2013 MLB Draft: Pitchers the Cubs Should Target in the 2013 MLB Draft

Jason S. Parini@@JasonPariniBRCorrespondent IIMay 21, 2013

2013 MLB Draft: Pitchers the Cubs Should Target in the 2013 MLB Draft

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    The 2013 MLB Draft is rapidly approaching as only 16 days remain until the draft kicks off on June 6 in MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey.

    The Chicago Cubs hold the second pick in the 2013 draft, following the Houston Astros. Pitching is always a concern, and the Cubs will have no shortage of pitching choices in 2013.

    Here is a look at three pitchers the Cubs should target in the 2013 draft.

Mark Appel, Stanford (RHP)

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    Mark Appel is not a new name in the MLB Draft. Appel was drafted in the 15th round in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. He was then drafted eighth overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, but he opted to return to Stanford University for his senior season.

    Appel's resume is quite impressive. The 6' 5" senior holds a 2.90 ERA in his four seasons at Stanford, as well as being named as a preseason All-American in 2013 and the NCBWA Pitcher of the Year in 2012.

    Appel boasts a fastball in the 90s, a wicked slider and great control. 

Jonathan Gray, Oklahoma (RHP)

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    Jonathan Gray is also not a new name to the MLB Draft.  Gray was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 2010 out of high school and by the New York Yankees in 2011, but opted to attend Oklahoma University.

    Gray is a beast of a man, standing at 6' 4" and 240 pounds.  He was already throwing in the mid-90s in high school, and that has improved to the mid-to-upper 90s now.  He also boasts a slider in the mid-80s and a change-up.

    Gray and Mark Appel are both candidates for the top pick in 2013, and it's possible that the Cubs will pick whoever the Astros don't. 

Sean Manaea, Indiana State (LHP)

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    Sean Manaea has taken a backseat in the 2013 draft thanks to the hype surrounding Jonathan Gray and Mark Appel.

    Manaea comes out of the Missouri Valley Conference, which may be a bit to his disadvantage. Manaea is also a very large man, standing at 6' 5", 235 pounds.

    Manaea's stuff includes a mid-90s fastball, a deceitful slider and a change-up.


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