While the first day of the draft may get all the hype, there's typically plenty of talent still available on day two as well. That was certainly the case on the second day of this year's draft, as we saw some clubs make some selections of players that could have very easily gone off the board on day one, and we also saw some picks that showed off the depth of some club's draft boards.
Bruce Maxwell, C/1B, Birmingham Southern | Picked By: Oakland Athletics (2nd Round)
Maxwell was one of the best kept secrets of the entire draft. Clearly, the pick is somewhat of a gamble given the very low level of competition that the lefty slugger faced at Birmingham Southern, and the fact that he may end up being limited to first base. On the other hand, he has outstanding plate discipline and 30 home run power potential at the big league level. Also, it's worth noting that, poor competition or not, Maxwell posted a mind boggling .619 on-base percentage this spring.
Tanner Rahier, SS, Palm Desert H.S. (Calif.) | Picked By: Cincinnati Reds (2nd Round)
You can certainly question whether Rahier is going to be able to stick at shortstop for the long haul, but what you cannot question is his bat. He shows enough power and ability to make consistent contact to be a potentially dynamic offensive player in the pros. Landing him in the second round is a tremendous value.
Peter O'Brien, C, Miami | Picked By: New York Yankees (2nd Round)
The Yankees have put an emphasis on tools and athleticism in recent years, but O'Brien gives them a more advanced college bat their system needs. O'Brien's future behind the plate is up in the air, but you'll find very few scouts who question his bat and power potential. This is right-handed hitter with 25-35 type home run potential.
Ryan McNeil, RHP, Nipomo H.S. (Calif.) | Picked By: Chicago Cubs (3rd Round)
McNeil has a powerful, athletic frame and already resembles a big league pitcher, at least physically. He sits at 91-93 mph with his fastball and shows some good sink as well. Couple that with the feel for his breaking ball and McNeil has a pretty intriguing overall package, especially considering he was picked in the third round.
Ty Buttrey, RHP, Providence Senior H.S. (N.C.) | Picked By: Boston Red Sox (4th Round)
You just don't expect to get power arms and projectable frames like Ty Buttrey all the way down in the fourth round. Just how willing he is to sign remains to be seen, but Boston will make every effort to bring his 91-95 mph fastball and quality curveball into the fold.
Trey Williams, SS, Valencia H.S. (Calif.) | Picked By: St. Louis Cardinals (11th Round)
To say Trey Williams is enigmatic might be an understatement. Following some early showings last summer in showcase action, many scouts believed Williams was a clear cut first round pick in the making. His performance, however, has hasn't quite matched the outstanding potential. Williams may be listed as a shortstop, but will end up in a corner spot, and has tremendous game ready power to all fields. With the help a professional hitting coach, perhaps Williams can reach his incredibly high offensive ceiling if St. Louis can get him signed.