Legends On Deck

If We Knew Then What We Know Now: Part II

In the first edition of this multi-part series, we looked back at the first five picks in a re-draft of the 2013 MLB draft.  The landscape would have been quite different if we had the ability to see careers unfold before players step out on the field.  Aaron Judge was drafted by the Astros with the Guardians selecting Jeff McNeil, as the two biggest surprises.

Remember this is for entertainment only, and I fully understand that we are unable to predict the future.  For the purpose of this article, international free agents are eligible for this re-draft, along with players that were drafted but didn’t sign, which leading us to our next few picks.

6. Miami Marlins – Sandy Alcantara (Colin Moran)
I find it interesting that even with this new idea, some teams wind up with some of the same players that are on their current roster that they acquired one way or another after 2013.  Alcantara was originally signed by the St. Louis Cardinals for $150,000.  He was packaged in a trade to Miami in 2017 that sent Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis.  Popular belief is that the Marlins won that trade even if Alcantara never throws another pitch.  He is a two-time All-Star and was the winner of the National League Cy Young Award last year.  As for Moran, he never made it to the big league with the Marlins.  Instead he was traded to Houston in 2014 and made his MLB debut in 2016 as a member of the Astros.  Moran was part of the trade that sent Gerrit Cole to the Astros in 2018.

7. Boston Red Sox – Andrew Benintendi (Trey Ball)
Benintendi was drafted in the 31st round out of Madeira High School by his hometown Cincinnati Reds.  He chose not to sign and headed to the University of Arkansas eventually being drafted by the Red Sox in the first round in 2015.  For the purpose of this article the Red Sox got him a couple years earlier.  Maybe the Red Sox would have won a World Series earlier than 2018 with Benintendi, but nonetheless, they were happy to have him no matter what.  He has won a Gold Glove Award and has an All-Star appearance on his resume.  Trey Ball, the players the Red Sox took with this pick, never made it past Double-A.  He was a big pitching prospect but never panned out.

8.  Kansas City Royals – Ozzie Albies (Hunter Dozier)
Ozzie Albies is another international free agent that was signed by the Braves in 2013 as a 17-year old out of Curacao.  Heralded as one of the franchises best international signings, Albies played a big part in the Atlanta Braves 2021 World Championship.  What might have been if he was selected by the Royals?  The Braves locked Albies on a long-term deal, essentially signing him until the end of the 2027 season.  Prior to 2022, Albies was very durable playing in an average of 158 games in non-Covid seasons.  A broken left foot and pinky forced him to play in just 64 games last season.  Hunter Dozier is still playing for the Royals, and although the careers to this point between Albies and Dozier aren’t very comparable, the Royals have to be content with their decision since they didn’t have a chance to draft Albies.

9. Pittsburgh Pirates – Rafael Devers (Austin Meadows)
The ninth pick was given to the Pirates since they failed to sign Mark Appel the year before.  If international players were available to draft, I am pretty certain the Pirates would have been ok landing Devers with this pick.  Devers has won a World Series (2018, Red Sox), a Silver Slugger, and has made two All-Star Game appearances.  The Pirates have been a team that makes confusing moves at times and have struggled for quite awhile, but perhaps Devers could have help steer the ship.  The Pirates instead selected Meadows.  He made it to the big leagues with the Pirates in 2018, but was traded in the fleeced deal that sent Meadows, Tyler Glasnow, and Shane Baz to the Tampa Bay Rays for Chris Archer.  That was not a good deal for Pittsburgh.  Might have even set them back a few years.  Well there again is no way of knowing how things are going to turn out in the future.

10.  Toronto Blue Jays – Adam Frazier (Phil Bickford)
Prior to the crazy amount of top prospects for the Blue Jays (Biggio, Bichette, Guerrero) and the big free agent signings, the Blue Jays were basement dwellers in the AL East.  Picking 10th, the Jays selected Bickford, who didn’t sign and instead headed to college.  In hopes of his draft spot raising, it actually ended up going worse for Bickford dropping eight spots in 2015 to the San Francisco Giants.  He was traded to the Brewers in 2016 and eventually was selected off waivers by the Dodgers in 2021.  Frazier was originally drafted by the Pirates in the 6th round in 2013, but has since built his major league resume putting him into the top 10 in the re-draft.  Frazier has played seven years in the big leagues and is currently on the Baltimore Orioles.  He has been a good player in his career and might have enjoyed success in Toronto had their crystal ball been working.

This was an interesting group of players being selected.  We saw our first international free agents being drafted.  It would have been interesting to see some of the players in different beginnings and some players who wound up on the clubs they were re-drafted to a couple of years earlier.  Maybe it would have made things different.  We will never know.  Stay tuned for picks 11-15.

John has recently graduated from the University at Albany with a B.A. in History and is currently finishing his Master's Degree there as well in secondary education. After being away from school for over two decades he decided to go back and work towards his dream of becoming a social studies teacher.

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