Re-Ranking Every Team's Top 10 Prospects After the 2013 MLB Draft

Benjamin Klein@BenjaminJKleinContributor IIIJune 10, 2013

Re-Ranking Every Team's Top 10 Prospects After the 2013 MLB Draft

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    The Major League Baseball draft is designed to give life to and rejuvenate the respective minor league systems for every franchise in the league—ultimately improving the talent that will one day be in the big leagues. The 2013 draft did just that.

    Over the last couple of days, 1,300 high school and college prospects have been drafted to 30 MLB teams. While not all of them will sign professional contracts, most will end up pitching in at the lower levels of the minor leagues in 2013, starting the process of eventually getting the call to the majors.

    The draft greatly impacts the top prospects within each organization, as the new talent sometimes takes the place of a prospect that might not have what it takes to be a long-term answer anymore. After all, prospects move up and down the list throughout the year based on performance and future potential.

    In the coming slides, I’ve prepared an updated top-10 prospect list for each team in the league. Keep in mind that these top-10 lists are complete under the assumption that each drafted prospect will sign—although that may not be the case going forward. So, let’s jump right into how each franchise’s top-10 list looks post-draft.


    *Italicized players are those who were selected in the 2013 MLB draft. All roster information, including the current professional level for each prospect, was obtained via MLB Depth Charts (h/t Baseball Prospectus). All statistics were obtained via Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted. All injury and contract information was obtained via Baseball Prospectus. 

Baltimore Orioles

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Dylan Bundy RHP  AAA 
    2 Kevin Gausman RHP  MLB 
    3 Eduardo Rodriguez LHP 
    4 Jonathan Schoop 2B/3B  AAA 
    5 Hunter Harvey RHP  N/A 
    6 Nick Delmonico 1B/3B 
    7 L.J. Hoes OF  AAA 
    8 Josh Hart OF  N/A 
    9 Xavier Avery OF  AA 
    10 Mike Wright RHP  AA 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    After making the postseason a year ago, the Orioles didn’t have one of the higher first-round picks this year, but Baltimore made the most of what it had, drafting Hunter Harvey with the No. 22 selection. A compensation pick after the first round landed Baltimore Josh Hart as well.

    Harvey immediately joins a couple of topnotch pitching prospects in the Orioles’ system. With Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman both going to be in the Baltimore rotation together very soon, Harvey will likely become the second-best pitching prospect in the organization.

    As you can see in the top-10 list, I’m big on Hart as well. While he doesn’t have as much upside as Harvey does, he still has a lot of potential for the future. He and L.J. Hoes would compliment Adam Jones nicely in the Baltimore outfield. His speed, and his defensive prowess in particular, got him on the list.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 21

Boston Red Sox

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Xander Bogaerts SS  AA 
    2 Jackie Bradley, Jr. OF  MLB 
    3 Matt Barnes RHP  AA 
    4 Allen Webster RHP  AAA 
    5 Anthony Ranaudo RHP  AA 
    6 Rubby De La Rosa RHP  AAA 
    7 Garin Cecchini 3B 
    8 Henry Owens LHP 
    9 Trey Ball LHP/OF  N/A 
    10 Bryce Brentz OF  AAA 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    Boston has one of the best systems in baseball and that’s primarily because of how deep the Red Sox are at so many positions. The Red Sox have a strong collection of pitchers and positions players that are likely to start making an impact in the majors quite soon.

    The Red Sox took Trey Ball, a pitcher and an outfielder, with the No. 7 overall pick in this year's draft. He profiles more as a pitcher than an outfielder, though, and if he signs, he will likely take that path. But Ball still has a lot of developing to do and at the moment, and he still isn’t as good as the other lefty in the top-10, Henry Owens.

    Ball still has plenty of upside and could be one of the main pieces that Boston builds around in the future. He needs to get more experience, though, which will only come in the minor leagues. Working on his delivery, composure and repertoire in the coming years will help him shoot up this list.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 4

New York Yankees

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Gary Sanchez A
    2 Mason Williams OF 
    3 Tyler Austin OF  AA 
    4 Slade Heathcott OF 
    5 Jose A. Ramirez RHP  AA 
    6 Ty Hensley RHP  RK 
    7 Aaron Judge OF N/A 
    8 Zoilo Almonte OF  AAA 
    9 Eric Jagielo 3B N/A
    10 Rafael De Paula RHP 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    I absolutely love what the Yankees managed to accomplish, despite having three of the final picks in the first round of the draft. They took players with a ton of potential that a lot of other teams undervalued. Now, they’ll be sitting pretty in the future instead of struggling to find replacements for their current players.

    Out of the trio of first-rounders taken by New York, Aaron Judge impresses me the most. He is a huge outfielder that will move to a corner and might end up hitting with the best outfielders in baseball. His ceiling is Giancarlo Stanton, and his floor isn’t much lower. The Yankees got a huge steal with Judge.

    Eric Jagielo is another prospect that enters the Bronx Bombers’ top-10. He might end up being New York’s future replacement for Alex Rodriguez, pending he hits in the minor leagues. Ian Clarkin just missed making the list, but he isn’t far off. He should eventually turn into a reliable lefty in the starting rotation.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 12

Tampa Bay Rays

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Wil Myers OF  AAA
    2 Chris Archer RHP  MLB
    3 Taylor Guerrieri RHP 
    4 Jake Odorizzi RHP  AAA 
    5 Richie Shaffer 3B 
    6 Hak-Ju Lee SS  AAA 
    7 Ryne Stanek RHP  N/A 
    8 Blake Snell LHP  A
    9 Alex Colome RHP  AAA 
    10 Nick Ciuffo N/A


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    Entering the draft, most of the top talent in the Tampa Bay organization was pitching. While the Rays added another pitcher into the mix late in the first round this year, they also addressed a major weakness behind the plate with their top pick by selecting Nick Ciuffo.

    Ciuffo was arguably the second-best catcher in this year’s draft class, and Tampa Bay was fortunate enough that he was still on the board when it came time to make a decision with the No. 21 pick. There are still several players in the system that have more potential than him, but there’s no doubt that he’s now the catcher of the future.

    Ryne Stanek was a player that a lot of teams strayed away from during the draft, for one reason or another. I think it was smart of Tampa Bay to take a chance on him with their second pick of the first round, though. He has been great for Arkansas and should translate well into the minors.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 5

Toronto Blue Jays

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Aaron Sanchez RHP  A
    2 Sean Nolin LHP  AA
    3 D.J. Davis OF 
    4 Roberto Osuna RHP 
    5 Marcus Stroman RHP  AA 
    6 Phil Bickford RHP  N/A 
    7 Daniel Norris  LHP 
    8 Matt Smoral LHP  XST 
    9 Anthony Gose OF  AAA 
    10 Alberto Tirado RHP 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    The Blue Jays had to know that pitching was the last thing that they needed entering the draft, but it appears that Toronto went into last week thinking that adding one more good arm wouldn’t hurt. So, the Blue Jays took Phil Bickford with the No. 10 pick in the draft.

    Bickford, should he sign with the Blue Jays, will sit smack in the middle of their top-10 prospects. He still has a few things to work on before making his major league debut, but he could be a prospect that doesn’t take very long to develop. Thus, he could be in the big leagues sooner than any other prospect in this year’s class.

    In terms of Bickford’s actual position within the top-10, I felt that No. 6 was a safe decision. Aaron Sanchez and Sean Nolin are easily the best two pitching prospects in the system. Roberto Osuna and Marcus Stroman both have a lot of potential, too. Bickford, Daniel Norris and Matt Smoral are all in the same boat.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 23

Chicago White Sox

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Courtney Hawkins OF  A
    2 Erik Johnson RHP  AA 
    3 Trayce Thompson OF  AA 
    4 Carlos Sanchez SS  AAA 
    5 Tim Anderson SS  N/A 
    6 Tyler Danish RHP N/A 
    7 Andre Rienzo RHP  AAA 
    8 Chris Beck RHP 
    9 Keenyn Walker OF  AA 
    10 Josh Phegley AAA 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    The White Sox have a very concerning minor league system. It’s very top-heavy with a bunch of right-handed pitchers, outfielders and now, shortstops. Chicago used its top pick this year in order to select Tim Anderson. While Anderson is a great prospect, the White Sox already have Carlos Sanchez in Triple-A.

    Unless the White Sox aren’t convinced with what Sanchez is going to bring to the table whenever Chicago ditches Alexei Ramirez—or he signs elsewhere—the Anderson pick is a bit of head-scratcher. Chicago could have used the No. 17 on someone that wasn't a middle infielder.

    Tyler Danish may just be your average second-round pick, but I think he found a good home with the White Sox. He’s already one of the best pitching prospects in the organization, and once Erik Johnson makes it to the majors, he could be the No. 1 guy. There’s still a lot left to be desired with the White Sox, though.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 26

Cleveland Indians

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Francisco Lindor SS  A
    2 Clint Frazier OF  N/A 
    3 Ronny Rodriguez SS  AA 
    4 Dorssys Paulino 3B/SS 
    5 Luigi Rodriguez OF 
    6 Tyler Naquin OF 
    7 Mitch Brown RHP 
    8 Danny Salazar RHP  AAA 
    9 Jose Ramirez 2B  AA 
    10 Tony Wolters C/IF 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    It would have been hard for the Indians to screw up the No. 5 pick in the draft. After the first four picks, Cleveland probably could have closed its eyes and just pointed at one of the players on its big board. Getting Clint Frazier is a huge haul for the minor league system and for the future state of the Indians.

    Frazier could end up being one of the top outfielders in baseball in the very near future. His potential is about as high as anyone else’s in this year’s class. He was easily the top prep position player, ahead of his buddy, Austin Meadows.

    While Frazier projects to be a star in the majors some day, Francisco Lindor is still expected to be better. Cleveland can build around the pair going forward, knowing that the Indians will have two solid bats in the heart of their lineup. The future lineup for the Indians certainly looks bright right now.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 22

Detroit Tigers

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Nick Castellanos OF  AAA
    2 Avasail Garcia
    OF MLB 
    3 Casey Crosby LHP  AAA
    4 Jonathan Crawford RHP  N/A 
    5 Bruce Rondon RHP  AAA 
    6 Jake Thompson RHP  RK 
    7 Danry Vasquez OF 
    8 Eugenio Suarez SS  AA 
    9 Corey Knebel RHP  N/A 
    10 Steven Moya OF 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    While the Detroit minor league system is still below-average, I don’t think that the Tigers’ first two picks in this year’s draft were bad ones. Jonathan Crawford has been a solid collegiate pitcher and Corey Knebel has been just as good. Both belong in Detroit’s top-10.

    Crawford is still behind Casey Crosby because the lefty looks to be nearly ready for the big leagues and should have a better career. He brings much more to the table than Crawford is expected to bring. Crawford is still the top righty, though. I haven’t liked what I’ve seen from Bruce Rondon, and Jake Thompson still has a lot to prove.

    For Knebel, I slotted him in toward the back of the top-10 because I think he has some potential for the future, but I am not sure how good he’s actually going to be. Getting a spot in the rotation isn’t going to be easy in the coming years, and he may be one guy that gets stuck in the minors for a prolonged period of time.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 27

Kansas City Royals

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Bubba Starling OF 
    2 Kyle Zimmer RHP 
    3 Adalberto Mondesi SS  RK 
    4 Yordano Ventura RHP  AAA 
    5 Hunter Dozier SS  N/A 
    6 Jorge Bonifacio OF A
    7 Cheslor Cuthbert 3B 
    8 Jason Adam RHP  AA 
    9 Sean Manaea LHP  N/A 
    10 Miguel Almonte RHP 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    I’m still unsure as to why the Royals felt the need to draft a shortstop with their top pick in the draft. As shown above, Kansas City already has Adalberto Mondesi in its system, and it would be a little early to give up on him this early.

    There’s always the possibility that the Royals think Mondesi needs a bit of a wakeup call in the minors, and that’s why they selected Hunter Dozier—thus, giving Mondesi some competition. Regardless, Dozier is in the middle of the pack among the top prospects in the organization.

    The Royals got a steal in the compensatory round, following the first round when they selected Sean Manaea. For now, Manaea is toward the back end of the top-10, and that’s primarily due to hip and shoulder issues. If he can show that they won’t be a problem, he has the potential to move up a few slots.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 18

Minnesota Twins

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Miguel Sano 3B  A
    2 Byron Buxton OF 
    3 Oswaldo Arcia  OF  AAA 
    4 Kohl Stewart RHP  N/A 
    5 Kyle Gibson RHP  AAA 
    6 Eddie Rosario 2B/OF 
    7 Alex Meyer RHP  AA 
    8 Jose Berrios RHP 
    9 Max Kepler OF  RK 
    10 Ryan Eades RHP  N/A 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    The Twins arguably already had the best minor league system before the draft even started. Adding a pair of top pitching prospects in the first two rounds only made it better. Kohl Stewart and Ryan Eades are both talented righties that are expected to make a big difference for Minnesota in the future.

    While these ranking are under the assumption that all picks will sign, it will be interesting to watch what Stewart decides to do. Will he sign a professional deal, or will he go to Texas A&M to play football? If he signs, he’ll be in the mix for the top pitching prospect role with Kyle Gibson, who should be in the big leagues soon.

    I’m a big fan of Eades, too. He’s good now with a bright future. The Twins have a lot of right-handers in their top-10, and I think Eades is probably the fifth-best out of the bunch at the moment. He has good stuff but has really struggled lately in the College World Series.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 1

Houston Astros

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Jonathan Singleton 1B 
    2 Carlos Correa SS  A
    3 Mark Appel RHP  N/A
    4 George Springer OF  AA 
    5 Delino DeShields, Jr. 
    6 Jonathan Villar SS  AAA 
    7 Lance McCullers RHP 
    8 Domingo Santana OF  AA 
    9 Rio Ruiz 3B 
    10 Mike Foltynewicz RHP  AA 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    It should come as no surprise that Mark Appel will be one of the top prospects in Houston’s organization. He’ll join top pick Jonathan Singleton and fellow No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa in the top-three. But it is quite interesting to think about which order the three should be in.

    I did a lot of research into where Singleton, Correa and Appel are going to be in the futurewhere some have them in Houston’s list of top prospects and so on and so forth. For now, I’m putting Appel as the third-best. It’s not that I don’t think that Appel isn’t going to be that good, though, because I think he’s going to be great.

    I just think that Singleton and Correa have more upside than he does, and they will become stars at the major league level a little bit quicker. They each have the same goal: get the Astros back to being contenders. They can’t do it alone. The three of them will have to do it together.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 2

Los Angeles Angels

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Kaleb Cowart 3B  AA 
    2 C.J. Cron 1B  AA 
    3 Nick Maronde LHP  AA 
    4 Randal Crichuk OF  AA 
    5 Jose Rondon SS  RK 
    6 Taylor Lindsey 2B  AA 
    7 Austin Wood RHP 
    8 Mark Sappington RHP 
    9 Eric Stamets SS 
    10 Hunter Green LHP  N/A 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    The Angels are far from having the top system in the league, and not having a selection in the first round of the draft didn’t help at all. As of now, Los Angeles has a couple of good hitters and one solid arm to keep an eye on. The Angels probably won’t have many of their top young players in the majors soon, though.

    Even if some of their top hitting talent was ready for the big leagues—keep in mind that no one in the top-10 is in Triple-A—there aren’t many open spots. C.J. Cron isn’t going to replace Albert Pujols. There’s no room for Randal Crichuk in the outfield, either. And Jose Rondon at short? I don’t think so.

    Hunter Green was Los Angeles’ top selection this year, and while he was just a second-round pick, I think he’ll have a solid career with the Angels. For that reason, I put him at the back of the top-10, but know that he’s on the fringe. There are a couple of other guys that could be in the No. 10 spot right now as well.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 29

Oakland Athletics

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Addison Russell SS  A
    2 Michael Choice OF  AAA
    3 Sonny Gray RHP  AAA
    4 Grant Green INF/OF  AAA
    5 Billy McKinney OF  N/A 
    6 Renato Nunez 3B  A
    7 Daniel Robertson SS/3B 
    8 Matthew Olson 1B 
    9 Nolan Sanburn RHP 
    10 Miles Head OF  AA


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    I don’t think that the Athletics made the right decision with their first-round pick in the draft. Oakland’s system lacks depth on the mound, and with No. 24 pick, there were plenty of arms on the board that would have fit in nice with the way the A’s do business these days.

    Instead, the A’s drafted an outfielder. Billy McKinney was one of the top outfielders in this year’s draft class, and he currently sits in the middle of the organizations top-10. Whether his power translates from high school to the minor leagues will determine whether he moves up or down in the near future.

    Michael Choice is still the outfielder with the higher potential. Grant Green is a utility player who McKinney could likely beat out for a future spot. For now, though, those two are still ahead of this year’s top pick. Oakland’s second-round pick, Dillon Overton, is right outside the top-10 for now.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 19

Seattle Mariners

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Taijuan Walker RHP  AA
    2 Mike Zunino AAA 
    3 D.J. Peterson 3B  N/A 
    4 Nick Franklin  2B  MLB 
    5 Danny Hultzen LHP  AAA 
    6 James Paxton  LHP  AAA 
    7 Brandon Maurer RHP  AAA 
    8 Luiz Gohara LHP 
    9 Stefan Romero 2B  AAA 
    10 Austin Wilson OF  N/A 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    By selecting D.J. Peterson with the No. 12 overall pick in the draft, the Mariners instantly got themselves a slugger that might be able to make an impact in the majors very soon. He’s a polished hitter that becomes the second-best position player prospect that Seattle has in their system.

    It was an easy decision to put Peterson behind Mike Zunino in the top-10, but it was tough one to put him ahead of Nick Franklin. Franklin is also a fine hitter, but I believe that Peterson will end up being the better player in the future. Peterson is a good defender and his bat is what really got him here.

    I also like the Austin Wilson pick in the second round of the draft. Wilson is a monster from a physical standpoint, but he needs to work on some things in the minors before he moves up the list. He strikes out a bunch and has a hard time making contact frequently. If he fixes both of those problems, the future could be very bright.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 6

Texas Rangers

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Jurickson Profar 
    2B/SS  MLB 
    2 Mike Olt 3B  AAA 
    3 Martin Perez LHP  AAA 
    4 Lewis Brinson  OF 
    5 Jorge Alfaro
    6 Joey Gallo 3B 
    7 Luis Sardinas SS/2B 
    8 Nomar Mazara OF 
    9 Alex Gonzalez RHP  N/A 
    10 Travis Demeritte SS  N/A 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    The Rangers did a good of job addressing a pair of needs early in the first round. While Texas has a great starting rotation now, what the future holds is still up in the air. Only Martin Perez is a solid pitching prospect within the organization, and unless the Rangers make a trade, it’s unknown as to who will be starting for them down the road.

    Alex Gonzalez is certainly in the mix of young starting pitchers now. The Oral Roberts junior may eventually become a late-game reliever, though. The decision to make the switch, however, is still a long ways away. With three very good pitches, look for Gonzalez to make his mark in the minors early.

    So the Rangers don’t really need another shortstop prospect, but Travis Demeritte is a guy that they could move around in the future. Obviously, Jurickson Profar is the future shortstop, Mike Olt might be at first, Joey Gallo should be at third. Second base is somewhat up in the air for now, but it could be Demeritte or Luis Sardinas.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 7

Atlanta Braves

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Julio Teheran RHP MLB
    2 J.R. Graham RHP  AA 
    3 Lucas Sims RHP 
    4 Sean Gilmartin LHP  AAA 
    5 Mauricio Cabrera RHP 
    6 Alex Wood LHP  MLB 
    7 Christian Bethancourt 
    8 Jason Hursh RHP  N/A 
    9 Jose Peraza SS 
    10 Matt Lipka OF


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    I’m not sure how much internal or external research the Braves did in order to prepare for this year’s draft. It just seemed like Atlanta didn’t know what to do with its first-round pick and then, in my opinion, it absolutely botched the No. 31 selection.

    The Braves had and have pitching. They have a ton of it. The top-six minor league players in the organization are all pitchers, and there are a couple more that could be in the conversation as well. So why would the Braves take Jason Hursh in the first round? Maybe Atlanta plans on having an eight-man rotation in the future.

    Also, while Hursh has been solid this year for Oklahoma State, there was no way that he was worthy of a first-round draft pick. Hursh should have gone somewhere in the middle-to-end of the second round. He’s already had Tommy John surgery, and that should have been a red flag from the start for the Braves. I just don’t get it.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 25

Miami Marlins

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Christian Yelich OF  AA
    2 Colin Moran 3B  N/A 
    3 Jake Marisnick OF  AA 
    4 Andrew Heaney LHP 
    5 Justin Nicolino LHP 
    6 Austin Brice RHP 
    7 Matt Krook LHP  N/A 
    8 Avery Romero 2B/3B A
    9 Trevor Williams RHP  N/A 
    10 Jacob Realmuto AA 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    In a couple of years, the Marlins will no longer be cellar dwellers in the NL East or in all of baseball. With the talent that Miami has in its minor league system, don’t expect to see the stadium empty for much longer. There are going to be several stars worth rooting for.

    The outfield is already set with Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich. Now, the infield is starting to look better—that’s after Miami took Colin Moran, arguably the best position player in the draft, with the team’s top pick this year. Moran will be a solid bat in the heart of the lineup for sure.

    I also like the additions of Matt Krook and Trevor Williams, who both have the potential to be in the starting rotation some day. Each has had a fair amount of success in high school and college, and the back end of the top-10 wasn’t very strong entering the draft. That’s why Krook and Williams are both represented.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 13

New York Mets

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Zack Wheeler RHP AAA 
    2 Travis d'Arnaud AAA 
    3 Dominic Smith 1B  N/A 
    4 Gavin Cecchini SS
    5 Noah Syndergaard RHP 
    6 Wilmer Flores 3B/2B  AAA 
    7 Brandon Nimmo OF 
    8 Michael Fulmer RHP 
    9 Rafael Montero RHP  AA 
    10 Domingo Tapia RHP 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    The Mets entered the draft knowing that they desperately needed to find a first baseman. New York’s current first baseman, former top-prospect Ike Davis, is not getting the job done, and none of the prospects at the position in the minor leagues look to have much potential for the future.

    New York was fortunate enough to select Dominic Smith with the team’s top pick. Smith is going to be a bona fide star that hits in the heart of the lineup alongside David Wright, Travis d’Arnaud and Gavin Cecchini. That’s a fact, not an opinion, just so you know.

    Smith, a prep first baseman, was one of the top power-hitters in this year’s class, and that’s exactly what the Mets needed. They couldn’t afford to select a player that’s going to hit 20 home runs per year, at the most. Smith has the power and potential to hit at least 30 per year, if not more.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 17

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Jesse Biddle LHP  AA 
    2 J.P. Crawford SS  N/A 
    3 Roman Quinn SS
    4 Adam Morgan LHP  AAA 
    5 Maikel Franco 3B 
    6 Tommy Joseph
    7 Ethan Martin RHP  AAA 
    8 Cody Asche 3B  AAA 
    9 Carlos Tocci OF 
    10 Andrew Knapp N/A 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    While Roman Quinn is a fine prospect that will probably be a good everyday player in the next few years, the Phillies clearly weren’t sold on him. If they were, it wouldn’t make any sense that Philadelphia used its top pick in this year’s draft on another shortstop that he’ll be competing against.

    J.P. Crawford will be the guy that eventually replaces Jimmy Rollins at shortstop for the Phillies, and I think a lot of people now understand that. What the future holds for Quinn, I’m not sure, but maybe the Phillies will move him to second or third base, depending how he hits and what the situation looks like.

    Philadelphia also managed to start a bit of competition behind the plate. The Phillies already had Tommy Joseph, but they still drafted Andrew Knapp. While his bat is fine and should be fine for the future, Knapp needs to work on his defense. He won’t get the job the way his glove is now.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 24

Washington Nationals

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Anthony Rendon 3B/2B MLB
    2 A.J. Cole RHP 
    3 Lucas Giolito RHP  RK 
    4 Brian Goodwin OF  AA 
    5 Nathan Karns RHP  MLB 
    6 Christian Garcia RHP  MLB 
    7 Matt Purke LHP  A
    8 Sammy Solis LHP

    Matthew Skole

    3B/1B  AA

    Eury Perez

    OF AAA


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    The Nationals used to have one of the top systems in baseball. It's still solid, but it isn’t nearly as good as it used to be. Not having a first-round pick this year didn’t help at all, but Washington is still setup nicely because of all of the young talent that’s already on the 25-man roster.

    Anthony Rendon might end up being the primary second baseman until Ryan Zimmerman hits free agency, gets traded or retires. At which point, he should move to third base. The starting rotation looks to be just about as good as any other team in baseball, too. I don’t think that Jake Johansen is going to be in that mix, though.

    Johansen was Washington’s top pick this year, and if I had to guess, I think he’ll eventually get dealt. It is either that, or he will be in the bullpen. The rotation looks to be very stacked in the future and although he’s pitched well in college, I don’t think he has the potential to be a star in the big leagues. That’s what you need to be to make Washington’s rotation.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 14

Chicago Cubs

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Albert Almora OF 
    2 Javier Baez SS A
    3 Jorge Soler OF 
    4 Kris Bryant 3B/OF  N/A 
    5 Arodys Vizcaino RHP  MLB
    6 Dan Vogelbach 1B  A
    7 Brett Jackson OF  AAA 
    8 Christian Villanueva 3B 
    9 Pierce Johnson RHP 
    10 Dillon Maples RHP  RK 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    The Cubs made a bold move with the second overall pick in the draft, going with a position player instead of a pitcher. Needless to say, Chicago needs a lot of talent in both areas, but many—including myself—thought that the Cubs would end up selecting someone like Jonathan Gray or Kohl Stewart.

    Anyways, the Cubs went with Kris Bryant, who was still a top prospect, and he could have a solid career in Chicago. The kid has a ton of power and led all Division I hitters with 31 home runs this season while playing at San Diego. If he can translate his college power to professional power, the Cubs will look like geniuses.

    Bryant absolutely belongs within the top-four of the Cubs’ top-10, but where exactly is up to you. You could really rank the top-four in any order you’d like, and I don’t think it would be a problem. The main takeaway here is that if Chicago moves Bryant to the outfield, the Cubs have the potential to have the best outfield in baseball.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 8

Cincinnati Reds

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Billy Hamilton OF AAA 
    2 Robert Stephenson RHP 
    3 Phil Ervin OF N/A 
    4 Jesse Winkler OF 
    5 Daniel Corcino RHP  AAA 
    6 Tony Cingrani LHP  AAA 
    7 Michael Lorenzen RHP  N/A 
    8 Ismael Guillon LHP 
    9 Nicholas Travieso RHP 
    10 Dan Langfield RHP  RK 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    The Cincinnati outfield should be very fun to watch in the coming years. Billy Hamilton is going to be stealing bases left and right, and he’s already the top prospect in the organization who could soon be in the big leagues. Cincinnati also has Jesse Winkler, who looks to be a star eventually, too.

    The Reds solidified their future outfield by selecting Phil Ervin with their top pick in this year’s draft. Ervin is a great outfielder that has been a star for Samford the last few seasons. He also showed how good he could be in the Northeast, winning the Cape Cod League MVP this past summer. Maybe it'll translate to Ohio, too.

    I’m a big fan of Michael Lorenzen, and he fits in nicely within the middle of the pitching prospects in the back end of the Reds’ top-10. I think he has a good chance to develop into a middle-of-the-rotation guy that the Reds can rely on every five days. At the worst, he’s a back-end starter with plus stuff.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 16

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Tyler Thornberg RHP  AAA
    2 Johnny Hellweg RHP  AAA
    3 Taylor Jungmann RHP  AA 
    4 Victor Roache OF 
    5 Jorge Lopez RHP 
    6 Clint Coulter 
    7 Tyrone Taylor OF 
    8 Mitch Haniger OF 
    9 Scooter Gennett 2B  MLB 
    10 Hunter Morris 1B  AAA 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    Not having a pick in the first round doesn’t really help much. Just ask the Brewers, who didn’t draft a player this year until they were on the clock for the 54th pick. Milwaukee has a couple of solid prospects in its system, but nothing to be jumping for joy over.

    At the top of the list are three very solid pitchers, who should be in the big leagues by some point next season. None of the position players stand out that much aside from Victor Roache, who I think could be a big part of Milwaukee’s future alignment of outfielders.

    Prep righty Devin Williams was Milwaukee’s top selection this year, but I don’t think he’s that close to being in the team’s top-10. While the Brewers’ top-10 at the moment isn’t going to win any awards, Williams still doesn’t have the potential to knock anyone out. I also don’t think he’ll sign, but that wasn’t taken into consideration here.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 30

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Gerrit Cole RHP AAA
    2 Jameson Taillon RHP  AA 
    3 Gregory Polanco OF 
    4 Austin Meadows OF  N/A
    5 Josh Bell OF
    6 Luis Heredia RHP 
    7 Reese McGuire N/A 
    8 Alen Hanson SS 
    9 Blake Taylor LHP  N/A 
    10 Wyatt Mathisen


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    The Pirates may have had a better draft than any other team this year. Selecting at No. 9 and at No. 14, the Pirates managed to land both Austin Meadows and Reese McGuire early in the first round. Blake Taylor wasn’t a poor draft pick either, and he can contribute in the future rotation.

    Pittsburgh is going to have a feared outfield in the next couple of years. Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte will both be in the outfield for the foreseeable future, and Meadows could eventually join them. Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell will both also be competing for that third sport.

    The Pirates really needed to find a catcher in this year’s draft unless they were going to have some serious problems on their hands. Luckily, McGuire was still available at No. 14, after passing on him at No. 9. McGuire was the top catcher this year and has a great bat and an even better glove. He has incredible speed as well.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 11

St. Louis Cardinals

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Oscar Tavares OF  AAA
    2 Michael Wacha RHP MLB 
    3 Carlos Martinez RHP  AAA 
    4 Kolten Wong 2B  AAA 
    5 Tyler Lyons LHP  MLB 
    6 Tyrell Jenkins RHP 
    7 Patrick Wisdom 3B 
    8 Carson Kelly 3B 
    9 Marco Gonzales LHP  N/A 
    10 Rob Kaminsky LHP  N/A 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    While the Cardinals don’t have the best system in the big leagues, they may be the best drafters out there. St. Louis continues to draft top talent each year, no matter which pick they have. It truly is impressive what they’ve accomplished. It’ll be fun to see how their 2013 top picks turn out.

    The Cardinals addressed a major need this year, taking a pair of left-handed starters with their top two picks. St. Louis really only has one or two lefties in its system. With Tyler Lyons in the majors now, Marco Gonzales and Rob Kaminsky become the two best that the Cardinals have in the minor leagues.

    St. Louis has a good mix of pitching and hitting in its top-10, and Gonzales is good enough to be in the back of the list. Kaminsky, on the other hand, is really a fringe top-10 prospect, and he’s certainly going to need to prove himself early on if he wants to stay there.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 3

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Tyler Skaggs LHP  MLB
    2 Archie Bradley RHP AA
    3 Braden Shipley RHP  N/A 
    4 Chris Owings SS  AAA 
    5 Matt Davidson 3B  AAA 
    6 Stryker Trahan RK 
    7 Andrew Chafin LHP  AA 
    8 Michael Perez
    9 Aaron Blair RHP  N/A 
    10 Justin Williams SS  N/A 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    It’s tough to imagine that in a few years there will be a team in the league with a better starting rotation than the Diamondbacks. I just don’t think its possible. Arizona has so much talent that is so young and has so much potential that it’s crazy to image them losing. Braden Shipley is now in that mix.

    Shipley was one of the top arms in this year’s class, right behind Mark Appel and Jonathan Gray. He becomes the second-best righty in the system, behind Archie Bradley, who has quite the career ahead of himself as well. In the next two years, Shipley should be the team’s top pitching prospect.

    Aaron Blair could end up being a top righty, too. He needs to work on perfecting his changeup in the minors before moving up the ladder here, though. Justin Williams will be somewhat of the backup plan if anything goes wrong with Chris Owings or Matt Davidson, Arizona’s top two position players.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 10

Colorado Rockies

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Jonathan Gray 
    RHP  N/A 
    2 Trevor Story SS 
    3 David Dahl OF 
    4 Chad Bettis RHP  AA 
    5 Tyler Matzek LHP  AA 
    6 Kyle Parker OF  AA 
    7 Will Swanner
    8 Tyler Anderson LHP 
    9 Rafael Ortego OF  AA 
    10 Jayson Aquino LHP  RK 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    By taking Jonathan Gray with the third pick in the draft, the Colorado Rockies got themselves a starting pitcher that will likely be the ace of the staff for a long, long time. Gray was arguably the top pitcher in the draft, or at least neck-and-neck with Appel, and now the Rockies have someone to get excited about.

    Gray might also be pitcher who makes his way up the ladder somewhat quickly. He has a polished arm that is better than anyone else the Rockies have in the system. His experience at Oklahoma makes him a prime candidate to be in the starting rotation by late 2014.

    Now, whether Gray is the best overall prospect Colorado has might be a bit of a debate. Personally, I think he’s the best they have, but I could see how some people could make the case for Trevor Story or David Dahl. There’s no question that Gray is the top pitching prospect, though. That’s a fact.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 20

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Yasiel Puig OF MLB
    2 Zach Lee RHP  AA
    3 Corey Seager 3B  A
    4 Chris Reed LHP  AA 
    5 Chris Anderson RHP  N/A 
    6 Joc Pederson OF  AA 
    7 Matt Magill RHP  MLB 
    8 Garrett Gould RHP 
    9 Chris Winthrow RHP  AAA 
    10 Onelki Garcia LHP  AA 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    The Dodgers already have their future starting rotation mapped out, for the most part. Los Angeles will obviously have Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke as their 1-2 combination, and Hyun-Jin Ryu will probably be the No. 3 starter if he continues to pitch like he has this season.

    Zach Lee is the top prospect in the organizationif you count out Yasiel Puig, who’s in the big leagues and killing it right now. So that leaves one open spot for a lot of guys to fight for. Matt Magill has shown that he still needs more time to develop. Garrett Gould and Chris Reed will be in the mix as well.

    But I think that Chris Anderson might end up being the guy. As Los Angeles’ top pick this year, he has a lot of potential and would fit nicely at the back of the rotation. That would alleviate a lot of pressure coming up, and once he gets comfortable, it’ll be like having a No. 2 or 3 starter as a No. 5.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 15

San Diego Padres

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Rymer Liriano OF  AA 
    2 Casey Kelly RHP  MLB 
    3 Austin Hedges
    4 Max Fried LHP
    5 Hunter Renfroe OF  N/A 
    6 Matt Wisler RHP  AA 
    7 Joseph Ross RHP 
    8 Dustin Peterson SS  N/A 
    9 Robert Erlin LHP  AAA 
    10 Adys Portillo RHP  AA 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    The future in San Diego doesn’t look so bleak anymore. The Padres’ system was already on the rise after a couple of years of good drafting, but it is now nearly complete after a pair of top picks in this year’s draft. Taking Hunter Renfroe and Dustin Peterson were great moves for the long-term.

    Renfroe immediately becomes the second-best outfielder in the minor league system, behind Rymer Liriano, who is arguably the top prospect for San Diego. With that duo in the outfield, Padres fans now have a lot to look forward to in the coming years.

    San Diego also found its future shortstop this year in Peterson. The prep shortstop is a fantastic hitter, and his bat should translate well to the pros. While some may believe that he may move to third base in the long run, I don’t really agree, but if Chase Headley leaves the Padres, they’ll need someone there, too.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 9

San Francisco Giants

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    Rank Player Position Level
    1 Kyle Krick RHP
    2 Clayton Blackburn RHP 
    3 Chris Stratton RHP 
    4 Gary Brown OF  AAA 
    5 Heath Hembree RHP AAA 
    6 Andrew Susac AA 
    7 Martin Agosta RHP 
    8 Mac Williamson OF 
    9 Christian Arroyo SS  N/A 
    10 Francisco Peguero OF  AAA 


    Where Do The 2013 Draft Picks Fit In?

    The Giants certainly were one of the teams in the first round of the draft that made many question what was going on in the war room when it came time to make a decision. Taking Christian Arroyo with their top pick was an absolute head-scratcher, but there is one way to spin it into a positive.

    San Francisco entered the draft needing a shortstop. The Giants found a guy that they thought could be the future starting shortstop. So, when it came time to make their selection, they just took the guy that they wanted. They didn’t want to lose him to another team before they picked in the second round. It’s not terrible strategy.

    The Giants already had more than enough pitching talent, and the outfield will be fine, too. San Francisco needed a shortstop, and it now appears that Arroyo is the guy. While it still remains to be seen how he produces in the minors, I think he’s worthy of a top-10 spot.


    B/R’s Adam Wells’ Post-Draft System Ranking: 28