2013 MLB Draft Results: Where Mark Appel, Jonathan Gray and More Top Stars Went

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJune 6, 2013

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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


Pick Team Player Position School
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.)
31Atlanta BravesJason HurshRHPOklahoma State
32New York YankeesAaron JudgeOFFresno State
33New York YankeesIan ClarkinLHPMadison 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:

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. 

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. 


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