Road To The Show: 2013 Draft Picks Progress Report
Here is a look at 15 of the 2013 first round selections and how they are stacking up in their first taste of professional baseball. Even though the stat lines are a small sample size they give you a quick indication on how the players are making the transition to life away from home on the road to the show.
Mark Appel– Houston Astros: The #1 pick in the draft has started 8 games since signing with the Astros. His last 6 starts have come in single A with the Quad Cities River Bandits where he has posted a 1-1 record with a 4.70 earned run average fanning 18 batters in 23 innings of work.
Kris Bryant– Chicago Cubs: Bryant was the #2 selection in the draft by Cubs and has 20 minor league games under his belt. The third baseman has impressed with the stick leading the team in average hitting .354 with 4 home runs in 18 games with the Boise Hawks in low A ball.
Jonathan Gray– Colorado Rockies: Gray was the #3 selection by the Rockies and has found success in high A ball with the Modesto Nuts. Gray is 2-0 with a 0.90 earned run average in 2 starts, he previously had 4 starts with the Rockies rookie league team where he posted an inflated 4.05 era.
Kohl Stewart– Minnesota Twins: The Twins selected the 18-year old with the 4th pick in the amateur draft. Stewart was assigned to Twins Gulf Coast Rookie team where he has a 1.50 earned run average in 12 innings pitched.
Clint Frazier– Cleveland Indians: The #5 pick in the draft has been playing everyday for the Indians rookie league affiliate. The 18-year old Frazier is batting a steady .289 with 37 hits and 3 round trippers in his first 32 games of professional ball.
Colin Moran– Miami Marlins: The 20-year old Moran was the 6th pick in the draft and assigned to the single A Greensboro Grasshoppers after signing. Moran has played 23 games batting .253 with 21 hits and 2 home runs thus far.
Trey Ball– Boston Red Sox: The Red Sox utilized their 7th overall pick to nab Ball in the draft. The 19-year old lefty has experienced some growing pains making the jump to professional baseball struggling out of the gate albeit a small sample size. In 3 games for the Red Sox rookie affiliate Ball boasts a 6.23 earned run average in only 4.1 innings pitched.
Hunter Dozier– Kansas City Royals: Dozier was selected by the Royals 8th overall and has looked like a season veteran with the Idaho Falls Chukars of the Pioneer League. In 47 games Dozier is batting a respectable .293 with 55 hits and 6 long balls thus far.
Austin Meadows– Pittsburgh Pirates: The 18-year old Meadows was taken 9th overall by the Bucs playing 29 games with their rookie affiliate. Meadows has impressed to the tune of a .313 average with 36 hits and 3 home runs while manning centre-field.
D.J. Peterson– Seattle Mariners: The Mariners selected the power hitting third baseman with the 12 overall selection. Peterson has been on a home run rampage smashing 12 home runs in 201 professional plate appearances. The 21-year old connected for 6 homers in 29 games in low A ball before earning a promotion to single A where he has crushed another 6 in 18 games for the Clinton LumberKings.
Braden Shipley– Arizona Diamondbacks: Shipley was the 15th overall selection by the D’backs and has not fared well as opposing hitters have feasted on him. Shipley sports a 7.58 earned run average in 8 starts surrendering 16 earned runs in 19 innings pitched to date.
J.P. Crawford– Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies drafted the speedy shortstop with the 16th pick in the draft and Crawford has not disappointed. In 34 games Crawford is hitting .376 with 47 hits and 11 stolen bases for the Phillies rookie affiliate.
Chris Anderson– Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers drafted the 6’4″ right hander with the 16th overall pick in the draft. Anderson was assigned to single A where he made an immediate impact with the Great Lakes Loons slinging a 3-0 record with a minuscule earned run average of 1.75 thus far. Anderson has yet to surrender a home run while fanning 41 hitters in 36 innings pitched.
Phillip Ervin– Cincinnati Reds: The Big Red Machine selected Ervin with their 27th overall selection in the draft. Ervin is hitting .331 with 57 hits, 9 round trippers and 14 stolen bases in 46 games played between two levels.
Corey Knebel– Detroit Tigers: The Tigers gambled on Knebel with the final pick of the 1st round selecting him 39th overall. Knebel has impressed sharing the closer duties for the single A West Michigan Whitecaps. In 21 games Knebel has a 0.86 earned run average earning 11 saves and whiffing 27 batters while only surrendering 2 earned runs.