2013 Baseball Draft: Top Power Hitters in This Year's Class

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJune 3, 2013

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The first few picks of the 2013 MLB draft are sure to be dominated by pitchers, but don't let that distract you from the outstanding class of power hitters available this year.

While we don't know yet if there is a Miguel Cabrera or Prince Fielder in this class, the potential is certainly there with a flock of deadly hitters who can knock the ball out of the park.

Let's take a look at the best power hitters in this year's draft class.


Kris Bryant, 3B/OF, San Diego

There's no doubt that Kris Bryant is the most powerful hitter in this year's class and one who will be known for his long ball throughout his career.

Bryant hit a whopping 31 home runs and 62 RBI this season for San Diego, but his deep ball isn't the only thing he uses to his advantage.

He also hit .340 on the year, which shows his reliability to get on base consistently.

A third baseman in college, Bryant will likely have to move to the outfield in the big leagues. But that shouldn't concern any team that is lucky enough to be able to pick him, as he should be drafted for one thing only: power hitting.


Aaron Judge, OF, Fresno State

Aaron Judge will tower over most of his future teammates at 6'7" and 255 pounds, and it's that immense size that makes him one of the most dangerous power hitters in this year's draft.

Judge hit 12 homers and 36 RBI this season to go along with a .369 average, so his efficiency and production isn't a question.

There's no doubt that some pitchers will have a field day with Judge's massive strike zone, but he's proved able to cover that strike zone quite well in his college days, and that should translate to the MLB.


DJ Peterson, 1B/3B, New Mexico

There isn't an elite slugger in this draft class who boasts a better batting average than D.J. Peterson's (.411), but this hitter can do much more than just get on base.

Peterson put up 18 home runs and an insane 70 RBI this season, proving to be one of the most lethal hitters in the college ranks this season.

You know exactly what you're going to get with Peterson, and that is a high-upside player who is going to knock the ball out of the park on a regular basis when he develops.


Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina

Colin Moran comes into the draft with years of being the center of attention at North Carolina, and he's worth all of the hype.

The reigning ACC Player of the Year hit .357 with 13 home runs and 81 RBI, the last of which topped the NCAA. Moran became a lock to drive in at least one run during virtually every game he took the plate in.

This type of hitting prowess isn't seen very often in college baseball, so expect it to be rewarded kindly with a high pick in the draft.