For several burgeoning baseball prospects, Thursday's MLB draft marked the next step in their journey to superstardom.
The MLB draft is unique in how long it takes for many top picks to make an impact for their new team, but this is still a crucial day for every organization.
Let's take a look at where the top stars landed.
2013 MLB Draft: Complete First Round
Note: You can find a complete look at the full draft results here at MLB.com
|1||Houston Astros||Mark Appel||RHP||Stanford|
|2||Chicago Cubs||Kris Bryant||3B/OF||San Diego|
|3||Colorado Rockies||Jonathan Gray||RHP||Oklahoma|
|4||Minnesota Twins||Kohl Stewart||RHP||St. Pius X HS (Houston, Texas)|
|5||Cleveland Indians||Clint Frazier||OF||Loganville HS (Georgia)|
|6||Miami Marlins||Colin Moran||3B||North Carolina|
|7||Boston Red Sox||Trey Ball||LHP||New Castle HS (Indiana)|
|8||Kansas City Royals||Hunter Dozier||SS||Stephen F. Austin State|
|9||Pittsburgh Pirates||Austin Meadows||OF||Grayson HS (Loganville, Ga)|
|10||Toronto Blue Jays||Phil Bickford||RHP||Oaks Christian HS (Westlake Village, Calif)|
|11||New York Mets||Dominic Smith||1B/OF||Serra HS (Gardena, Calif)|
|12||Seattle Mariners||D.J. Peterson||3B||New Mexico|
|13||San Diego Padres||Hunter Renfroe||OF||Mississippi State|
|14||Pittsburgh Pirates||Reese McGuire||C||Kentwood HS (Covington, Wash)|
|15||Arizona Diamondbacks||Braden Shipley||RHP||Nevada|
|16||Philadelphia Phillies||J.P. Crawford||SS||Lakewood HS (Calif)|
|17||Chicago White Sox||Tim Anderson||SS||East Central CC (Miss.)|
|18||Los Angeles Dodgers||Chris Anderson||RHP||Jacksonville|
|19||St. Louis Cardinals||Marco Gonzales||LHP||Gonzaga|
|20||Detroit Tigers||Jonathon Crawford||RHP||Florida|
|21||Tampa Bay Rays||Nick Ciuffo||C||Lexington HS (S.C.)|
|22||Baltimore Orioles||Hunter Harvey||RHP||Bandys HS (Catawba, N.C.)|
|23||Texas Rangers||Alex Gonazlez||RHP||Oral Roberts|
|24||Oakland Athletics||Billy McKinney||OF||Plano West HS (Texas)|
|25||San Francisco Giants||Christian Arroyo||SS||Hernando HS (Brooksville, Fla.)|
|26||New York Yankees||Eric Jagielo||3B||Notre Dame|
|27||Cincinnati Reds||Phillip Ervin||OF||Samford|
|28||St. Louis Cardinals||Rob Kaminsky||LHP||St. Joseph Regional HS (Montvale, N.J.|
|29||Tampa Bay Rays||Ryne Stanek||RHP||Arkansas|
|30||Texas Rangers||Travis Demerritte||3B||Winder-Barrow HS (Winder, 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 (San Diego)|
Mark Appel: Houston Astros (No. 1)
The third time's the charm for Mark Appel.
After being drafted out of high school to the Detroit Tigers in the 15th round of the 2009 draft, he instead opted to attend Stanford.
He then entered the draft again after his junior season with the Cardinal, but when he surprisingly dropped to the No. 8, he elected to return to school.
Well, it worked out:
So Mark Appel gets more money than last year and a Stanford degree. That, my friends, is what is called a win-win.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) June 6, 2013
Appel improved his ERA to 2.12 in 2012-13, struck out 130 batters in 106.1 innings and is now in line for a massive payday as the No. 1 pick.
Appel has a tremendous combination of elite command and "stuff," and he should make an incredibly fast leap to the majors (although maybe not this fast) to help the Astros, who are currently last in MLB in ERA.
Kris Bryant: Chicago Cubs (No. 2)
Say hello to the draft's best power hitter.
As a junior with the University of San Diego, Bryant hit a staggering 31 homers. That wasn't just 10 more than any other individual in Division I, but it was more than almost every team.
He has a spectacular blend of size, strength, bat speed and raw, elite power—and he should soon be displaying those gaudy tools in the majors for the Cubs.
Jonathan Gray: Colorado Rockies (No. 3)
Many believed that Jonathan Gray was going to be selected No. 1 overall—even after his recent positive test for Adderall—but I'm guessing the Colorado Rockies don't really mind that he slipped to third.
Who will be in the majors first?
Gray compiled a dominant 1.59 ERA in 119.0 innings for Oklahoma this season. He struck out 138 and walked just 22, showcasing a fastball that can touch 100 to go with a plus slider.
As a big, physical right-hander, his future is extremely bright.