2013 MLB Mock Draft
The 2013 Major League Baseball Draft starts on Thursday, June 6 at 6pmET and goes through June 8. We're just days away from the Draft, but there is still not a definitive top pick.
The Houston Astros
have the top selection in the draft and have several options including two college arms and a couple of college sluggers.
Below is a projection of the top 33 picks for the first round of the baseball draft set for Thursday.ATS cashed in on the American League Lock of the Year with Tampa Bay (-105) over Cleveland, 9-2 on Friday. The Baseball Lock Club has now won 4 straight weeks and nearly 45 units in that span. If you are looking for a big score, try the Lock Club.
Let's take look at the Top 10 Players to Watch in the Major League Baseball Draft and where they are projected to go in the first round.1)Houston Astros: Jonathan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma (6-4, 240)
. Gray is another big right-hander with a high-nineties fastball. He could go as high as number one to the Astros or as low as fifth to Cleveland. He also has a very good slider but needs to work on his other off-speed pitches. He can hit 100 on the gun and has the look of a closer that needs to improve his command.2)Chicago Cubs: Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford (6-5, 215)
. Appel will likely go first to Houston or second to the Chicago Cubs. He can hit 99 on the gun but is more consistently around 92-97. He has a plus slider and change up and is a very good athlete. He could have come out last year as a junior but decided to come back to Stanford and he made the right move. Looking to get a jump on the football season? The ATS Football Lock Club ended the season winning nearly 185 units the last four months of the season! Call toll free 1-800-772-1287 for more information on Early Bird discounts.
3)Colorado Rockies: Kris Bryant, 3B/OF, San Diego (6-5, 215)
Bryant could go three to Colorado, who needs another arm more than they need a bat. Bryant is a big slugger who is likely to end up in the outfield because of his size. He has decent athleticism but not the quick reactions you look for at third. He can hit to all fields and has a strong arm in the outfield. 4)Minnesota Twins: Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X (Houston), (6-3, 190).
He has an offer to play quarterback fro Texas A&M, but has a better future in baseball. He has a very good fastball, that touches 97, but is around 92-94. He has a strong slider with a late break down and away from right-handed hitters. He still is raw with his delivery and will need a few years in the minors. If teams are afraid he'll play football, he might go later, but is likely a top five player that could go as high as four to the Twins.5)Cleveland Indians: Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina, (6-3, 215)
. Moran has a sharp eye at the place and has good hands at third. He has good bat speed with strong wrists. His swing is unorthodox and a times, he's late getting the barrel of the bat into the zone. The Astros like him and could take him at the first pick if the money doesn't fit with Gray or Appel. 6)Miami Marlins: Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson High School (Georgia) (6-3, 200)
. Meadows is a terrific athlete and five-tool player who still needs polish. He's has committed to Clemson and is still filling out his body. He has the range to play in center, but will likely play in right field. He's a lefty with good bat speed and potential for a lot of power. He's likely a top-10 player that could end up with Boston at 7.
7)Boston Red Sox: Braden Shipley, RHP, Nevada (6-3, 190)
. This hard-throwing pitcher was a former shortstop. He became a full-time pitcher last year as a sophomore. Shipley could go from five to Cleveland to 15 to Arizona. He can bring it from 92-95 and touch 99. He's still learning but since he played shortstop, he's very athletic and can really field his position.8)Kansas City Royals: Trey Ball, LHP, New Castle High (Indiana) (6-6, 180)
. This lanky pitcher can also hit and run. He's been compared to Cole Hamels and brings it 94 mph already. Wait until he fills out.9)Pittsburgh Pirates: Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood High School (Kent, Wash.) (6-1, 190).
McGuire is an athletic catcher with a great arm. The biggest issue is his bat, but nobody questions his defensive ability. Could go in top 10.10)Toronto Blue Jays: J. P. Crawford, SS, Lakewood High School (Calif.) (6-2, 180).
Crawford should go high because there is no dominant shortstop in college. He has all the tools: speed, arm and defense. He's also a good hitter with some size. 11)New York Mets: D.J. Peterson, 1B/3B, New Mexico (6-1, 205).
Peterson has good power and is versatile enough to play several positions. His younger brother Dustin is also a top prospect in this draft. He is not a great defender so he could move to first, which is a position the Mets could use some help at. 12)Seattle Mariners: Clint Frazier, OF, Loganville High School (Georgia) (6-1, 190).
Frazier is a five-tool player with excellent bat speed. It might take him two years but he already has the size to make an impact. He still has room to grown in terms of recognizing off-speed pitchers sooner. The only question is whether he has much upside since he won't get a lot bigger than he already is. 13)San Diego Padres: Dominic Smith, 1B, Serra High School (Calif.) (6-0, 195)
Smith is a quality hitter and excellent defender. He's just not very big for a first baseman.14)Pittsburgh Pirates: Ryne Stanek, P, Arkansas, (6-4, 190). Stanek is another solid college pitcher who can bring it 92-96. He has an good slider and a power curve. His problem is a lack of command but those things can be worked on in the minors. 15)Arizona Diamondbacks: Hunter Renfroe, OF, Mississippi State (6-1, 216)
. Renfroe is strong and athletic with great tools. He also has a big-time arm but a late-season slump may cause him to fall. 16)Philadelphia Phillies: Phil Bickford, RHP, Oaks Christian High (Calif.) (6-4, 185)
. Bickford can throw it in the mid-nineties with a curveball that he needs to work on. He has nice upside.17)Chicago White Sox: Nick Ciuffo, C, Lexington High (S.C.) (6-1, 200).
He's a left-handed hitter and a very good receiver. Needs help with batting approach. 18)Los Angeles Dodgers: Ian Clarkin, LHP, Madison High (Calif) (6-2, 190)
. Clarkin has a wicked curveball and is a quality pitcher. 19)St. Louis Cardinals: Devin Williams, RHP, Hazelwood (Mo.) West HS (6-3, 172)
. Williams is a local product with plus velocity and a solid array of other pitchers. 20)Detroit Tigers: Alex Gonzalez, RHP, Oral Roberts (6-3, 200).
Gonzalez has four pitchers plus a cutter. He also goes by "Chi-Chi". 21)Tampa Bay Rays: Jonathan Crawford, RHP, Florida (6-3, 200).22)Baltimore Orioles: Chris Anderson, RHP, Jacksonville (6-4, 225).23)Texas Rangers: Michael Lorenzen, OF, Cal-State Fullerton (6-3, 200).24)Oakland Athletics: Phillip Ervin, OF, Samford (5-10, 205)25)San Francisco Giants: Travis Demeritte, SS, Winder-Barrow High School (Ga.) (6-1, 195).
26)New York Yankees: Sean Manaea, LHP, Indiana State (6-5, 235)27)Cincinnati Reds: Aaron Judge, OF, Fresno State (6-7, 255).28)St. Louis Cardinals: Hunter Harvey, RHP, Bandys High School (Catawba N.C.). (6-4. 175)29)Tampa Bay Rays: Billy McKinney, OF, Plano West Senior High School (Tx). (6-2, 195) 30)Texas Rangers: Matt Krook, LHP, St. Ignaitius Prep (Hillsborough, Calif.) (6-2, 190)31)Atlanta Braves: Jon Denney, C, Yukon High School (Okla.) (6-2, 205)
32)New York Yankees: Austin Wilson, OF, Stanford (6-5, 245)33)New York Yankees: Cody Reed, LHP, Northwest Mississippi CC (6-5, 220)