Highlights of Most Dynamic Players of 2013 MLB Draft
While the NFL and NBA drafts are more in the national spotlight, in recent years the MLB draft has seen a rise in popularity. With the immense attention garnered by super prospects Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, baseball has been able to build increased support for its gateway into the professional ranks.
Although Mark Appel may be the only big name of the 2013 draft that comes close to having the media attention of Harper and Strasburg, 2013 is filled with several dynamic players who are worth a look.
Be sure to check out this list of 10 of the most intriguing prospects of the 2013 class.
10. Colin Moran, North Carolina
The smooth-swinging third baseman from UNC might be the most MLB-ready of any prospect in this draft. After not being heralded as a major recruit out of high school, Moran has more than stepped for the Tar Heels by hitting .335 as a freshman and .365 as a sophomore.
Moran has also been selected to play in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game the past two summers.
Check out the video above of Moran driving an extra-base hit to left for the Bourne Braves during a summer league contest.
9. Kohl Stewart, St. Pius X High School
The Texas prep fireballer enters the draft as one of the most coveted young arms. With a fastball that reached 95 mph at the Perfect Game All-American Classic this August, Stewart has established himself as one of the draft's hottest commodities.
Unfortunately for prospective teams, Stewart is a two-way athlete who also holds a football commitment to Texas A&M. Whether teams can pry away the seventh-ranked pocket passing quarterback in the country from the Aggies will be one of the major storylines of an entertaining first round.
8. Kris Bryant: San Diego
Often linked with Colin Moran, Kris Bryant has also proved to be one of the most feared hitters in college baseball.
The 6'5'', 215-pound alumni of Bonanza High School in Las Vegas spent no time acquainting himself with the college game. He was named the West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year as a freshman. Bryant then hit .366 as a sophomore while slugging a whopping .671.
Watch for him to make an easy transition to professional baseball and possibly be in the majors in three years.
7. Clinton Hollon, Woodford County High School
Clinton Hollon might not be the most intimidating pitcher on the mound at only 6'1'', but the Lexington, Ky., native might have the draft's most explosive arm.
Running his fastball up to 97 mph, Hollon has pitched on the national stage for quite some time, having appeared at premier summer-prospect events since he was 15 years old.
Due to his immense potential, I have a hard time seeing Hollon honoring his commitment to pitch for Kentucky. He should make a major league club very happy in a couple of months.
6. Austin Meadows, Grayson High School
Austin Meadows, a Grayson, Ga., product, has shown game-changing speed and light-tower power on his journey through the prep circuit this summer.
The outfielder who is ranked the No. 1 prep prospect in the country by Baseball America ran a 6.31-second 60-yard dash at the Perfect Game National Showcase in June. And if you watch his batting practice above, you can see just how the ball leaps off his lightning-quick bat.
5. Ryne Stanek, Arkansas
Ryne Stanek's outstanding performance in 2012 was one of the main reasons his Arkansas Razorbacks were able to advance to the College World Series.
Stanek, who finished 8-4 record with a 2.82 ERA, consistently proved that he was one of the nastiest pitchers in the SEC. After a second summer with Team USA, if Stanek can show the same effectiveness in 2013, he could compete with Mark Appel and Sean Manaea to be the first pitcher selected in the draft.
4. Austin Wilson, Stanford
Austin Wilson is considered by many to be the best athlete in the 2013 draft. The Stanford outfielder is built like a middle linebacker at 6'5'', 245 pounds and has shown the agility and arm strength to be an impact player not only at the plate but defensively.
If you skip to 2:47 above, you can see Wilson display his power by absolutely drilling a home run to left against UCLA.
The knock on Wilson, however, is that he has yet to reach his potential at the collegiate level. During the 2012 season, he only hit .285 with 10 home runs.
3. Sean Manaea, Indiana State
The left-handed pitcher from the mid-major Indiana State baseball program made a name for himself pitching for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks this summer in the Cape Cod League.
At 6'5'', 215 pounds, Sean Manaea combines the ideal pitcher's body with a 93-96 mph fastball.
If Manaea can continue to improve after his fantastic summer, look for him to not last past the first five picks of the draft.
2. Clint Frazier, Loganville (Ga.) High School
The ball absolutely jumps off this prep player's bat, as he blends his powerful swing with a 6.42 60-yard dash time and 98 mph cannon from the outfield.
With his five-tool talent, anticipate Frazier to be a top-three selection.
1. Mark Appel, Stanford
Arguably the most talented arm in last year's draft, almost every expert and fan could not have predicted Mark Appel's return to Stanford.
However, after a money dispute with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Appel is back pitching for the Cardinal and remains one of college baseball's biggest standouts.
With his large frame and great arm strength, watch for Appel to dominate the Pac-12, and, barring anything extraordinary happening, become the No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Astros.