URL Weaver: The Drafted Edition

The Houston Astros shocked the world last night. Okay, maybe not the entire world. And maybe shocking is a bit of an overstatement, but the team did surprise a lot of baseball pundits who expected them to take Mark Appel first overall in last night’s MLB Rule IV Draft. Instead, the sabermetrically inclined Astros selected Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa with the first overall pick.

Correa is a 17 year old shortstop who stands 6’4″ tall and weighs more than 180 pounds. He’s big. And he drew immediate comparisons to Alex Rodriguez, which as most of the comps being dished out last night, should be taken with a grain of salt considering more than 75% of the time they were based on race.

Even though Mark Appel was left on the board, the Minnesota Twins, drafting second overall, selected 18 year old high school center fielder Byron Buxton, a player many expected them to take. The Seattle Mariners took Florida catcher Mike Zunino with the third overall pick, the Baltimore Orioles took LSU right handed pitcher Kevin Gausman and the Kansas City Royals rounded out the top five by taking RHP Kyle Zimmer out of San Francisco.

Mark Appel wasn’t selected until the eighth pick which belonged to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team that picked Gerrit Cole first overall at last year’s draft. As a college junior for Stanford, the 20-year-old Appel had an eye catching collegiate season and as previously mentioned, was the first overall selection on many mock drafts.

Here are all the selections from last night:

First round

Pick Player Team Position School
1 Carlos Correa Houston Astros Shortstop Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School
2 Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins Outfielder Appling County High School
3 Mike Zunino Seattle Mariners Catcher University of Florida
4 Kevin Gausman Baltimore Orioles Right-handed pitcher Louisiana State University
5 Kyle Zimmer Kansas City Royals Right-handed pitcher University of San Francisco
6 Albert Almora Chicago Cubs Outfielder Mater Academy
7 Max Fried San Diego Padres Left-handed pitcher Harvard-Westlake School
8 Mark Appel Pittsburgh Pirates Right-handed pitcher Stanford University
9 Andrew Heaney Miami Marlins Left-handed pitcher Oklahoma State University
10 David Dahl Colorado Rockies Outfielder Oak Mountain High School
11 Addison Russell Oakland Athletics Shortstop Pace High School
12 Gavin Cecchini New York Mets Shortstop Barbe High School
13 Courtney Hawkins Chicago White Sox Outfielder Carroll High School
14 Nick Travieso Cincinnati Reds Right-handed pitcher Archbishop McCarthy High School
15 Tyler Naquin Cleveland Indians Outfielder Texas A&M University
16 Lucas Giolito Washington Nationals Right-handed pitcher Harvard-Westlake School
17 D. J. Davis Toronto Blue Jays Outfielder Stone High School
18 Corey Seager Los Angeles Dodgers Shortstop Northwest Cabarrus High School
19 Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals Right-handed pitcher Texas A&M University
20 Chris Stratton San Francisco Giants Right-handed pitcher Mississippi State University
21 Lucas Sims Atlanta Braves Right-handed pitcher Brookwood High School
22 Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays Right-handed pitcher Duke University
23 James Ramsey St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder Florida State University
24 Deven Marrero Boston Red Sox Shortstop Arizona State University
25 Richie Shaffer Tampa Bay Rays Third baseman Clemson University
26 Stryker Trahan Arizona Diamondbacks Catcher Acadiana High School
27 Clint Coulter Milwaukee Brewers Catcher Union High School
28 Victor Roache Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder Georgia Southern University
29 Lewis Brinson Texas Rangers Outfielder Coral Springs High School
30 Ty Hensley New York Yankees Right-handed pitcher Santa Fe High School
31 Brian Johnson Boston Red Sox Left-handed pitcher University of Florida

Supplemental first round

Pick Player Team Position School
32 Orlando Berrios Minnesota Twins Right-handed pitcher Papa Juan XXIII High School
33 Zach Eflin San Diego Padres Right-handed pitcher Hagerty High School
34 Daniel Robertson Oakland Athletics Third baseman Upland High School
35 Kevin Plawecki New York Mets Catcher Purdue University
36 Stephen Piscotty St. Louis Cardinals Third baseman Stanford University
37 Pat Light Boston Red Sox Right-handed pitcher Monmouth University
38 Mitch Haniger Milwaukee Brewers Outfielder California Polytechnic State University
39 Joey Gallo Texas Rangers Third baseman Bishop Gorman High School
40 Shane Watson Philadelphia Phillies Right-handed pitcher Lakewood High School
41 Lance McCullers, Jr. Houston Astros Right-handed pitcher Jesuit High School
42 Luke Bard Minnesota Twins Right-handed pitcher Georgia Institute of Technology
43 Pierce Johnson Chicago Cubs Right-handed pitcher Missouri State University
44 Travis Jankowski San Diego Padres Outfielder SUNY Stony Brook
45 Barrett Barnes Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder Texas Tech University
46 Eddie Butler Colorado Rockies Right-handed pitcher Radford University
47 Matt Olson Oakland Athletics First baseman Parkview High School
48 Keon Barnum Chicago White Sox First baseman King High School
49 Jesse Winker Cincinnati Reds Outfielder Olympia High School
50 Matt Smoral Toronto Blue Jays Left-Handed pitcher Solon High School
51 Jesmuel Valentin Los Angeles Dodgers Shortstop Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School
52 Patrick Wisdom St. Louis Cardinals Third baseman St. Mary’s College
53 Collin Wiles Texas Rangers Right-handed pitcher Blue Valley West High School
54 Mitch Gueller Philadelphia Phillies Right-handed pitcher W. F. West High School
55 Walker Weickel San Diego Padres Right-handed pitcher Olympia High School
56 Paul Blackburn Chicago Cubs Right-handed pitcher Heritage High School
57 Jeff Gelalich Cincinnati Reds Outfielder University of California, Los Angeles
58 Mitch Nay Toronto Blue Jays Third baseman Hamilton High School
59 Steve Bean St. Louis Cardinals Catcher Rockwall High School
60 Tyler Gonzales Toronto Blue Jays Right-handed pitcher James Madison High School

A couple of other things worth mentioning include the Washington Nationals taking Lucas Giolito with the 16th overall pick. Giolito suffered a sprained UCL in his elbow and missed his entire season at Harvard-Westlake high school in California. Prior to the injury, he was a favourite to go first overall. It’s also interesting that the Toronto Blue Jays selected 5’9″ reliever Marcus Stroman out of Duke University with the team’s 22nd pick. Stroman, out of the bullpen, is believed by many to be the most Major League ready of any player available in this year’s draft. There was even some speculation that Stroman could be seen in a Blue Jays uniform as early as this year.

And The Rest

Oakland A’s starting pitcher Jarrod Parker took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers. [SF Gate]

Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon thinks that the umpire for yesterday’s game sucked. As always, an eloquent and efficient use of the English language. [Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia]

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel reading tweets? Phillies manager Charlie Manuel reading tweets. [MLB Fan Cave]

After mistaking the second out of the inning for the third and allowing a run to score, shortstop Starlin Castro has been put on notice by Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum. [Comcast Sportsnet Chicago]

Remember when Tim McCarver suggested that the increase in home runs was due to global warming. Well, let’s take a look at that. [Baseball Prospectus]

On the latest Getting Blanked show, we bury Jimmy Rollins and talk about the MLB draft. [Getting Blanked]