2013 MLB draft: Final first-round mock
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Well, after 10 mocks throughout the past year, this is it. I feel like I know more about these guys than my own family. Without much else left to say, here is my final first-round mock for the 2013 MLB draft which will take place in two days starting on June 6. Thanks for reading!
1. Houston Astros — Jonathan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma
Although it seems very likely the Astros could take Colin Moran here, I’m just not buying it. Give me the 6’-4”, 240-pound horse who can maintain a 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning. He also adds a plus slider and his change-up is solid right now.
2. Chicago Cubs — Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford
As a Cubs fan, I would rather see them select Kris Bryant. I imagine a future lineup of Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, Albert Almora to go along with Bryant, and I see a lot of souvenirs landing on Waveland avenue. Appel is a stud, however. He won’t come cheap, but he has ace stuff and is the most polished pitcher available.
3. Colorado Rockies — Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego
The best bat in the draft goes to a place where his power should make him a home-run champ contender for years. Over 62 games this season, the 6’-5” right-hander hit .329 and is leading the nation in home runs (31), walks (66) and SLG (.820).
4. Minnesota Twins — Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X HS (TX)
The 6’-3” right-hander has four quality pitches, including a plus slider and a fastball that can touch 97 mph. Both his curveball and change-up are solid and have plus potential. He could be a tough sign, but he may have the highest upside in the 2013 MLB draft.
5. Cleveland Indians — Clint Frazier, OF, Loganville HS (GA)
Arguably the most exciting player in the 2013 MLB draft, the 6’-1” right-hander has the best bat speed in the draft and easy power. His above-average speed and strong arm will play well in a corner spot and not many can match his intensity for the game.6. Miami Marlins — Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson HS (GA)
The 6’-3” left-hander has somehow turned into a wild card in this draft. He has all five tools, including plus speed and bat speed, but some question his intensity. I don’t buy any of it, and he could turn out to be the steal of the draft if he slips past here.
7. Boston Red Sox — Braden Shipley, RHP, Nevada
The 6’-3” right-hander is this year’s Kyle Zimmer — an extremely athletic power arm with an easy delivery who is relatively new to pitching. He can dial his fastball up to 99 mph but his mid-80s change-up is his best pitch with late fade. The Red Sox want high-upside and Shipley fits the mold.
8. Kansas City Royals — D.J. Peterson, 3B, New Mexico
The 6’-1” right-hander is one of the better bats in the draft and the power is legit. He may not be a 30+ home-run hitter at the next level, but he should hit for a high average with 20+ long balls. He also may end up at first, but he is one of the safer picks in the draft.
9. Pittsburgh Pirates — Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS (WA)
The 6’-1” left-handed hitting catcher has all the tools to be a gold-glove caliber defender behind the plate, including a strong, accurate arm and great footwork. He improved his approach at the plate greatly this season and the power should come as he matures. A very polished player who has played against the best competition having been a member of U18 Team USA Baseball.
10. Toronto Blue Jays — Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina
The 6’-3” left-handed hitter has an advanced bat and should hit for a high average at the next level. The question has always been if he will hit for enough power to justify a corner infield position. He did show much improved power this season, however, quieting his critics for the moment.
11. New York Mets — Dominic Smith, 1B/OF, Serra HS (CA)
The 6’-1” left-hander finished his prep career by posting an .805 OBP over his last 11 games en route to winning a state championship. His bat is the most advanced in the prep ranks, and he showed more power this season. His value goes up if he can maintain a corner outfield spot, but even if he ends up at first, most believe he can be a plus defender and the bat will play well.
12. Seattle Mariners — J.P. Crawford, SS, Lakewood HS (CA)
The best all-around shortstop in the 2013 MLB draft, the 6’-2” left-handed hitter has excellent bat speed, above-average speed and a solid approach at the plate. On defense, his strong arm, range and instincts will allow him to stick at the premium position, and he has some flash to his game.
13. San Diego Padres — Trey Ball, LHP/OF, New Castle HS (IN)
This would be a steal for the Padres who seem to be looking at a bat here. With the 6’-6” Ball, they could have their option as he has excellent upside as both a hitter and pitcher. On the mound, he has a clean, easy delivery and features a plus low/mid-90s fastball and a solid breaking ball. At the plate, his plus bat speed projects to a ton of power, and he also is a plus runner. A little raw in both areas due to split-time focus, I believe the mound is where he belongs.
14. Pittsburgh Pirates — Hunter Renfroe, OF, Mississippi State
While he doesn’t have the track record of guys like Bryant, Peterson and Moran, the 6’-1” right-hander is the most athletic, and he has some serious power. Over 52 games, he hit .352 with 15 doubles, 15 home runs, 58 RBI and had a .440 OBP/.634 SLG. He also added nine stolen bases and will be able to hold down a corner outfield spot.
15. Arizona Diamondbacks — Ryne Stanek, RHP, Arkansas
Even though the year didn’t go as planned for the 6’-4” right-hander as far as numbers go, his stuff is what will get him drafted high. He features a mid-90s plus fastball and a hard slider. His curveball is also a solid pitch but his command can get the best of him at times. The Diamondbacks are excellent at developing young pitching and Stanek could benefit greatly being selected here.
16. Philadelphia Phillies — Aaron Judge, OF, Fresno State
Only Aaron Judge could make Domonic Brown look short. At 6’-7” the right-hander towers over the 6’-5” breakout outfielder. The power potential is obviously huge with Judge and, over his last 27 games, he hit .429 with 18 extra-base hits, eight stolen bases and a .548 OBP/.813 SLG, showing that he brings much more than sheer power to the field.
17. Chicago White Sox — Alex Gonzalez, RHP, Oral Roberts
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