2013 MLB Draft Results: Projecting When Each 1st-Round Prospect Gets Called Up

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2013 MLB Draft Results: Projecting When Each 1st-Round Prospect Gets Called Up
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Stanford right-hander Mark Appel was selected by the Houston Astros at No. 1 overall in the 2013 MLB draft on Thursday night.

Sounds like spurning the Pittsburgh Pirates last year was the right move for the Houston native, after all.

Appel will get paid, and you can expect him to make it to the big leagues very soon. But what about the other prospects selected in the first round?

Here's a breakdown of the first round, complete with a timetable to the majors for each prospect selected.

 

Round 1 

1. Houston Astros: Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford

Despite some rumors to the contrary, the Astros went with the big name on Thursday, selecting Stanford right-hander Mark Appel at No. 1 overall. 

Appel has a top-level fastball, slider and changeup. He worked hard on his changeup this past season at Stanford, and it showed. 

Called Up: April 2014

 

2. Chicago Cubs: Kris Bryant, 3B/OF, San Diego

First thing you need to know about Kris Bryant: He has big-time power. He clubbed 31 home runs in the 2013 campaign, 10 more than the second-place hitter in Division I ball. 

There are some concerns about his instincts at third base, but a switch to the outfield would solve that for the athletic big man. 

There are also some concerns about his contact hitting at the next level, but if he flashes the power he has every now and then, he will probably outplay those concerns.

Called Up: June 2015

 

3. Colorado Rockies: Jonathan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma

If you only tuned into the Rockies on Wednesday, you know they are doing OK as far as offense. Pitching has always been a problem for the club, though, and the fact that they play at Coors Field certainly doesn't help.

Jonathan Gray is a flame-thrower, first and foremost. He's been known to hit 100 mph on the gun. He also has a killer slider, comparable to Appel's offering. The one pitch he needs work on is his changeup, but even that is already an average offering at the major league level.

Called Up: May 2015

 

4. Minnesota Twins: Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X HS (Texas)

Kohl Stewart's fastball and slider project to be top-level pitches. His curveball and changeup need work, but his curveball is already a serviceable pitch in the pros.

The Twins are in desperate need of starting pitching, but rushing Kohl Stewart into action is not the right way to go.

Called Up: April 2015

 

5. Cleveland Indians: Clint Frazier, OF, Loganville HS (Ga.)

Clint Frazier has drawn comparisons to Mike Trout based on his five-tool ability. He has incredible bat speed and already can launch 400-foot homers.

Frazier will help fill out Cleveland's outfield in due time. He's still young, but he should develop into a big-time player for the Indians.

Called Up: July 2016

 

6. Miami Marlins: Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina

It hasn't been pretty at third base for the Marlins since trading away Miguel Cabrera. That's why selecting third baseman Colin Moran out of college makes a lot of sense.

Moran should be able to make a move up to the bigs in a relatively short period of time. He's a solid hitter with great plate discipline, and he also has a good arm at third base.

Called Up: April 2015

 

7. Boston Red Sox: Trey Ball, LHP/OF, New Castle Chrysler HS (Ind.)

Trey Ball is a two-way player who could make it in the big leagues as either a pitcher or an outfielder, but it's possible that the Red Sox will try him out as a hitter first and then move him to the mound if that doesn't work out.

Ball has raw power at the dish and great bat speed, but needs work on his contact rate. He has a strong arm, exemplified on the mound and in the field. As a pitcher, he already has a good feel for his fastball and curveball.

Called Up: September 2016

 

8. Kansas City Royals: Hunter Dozier, SS, Stephen F. Austin

Hunter Dozier projects to have above-average power and hitting ability at the major league level. He also has good arm strength. 

Dozier needs to work a bit on his contact for now, so I don't expect an immediate jump to the big leagues.

Called Up: September 2016

 

9. Pittsburgh Pirates: Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson HS (Ga.)

The Pirates may have missed out on Appel, but Austin Meadows could develop into a fine major leaguer. 

Meadows is a raw athlete right now, but his bat speed projects him to have above-average power in the majors. He also has the athleticism to be a threat on the basepaths.

Called Up: September 2016

 

10. Toronto Blue Jays: Phillip Bickford, RHP, Oaks Christian HS (Calif.)

Well, it appears Phillip Bickford's arm got him into the top 10, after all. 

Bickford—well-known for posting 18 strikeouts in one game—saw his stock soar in the weeks leading up to the draft. His fastball is electric, but he'll need some work on his changeup and slider (I don't see his curveball being a serviceable option anytime soon).

Bickford is raw in terms of his repertoire right now, but it's hard to pass up such a dynamic arm. 

Called Up: July 2017

 

11. New York Mets: Dominic Smith, 1B, Junipero Sierra HS (Calif.)

Dominic Smith may be coming out of high school, but he already has a very pure swing, which should make his ascent up the ranks easier. 

He has good range and great arm strength in the field. In the batter's box, he could become a big-time hitter at the next level. 

Called Up: July 2016

 

12. Seattle Mariners: D.J. Peterson, 3B, New Mexico

This seemed to be a bit of a reach for me. D.J. Peterson has the tools to be a solid hitter in the majors, but he doesn't possess the upside that a lot of other prospects have. I also haven't been that impressed with his arm strength, lateral agility or speed.

On the other hand, he would be an upgrade in the infield for the Mariners down the line, potentially moving to first base.

Called Up: April 2015

 

13. San Diego Padres: Hunter Renfroe, OF, Mississippi State

First of all, Hunter Renfroe has tremendous power, which surely caught the eye of the Padres. He's also a good athlete with a strong throwing arm. 

The biggest challenge for Renfroe is that he has to work on his contact, and that will take time. I'd be surprised if he makes it to the majors in 2014, but early 2015 is certainly a possibility.

Called Up: June 2015

 

14. Pittsburgh Pirates: Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS (Wash.)

If you are looking for a defensive-minded catcher, Reese McGuire is your man. He's been timed popping up to throw in 1.85 seconds, already an eye-opening number in the major leagues.

The problem for McGuire is his bat. It may never be average, let alone above-average. That may keep him from the majors for a couple of years.

Called Up: April 2016

 

15. Arizona Diamondbacks: Braden Shipley, RHP, Nevada

Braden Shipley needs to work on his control, but his stuff is certainly there. He already possesses a top-level fastball and changeup, with room for his curveball to come along nicely.

Because of Shipley's command, he probably won't see the majors until at least late 2015.

Called Up: September 2015

 

16. Philadelphia Phillies: J.P. Crawford, SS, Lakewood HS (Calif.)

J.P Crawford isn't going to "wow" anyone with his power, but he stands to be one of the best defensive shortstops to come out of this class, already displaying pro-level arm strength at the position. He also should develop into at least a decent hitter at the next level.

Called Up: September 2015

 

17. Chicago White Sox: Tim Anderson, SS, East Central CC (Miss.)

Tim Anderson has yet to face much top competition, but the tools are there to be a dependable hitter in the future. He also has the quickness to chase after balls at shortstop. 

But don't expect the power to ever be there for Anderson. He'll likely be below-average at the major league level in that regard.

Called Up: April 2016

 

18. Los Angeles Dodgers: Chris Anderson, RHP, Jacksonville

Chris Anderson possesses an electric fastball and a hard-breaking slider. He also has a changeup that should serve him well in pro ball. 

On the other hand, Anderson hasn't looked comfortable in some starts, and his command has fluctuated.

Still, he has the potential to be a solid starter for the Dodgers in due time.

Called Up: July 2015

 

19. St. Louis Cardinals: Marco Gonzales, LHP, Gonzaga

As a bottom-of-the-rotation starter, Marco Gonzales could be a solid player at the major league level. That's not meant as an insult. He has the stuff and command to be a solid starter in the pros, but not the stamina to be counted on to go deep into ballgames.

Gonzales' changeup and curveball are his best pitches, and he spots them well. He's a very polished left-hander.

Called Up: May 2014

 

20. Detroit Tigers: Jonathon Crawford, RHP, Florida

There are some concerns that Jonathon Crawford's fastball wasn't as electric at the start of 2013 as it had been, but he's still unquestionably a power arm, able to sit in the mid-90s. His slider is his best pitch, but his fastball should also become an above-average offering in the pros.

On the other hand, his command is lacking, meaning he probably won't see the major leagues until 2015.

Called Up: May 2015

 

21. Tampa Bay Rays: Nick Ciuffo, C, Lexington HS (S.C.)

Nick Ciuffo is a solid receiver at catcher—probably the best in the class. His arm strength doesn't rival McGuire's, and he will need to work on his hitting ability, but he's a fine backstop with surprising power at the plate.

Called Up: April 2016

 

22. Baltimore Orioles: Hunter Harvey, RHP, Bandys HS (N.C.)

Hunter Harvey is clearly a project out of high school. His command will have to get much better to make it in the pros, and he needs to work on a third pitch.

But the stuff is certainly there. His fastball and curveball should develop into plus offerings. Give him some time and he could surprise.

Called Up: July 2016

 

23. Texas Rangers: Alex Gonzalez, RHP, Oral Roberts

Alex Gonzalez has good control, but he needs to develop better command of his pitches (his changeup in particular). If he can develop his command, he has the potential to be a solid No. 3 starter in the pros. You have to love this kid's cutter.

Called Up: July 2015

 

24. Oakland Athletics: Billy McKinney, OF, Plano West HS (Texas)

Billy McKinney could develop into a strong hitter in the pros. The problem is that as a fielder, he's very limited in terms of range and arm strength.

But perhaps if the Athletics use him as a designated hitter down the line, that won't matter. McKinney certainly has the bat to be an asset at the big league level.

Called Up: April 2017

 

25. San Francisco Giants: Christian Arroyo, SS, Hernando HS (Fla.)

Christian Arroyo has limited offensive potential and below-average fielding range, but he does have a top-level arm.

It's possible that the Giants have plans for Arroyo at second base or at catcher. If they ever plan to move Buster Posey to first base full-time, Arroyo could be the pick we look back on down the road as a telling sign.

Called Up: September 2017

 

26. New York Yankees: Eric Jagielo, 3B, Notre Dame

Eric Jagielo isn't particularly impressive on defense (displaying average range), but he's a powerful guy who could hit at an adequate clip down the road.

Called Up: September 2014

 

27. Cincinnati Reds: Phillip Ervin, OF, Samford

Phillip Ervin doesn't have great upside, but he's already a polished hitter, making him a candidate to jump up to the majors early. His range and arm in the outfield is average.

Called Up: April 2015

 

Compensatory Selections

28. St. Louis Cardinals: Rob Kaminsky, LHP, St. Joseph's HS (N.J.)

29. Tampa Bay Rays: Ryne Stanek, RHP, Arkansas

30. Texas Rangers: Travis DeMeritte, SS, Winder-Barrow HS (Ga.)

31. Atlanta Braves: Jason Hursh, RHP, Oklahoma State

32. New York Yankees: Aaron Judge, OF, Fresno State

33. New York Yankees: Ian Clarkin, LHP, Madison HS (Calif.)


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