2013 MLB Mock Draft: Bleacher Report's Final Top 10 Projections

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJune 6, 2013

2013 MLB Mock Draft: Bleacher Report's Final Top 10 Projections

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    The 2013 MLB draft is just hours away, and Bleacher Report has put together our final mock draft for the first 10 picks.

    The Houston Astros are on the clock with the No. 1 overall pick, and it remains unclear who they will take. Will it be a future ace like Jonathan Gray or Mark Appel? Or will Houston look for help in its lineup?

    The future stars of the MLB are waiting to hear their names called, and this is how we expect the first 10 picks to go down on Thursday.

1. Houston Astros: Colin Moran

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    Position: 3B

    B/T: R/R

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 215 pounds

    School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    The Houston Astros have the No. 1 overall pick for the second year in a row after taking SS Carlos Correa last year.

    General manager Jeff Luhnow was able to sign Correa to a $4.8 million deal, saving $2.4 million in the process. This strategy appears to have paid off, as the Astros were able to sign top-level talent in the later rounds with the money the club saved.

    I expect to see the Astros use the same strategy again this year, taking UNC third baseman Colin Moran and signing him to a deal that will cost the team less money than it would spend on a pitcher like Johnathan Gray or Mark Appel.

    Moran hit .348 with 13 home runs and 84 RBI in just 64 games this year with the Tar Heels. He is one of the most disciplined hitters in the draft class, and he will be a valuable asset for the Astros.

2. Chicago Cubs: Jonathan Gray

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    Position: RHP

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 239 pounds

    School: Oklahoma

    With Moran going first overall, the Chicago Cubs will have their choice of elite pitching prospects.

    While Mark Appel may be the more polished of the two, Jonathan Gray's potential is through the roof, and the Cubs won't be able to pass him up.

    Gray can hit triple digits on the gun, hitting 102 mph near the end of his 129-pitch outing on Friday. He also has filthy breaking balls that complement his speed, which is why he went 9-2 with a 1.55 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 10.4 K/9 rate this season.

    After he didn't pitch last summer, some scouts had their concerns, but Gray proved that he is an elite pitcher who has the chance to do big things at the next level with the right coaching.

    I don't expect Gray's recent positive test for Adderall to come back to haunt him, and the Cubs will overlook it to take the fireballer out of Oklahoma.

3. Colorado Rockies: Mark Appel

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    Position: RHP

    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 215 pounds

    School: Stanford

    With the Astros passing up on both elite pitchers, the Colorado Rockies will end up seeing Mark Appel left on the board.

    The Rockies should consider themselves lucky to have such a polished pitcher waiting on their doorstep, and there's no doubt in my mind that Appel won't fall past No. 3 in this year's draft.

    The righty out of Stanford has been filthy, showing off his MLB-ready pitches and his highly polished approach this season to the tune of a 10-4 record, 2.12 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 11.0 K/9 rate and 1.9 BB/9 rate.

    Few pitchers have the combination of command, knowledge of hitters and raw talent that Appel possesses, and that will make him irresistible to the Rockies.

4. Minnesota Twins: Kohl Stewart

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    Position: RHP

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 190 pounds

    School: St. Pius X (Houston)

    The Minnesota Twins will miss out on the top two pitching prospects in the draft class, but Kohl Stewart isn't too shabby himself.

    The two-sport athlete out of St. Pius X was also an elite quarterback, but it appears that his future lies in the game of baseball.

    Stewart fills a desperate need for pitching in Minnesota. The Twins have been looking for solid guys to take the mound, with the acquisitions of Trevor May and Alex Meyer during the offseason showing that the team is looking for powerful arms.

    This kid is another powerful arm who could make a big impact in a few years. The Twins clearly realize how good Stewart is, as they even assigned a scout to watch him on a regular basis, and seeing him dominate the high school game can only help his chances.

5. Cleveland Indians: Kris Bryant

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    Position: 3B

    B/T: R/R

    Height: 6'5"

    Weight: 215 pounds

    School: San Diego

    Kris Bryant is just one of those guys who makes the game of baseball look easy. He makes even difficult plays look effortless, and he is always in control.

    What really makes this kid special is his ability to stroke the long ball, blasting 31 home runs with 62 RBI in 62 games and batting .329 while slugging an utterly ridiculous .820.

    With Colin Moran going off the board at No. 1, the Indians will take the other elite third baseman in this draft class, and Bryant will sneak into the top five.

6. Miami Marlins: Braden Shipley

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    Position: RHP

    Height: 6'3"

    Weight: 190 pounds

    School: Nevada

    With the top four pitchers off the board, the Miami Marlins will be looking to Braden Shipley to help a pitifully thin pitching staff.

    Shipley wasn't even a full-time pitcher until 2012, playing shortstop in high school and going undrafted. Then he played his first two years at Nevada at short, with a few trips to the mound.

    However, he proved that he has huge upside, as he went 9-4 with an ERA of 2.20 ERA and struck out 8.6 batters per nine innings pitched this season.

    Now that he has proven that he could be a major league starter in a few years, he has vaulted up draft boards, and he will be snagged with the sixth overall pick.

7. Boston Red Sox: Clint Frazier

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    Position: OF

    B/T: R/R

    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 190 pounds

    School: Loganville (Ga.) HS

    Clint Frazier has developed into one of the best hitters in the 2013 draft class. Not only does he have raw power, but he also has developed a keen eye and plate discipline.

    After blasting 24 home runs during his junior year,  he came out this season and showed off his ability to find gaps, batting .485 with 17 home runs and 45 RBI.

    With the ability to hit for contact or launch a 400-foot bomb, Frazier has shown scouts what they want to see, and I see the Red Sox scooping him up to develop him into an elite slugger.

8. Kansas City Royals: Ryne Stanek

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    Position: RHP

    Height: 6'4"

    Weight: 190 pounds

    School: Arkansas

    The Kansas City Royals really want a pitcher, but picking outside of the top five hurts them. However, this is a draft class loaded with pitchers, and the Royals should have a problem finding one.

    After being drafted by the Seattle Mariners a few years ago, Ryne Stanek decided to go to Arkansas, and now he has become one of the top college arms in the draft. This season, he went 10-2 with a 1.39 ERA and held opponents to a .207 batting average in the mighty SEC.

    Stanek seems to be the perfect fit for the Royals, and he won't fall past No. 8.

9. Pittsburgh Pirates: Reese McGuire

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    Position: C

    B/T: L/R

    Height: 6'1"

    Weight: 190 pounds

    School: Kentwood HS (Wash.)

    With their first of two first-round picks, the Pittsburgh Pirates will take the top catching prospect in this year's draft.

    Reese McGuire is not only a top-tier defender behind the plate, but he also has proven to have a great swing, batting .436 in his senior year with a .559 OBP.

    McGuire is one of the best hitting catchers in the draft since Buster Posey, and while it's unfair to make that comparison, it speaks to just how good this kid can be.

    Don't expect the Pirates to pass up the opportunity to get him.

10. Toronto Blue Jays: J.P. Crawford

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    Position: SS

    B/T: L/R

    Height: 6'2"

    Weight: 175 pounds

    School: Lakewood HS (Calif.)

    The Toronto Blue Jays are in a tough spot in the draft. Most of the elite players they want will be off the board, and the team will have about seven or eight realistic options to sift through.

    The best option for the team is probably shortstop J.P. Crawford.

    The Blue Jays need a high-ceiling prospect who could potentially be a star in a few years, and Crawford fits the bill.

    After batting .452 in his senior year of high school, Crawford will likely be persuaded to skip college if the price is right, and the Blue Jays have a high enough pick to make it worth his while.