Although there has been no announcement of when exactly the 2013 MLB Draft will take place, we do know that the newest members of the AL West, Houston Astros, are on the clock.
We also know that because of the new qualifying offer rules applied to this year’s draft, the teams that could afford to offer 13.3 million dollar one year deals to their top free agents will receive an additional pick at the end of the first round. The Yankees look like the biggest winners as they will have three first round picks, two additional picks coming from losing Nick Swisher and Rafael Soriano to free agency.
We also know that the Pirates will receive and additional pick for failing to sign their 2012 1st Round pick, Mark Appel.
Below is the complete draft order for 2013:
1) Houston Astros
2) Chicago Cubs
3) Colorado Rockies
4) Minnesota Twins
5) Cleveland Indians
Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU Born: 12/03/90 Suwanee, Georgia Years in College: 3
TT: 206 Sacks: 5 TFL: 18.5 INT/FF 1/2
Kevin Minter’s Junior Season at LSU catapulted him to the top of the middle/inside linebacking corps in the 2013 NFL Draft. Coming into 2012, the Junior linebacker had only registered 76 tackles and one sack. In 2012 alone, he accounted for 130 tackles and 4 sacks. He also played well on pass defense with 6 breakups.
- 40 Yard Dash: 4.81 seconds
- Bench Press: 25 reps
- Vertical Jump: 33.0 inches
- Broad Jump: 119 inches
Draft Rankings: CBS Sports – Overall/Position 34/1
Closest To: At 6-1 and 245 lbs, Kevin Minter reminds me of a Sam Mills type player. He has a nose for the ball and can disrupt the offensive backfield more than most middle linebackers, but, the jury is out on whether or not he will be an NFL caliber MLB or an inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. I would look for Minter to be drafted right behind Manti Te’o who is still my number one middle linebacker in this year’s draft. I am guessing that if Te’o is off the board he will be selected #23 by the Minnesota Vikings.
The book Moneyball by Michael Lewis did a great job of painting the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft as a crap shoot. With so many injuries and such a minor line between success and failure in the Major Leagues, 15 broken bat singles and 10 seeing eye grounders can be the difference between batting .250 and .300, it is extremely difficult to tell who will wash out completely, see former #1 selection Matt Bush, and who will put together a Hall of Fame Career from a 31st Round favor a la Mike Piazza.
A quick glance at my baseball bible, Sean Forman’s Baseball Reference, shows that, since 1965, Steve Chilcott and Brien Taylor are the only two #1 overall draft picks who retired before making the majors. (Matt Bush may soon join this list after his recent incident, but, he does have one thing in his favor, health)
So, let’s take a look at these two former #1 overall draft picks and see what kept them from making it to the Bigs.