CWS 2013: Teams That Boast Most Major-League Caliber Talent

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJune 20, 2013

June 11, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina third basemen Colin Moran (18) gets ready to make a throw during the 5th inning against the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Chapel Hill Super Regional of the NCAA baseball tournament at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels defeated the Gamecocks 5-4. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
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The nation's best college baseball teams have gathered in Omaha, Neb. for the 2013 College World Series, and that means there are a handful of future MLB players among them.

While we all watch for the moments and the stories from each team, it all comes down to which has the best players. These teams may not be the best from top to bottom, though, as some struggled through the CWS despite having loaded rosters.

Let's take a look at the teams who boast the most MLB talent in Omaha.

North Carolina

When the Tar Heels take the field on Thursday night, they'll do so with the highest-drafted player in the College World Series.

Third baseman Colin Moran was picked sixth overall by the Miami Marlins as they look to bring a quick boost to their hapless offense. He'll take the stage against the N.C. State Wolfpack in an elimination game. His Tar Heels will look to redeem themselves from an 8-1 loss to their in-state rival earlier in the CWS.

They also have Kent Emanuel, a left-hander who was picked 74th overall by the Houston Astros. Emanuel has been one of UNC's aces throughout the season and their tournament run.

Picked 234th overall was Cody Stubbs, a University of Tennessee transfer who plays at first base and has developed into a solid power hitter. 

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The LSU Tigers may have been bounced from the College World Series in their first two games, but they aren't short on firepower with many MLB draft selections. 

The first Tiger to be chosen was Ryan Eades, a right-hander who was picked 43rd overall by the Minnesota Twins. He's been a huge contributor to the Tigers' starting rotation for the past two seasons.

They had four other players chosen in the top 300 picks of the draft. Center fielder JaCoby Jones was picked 87th by Pittsburgh and Mason Katz was picked 125th by St. Louis.

A pair of pitchers from LSU were taken next, with Nick Rumbelow and Will LaMarche going 224th and 276th, respectively. 

LSU's big-time talent didn't pay off in the College World Series, but they'll be well represented in the big leagues.

Mississippi State

The professional factory that is the SEC transcends football apparently, as Mississippi State joins LSU as another College World Series team with premier MLB talent. 

The Bulldogs boast the No. 13-overall pick in the draft in outfielder Hunter Renfroe, who has all of the raw tools necessary for a long-time MLB player. He'll start his big league career with the San Diego Padres.

Shortstop Adam Frazier was next, as the junior went 179th overall to the Pittsburgh Pirates. 

The Toronto Blue Jays doubled up on two Mississippi State pitchers with their 235th and 265th picks, choosing right-hander Kendall Graveman and lefty Chad Girodo, respectively.