This year’s MLB amateur draft class is stacked with star outfielders, many of whom will have their names called within the first 30 picks on June 6.
Last June, nine outfielders were drafted in the first round of the amateur draft, most notably Byron Buxton, the Georgia native taken No. 2 overall by the Minnesota Twins. Buxton is already playing well in the Twins’ minor league system and will be called up before you know it.
Using B/R MLB Prospect Lead Writer Mike Rosenbaum’s complete pre-draft rankings as a primer, I examined some of the top outfield prospects for the upcoming draft. While there are some similarities between Mike and my own rankings, there are a couple of players who we don’t see eye to eye on.
Keep in mind, though, that just because an outfielder is ranked higher than another does not mean that he will necessarily get drafted higher. Also, just because a player is on this list doesn’t mean that he’ll necessarily play the outfield for a big league team. Several of the upcoming players play other positions.
Let’s get straight into the rankings, examining the top eight outfield prospects in the 2013 MLB draft class.