2013 MLB mock draft 5.0 with supplemental, lottery picks
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The first round of the 2013 MLB draft is shrinking. When the Los Angeles Angels signed free agent Josh Hamilton a couple of weeks ago, they lost their first-round pick. They became the second team to lose their first-round pick, joining the Atlanta Braves, who lost theirs when they signed B.J. Upton in November. I have decided to include the compensation picks, as well as the first-round of the Competitive Lottery round in my latest 2013 MLB mock draft. Enjoy!
1. Houston Astros — Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson HS (GA)
I see a lot of other mock drafts have Mark Appel going as first pick. The Astros passed on him last year, however, so why wouldn’t they do it again? Some say because Carlos Correa was too special of a talent to pass up. Well, so is Meadows. At 6’-4” and 200 pounds, the left-hander already has a major league body and he is one of the youngest players in the draft. He has a plus arm, plus speed and great bat speed. A five-tool player with as much potential as anyone in this draft.
2. Chicago Cubs — Sean Manaea, LHP, Indiana State
I keep going back and forth with this pick. While you don’t draft based on need when it comes to the MLB draft, the Cubs need pitching. They have put together a starting five through free agency, but let’s be honest, Scott Feldman, Scott Baker, Edwin Jackson and Carlos Villanueva aren’t frontline starters. They need an ace for the future and Manaea has all the makings of one. The 6’-5” southpaw was extremely impressive at the Cape Cod League this summer. Over 52.2 innings for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks, he went 5-1 with a 1.20 ERA and 87 K/7 BB. He had four double-digit strikeout games including 15 over seven shutout innings on July 19, allowing just two hits to no walks. His fastball sat in the 93-96 mph range and his slider was filthy, sitting around 80-83 mph with hard downward action. As a sophomore at Indiana State last season, he went 5-3 with a 3.34 ERA and 115 K/37 BB over 105 innings without getting a whole lot of attention.
3. Colorado Rockies — Clint Frazier, OF, Loganville HS (GA)
I recently did an interview with Frazier, and let me tell you, this kid lives and breathes baseball. Like his friend, and in-state rival Meadows, he is a five-tool player with a ton of upside. The 6’-1”, 190-pound right-hander has ridiculous bat speed that generates power to all fields. He also has plus speed and a plus arm. He put on a show at nearly every major summer event and is at the top of everyone’s draft list. As a junior, he hit .424 with 24 home runs and stole 14 bases over 118 at-bats.
4. Minnesota Twins — Ryne Stanek, RHP, Arkansas
Appel could go here, but I think Stanek has better stuff and a higher ceiling. The 6’-4” right-hander has three quality pitches and all three have the potential to be plus. His fastball touches 97 mph, his curveball sits in the low 80s and his change-up in the mid 80s with good deception. He went 7-4 with a 2.91 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 80 K/33 BB over 86.2 innings as a sophomore.
5. Cleveland Indians — Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford
Appel could reach the majors faster than anyone in this draft. He is also the most polished pitcher and arguably the safest pick as he should be no worse than a number-three starter in any rotation. His size (6’-5”, 220 pounds), stuff and mound presence separate him from the rest, and after averaging 7.7 innings per start as a junior, he also shows the stamina to be a workhorse. Went 10-2 as a junior with a 2.56 ERA and 130 K/30 BB over 123 innings. His pitch selection can be frustrating at times, but his stuff is great. He features a mid-90s fastball along with a swing-and-miss slider, a change-up with late fade and he also mixes in a cutter.
6. Miami Marlins — Kris Bryant, 3B/OF, San Diego
Bryant is the best college bat in the draft, and at 6’-5” and 215 pounds, he has tremendous power. Over 57 games as a sophomore, he hit .366 with 17 doubles, 14 home runs, 56 RBI, nine stolen bases and had 39 walks for a slash line of .483/.671/1.154. His strong arm should play well at third base, but he could also transition over to first. A big bat with a strong understanding of the strike zone makes him one of the top prospects available.
7. Boston Red Sox — Bobby Wahl, RHP, Ole Miss
The Red Sox are in a transition phase, and Wahl could give them a top-of-the-rotation stud for the next decade. The 6’-3”, 215-pound right-hander can dial his fastball up to the upper 90s. His slider has plus potential and his change-up sits in the low 80s with late fade. He went 7-4 with a 2.55 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 104 K/32 BB over 99 innings as a sophomore last season.
8. Kansas City Royals — Austin Wilson, OF, Stanford
The Royals added some premium arms in the 2012 draft with Kyle Zimmer and Sam Selman and can add a player who is a little raw but has a lot of potential. Wilson has some work to do with his approach at the plate, but he is an athlete who can run and hit for power. 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. A big year is expected, and if he really breaks out, he could go even higher.
9. Pittsburgh Pirates* — Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X HS (TX)
The Pirates get this pick for failing to sign Appel last year. They currently have a couple of studs in Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon working their way up to the majors, and Stewart would give them a formidable trio at the top of their rotation. The 6’-3” right-hander has a plus fastball that touches 97 mph with tailing action. He also has an above-average slider that sits in the 85-88 mph range and a developing change-up, and once he starts using his legs more, he should add even more velocity. A commitment to play football at Texas A&M could make him a tough sign.
10. Toronto Blue Jays — Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS, (WA)
The best defensive catcher in the draft regardless of class, McGuire is a great athlete who can also handle the bat. He hits from the left side, which is a rarity for catchers. At 6’-1” and 190 pounds, he generates a lot of power due to his excellent bat speed and will only develop more pop as he matures. 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. Hit .388 his junior season with four home runs, 34 RBI and a .675 SLG.
11. New York Mets — Colin Moran, 3B/1B, North Carolina
Moran is one of the better college bats in the draft and was impressive at the Cape Cod League, hitting .314 over 39 games with eight doubles, six home runs and led the league with 42 RBI. As a sophomore at UNC, he hit .365 with 11 doubles, three home runs, 35 RBI and struck out just 24 times, showing a solid approach at the plate. At 6’-3” and 200 pounds, the power is going to come fast.
12. Seattle Mariners — Ian Clarkin, LHP, James Madison HS (TX)
I really like this kid and think he will explode this year. A 6’-2” power lefty who can zip his fastball up to the mid 90s, he also has a big, looping curveball that sits in the low 70s with a lot of deception in his delivery. Went 8-2 as a junior with a 0.62 ERA and 106 K/27 BB over 68 innings, allowing just 27 hits. A big-game pitcher who played in the 2012 Perfect Game All-American Classic, as well as the gold-medal winning U18 Team USA squad this summer.
13. San Diego Padres — Trey Ball, LHP, New Castle Chrysler HS (TX)
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 is still inconsistent with both. He has above-average speed, coupled with his strong arm, projects to a corner outfield spot. Whichever he decides, he should remain first-round talent.
14. Pittsburgh Pirates — Dominic Smith, 1B/OF, Serra HS (CA)
At 6’-1” and 200 pounds, the left-hander is one of the most impressive prep hitters in the draft. Over 25 games as a junior, Smith hit .551 with nine home runs, 49 RBI, stole 14 bases and only struck out twice. Over his 77 career high school games, he is hitting .568 with 14 home runs, 126 RBI, 29 stolen bases and has fanned a miniscule 13 times. That type of plate discipline, along with developing power, makes him a highly sought after prospect. He also has a canon arm that can touch 94 mph.
15. Arizona Diamondbacks — Andy McGuire, IF/OF, James Madison HS (VA)
McGuire is the player I will keep an eye on most this season. He was named MVP at the 2011 Perfect Game National Showcase by going 4-for-4 and reaching base all eight of his plate appearances. He then went out and led the Tournament of Stars in every offensive category except RBI, which he finished second. He posted better offensive totals than Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Francisco Lindor did when they competed at the event. He topped off his incredible summer by helping U18 Team USA to a gold medal in Seoul, South Korea. What’s even more impressive about his play at those events was the fact he was only playing at about 80 percent. He had a partially torn labrum in his left hip and bone spurs that limited his speed and range. Fully healthy now, the 6’-2″, 190-pound right-hander should really open eyes with his play this season. He has excellent bat speed which allows him to spray the ball to all fields, and more power will come as he matures. A strong arm and above-average speed will allow him to play multiple positions at the next level.
16. Philadelphia Phillies — Oscar Mercado, SS, Gaither HS (FL)
More defense than offense, Mercado is a great defender in a class weak on up-the-middle talent. He does have good bat speed and should be a high-average hitter, just not much pop in his bat. As a junior, he hit .370 over 29 games with eight extra-base hits, 29 RBI and was 11-for-11 in stolen bases. With teams putting an emphasis on catchers, shortstops and center fielders in recent drafts, Mercado is the top shortstop in his class and should be a high draft pick come June.
17. Milwaukee Brewers — Jonathon Crawford, RHP, Florida
Crawford gave Gator fans a reason to be excited about the upcoming season when he tossed a no-hitter in an NCAA Regional game last year. He has one of the best sliders in the draft, as well as a fastball that sits in the low 90s with movement. The 6’-1”, 200-pound right-hander went 6-2 as a sophomore with a 3.13 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 70 K/24 BB over 74.2 innings. A player on the rise who should have a monster junior season.
18. Chicago White Sox — Justin Williams, Terrebone HS (LA)
With Williams, it is all about the power potential. The 6’-2”, 200-pound left-hander won both the Perfect Game Classic and Under Armour All-American Game home run derbys over the summer, establishing himself as one of the top power prospects in the draft. The bat speed is there, and he is also a great athlete with a strong arm. He just needs to refine his approach at the plate and his upside is sky high.
19. Los Angeles Dodgers — Clinton Hollon, RHP, Woodford County HS (KY)
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