MLB Draft 2013: Ranking the Top 100 Prospects
The 2013 Major League Baseball draft is set to begin Thursday and will run through Saturday.
Most teams already have their big boards complete, and the only question that remains is: who will the Houston Astros take with the first pick?
While the decision between Mark Appel (Stanford) and Jonathan Gray (Oklahoma) will be an interesting one, the fact remains that there are more than 1,500 picks that will be made throughout the draft's entirety.
Because it would be crazy to rank 1,500 players, here is a look at the top 100 draft prospects.
1. Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford
Drafted last year by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Appel didn't get the signing bonus he wanted,so he decided not to leave Stanford. While he does have the chance to be the No. 1 overall pick, the Astros could pass on him and sign someone at a lesser cost.
2. Jonthan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma
Many mock drafts are predicting that Gray will be taken No. 1. Honestly, it's not a bad pick, as he has everything you look for in a pitcher.
3. Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego
The top position player in the draft, Bryant led Team USA in slugging percentage last summer. He has a tendency to swing and miss a lot, though, which could see him drop on some draft boards.
4. Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X HS (TX)
Stewart is a standout athlete at his school and is committed to Texas A&M to play football. For any team that drafts him, it will be a risk, as he has leverage when it comes to negotiating his contract.
5. Clint Frazier, OF, Loganville HS (GA)
Frazier will bring a lot to any team, but he still has to add muscle onto his body. He has all the tools you could want in a player and one team will draft him high because of that.
6. Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson HS (GA)
Originally the top high school prospect entering the season, Meadows dropped a little during the spring. He does have five-tool potential, but his power needs a little work.
7. Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina
The nephew of former major leaguer B.J. Surhoff, Moran is a polished hitter and has the defensive skills to stay at the hot corner.
8. Trey Ball, LHP/OF, New Castle Chrysler HS (IN)
The jury is still out on whether Ball will pitch or play in the field in the pros, but whichever route he goes, he should have success. Standing at 6'6", my guess is that he'll take the hill.
9. Ryne Stanek, RHP, Arkansas
Overall command is the only real issue Stanek has, but if he can get it under control, he'll be a great pitcher in the big leagues.
10. Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS (WA)
McGuire leads a deep catching class in this year's draft. He has great power at the plate and a rocket arm behind the plate.
11. Braden Shipley, RHP, Nevada
Shipley has touched 98 mph on the radar gun with his fastball and has two other plus pitches. He may not be the top arm in the class, but he'll make some franchise happy.
12. DJ Peterson, 1B, New Mexico
Peterson doesn't get a lot of press, but after leading Team USA in home runs and RBI over the summer, he quickly caught the attention of scouts.
13. J.P. Crawford, SS, Lakewood HS (CA)
The top high school middle infielder in the country, Crawford has the defensive tools to stay at shortstop all the way through the minor leagues. He doesn't have much raw power, but he can hit the ball to all fields.
14. Austin Wilson, OF, Stanford
Wilson has been nothing but solid during his career at Stanford. He doesn't run well, though, which is not great for an outfielder. I could see him being turned into a first baseman as long as his bat makes the jump with him.
15. Hunter Renfroe, OF, Mississippi State
Every year that Renfroe has been at Mississippi State, his consistency has gotten better. If he can stay consistent at the plate, he'll be a great prospect for some team.
16. Alex Gonzalez, RHP, Oral Roberts
Gonzalez has a cutter that fools hitters like none other. If he doesn't make it as a starter, he could definitely be a closer in the big leagues.
17. Sean Manaea, LHP, Indiana State
With a fastball that can reach 96 mph, Manaea also has a plus slurve. He was also named the top pitcher in the Cape Cod League last year.
18. Dominic Smith, 1B/OF, Serra HS (CA)
As far as his power potential goes, Smith's value is through the roof. The only question is: which team will take a chance on that potential, and how early?
19. Marco Gonzales, LHP, Gonzaga
Gonzales is the top pitcher who doesn't have his fastball as his No. 1 pitch. His top pitch is his changeup, which has shown to be one of the better pitches in all of college baseball this year.
20. Ian Clarkin, LHP, James Madison HS (CA)
Consistency is the biggest question mark for Clarkin. It could honestly be what makes him drop of draft boards, signaling that he'll likely honor his commitment and attend San Diego in the fall.
21. Chris Anderson, RHP, Jacksonville
Out of all the pitchers in the draft, Anderson may have the highest ceiling out of anyone—even higher than Gray and Appel. Fatigue did set in a little this year, but given time, he'll become an elite starter in baseball.
22. Jonathan Crawford, RHP, Florida
Crawford has been shooting up draft boards this spring, and he didn't hurt himself by throwing a no-hitter during the regionals recently.
23. Aaron Judge, OF, Fresno State
Judge may be one of the biggest hitters in this draft class at 240 pounds. His power has the potential to be through the roof as long as the team that drafts him can be patient while the rest of his offensive work comes around.
24. Hunter Harvey, RHP, Bandys HS (NC)
Harvey took a chance by not playing summer ball last year, and it's paid off, as he's had a great spring and shot up draft boards.
25. Tim Anderson, SS/OF, East Central HS (MS)
Anderson is another one of those guys that is a huge threat to steal bases. That's what will eventually get him to the big leagues.
26. Jon Denney, C, Yukon HS (OK)
When all is said and done, Denney could be the top catcher from this class. He has great ability at the plate and behind it, and he could see himself drafted higher based on potential alone.
27. Nick Ciuffo, C, Lexington HS (SC)
Ciuffo is another strong high school catcher for this class. Offensively, he's there, and he only needs a little work defensively to keep him behind the plate during his career.
28. Ryan Eades, RHP, LSU
Eades is one of the few pitchers in this draft class that already knows how to pitch and not just throw. The one concern could be an arm injury he had in high school, but it hasn't affected him at LSU.
29. Phillip Ervin, OF, Samford
Ervin has a lot of speed, which is why he's listed this high. He doesn't have the greatest bat in the world, but it could see improvement with the right coaching.
30. Phil Bickford, RHP/1B, Oaks Christian HS (CA)
Bickford can touch 96 mph with his fastball, but like many other high school arms, he'll need to work on his command at the next level.
31. Bobby Wahl, RHP, Mississippi
Wahl is projected to be more of a reliever rather than a starter due to some control issues. However, when he's hitting the mark, he's one of the best in this draft class.
32. Tom Windle, LHP, Minnesota
Windle's greatest asset is that he's proven that he can pitch in cold climates. While it's no guarantee that he'll go to a team in a cold climate, it will get teams thinking late in the first round and early in the compensation round.
33. Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Vanderbilt
Ziomek has three plus pitches, but his fastball can be inconsistent at times. He struggled in 2012, but was able to get things together in 2013.
34. Hunter Green, LHP, Warren East HS (KY)
Green is another one of those players that is going to be drafted based on potential. At 6'2" and 200 pounds, Green still has to grow into his frame and get a little more strength. However, if he grows into his frame, he could be a No. 2 starter in the future.
35. Oscar Mercado, SS, Gaither HS (FL)
Mercado has great defensive abilities at shortstop and projects to stay there through the minor leagues. His power is developing and he has the ability to eventually do some damage in that department.
36. Eric Jagielo, 3B/OF, Notre Dame
Jagielo finished second in the Cape Cod League with 13 homers, in addition to having a .591 slugging percentage.
37. Aaron Blair, RHP, Marshall
Blair has a great fastball, but he has to develop his complimentary pitches a little more. His heater may have gotten him by at Marshall, but he'll be eaten alive in the minor leagues if he can't develop more pitches.
38. Alex Balog, RHP, San Francisco
Balog has three plus pitches, including a sinking fastball that can touch 93 mph. Where he'll make his money is with his slider, which has some good bite to it.
39. Billy McKinney, 1B/OF, Plano West HS (TX)
McKinney has a great bat, but his running ability leaves something to be desired. Because of that, he'll end up at first base, which is where his type of power belongs.
40. Robert Kaminsky, LHP/OF, St. Joseph Regional HS (NJ)
Kaminsky has two plus pitches in his fastball and his breaking ball. If he can develop his changeup and use it more, he could end up being one of the biggest steals of the draft.
41. Ryan Boldt, OF, Red Wing HS (MN)
What hurts Boldt is the fact that he played high school baseball in Minnesota, which isn't exactly the best place to play high school baseball. In all honesty, college might be the best thing for him so he can play against tougher competition.
42. Andrew Thurman, RHP, UC-Irvine
Thurman is never going to blow you away with his stuff, but he has durability like none other. If he continues to develop, he could be a decent No. 3 or No. 4 starter in the big leagues one day.
43. Andrew Mitchell, RHP, TCU
Mitchell has a tendency to walk people, which will cause some teams to shy away from him. He projects to be more of a bullpen guy, but with that, expect his fastball to gain a few mph.
44. Jason Hursh, RHP, Oklahoma State
Hursh had Tommy John surgery in 2011, so you can expect that teams will be looking over his medical records extensively. His fastball is his only plus pitch, but with time, he could also develop a decent slider and changeup.
45. Kyle Serrano, RHP, Farragut HS (TN)
Signability issues may be the biggest problems for teams that want to draft Serrano. He's committed to Tennessee, where his dad is the head coach. I couldn't blame him for either choice he ends up making.
46. Michael Lorenzen, OF, Cal-State Fullerton
There's no question that Lorenzen can play the outfield, but the biggest question is going to be his ability to produce at the plate. He hasn't been consistent at the plate and has been known to struggle at times.
47. Matt Krook, LHP, St. Ignatius HS (CA)
With a fastball that touches 94 mph, Krook also has a good curve and changeup. Where his biggest problem lies is in his velocity later in starts. If that can improve, he'll be a decent starter for some team.
48. Josh Hart, OF, Parkview HS (GA)
Hart has all five tools for a player. He has a knack for getting to the ball on defense and putting the ball where the defense isn't on offense.
49. Chad Pinder, 3B, Virginia Tech
Pinder has the ability to hit to all areas of the field, but he's not going to provide a lot of power. Hitting-wise, he could be a Martin Prado-like player, and with his defensive ability, he could actually develop into a multiple-position player.
50. Hunter Dozier, SS, Stephen F. Austin
Dozier may have been a shortstop in college, but he won't stay there once he's drafted. He has a good bat and could project to be a good third baseman.
51. Corey Knebel, RHP, Texas
There's no question Knebel is headed to the bullpen once he's drafted. With such good stuff, should a contending team draft him, he could be in the big leagues by the time September rolls around. That is assuming he gets signed pretty quickly.
52. Trevor Williams, RHP, Arizona State
Williams has struggled at times as a starter, but was successful coming out of the bullpen for Team USA. Teams will likely see that and move him there permanently.
53. Travis Demeritte, 3B/RHP, Winder-Barrow HS (GA)
Strength and more strength is what Demeritte needs to add. He has the tools to be a good player, but he's going to have to add a lot of muscle.
54. Chris Okey, C, Eustis HS (FL)
Another talented high school catcher, Okey has great discipline at the plate and is a plus catcher defensively.
55. Cavan Biggio, 2B/3B, St. Thomas HS (TX)
The son of Craig Biggio, Cavan Biggio is showing all the same tools his dad once did. He can hit to all fields and has a little pop in his bat.
56. Cord Sandberg, OF/1B, Manatee HS (FL)
Sandberg is another two-sport star, and he has a scholarship waiting for him from Mississippi State to play quarterback. Because of that, signability could be an issue with him as well.
57. Blake Taylor, SS, Dana Hills HS (CA)
Taylor has two plus pitches, but no real third pitch, although it could be developed at the next level. He's also committed to Hawaii, which tells me some team better be willing to pony up to keep him from enjoying the sand and surf for at least three years.
58. Connor Jones, RHP/OF, Great Bridge HS (VA)
Jones has a good three-pitch mix and has a ton of sink to his fastball. He's committed to Virginia, which is notorious for keeping its committments.
59. Stephen Wrenn, OF, Walton HS (GA)
Wrenn is one of the fastest players in this draft class. He has power, speed and can play great in the field. He does have a tendency to become predictable when he's on first base, though, as he loves to attempt a steal on the first pitch.
60. Michael Wagner, RHP, San Diego
While Wagner was a starter this year for San Diego, he'll likely return to the bullpen in professional baseball, a place he succeeded in before at San Diego.
61. Cody Reed, LHP, NW Mississippi JC
62. Dustin Driver, RHP/3B, Wenatchee HS (WA)
63. Garrett Williams, LHP/1B, Calvary Baptist HS (LA)
64. Andy McGuire, 3B, James Madison HS (VA)
65. JaCoby Jones, 2B/OF, LSU
66. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Scottsdale CC
67. A.J. Puk, Washington HS (IA)
68. Trey Masek, RHP, Texas Tech
69. Kent Emmanuel, LHP, North Carolina
70. Dillon Overton, LHP, Oklahoma
71. Matt Boyd, LHP, Oregon State
72. Andrew Knapp, C, California
73. Dylan Covey, RHP, San Diego
74. Jared King, OF, Kansas State
75. Dustin Petersen, SS, Gilbert HS (AZ)
76. Jordan Paroubeck, OF, Serra HS (CA)
77. Carlos Salazar, RHP, Kerman HS (CA)
78. Scott Frazier, RHP, Pepperdine
79. Ryan McMahon, 3B, Mater Dei HS (CA)
80. Robert Tyler, RHP/OF, Crisp Co. HS (GA)
81. Dom Nunez, C, Elk Grove HS (CA)
82. Will Crowe, RHP, Pigeon Forge HS (TN)
83. Colby Suggs, RHP, Arkansas
84. Michael O'Neil, OF, Michigan
85. Christopher Rivera, SS, El Dorado HS (CA)
86. Chris Kohler, LHP, Los Osos HS (CA)
87. Chandler Eden, RHP, Yuba City HS (CA)
88. Clinton Hollon, RHP, Woodford Co. HS (KY)
89. Jeremy Martinez, C/3B, Mater Dei HS (CA)
90. Rowdy Tellez, RHP, Stanford
91. Justin Williams, OF, Terrebonne HS (LA)
92. Zack Collins, C, American Heritage HS (FL)
93. Teddy Stankiewicz, RHP, Seminole State JC
94. Jan Hernandez, SS/2B, Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy (PR)
95. Brian Ragira, 1B/OF, Stanford
96. Tony Rizzotti, RHP, Tulane
97. Buck Farmer, RHP, Georgia Tech
98. Riley Unroe, SS, Desert Ridge HS (AZ)
99. Aaron Brown, LHP, Pepperdine
100. A.J. Vanegas, RHP, Stanford