2013 MLB mock draft 8.0: Going deep with the top 108 picks
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The 2013 MLB Rule-4 draft is now a little more than two months away. While organizational preferences are still mostly a mystery, it is becoming clear who is the cream of the crop this year. I decided to be a little adventurous and go 108 picks this time. Why 108 picks, you ask? Well, because I am a Cubs fan and wanted to get to their fourth-round pick. Here is my latest mock of the 2013 MLB draft:
1. Houston Astros — Austin Meadows, Grayson HS (GA)
Over his last four games, the 6’-3” lefthander has gone 10-for-13 with four doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI and has stolen three bases. For the season, he is now hitting .600 (18-for-30) with six doubles, four home runs, 16 RBI and a slash line of .676/1.200/1.876. He has also added 11 stolen bases. Meadows has plus power, a plus arm and plus speed. His size, abilities and great make up give him arguably the highest ceiling in the 2013 MLB draft.
2. Chicago Cubs — Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford
The 6’-5” right-hander has been pitching with a chip on his shoulder this season. Over five games, he has a 1.18 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 54 K/7 BB over 38 innings. Hitters are batting just .169 against him and he has allowed one home run all year. His fastball sits in the mid-90s, and both his slider and change-up are plus pitches. He has shown a better ability to mix up his pitches this year, answering questions from his critics.
3. Colorado Rockies — Jonathan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma
No one has had a bigger coming-out party like the 6’-4”, 240-pound right-hander. His fastball has been touching 100 mph, and he adds a plus slider and above-average change-up. Over his last three starts, he has allowed one run over 25 innings with 32 K/2 BB, allowing 13 hits. A borderline first-round pick coming into the season, he could end up going first overall if he shows the stamina to produce near his current level.
4. Minnesota Twins — Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego
The best college bat in the 2013 MLB draft, and arguably the best overall, the 6’-5” right-hander has been tearing the leather off the ball all season. Over 24 games, he is hitting .386 with eight doubles, 12 home runs, 28 RBI and has drawn 31 walks for a .560 OBP and .940 SLG. He leads the nation in home runs, walks and OPS. The bat is not in question. Where he will end up on the field is, however. Some think he can remain at the hot corner, while others think he is destined to a corner outfield spot.
5. Cleveland Indians — Clint Frazier, OF, Loganville HS (GA)
My personal favorite in the 2013 MLB draft, Frazier could very well end up going first overall. His bat speed is off-the-charts ridiculous and his power is something special. He adds a plus arm that has been clocked at 98 mph from the outfield and he can also fly on the bases. At 6’-1” and 190 pounds, the right-hander is built like a brick and, as Conor Glassey from Baseball America put it, “He plays like his hair is on fire.” Over 12 games, he is hitting .564 with seven home runs, 23 RBI, 10 stolen bases and a .638 OBP/1.256 SLG.
6. Miami Marlins — Sean Manaea, LHP, Indiana St.
The best southpaw in the draft, Manaea is a 6’-5” power pitcher who has one of the best sliders in the 2013 MLB draft. Over his last four starts, he has allowed two runs over 28 innings with 35 K/7 BB and has allowed just 13 hits. There have been reports about his velocity being down a couple of ticks, as well as his slider not biting as hard, but his last four starts show how great he can be when he rights the ship.
7. Boston Red Sox — Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X HS (TX)
Considered the best prep arm in the 2013 MLB draft, the 6’-3” right-hander has been flashing his mid-90s fastball after mild soreness in his arm sidelined him to start the season. Over his last two starts, he has thrown seven perfect innings, striking out 13 batters. He adds a plus slider in the 85-88 mph range and he has excellent control and mound presence. He could be a tough sign as he is committed to play both baseball and play quarterback at Texas A&M.
8. Kansas City Royals — Jon Denney, C, Yukon HS (OK)
Over 12 games this season, the 6’-2”, 200-pound right-hander is hitting .581 (18-for-31) with six doubles, three triples, five home runs, 22 RBI and has been walked 17 times for a .720 OBP and 1.258 SLG. He gets about two pitches to hit a game and does serious damage with both of them. Most think he can remain at catcher and, along with the ridiculous power potential, make him a highly desirable talent at a premium position.
9. Pittsburgh Pirates* — Bradey Shipley, RHP, Nevada
Another fast-riser, the 6’-3” right-hander has flashed a plus slider to go with a fastball that has touched 97 mph this season. Over six starts, he is 3-0 with a 2.53 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 44 K/12 BB over 42.2 innings. He is a very athletic guy with an easy, fluid delivery.
10. Toronto Blue Jays — Ryne Stanek, RHP, Arkansas
Stanek put together his strongest start of the season this past weekend, tossing a complete game, allowing no earned runs on three hits. He also struck out seven to one walk, finally showing very good command. Over six starts, he now has a 2.35 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 27 K/14 BB over 30.2 innings. The stuff is there, led by a mid-90s heater and plus slider, but his command has been an issue thus far.
11. New York Mets — Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS (WA)
The best defensive catcher in the 2013 MLB draft, the 6’-1” hits from the left side and can rake. Over six games this season, he is 8-for-16 (.500) with four doubles, a triple, home run and has walked five times to no strikeouts for a .636 OBP/1.063 SLG. He put on a clinic for U18 Team USA over the summer, hitting .462 (12-for-26) with four doubles, 11 RBI, eight walks and a .583 OBP over nine games as Team USA won the gold in Seoul, South Korea.
12. Seattle Mariners — Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina
Over his last 10 games, the 6’-3” left-hander is 20-for-41 (.488) with four doubles, four home runs, 17 RBI and has drawn eight walks to two strikeouts. He is slowly quieting critics who think he can’t hit for power at the next level. His 21 BB/5 K over 22 games show the advanced approach at the plate he has, the only question left is where he will play in the field.
13. San Diego Padres — Trey Ball, LHP, New Castle Chrysler HS (IN)
Still raw in some areas, Ball is a 6’-6” left-hander with a lot of projectability as both a pitcher and hitter. A great athlete, he can run his fastball up to 94 mph on the mound with an easy delivery. He also adds a slider and change-up, both sitting in the low 80s, but he is still inconsistent with both. His season is just getting underway.
14. Pittsburgh Pirates — Chris Anderson, RHP, Jacksonville
Another player whose stock is rising fast is Anderson, a 6’-4”, 220-pound right-hander with a 90-93 mph fastball, a plus slider, plus change-up and good curveball. For the season, he is 4-1 with a 0.96 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 60 K/8 BB over 47 innings.
15. Arizona Diamondbacks — J.P. Crawford, SS, Lakewood HS (CA)
Arguably the best all-around shortstop in the 2013 MLB draft, Crawford is a 6’-2”, 185-pound right-hander with good range, soft hands and a strong arm. He has above-average bat speed and can spray the ball to all fields. Not a burner, he has the ability to be a threat on the base paths with great instincts. Clocked at 6.77 in the 60. Over his 99 career high school games, he has hit .408 with 28 doubles, 12 triples, one home run, 68 RBI and has struck out just 25 times. He also has gone 56-for-61 in stolen base attempts.
16. Philadelphia Phillies — Dominic Smith, OF/1B/LHP, Serra HS (CA)
Over eight games, the 6’-1” left-hander is hitting .538 with three doubles, a home run, 11 RBI and has drawn four walks to two strikeouts for a .613 OBP. One of the best pure hitters in the draft, Smith was hitting .568 over 77 games with 14 home runs, 126 RBI, 29 stolen bases and had struck out just 13 times coming into this season. He also has 25 strikeouts over 13 innings, flashing a mid-90s fastball that would play well in a corner outfield spot.
17. Chicago White Sox –Ian Clarkin, LHP, Madison HS (CA)
The 6’-2” left-hander has a plus curveball to go with a low-90s fastball with a lot of deception in his delivery. Over 16.1 innings this season, he has 33 K/6 BB, including striking out 16 over seven, one-hit innings in a 1-0 win over Imperial on March 14. A big-game pitcher who shined for U18 Team USA over the summer.
18. Los Angeles Dodgers — Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Vanderbilt
The 6’-5” southpaw has been one of the best college arms this season. Even after a rough outing against Florida in his last start — allowing four runs over six innings, striking out one to five walks — he still has a 1.59 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and 52 K/14 BB over 45.1 innings. Opponents are hitting just .144 against him. His fastball sits in the low-90s with late life, his change-up is a plus pitch sitting in the low-80s and his breaking ball has been sharp this year.
19. St. Louis Cardinals — Andy McGuire, INF, Madison HS (VA)
A terrific athlete with excellent bat speed, the 6’-1” right-hander can play all over the field and his strong arm would play well at third or short. Was extremely impressive at summer tournaments and for U18 Team USA, while only playing at about 70-80 percent to due a partially torn labrum in his left hip and bone spurs that limited his speed and range. Should shine this year now that he is fully recovered. Has gone 4-for-8 with two doubles, a stolen base and three RBI over his first three games this season.
20. Detroit Tigers — Austin Wilson, OF, Stanford
Wilson went down with a stress fracture near the tip of his elbow in the first game of the season. It is considered a minor injury, and he should be back any day now. Very toolsy, but still raw in many areas, the 6’-5” right-hander hit .285 with 12 doubles, 10 home runs, 56 RBI and stole nine bases over 59 games as a sophomore last season. He has top-10 potential but will have to prove it once he gets back from injury.
21. Tampa Bay Rays — Dustin Driver, RHP, Wenatchee HS (WA)
The 6’-3”, 200-pound right-hander can dial his fastball up to 97 mph with late life. He tossed five no-hit innings in his season debut, striking out 11 and now has 21 K/3 BB over 10 innings. He spent the offseason working with a personal trainer for the first time and the results are already showing. His command is better, his delivery is more sound and so his overall composure on the mound.
22. Baltimore Orioles — Ryan Boldt, OF, Red Wing HS (MN)
The 6’-1” left-hander is a speedy outfielder who projects to a high-average, top-of-the-order player. His smooth, compact swing projects to more power as he matures, and he can flat out fly on the base paths. Went 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts for U18 Team USA and also drew seven walks over nine games for the gold-medal winners.
23. Texas Rangers — Nick Ciuffo, C, Lexington HS (SC)
A left-handed hitting catcher, Ciuffo uses excellent bat speed to drive the ball to all fields and he has a lot of power in his swing. Defensively, his strong arm, footwork and instincts will allow him to stick at a premium position. A leader on the field, he is among the elite in a deep class of prep catchers.
24. Oakland Athletics — Hunter Harvey, RHP, Bandys HS (NC)
The 6’-3” right-hander has touched 97 mph with his fastball this year. He is 3-0 with a 0.38 ERA and 39 K/4 BB over 18.2 innings. He is the son of former major league pitcher, Bryan Harvey. A very good athlete whose live arm has him shooting up 2013 MLB draft boards.
25. San Francisco Giants — Phillip Ervin, OF, Samford
An electric player, the 5’-11”, 200-pound right-hander is hitting .398 over 25 games with six doubles, eight home runs, nine stolen bases and has drawn 23 walks for a .522 OBP/.759 SLG. He put on a show at the Cape Cod League this past summer, hitting .323 with 10 stolen bases and led the league in home runs with 11. Very good defensively in center field.
26. New York Yankees — Oscar Mercado, SS, Gaither HS (FL)
Perhaps the best defensive shortstop in the 2013 MLB draft, Mercado will remain at a premium position due to his glove, strong arm and instincts in the field. At the plate, he has good bat speed and an advanced approach at the plate. Over 14 games this season, he is hitting .308 with four doubles, 13 stolen bases and has drawn nine walks to two strikeouts for a .460 OBP.
27. Cincinnati Reds — Ryan Eades, RHP, LSU
The 6’-3”, 200-pound right-hander has been displaying a plus fastball that has touched 96 mph this year with improved movement and late life. His slurve has looked plus at times, and the same can be said about his change-up. For the year, he is 5-0 with a 1.63 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 40 K/9 BB over 38.2 innings.
28. St. Louis Cardinals — Marco Gonzales, LHP, Gonzaga
In his season debut, the 6’-1” southpaw gave up five runs over six innings, allowing eight hits in a 9-2 loss to Oregon State. Since then, he has gone 4-0 over his last five starts with a 1.15 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 37 K/6 BB over 39 innings. He features a filthy change-up that is arguably the best in the 2013 MLB draft and a low-90s fastball with good movement.
29. Tampa Bay Rays — Jonah Wesely, LHP, Tracy HS (CA)
The Rays know how to develop young pitching and Wesely, a 6’-2” southpaw, has a ton of potential thanks to a plus fastball that can touch 96 mph and a mid-70s looping curveball that is also plus. He has a 1.13 ERA on the season with 49 K/10 BB over 31 innings, allowing 19 hits.
30. Texas Rangers — Chris Okey, C, Eustis HS (FL)
Another prep catcher who should remain at the position, Okey is a great hitter who uses excellent bat speed to spray the ball to all fields. Over his last four games, he is 14-for-20 and is now hitting .488 over 15 games with six extra-base hits, nine stolen bases and has drawn 10 walks to three strikeouts for a .589 OBP. A two-time gold medal winner for U18 Team USA, Okey has played on the game’s highest stages and has excelled at every event.
31. Atlanta Braves — Travis Demeritte, 3B, Winder-Barrow HS (GA)
An extremely gifted defensive third baseman, Demeritte also has the bat to justify a corner position. At 6’-1” and 190 pounds, the right-hander has plus bat speed and uses a short, compact swing to drive the ball to all fields. The ball jumps off his bat and he can hit them out with ease. A high understanding of the game, along with a high character.
32. New York Yankees — Rob Kaminsky, LHP, St. Joseph HS (NJ)
One of the top southpaws in the 2013 MLB draft, Kaminsky is a player who keeps climbing the draft boards. His fastball can touch 96 mph, and he also adds a hammer curve that sits in the mid-70s. His change-up is still developing but is already a solid pitch. He has great control and can be un-hittable at times. Went 8-2 as a junior with 103 K/20 BB over 53 innings, allowing just 12 hits including three no-hitters. Another strong season could propel him into the upper half of the draft.
33. New York Yankees — Hunter Green, LHP, Warren East HS (KY)
At 6’-4” and 170 pounds, Green already gets his fastball up to 92 mph and will add more velocity once he matures. He adds a deceptive change-up and a power curveball with nice depth. He locates his pitches well and has a good feel for his pitches. He had 10 strikeouts over four innings in his season debut.
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34. Kansas City Royals — Jordan Sheffield, RHP, Tullahoma HS (TN)
The 6’-2”, 195-pound right-hander can touch 97 mph with his fastball, and it has late life. He also has a power curve to go along with a slider that projects to plus. Over 49.2 innings last season, he had a 0.99 ERA and 73 K/24 BB while only allowing 21 hits. He hasn’t pitched much yet this season but he has been destroying the baseball at the plate. He is hitting .579 (22-for-38) with five doubles, three home runs, 14 RBI, 12 BB/3 K and a .680 OBP/.947 SLG. A special athlete who is committed to Vanderbilt.
35. Miami Marlins — Jonathon Crawford, RHP, Florida
Crawford has been a bit of a disappointment this year after a stellar sophomore campaign that included a no-hitter in the regionals last year. Over six starts, he is 0-4 with a 5.67 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 26 K/11 BB over 33.1 innings. He has one of the best sliders in the draft and a fastball in the mid 90s. Will need to show more to remain a high pick in the 2013 MLB draft.
36. Arizona Diamondbacks — Aaron Judge, OF, Fresno State
It’s easy to spot Judge on the field. At 6’-7” and 240 pounds, the junior outfielder obviously has a ton of power potential. He also has a good approach at the plate and is very athletic for his size. Over 58 games last year, he hit .308 with 14 doubles, four home runs, 27 RBI and drew 48 walks to 46 strikeouts for a .453 OBP. He added 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts. Over 20 games this season, he is hitting .304 with four home runs, 14 RBI and a .544 SLG. He has drawn 11 walks to 23 strikeouts as his swing can get a little long at times.
37. Baltimore Orioles — Bobby Wahl, RHP, Ole Miss
Once considered a likely top-10 pick, Wahl has seen his stock drop due to inconsistencies in his command and stuff. Over six starts, he is 6-0 with a 1.67 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 36 K/17 BB over 37.2 innings. He has been pitching better as of late and the stuff is still there. He just needs to show better command and be more consistent with his secondary offerings which include a wipe-out slider.
38. Cincinnati Reds — Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS (CA)
At 6’-5”, the left-hander has the size and stuff to be a frontline starter at the next level. He has a sinking fastball that can touch 94 mph and also adds a mid-70s curveball that is still developing. Has a 0.88 ERA and 17 K/6 BB over 16 innings this season, allowing just seven hits. In a highly anticipated match-up against Austin meadows and Grayson on March 27, his fastball sat in the 85-88 mph range, leaving scouts wanting more.
39. Detroit Tigers — Tom Windle, LHP Minnesota
The 6’-4”, 215-pound southpaw dazzled at the Cape Cod League over the summer, posting a 2.35 ERA with 47 K/7 BB over 38 innings, showing great strides in his command. His fastball touches 94 mph, and he also adds solid offerings in a slider, curveball and change-up. He tossed a no-hitter against Western Illinois on March 8, striking out eight to one walk. On the season, he is 3-2 with a 1.54 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 32 K/8 BB over 41 innings. Opponents are hitting just .173 against him.
40. Houston Astros — Justin Williams, OF, Terrebone HS (LA)
One of the better power bats in the 2013 MLB draft, the 6’-3”, 210-pound left-hander is also a great athlete. He has a great arm, great bat speed and just needs to refine his approach at the plate to put it all together. He won both the Perfect Game Classic and Under Armour All-American Game home run derbies over the summer.
41. Chicago Cubs — Andrew Mitchell, RHP, TCU
At 6’-3” and 225 pounds, Mitchell is a power righty whose fastball sits in the 91-94 mph range. His secondary offerings are solid and he has decent command. He started the season in the bullpen but made his first start of the season on March 25, allowing one run over 4.2 innings, striking out six to one walk against Oklahoma.
42. Colorado Rockies — Hunter Renfroe, OF/C, Mississippi State
Renfroe will probably end up as a corner outfielder where his strong arm and athleticism will play well. At 6’-2” and 215 pounds, the right-hander has quick wrists and tremendous power. Over 23 games, he is hitting .427 with eight doubles, nine home runs, 36 RBI and has drawn 11 walks to just 11 strikeouts for a .490 OBP/.902 SLG. He has added eight stolen bases in nine attempts.
43. Minnesota Twins — Brett Morales, RHP, King HS (FL)
The 6’-2”, 200-pound right-hander can touch 95 mph with his fastball, with good sink to it, and he has one of the best change-ups among prep players, sitting in the upper-70s with late fade and deception. He adds a developing 12-6, mid-70s curveball and knows how to mix his pitches well. Over six starts this season, he is 4-1 with a 0.85 ERA and 39 K/12 BB over 33 innings.
44. Miami Marlins — Clinton Hollon, RHP, Woodford County HS (KY)
After dealing with tendonitis in his throwing arm last year, the 6’-1, 195-pound right-hander has gained the velocity back that made him one of the top prep pitchers in the country. He has been routinely in the mid-90s with his fastball and both his curveball and change-up are above-average pitches. He commands all three of them and has a great feel for pitching.
45. Boston Red Sox — D.J. Peterson, 3B/1B, New Mexico
The 6’-1”, 210 pound right-hander is one of the best college bats in the 2013 MLB draft but there are questions about where he will end up in the field and if his power will translate considering he plays in a helium tank of a ballpark. Over 20 games, he is hitting .392 with 11 home runs and a .496 OBP/.876 SLG.
46. Kansas City Royals — Matthew Krook, LHP, St. Ignatius Prep (CA)
A rising southpaw with a low-90s fastball and above-average curve, there is still a lot of room for projection. He hasn’t been sharp to start the season, however, allowing eight runs over 13 innings, striking out 20 to nine walks.
47. Toronto Blue Jays — Connor Jones, RHP, Great Bridge HS (VA)
The 6’-3”, 200-pound right-hander has been extremely impressive over the past year, increasing his velocity almost 10 mph and is now up to 90-93 mph on his sinking fastball. Also adds an above-average breaking ball and has a good feel for pitching. Went 7-1 as a junior with a 1.93 ERA and 59 K/17 BB over 54.1 innings.
48. New York Mets — Jeremy Martinez, C, Mater Dei HS (CA)
A polished player who is a two-time gold medal winner for U18 Team USA, Martinez is a very good defensive catcher but some question his hit tool. Over seven games this season, he is hitting just .150 (3-for-20) but he has drawn five walks to no strikeouts, so the average should start to rise. A true leader and a very high understanding of the game.
49. Seattle Mariners — Cavan Biggio, 2B, St. Thomas HS (TX)
A very good athlete who has a high understanding of the game having grown up around it, the 6’-1” left-hander has a lot of upside. As a sophomore, he hit .402 over 34 games with seven home runs, 48 RBI and a .750 SLG. He also drew 36 walks for a .570 OBP. Last season, he hit .420 with two home runs, 26 RBI and a .488 OBP over 24 games. Very sound defensively.
50. San Diego Padres — Trey Masek, RHP, Texas Tech
Another fast riser this season, the 6’-1” right-hander is 3-0 over five starts with a 0.22 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 40 K/10 BB over 40 innings. He features a low/mid-90s fastball with good movement and solid breaking stuff.
51. Pittsburgh Pirates — Ben Lively, RHP, UCF
The 6’-4”, 210-pound right-hander went 9-2 as a sophomore with a 3.00 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 84 K/45 BB over 81 innings. He went to the Cape Cod League, mostly looking to improve on his command. Over 30.1 innings, he struck out 43 to 10 walks, showing signs of improvement. Over six starts this year, he is 5-1 with a 0.41 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 51 K/9 BB over 44 innings. His fastball is a plus pitch and he also adds a solid change-up, curve and slider.
52. Arizona Diamondbacks — Jason Hursh, RHP, Oklahoma State
After red-shirting last season due to Tommy John surgery, the 6’-2”, 200-pound right-hander opened this year as the Friday-night starter for the Cowboys. Over six starts, he is 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 36 K/6 BB over 44 innings. He has a power arm and has pinpoint control of all his pitches.
53. Philadelphia Phillies — Kent Emanuel, LHP, North Carolina
The 6’-4” southpaw is one of the most consistent pitchers in college. He went 9-1 as a freshman with a 2.33 ERA and 89 K/23 BB over 104.1 innings. He followed that up by going 8-4 last season with a 1.96 ERA and 100 K/23 BB over 110 innings. Over six starts this season, he is 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 35 K/9 BB over 46.1 innings. A workhorse who can go late in games, he features a low-90s fastball with deception, an above-average change-up and an ever-improving breaking ball. An excellent control pitcher with great poise on the mound.
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