With the 2013 MLB Rule 4 draft set to commence on Thursday night, it’s time to take one final stab at predicting how the first round will unfold.
For the second consecutive year, the Houston Astros have the No. 1 pick and will drastically impact how the first round unfolds. In 2012, they decided to cut a well-below-slot deal with 17-year-old Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa. As a result, the organization was able to sign all of its key, early round selections.
Although this year’s crop of talent may be weaker compared to previous drafts, it’s loaded at the top with college standouts Mark Appel, Jonathan Gray, Kris Bryant and Colin Moran.
But which player will the Astros select with the No. 1 pick?
Here’s a look at my final mock draft of the year.