AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
Chicago White Sox
1-17) Tim Anderson, SS, East Central Mississippi CC
2-55) Tyler Danish, RHP, Durant HS, Plant City, FL
3-91) Jacob May, OF, Coastal Carolina
4-123) Andrew Mitchell, RHP, Texas Christian
5-153) Thaddius Lory, RHP, Spring HS, Spring TX
Others of interest: 7) Trey Michalczewski, 3B, Oklahoma HS; 8) Chris Freudenberg, LHP, South Mountain CC; 14) Tyler Barnette, RHP, Charlotte; 15) Andrew Wheeler, LHP, Texas Tech
COMMENT: The shortage of infielders in this draft made the toolsy Anderson very attractive to numerous teams, but the White Sox got there first. Danish was one of the most successful high school pitchers in the class, but unusual mechanics and his 6-foot height kept him from going in the first round. May is a fast switch-hitter who could be a good leadoff man if he shows sufficient patience, which is questionable. Mitchell drew notice as a possible late first-round pick and is a steal in the fourth. Pitching dominated much of the draft before the Sox switched over to college org types, with Oklahoma prep Michalczewski the main exception due to his youth and solid hitting skills. Much rides on Anderson, Danish, and Mitchell.
1-5) Clint Frazier, OF, Loganville HS, Loganville, GA
3-79) Dace Kime, RHP, Louisville
4-111) Kyle Crockett, LHP, Virginia
5-141) Sean Brady, LHP, Baker HS, Cape Coral, FL
6-171) Casey Shane, RHP, Centennial HS, Burleson, TX
Others of interest: 7) Kenny Matthews, LHP, Riverside CC; 8) Trevor Frank, RHP, UC Riverside; 9) Thomas Pannone, LHP, JC of Southern Nevada; 11) Adam Plutko, RHP, UCLA; 13) Sicnarf Loopstok, C, Western Oklahoma State JC; 14) Silento Sayles, OF, Mississippi HS
COMMENT: I love Clint Frazier's bat speed: his power potential is enormous; he also runs well and nobody in this draft hustles more than he does. He's got some risk too, but he's a sound pick at fifth overall. After that the Indians focused on pitching, mixing college, junior college, and high school arms. Kime is a potential fourth starter; Shane has an unusual amount of upside for a sixth round pick. 13th round pick Lopstook and 14th round pick Sayles are additional upside guys who need to be tracked closely. A lot rides on Frazier but the Indians did stock up their minor league pitching.
1-20) Jonathan Crawford, RHP, Florida
1S-39) Corey Knebel, RHP, Texas
2-58) Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Vanderbilt
3-94) Jeff Thompson, RHP, Louisville
4-126) Austin Kubitza, RHP, Rice
5-156) Buck Farmer, RHP, Georgia Tech
Others of interest: 6) Calvin Drummond, RHP, Arizona Christian; 7) Connor Harrell, OF, Vanderbilt; 14) Ben Verlander, OF, Old Dominion; 15) Raph Rhymes, OF, LSU; 23) Tyler Alexander, LHP; Texas HS; 35) A.J. Puk, LHP, Iowa HS
COMMENT: This is like a whos-who list of prominent college pitchers. Crawford didn't live up to expectations this spring and Knebel got into trouble for sharing his urine with a teammate trying to dodge a drug test. Both could still be very effective relievers who reach the majors quickly. Ziomek, Thompson, and Farmer were very successful in college but project as fourth starters. Kubitza also has an admirable performance record but the history of Rice pitchers and his own velocity decline over the last two years is not encouraging. The lack of upside position players is particularly noticeable, but it is clear that the Tigers were looking for quick, low-risk pitching help rather than loud tools.
Kansas City Royals
1-8) Hunter Dozier, SS, Stephen F. Austin State
1S-34) Sean Manaea, LHP, Indiana State
2-46) Cody Reed, LHP, Northwest Mississippi CC
3-82) Carter Hope, RHP, The Woodlands HS, TX
4-114) Zane Evans, C, Georgia Tech
5-144) Amalani Fukofuka, OF, Logan HS, Union City, CA
Others of interest: 6) Luke Farrell, RHP, Northwestern; 11) Xavier Fernandez, C, Puerto Rico HS; 15) Dominique Taylor, OF, UC Irvine
COMMENT: Dozier was the first real surprise of the first round, but the Royals saved some money with him that can be applied to Manaea, who fell from a spot at the top of the draft down to the competitive balance round due to hip and shoulder problems. If he regains his health, that's one hell of a one/two punch since there is nothing wrong with Dozier. Reed and Hope are development projects but both have the ability to be major league starters, with hard-throwing Reed having more upside. Evans has a power bat and a strong throwing arm that can work on the mound if he doesn't hit enough. The rest of the group is relatively undistinguished although Farrell's polish could help him rise quickly as a fifth starter type. Getting both Dozier and Manaea is the key though.
1-4) Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X HS, Houston, TX
2-43) Ryan Eades, RHP, Louisiana State
3-78) Stuart Turner, C, Mississippi
4-110) Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego, CA
5-140) Aaron Slegers, RHP, Indiana
Others of interest: 6) Brian Navaretto, C, Florida HS; 8) Dustin DeMuth, 3B, Indiana; 9) Mitchell Garver, C, New Mexico; 11) Nelson Molina, SS, Puerto Rico HS; 12) Ethan Mildren,RHP, Pittsburgh; 13) Brandon Peterson, RHP, Wichita State.
COMMENT: Stewart was the best high school pitcher in the draft class and a potential ace, though he's not quite in the Jose Fernandez or Dylan Bundy category. The Twins took few chances with their other picks. One exception is sixth-rounder Brian Navaretto, who has the tools to be a regular major league catcher but will need considerable refinement. Eades has the look of an inning-eater; Turner and Garver add catching depth to a system looking ahead for someone to help Joe Mauer. Turner's glove is quite good but it is uncertain how much he'll hit. Gonsalves got first-round buzz last fall but didn't live up to his potential this spring. Puerto Rican infielder Nelson Molina has an excellent glove but needs help with his hitting.