, but doesn’t project to stick there defensively, especially with top prospect Austin Hedges in his way behind the plate. He should transition to outfield or first base and bring his lefty bat to San Diego relatively quickly.
Pick #14, San Francisco Giants; Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt
R/R 6’4″ 215 lbs
Stat Line: 7-6, 3.42 ERA, 84 INN, 88 K, 36 BB, 67 H
Beede is a big, dominant righty who led Vandy to the NCAA Super Regionals as their Friday Night starter. I wrote a post on he and teammate Carson Fulmer a while back, which is here. The only thing that Beede really has trouble with are some control issues. But with the kind of staff the Giants put together each year, Beede definitely has time to get everything to where it needs to be before cracking into the Bigs. His three plus pitches give him the chance to excel in the pros.
Pick #15, LA Angels of Anaheim; Max Pentecost, C, Kennesaw State
Chris Iannetta is a good catcher, and can certainly do the job, but when an opportunity comes for the Angels to get a catcher in the first round who could be a middle of the order bat, and can handle a pitching staff as well as Pentecost can, you take that opportunity as quickly as it comes. Being a great athlete, like he is, makes it easy to stay behind the plate, and should allow him to slot in nicely to an already powerful LA lineup.
Pick #16, Arizona Diamondbacks; Grant Holmes, RHP, Conway HS, South Carolina
You can never have too much pitching. It’s cliche but it’s true, and once Archie Bradley comes back and eventually gets to the Majors, Arizona’s rotation will be full. But by the time hard-throwing Grant Holmes is ready for a big-league call up, there will be a spot open, or one will be forced open with Holmes’ mid 90s heat and hammer of a curveball.
Pick #17, Kansas City Royals; Sean Newcomb, LHP, Hartford
With only two left-handed starters in their top-25 prospects, I see the Royals grabbing Newcomb here to help bolster the staff later on. Newcomb is a big lefty who sits in the low 90s. He will probably take a little longer than other college draftees so he can work out what his breaking ball will be (curve or slider) and get more time against better competition.
Pick #18, Washington Nationals; Jeff Hoffman, RHP, ECU
At the beginning of the year, Jeff Hoffman would have been a top-10 pick, but the Tommy John bug hit him, and his draft stock fell, but not so much for him to go out of the top 20. The Nats seem to be a good fit because they’ve taken an injured arm in the first round before (Lucas Giolito in 2012), and it turned out pretty well, as he is now Washington’s #1 prospect.
Pick #19, Cincinnati Reds; Jacob Gatewood, SS, Clovis HS, California
The Reds have very little infield depth in their system, at this point, so they should be poised to take a prep infielder in the first round. They have enough talent in the majors now that they can grab a guy who can take a little time to develop. Enter Jacob Gatewood. The kid who was dropping bombs at the high school HR Derby at Citi Field last year should be a good fit here, and his power swing profiles well at GABP, a hitter’s park. There are some mechanical issues that probably need to be fixed, which is fine, because they have some time. He could transition to another position, but if his glove and skill at the postion stick, he could/should stay at short.
Pick #20, Tampa Bay Rays; Erick Fedde, RHP, UNLV
Another pitcher who couldn’t avoid Tommy John, the Rays probably will snag him if he’s still available. Andrew Friedman likes home-grown pitchers, and drafting Fedde will just give more depth to an already deep system. This also plays well because if, for some reason, Fedde is a part of the minority that doesn’t come back well from the surgery, it won’t kill the system.
Pick #21, Cleveland Indians; Casey Gillaspie, 1B, Wichita State
Casey is the younger brother of White Sox infielder Connor, but he profiles as more of a power bat than his brother. He is a good defender at first, and if Cleveland is dead set on Carlos Santana staying at third base then they need a power bat to fill the DH spot better than Ryan Raburn, or who plays defense well enough to move Nick Swisher to DH. It also helps that Casey is a switch hitter, so he should fit right into a lineup where the other two prolific power basts are also switch hitters (Swisher and Santana)
Pick #22, Los Angeles Dodgers; Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, Sandalwood HS, Florida
Again, you can never have too much pitching. Reid-Foley gives the Dodgers a little time for him to get through the system because he is a high schooler, but his plus fastball and plus slider will help move him through the system. This pick could potentially be a future trade piece, as the Dodgers are armed (pun) with a great staff, and have more arms on the way.
Pick #23, Detroit Tigers; Nick Burdi, RHP, U of Louisville
I don’t usually regard relievers as first round picks. You can turn almost anyone into a reliever, so why use a potentially franchise-changing pick on one. If you need help now, then you use it. This is where the Tigers are. Joe Nathan has been out of sorts lately, and if it continues to be like that, they will need help soon for a playoff race. NIck Burdi and his sub-one ERA could be the Marcus Stroman/Paco Rodriguez of the 2012 draft.
Pick #24, Pittsburgh Pirates; Michael Chavis, 3B/2B, Sprayberry HS, Georgia
The Pirates have no top-30 prospects at second or third. Pedro Alvarez is going to stick at third, but Neil Walker isn’t the top-teir guy he once was, or once was thought of. Chavis and his great bat and bat speed will bring some depth there as the possible Pirates second baseman of the future.
Pick #25, Oakland A’s; Foster Griffin, LHP, The First Academy, Florida
The A’s need southpaw depth; they’re loaded up with righties in their system, but don’t have many top lefties. Griffin Brings a plus changeup, and will pitch well at O.Co Coliseum, a pitcher’s park.
Pick #25, Boston Red Sox; Derrick Hill, OF, Elk Grove HS, California
Derrick Hill is a speedy center fielder, and that speed is the tool that plays for him. If he doesn’t go to the Red Sox (or even before them), look for him to go somewhere in the 23-27 range.
Pick #27, St. Louis Cardinals; Spencer Adams, RHP, White County HS, Georgia
The Cardinals draft pitching. Plain and simple. Normally it would be a college arm (look for Luke Weaver at 34), but Spencer Adams’ repertoire stands out at this point, following Shelby Miller and Rob Kaminsky as the two most recent high school arms drafted by St. Louis in the first round.