2013 MLB Draft: Supplemental First Round Review

Michael Lorenzen - Photo by Matt Brown/Mattbrownphoto.com, Courtesy Cal State Fullerton Athletics

Under the new MLB Draft rules, the 2013 supplemental first round only had six players, including one who didn't sign. Here's a review.

34) Sean Manaea, LHP, Royals: Hampered by a hip injury, Manaea fell out of the early part of the first round but was drafted and signed here for $3,500,000, a record for the supplemental round. The Indiana State southpaw should be ready by spring. He has the upside of a number one starter, health and command allowing.

35) Matt Krook, LHP, Marlins: Something (reportedly a shoulder issue) showed up on Krook's physical that the Marlins didn't like, prompting them to lower their bonus offer below slot value. Californian Krook didn't sign and will instead attend college at the University of Oregon.

36) Aaron Blair, RHP, Diamondbacks: Right-hander Blair, a Marshall University product, was solid in his professional debut, posting a 3.14 ERA in 49 innings combined between Hillsboro in the Northwest League and South Bend in the Midwest League, with a 41/17 K/BB ratio and 44 hits allowed. His sinker/slider/curve/change-up arsenal all played as advertised from when he was scouted in college. He threw strikes and kept the ball down, giving up just two homers.

37) Josh Hart, OF, Orioles: This speedy high school outfielder from the deep Georgia prep ranks hit just .218/.302/.286 in 36 games between rookie ball and the New York-Penn League, though he did steal 11 bases. He's not going to be a power hitter, but he's shown some ability to work counts and could be a nice leadoff guy with more development.

38) Michael Lorenzen, RHP, Reds: A two-way player at Cal State Fullerton, Lorenzen is a full-time pitcher in pro ball due to mid-90s fastball and a curveball with plus potential. The Reds advanced him rapidly: after a one-inning tuneup in rookie ball, he threw eight relief innings in the Low-A Midwest League, six more in the High-A Cal League, and six more in the Double-A Southern League, combining for a 3.00 ERA across levels and a 19/13 K/BB in 21 innings. He has some command issues but projects as a closer if that comes around. He's been assigned to the Arizona Fall League.

39) Corey Knebel, RHP, Tigers: Drafted out of the University of Texas, Knebel will join Lorezen in the AFL. He dominated the Midwest League in the second half, saving 15 games for West Michigan with a 0.87 ERA and a 41/10 K/BB in 31 innings, allowing only 14 hits. His mid-90s fastball, hard breaking ball, and deceptive delivery were impossible for right-handed hitters to cope with: they hit just .083 against him.

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