2013 MLB Draft Results: Complete Overview of 1st-Round Action
Stanford's right-handed pitcher Mark Appel returned to school this past year despite being drafted eighth overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates last year. Now he is the No. 1 overall selection.
The Astros snagged the 6'5" hurler with the top spot in Major League Baseball's 2013 draft, and they hope they landed their future ace in the process.
While this certainly isn't the most-hyped draft class, there is plenty of talent for franchises to be excited about.
Check out how the first round played out.
*Picks will be periodically updated until the the first round is complete.
1. Houston Astros: Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford
The Houston Astros passed on Mark Appel last year, but they landed the Houston native this year.
Appel is a polished pitcher with top-of-the-rotation stuff. He shouldn't take much seasoning to reach the majors, and the sky is the limit for his career. He has great control and already has command of three quality pitches.
2. Chicago Cubs: Kris Bryant, 3B, University of San Diego
The NCAA home run leader, Kris Bryant, is the best hitter in this class. He is 6'5" and has the quickness and arm to handle third base in the majors.
3. Colorado Rockies: Jonathan Gray, RHP, University of Oklahoma
Many assumed Jonathan Gray would be off the board by the third pick. He wasn't, and the Rockies pounced on this flame-thrower.
Gray needs to develop his changeup, but he can hit 100 on the radar gun and has the build and stamina to touch the upper 90s deep into games.
4. Minnesota Twins: Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X HS, Texas
The first high school selection in this draft was pitcher Kohl Stewart. Stewart is also an outstanding quarterback and signed with Texas A&M. However, it is hard to see him passing on his lofty draft status to serve as Johnny Manziel's backup.
5. Cleveland Indians: Clint Frazier, OF, Loganville HS, California
Clint Frazier is a fantastic athlete with the potential to be a true five-tool player. At the plate, he has great bat speed, and that translates into nice power.
He is the middle-of-the-lineup prospect.
6. Miami Marlins: Colin Moran, 3B, University of North Carolina
Colin Moran has a solid glove and good arm. He should be able to stick at third, and no matter where he plays, his bat will be a plus.
Moran has good bat speed and power, but what really makes him stick out is his advanced approach to hitting and his plate discipline.
7. Boston Red Sox: Trey Ball, LHP, New Castle HS, Indiana
The Boston Red Sox decided to go to the high school ranks to grab this exciting left-handed prospect.
Ball already features a low-90s fastball and a sharp-breaking curveball. He shows good stamina and the ability to eat up innings while working at the top of the rotation.
8. Kansas City Royals: Hunter Dozier, SS, Stephen F. Austin
The Royals surprised most by selecting Hunter Dozier, who was not widely viewed as a first-round prospect. This was likely a financial pick by the Royals.
Dozier is not without talent, though, and he has the defense to play short in the majors.
9. Pittsburgh Pirates: Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson HS, Georgia
Austin Meadows is a solid athlete and should be a plus defender in the outfield. However, it is his smooth swing that had him going No. 9.
Meadows should be able to hit for average and power in the majors.
10. Toronto Blue Jays: Phil Bickford, RHP, Oaks Christian HS, California
The Blue Jays love selecting prep pitchers, and they got a talented one with Phil Bickford. He features mid-90s stuff with a sharp curve.
He needs to develop his changeup, but it's coming along.
11. New York Mets: Dominic Smith, 1B, Serra HS, California
Dominic Smith is a nice athlete who can be a plus-defensive first baseman. He also has the bat to warrant holding that position.
He has nice pop and the smooth swing and bat speed that suggest he'll be able to hit for average.
12. Seattle Mariners: D.J. Peterson, 3B, University of New Mexico
The Mariners drafted D.J. Peterson out of high school, and he ended up going to college. He's improved his impressive bat and was a nice selection. He has a smooth swing and power to all fields.
He is a solid athlete. He has a chance to stick at third, but first could also be a possibility.
13. San Diego Padres: Hunter Renfroe, OF, Mississippi State University
Hunter Renfroe is an excellent athlete. He will be an excellent defensive outfielder and bring a solid bat. Renfroe has been a late bloomer and is really just now tapping into his potential.
14. Pittsburgh Pirates: Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS
Reese McGuire is a true catching prospect, and a well-rounded one at that. He has all the tools defensively, and he brings a solid bat to the plate.
15. Arizona Diamondbacks: Braden Shipley, RHP, University of Nevada
Braden Shipley features a nice fastball and curveball. He is still a bit raw, but he has the stuff to get major league hitters out.
He will be a nice addition to a strong farm system.
16. Philadelphia Phillies: J.P. Crawford, SS, Lakewood HS, California
Shortstop was not a deep position in this draft, but J.P. Crawford was clearly the best of the bunch. He has nice range and a smooth glove.
His bat has been inconsistent, but he has a solid swing and could develop into a quality hitter.
17. Chicago White Sox: Tim Anderson, SS, East Central Mississippi Community College
With the first shortstop off the board, the White Sox wasted no time grabbing the next-best prospect at the position.
Tim Anderson is a fantastic athlete with plus speed and a decent bat. He needs polish in all phases of the game, but he's a terrific prospect.
18. Los Angeles Dodgers: Chris Anderson, RHP, Jacksonville University
Chris Anderson features a nice fastball/slider combo and a developing changeup. He has a nice frame at 6'4" and the ability to be a true innings-eating starter.
19. St. Louis Cardinals: Marco Gonzales, LHP, Gonzaga
Marco Gonzalez doesn't have the highest ceiling, but he is a polished pitcher who should have a short stay in the minors.
Gonzales won't overpower hitters, but he has great command and a nice arsenal of pitches.
20. Detroit Tigers: Jonathan Crawford, RHP, University of Florida
With command of a power fastball and slider, Jonathan Crawford will be able to get pro hitters out. However, if he wants to make a rotation, he will have to continue to develop his changeup.
21. Tampa Bay Rays: Nick Ciuffo, C, Lexington HS, Lexington, South Carolina
Nick Ciuffo is a left-handed hitting catcher with decent power and a balanced approach. He is solid defensively and should be a plus player on offense and defense.
However, like most catchers, he will need serious seasoning.
22. Baltimore Orioles: Hunter Harvey, RHP, Bandys HS, Catawba, North Carolina
The son of former major leaguer Bryan Harvey is bursting with potential. He can already pass 90 with his fastball, and he has a sharp curve.
However, he struggles with command on his curve and needs time to develop.
23. Texas Rangers: Alex Gonzalez, RHP, Oral Roberts University
Alex Gonzalez already has a solid fastball and plus slider. He will need to develop his curve and change, but he's shown potential with these pitches.
He also has a solid build and should be able to handle a big workload.
24. Oakland Athletics: Billy McKinney, OF, Plano West HS, Texas
McKinney won't ever be a plus outfielder on defense, but with his sweet swing, he doesn't have to be. McKinney has ample bat speed, and he can cover the entire plate and hit to all fields.
25. San Francisco Giants: Christian Arroyo, SS, Hernando HS, Florida
The Giants made a surprise selection. Christian Arroyo was projected more commonly as a second-round selection than a first-round selection.
He has a solid bat, but it is unclear if he has the defense to play shortstop at the next level.
26. New York Yankees: Eric Jagielo, 3B, Notre Dame
It is unclear if Eric Jagielo can stick at third. I assume the Yankees feel he can, since they selected him here. However, he does project to be a quality bat wherever he plays defense.
He brings nice power to the left side of the plate and improving plate discipline.
27. Cincinnati Reds: Phil Ervin, OF, Samford University
With nice speed and power, Phil Ervin is an exciting prospect. He has the defense to play center in the majors, and he will bring decent power to the right side of the plate.
28. St. Louis Cardinals: Robert Kaminsky, LHP, St. Joseph Regional HS, New Jersey
For the second time in the first round, the Cardinals went with a left-handed pitcher. Kaminsky has a quality fastball and an excellent curveball.
He is just 5'11" and 190 pounds, so durability will be a concern.
29. Tampa Bay Rays: Ryne Stanek, RHP, University of Arkansas
Ryne Stanek can touch the mid-90s with his fastball, and he has an excellent slider to go with it. The key to his future in the majors will be the development of his change. If he can turn his changeup into a plus pitch, this is a top-of-the-rotation pitcher.
30. Texas Rangers: Travis Demeritte, SS, Winder-Barrow HS, Georgia
Travis Demeritte will need to polish his defensive skills to stick at shortstop, but he has the athletic tools. He also has the bat to contribute if he winds up at third or in the outfield.
31. Atlanta Braves: Jason Hursh, RHP, Oklahoma State University
There is no doubting Jason Hursh's fastball. He can control it and throws it in the mid-90s. He needs to develop his other pitches to be a starter in the majors, but he will be an asset in the bullpen even if he doesn't.
32. New York Yankees: Aaron Judge, OF, Fresno State
Aaron Judge is a massive prospect at 6'7" and 250 pounds. He can move well for his size. Still, it is his bat that has him going in the first round.
He has good power to all fields, and his left-handed swing will play nicely in New York.
33. New York Yankees: Ian Clarkin, LHP, James Madison HS, California
Having already secured two bats in the first round, the Yankees added a pitcher. Clarkin has a solid frame and mechanics. He has a nice fastball and a live arm. He will need to refine his command, but he has all the tools to be a quality starter.
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