No. 1 Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford
The top player, pitcher or position in this class, Appel has looked even better this year than when he was the No. 8 pick in the 2012 draft. His combination of plus stuff, including a mid-90s fastball, slider and improved changeup, as well as polish and delivery make him a candidate to move very quickly through the minors.
No. 2 Jonathan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma
Gray has been the talk of the draft world for the last 48 hours, when Keith Law of ESPN reported that the Oklahoma righty failed a pre-draft drug test for Adderall. That minor headache aside, he is still a potential stud with one of the best fastballs in the draft and a much-improved slider. He can sit along with Appel, though Gray's lack of track record and slightly lesser command make him the No. 2 pitcher.
No. 3 Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X HS (Texas)
Other than Gray, no pitcher has a higher ceiling than Stewart. (Appel has a high ceiling, but not quite at the level of Gray or Stewart, though he has a higher probability of reaching his than they do.)
Stewart also has a commitment to play quarterback and baseball at Texas A&M. The odds of him making it to college are slim, as a team isn't likely to pass on an 18-year-old with a plus-plus fastball-slider combination and a good feel for pitching already.
No. 4 Braden Shipley, RHP, Nevada
Unlike most college pitchers, Shipley has the advantage of being relatively fresh since he didn't start pitching full time until his sophomore season. Of course, that also means he is a little more raw than the typical college arm. He can bring the heat with a mid-90s fastball and one of the best curveballs in the draft.
No. 5 Trey Ball, LHP, New Castle (Ind.) HS
Despite being a two-way player right now, Ball and his fastball that touches 92-93 mph and projectable 6'6", 180-pound frame will be on the mound when he enters pro ball. He also has some feel for a curveball and a delivery that, while it does have some effort, isn't likely to cause him problems.
No. 6 Alex Gonzalez, RHP, Oral Roberts
One of the big movers of this draft season, Gonzalez's ceiling as a very good No. 3 isn't going to knock you over, but he is so valuable because of his really good four-pitch mix, including a fastball that he can cut or sink, pitchability and feel.
No. 7 Ryne Stanek, RHP, Arkansas
Thought to be among the top two-three pitchers in this class, Stanek has struggled with consistency at times this year. When he is right, the Arkansas star will flash a plus fastball and slider that can miss bats against professional hitters.
No. 8 Phil Bickford, RHP, Oaks Christian HS (Calif.)
A late surge has Bickford in the mid-first-round mix at this stage. He has big velocity already, but lacks consistency and feel for anything else. If you love projection, it is not hard to see a No. 2 starter if the off-speed stuff and command come around.
No. 9 Ian Clarkin, LHP, Madison HS (Calif.)
Clarkin's delivery is a bit worrisome, as he is very stiff and has a lot of moving parts. But finding a lefty who can hit 92 with projection and feel for a curveball is a luxury that teams will work with to make sure he makes it.
No. 10 Hunter Harvey, RHP, Bandys HS (N.C.)
If you want projection, Harvey is the pitcher for you. He has a lean 6'3", 175-pound frame right now with the body to add a lot more muscle in the future and some velocity to an already above-average fastball. He will also spin a breaking ball, but lacks consistent feel for the pitch right now.