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McKinney, Dozier highlight local picks in MLB draft day 1; follow updates for Day 2
Follow along as I highlight baseball players with connections to the area and region throughout the MLB draft.Round 1 3. Colorado Rockies: Jonathan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma Gray, who was Baseball America's top-ranked prospect, went 10-2 with a 1.59 ERA for Oklahoma this season. He struck out 138 batters.
8. Kansas City Royals: Hunter Dozier, SS, Stephen F. Austin/Denton HS Dozier was the biggest surprise of the first day of the draft. He was projected by most analysts to be a late first round, early second round pick. Here's what MLB Network's Harold Reynolds had to say about him during the telecast: "It's a surprise if you haven't seen him play," Reynolds said. "He reminds me of Troy Tulowitzki. He's that sort of athlete. This guy is a big-time projectable shortstop. I like the pick."
24. Oakland Athletics: Billy McKinney, OF, Plano West The left-handed outfielder was one of the best hitters available in the 2013 draft class. McKinney surged up draft boards during an outstanding senior season in which he batted .372 with a .585 on-base percentage. The 24th pick comes with a slot value of nearly $1.9 million. McKinney was the Dallas area's highest MLB draft pick since 2007, when Irving's Blake Beavan was selected by the Rangers at No. 17.
31. Atlanta Braves: Jason Hursh, RHP, Oklahoma State/TCA-Addison Had 86 strikeouts in 106.1 innings for Oklahoma State this season. He made a strong recovery from Tommy John surgery in 2011.
Competitive Balance Round A 39. Detroit Tigers: Corey Knebel, RHP, Texas A pure reliever, Knebel threw 40 innings this season with a .179 batting average against.
Round 2 45. Boston Red Sox: Teddy Stankiewicz, RHP, Seminole State JC (Okla.)/Fort Worth Christian From MLB.com: Stankiewicz has always had a good fastball, one that could be plus when all is said and done. His secondary stuff isn't nearly as good, but there's the chance his breaking ball and changeup could be Major League average in the future. He has good pitchability, command the ball well and mixing his pitches smartly.
63. Oakland Athletics: Dillon Overton, LHP, Oklahoma Overton is Oklahoma's No. 2 behind Jonathan Gray, who was taken with the third overall pick. He's 9-2 with a 2.91 ERA.
68. Washington Nationals: Jake Johansen, RHP, Dallas Baptist/Allen The Nationals must have seen something they liked from the Allen product. Baseball America ranked Johansen as the 182nd prospect in the draft. The senior right-hander was Dallas Baptist's No. 1 starter.