Denney highlights remaining Day 2 options
Oklahoma HS catcher one of 41 remaining Top 100 prospects in Draft
The long road to the First-Year Player Draft ended for 73 players Thursday night, when they were selected on the first day of the 2013 Draft. The rest of this year's class will have to wait to learn its fate until the picks resume with the third round Friday at 1 p.m. ET.
Day 2 of the Draft continues with Rounds 3-10, streamed live on MLB.com on Friday, beginning with a preview show at 12:30 p.m. And Rounds 11-40 will be streamed live on MLB.com on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m.
MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players. You can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
As teams regroup and prepare for the Draft's second day, they will still see plenty of talent left on their boards. Catcher Jon Denney from Yukon (Okla.) High School is ranked No. 20 on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list and is the highest-ranked player available entering into the third round. He is one of 41 players in the Top 100 who have yet to be selected.
Denney is the top high school hitter available, but he has plenty of company, including outfielders Ryan Boldt (No. 39) and Cord Sandberg (No. 56), and catcher Chris Okey (No. 52).
College pitchers make up a large percentage of the remaining group, including right-handers Bobby Wahl (No. 30) and Andrew Mitchell (No. 40), as well as left-handers Kent Emanuel (No. 69) and Matt Boyd (No. 72).
Only four college position players ranked in the Top 100 remain undrafted: second baseman JaCoby Jones (No. 63), outfielders Jared King (No. 74) and Michael O'Neill (No. 83) and first baseman Brian Ragira (No. 94).
As usual, some of the top high school players who were not selected Thursday were likely passed over due to signability concerns. Right-hander Connor Jones (No. 53) told teams last month he intended to uphold his commitment to Virginia. Right-hander Kyle Serrano (No. 43) is also probably headed to college. Dave Serrano, Kyle's father, is the coach at Tennessee and tweeted during the second round that his son will pitch for the Volunteers.
Two former first-round selections are also still waiting to hear their names called this year. Right-handers Karsten Whitson and Dylan Covey were both selected in the first 15 picks of the 2010 Draft, but chose not to sign, instead attending Florida and the University of San Diego, respectively. Whitson hasn't pitched this season due to a shoulder injury and will likely return to college next year. Covey was diagnosed with diabetes after the 2010 Draft and decided to stay closer to home as he learned to manage his condition. He has pitched well in college and is ranked as the 68th-best prospect.
In addition to the top available talents, several prominent players with Major League bloodlines remain undrafted. Second baseman Cavan Biggio, the son of former All-Star Craig Biggio, is the highest rated of the group, coming in at No. 57 on the Top 100.
Some of the other players with relatives in baseball include:
• Trinity College School (Ontario) right-hander Cal Quantrill, son of former All-Star pitcher Paul Quantrill
• Georgia Tech outfielder Kyle Wren, son of Braves general manager Frank Wren
• Florida Gulf Coast right-hander Ricky Knapp, son of former Tigers pitching coach Rick Knapp
• Waiakea (Hawaii) High School second baseman Kean Wong, brother of 2011 first-rounder Kolten Wong
• Connecticut second baseman L.J. Mazzilli, son of former Mets center fielder Lee Mazzilli
• Vanderbilt right fielder Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of former American League Most Valuable Player Carl Yastrzemski
Friday afternoon will also likely see a run on college seniors, as teams try to make the most of their allotted pool of money to sign their Draft picks. Each team's budget for the Draft is determined by adding up the value assigned to each of their picks in the first 10 rounds. If a team goes over this total, they are subject to penalties.
If a player is signed for less than the pick's value, the savings can be applied to other selections. College seniors have minimal leverage in negotiations, and for this reason, most teams focused on college seniors in Rounds 6-10 a year ago.
For teams looking to save money and get a talented player, Georgia Tech has two seniors to watch in right-hander Buck Farmer and outfielder Brandon Thomas. Other top seniors are LSU first baseman Mason Katz, New Mexico catcher Mitchell Garver and Vanderbilt center fielder Connor Harrell.
The second day of the Draft covers Rounds 3-10 and MLB.com will provide exclusive coverage. Fans will be able to see each pick live with expert commentary, as well as access to Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player, supplemented by statistics, scouting reports and video highlights.