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.
54. Milwaukee Brewers — Drew Ward, SS/3B, Leedy HS (OK)
At 6’-4” and 200 pounds, the left-hander is a bit of a wild card in the 2013 MLB draft. No one seems to know exactly where he will go, or who will bite. The potential is scary good as he generates a ton of power, and he has put up legendary numbers in high school as opposing pitchers want no part of him. Because of that, some feel he hasn’t developed well and could take a long time to put it all together, while others think he is the real deal. I’m putting him here for now and see how the season develops.
55. Chicago White Sox — Andrew Thurman, RHP, UC Irvine
At 6’-3” and 205 pounds, Thurman has a live arm and his fastball can hit the mid/upper-90s. His secondary offerings are still developing, but with his size and arm, he is all about projection right now.
56. Los Angeles Dodgers — Keegan Thompson, RHP, Cullman HS (AL)
Over 35.2 innings this season, the 6’-3” right-hander has 58 K/3 BB. As a junior, he went 7-2 with a 0.94 ERA and 119 K/5 BB over 67.1 innings. Features a mid-90s fastball, plus curve, a developing change-up and superb command of all three. Was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Alabama as a sophomore and also starred for 2011 U16 Team USA, going 2-0 with 18 strikeouts and only six hits allowed over 14 innings, including tossing a complete game shutout against Cuba in the gold medal game, striking out 12 while also going 4-for-5 at the plate with two RBI. Had seven strikeouts over six innings, allowing one run for 2012 U18 Team USA.
57. Detroit Tigers — Trevor Williams, RHP, Arizona State
Williams is an excellent control pitcher who throws strikes and stays around the plate. His fastball sits in the 88-91 mph range with late action, and he also features a slider, curveball and change-up. Over six starts, he is 3-2 with a 2.36 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 36 K/7 BB over 42 innings.
58. St. Louis Cardinals — Carlos Salazar, RHP, Kerman HS (CA)
Salazar has been making noise thanks to a fastball that can reach 97 mph. His change-up is a solid pitch, sitting in the low-80s and his curveball still needs some refining. His delivery is smooth and the ball jumps out of his hand, but he has command issues. As a junior, he went 11-1 over 17 starts with a 1.27 ERA and 159 K/55 BB over 77.1 innings, allowing just 30 hits. This season, he has been lights-out. He is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 48 K/9 BB over 22 innings, allowing just nine hits.
59. Los Angeles Angels — Alex Gonzalez, RHP, Oral Roberts
Over six starts, the 6’-3” right-hander has a 1.99 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 50 K/12 BB over 45.1 innings. He has excellent command and has shown the stamina to be a workhorse pitcher. Low-90s fastball with developing secondary stuff.
60. Tampa Bay Rays — Matt McPhearson, OF, Riverdale Baptist HS (MD)
Maybe the fastest player in the draft, The 5’-10”, 180-pound left-hander has been clocked at 6.21 in the 60. Over 96 at-bats as a junior, he hit .354 and stole 68 bases in 72 attempts. He also drew 30 walks to just 12 strikeouts for a .512 OBP, showing a great approach at the plate. He has above-average bat speed, as well as an above-average arm that plays well in center field to go along with his plus/plus speed.
61. Baltimore Orioles — Jacob Brentz, LHP/OF, Parkway South HS (MO)
As a junior, the 6’-2” left-hander hit .394 with 13 doubles, four home runs, 31 RBI and a .482 OBP. Once he hit 96 mph at the WWBA World Championships in Jupiter, Florida, however, his future position might have changed. He is still raw on the mound, but that kind of heat from the left side has a lot of potential.
62. Texas Rangers — Scott Frazier, RHP, Pepperdine
A 6’-7”, 230-pound right-hander, Frazier is an intriguing prospect based on his size alone. He features a fastball that sits in the 91-94 mph range, as well as a solid curveball and change-up. He went 7-5 last season with a 3.93 ERA and 69 K/31 BB over 103 innings. Over six starts this season, he has a 4.35 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 35 K/17 BB over 41.1 innings as his command has been erratic at times.
63. Oakland Athletics — Aaron Blair, RHP, Marshall
Blair is a 6’-5”, 220-pound right-hander who is solid across-the-board in his offerings. He features an 88-92 mph fastball with good sink, a mid-70s curveball and a mid-80s change-up. Both his curve and change-up are average to above-average pitches, and he controls all three nicely. Over five starts this season, he has a 2.83 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 32 K/10 BB over 28.2 innings. Opponents are hitting just .150 against him.
64. San Francisco Giants — John Simms, RHP, Rice
Simms starred for 2010 U18 Team USA, going 4-0 with a 0.96 ERA and 37 strikeouts over 28 innings. He dominated the Cape Cod League in 2011, striking out 37 batters to just six walks over 24.2 scoreless innings, allowing just nine hits and recording 10 saves in the process. As a sophomore last season, he went 6-0 with a 2.56 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 59 K/22 BB over 63.1 innings, working mostly out of the pen. The 6’-3”, 210-pound right-hander has a deceptive delivery and his best pitch is an 88-92 mph sinker. His curveball and change-up are both developing, but his curve looks to be the better offering. He has a 1.79 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 46 K/16 BB over 45.1 innings this season.
65. Atlanta Braves — Dane McFarland, OF, JSerra HS (CA)
At 6’-4” and 200 pounds, the right-hander is a fantastic athlete who has been timed at 6.5 in the 60. He adds a rocket arm and should be able to stick at center field at the next level. With his size, speed and power potential, he could go a lot higher come June.
66. New York Yankees — Ryan McMahon, 3B, Mater Dei HS (CA)
A teammate of Jeremy Martinez, McMahon is a 6’-3”, 220-pound right-hander with great power and approach at the plate. Over seven games, he is 10-for-23 (.435) with two doubles, three home runs and has drawn three walks to one strikeout. His strong arm and instincts will allow him to stick at the hot corner.
67. Cincinnati Reds — Chris Kohler, LHP, Los Osos HS (CA)
Kohler is a 6’-3”, 195-pound southpaw who is still relatively new to the mound. His fastball can reach 90 mph, but it sits comfortable in the 86-88 range with nice sink. There is a lot of room for added velocity once he works on his mechanics and fills out more. His curveball is his best pitch, a mid-70s looper that he can locate for strikes or use as a chase pitch. His change-up has nice tailing action and sits in the upper 70s. He has a great feel for pitching and commands his pitches well.
68. Washington Nationals — Will Crowe, RHP, Pigeon Forge HS (TN)
At 6’-3” and 225 pounds, the right-hander already has a major-league body. He has one of the best curveballs among prep players and his fastball sits in the low-90s. Lots of upside due to his frame and breaking ball.
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69. San Diego Padres — Michael Lorenzen, CF, Cal State Fullerton
The best defensive center fielder in the draft, the 6’-3” right-hander has a plus arm and doubles as the team’s closer. His speed and instincts in the field will allow him to stick at a premium position. Over 25 games, he is hitting .337 with three home runs, 21 RBI and has stolen four bases. His six walks to 20 strikeouts show a needed improvement in his approach, however.
70. Cleveland Indians — Tony Rizzotti, RHP, Tulane
The 6’-4”, 225-pound right-hander has been sitting in the 93-96 mph range with his fastball this season. His secondary stuff needs developing, and it remains to be seen if he can be a starter at the next level. Over six starts, he is 4-2 with a 1.40 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 33 K/7 BB over 45 innings. He could go way higher if teams believe he can develop a third pitch.
71. Colorado Rockies — A.J. Puk, 1B/LHP, Washington HS (IA)
At 6’-6” and 205 pounds, Puk has a ton of potential as both a hitter and pitcher. He generates a ton of power from the left side and has been extremely impressive in showcases. On the mound, he features a low-90s fastball and an above-average breaking ball. With his size, there is a ton of room for improvements on the mound, especially considering he hasn’t committed full time to it. A strong commitment to Florida could make him a tough sign.
72. Oakland Athletics — Ivan Wilson, Ruston HS (LA)
The 6’-3”, 225-pound right-hander generates a lot of power from his frame and is a very athletic player with a strong arm and above-average speed. A high-riser with a huge upside that could go in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft.
73. Milwaukee Brewers — Josh Hart, OF, Parkview HS (GA)
The 6’-2”, 180-pound left-hander has plus bat speed and has added nearly 20 pounds this year. He hit .373 with 30 stolen bases as a junior for Parkview, Baseball America’s national title winners last year. A leadoff-type hitter who can hit the gaps, take walks and use his speed to wreak havoc. Over nine games this season, he is hitting .517 with seven stolen bases and has struck out just twice.
74. Miami Marlins — Jan Hernandez, SS/3B, Carlos Beltran BB Academy (PR)
At 6’-3” and 200 pounds, Hernandez has big time offensive potential. Where he will play in the field remains to be seen. He does have a strong arm and good instincts in the field, but his size may force him to third base where his bat would play well. He has great bat speed, an easy swing and the ball jumps off his bat.
75. Houston Astros — Tyler Danish, RHP, Durant HS (FL)
One of the better two-way threats in the prep class, The 6’-1” right-hander has been outstanding as both a pitcher and hitter this season. Over 15 games, he is hitting .415 (17-for-41) with four home runs and 16 RBI. He has also drawn 11 walks to just three strikeouts for a .537 OBP and .756 SLG, and has swiped four bases. On the mound, he has been even better. Over seven starts, he is 7-0 and has yet to allow an earned run over 42 innings. He has used his fastball that can touch 95 mph to strike out 73 batters and has walked just eight while allowing 14 hits. He is a better prospect on the mound, however, his power and strong arm would also play well at the hot corner at the next level.
76. New York Mets — Casey Shane, RHP, Centennial HS (TX)
Shane is a 6’-4”, 200-pound right-hander with a nasty, sinking fastball that sits in the low 90s. He also features a mid-80s change-up and low-80s curveball that both project to above-average. His mechanics need some work as his hip turn in his delivery may account for his command issues. A lot of projection due to his size and already above-average arsenal.
77. Chicago Cubs — Chris Oakley, RHP, St. Augustine Prep (NJ)
At 6’-8” and 230 pounds, there is a lot of projection. He has an easy delivery and can get his fastball up to the mid 90s. He adds a mid-70s curveball that has plus potential and also mixes in a developing split-finger fastball.
78. Colorado Rockies — Devin Williams, RHP/OF, Hazelwood West HS (MO)
The 6’-3” right-hander is a great athlete whose fastball sits in the low-90s with late life and there is still a lot of room for added velocity as he matures. He has a loose, easy delivery and his secondary stuff is still developing. Raw, but very high ceiling.
79. Minnesota Twins — Detroit Tigers — Tim Anderson, SS, East Central CC (MS
A 6’-1” right-hander with plus speed, Anderson has been rising in a draft weak on shortstops. Some believe he may ultimately may end up in center field, however. He has good bat speed and can spray the ball to all fields.
80. Miami Marlins — Adam Plutko, RHP, UCLA
Plutko put his name out there as one to watch after a freshman season in which he posted a 2.01 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and had 92 K/24 BB over 107.2 innings. As a sophomore, he went 12-3 with a 2.48 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 99 K/47 BB over a team-high 119.2 innings. His 6.7 innings-per-start show very good stamina, but he had some command issues that need to be addressed. The 6’-3”, 195-pound right-hander features an 88-92 mph fastball, a low-80s change that looks plus at times and an upper-70s curveball with nice tailing action. Over six starts this season, he has a 3.47 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 24 K/8 BB over 36.1 innings.
81. Boston Red Sox — Eric Jagielo, 3B, Notre Dame
The 6’-3”, 200-pound left-hander has a ton of power and a good approach at the plate. Over 21 games this season, he is hitting .392 with six home runs, 22 RBI and has drawn 13 walks to 14 strikeouts for a .495 OBP/.689 SLG. Many believe his future is in the outfield.
82. Kansas City Royals — K.J. Woods, OF, Fort Mill HS (SC)
At 6’-4” and 210 pounds, the left-hander has a power bat with an advanced approach at the plate. As a junior, he hit .351 over 31 games with 13 extra-base hits and 30 walks. This season, he is hitting .385 over 11 games with two home runs and has drawn 16 walks for a .619 OBP.
83. Toronto Blue Jays — Brian Navarreto, C, Arlington Country Day HS (FL)
At 6’-4” and 220 pounds, Navarreto is outstanding defensively and makes for a big target behind the plate. Offensively, he generates a lot of power from the right side and hit .512 as a junior with 16 doubles, 12 home runs and 38 RBI. Has been timed at 6.88 in the 60, showing very good speed for a catcher. Goes to the same school as top prospect Javier Baez.
84. New York Mets — Christian Arroyo, INF, Hernando HS (FL)
Arroyo, the MVP of gold medal winning U18 Team USA at the 2012 World Championships, has been shooting up 2013 MLB draft boards because of his all-around play this season. Over 10 games, he is hitting .514 (18-for-35) with three doubles, a triple, three home runs, 10 RBI and has stolen five bases. He has also drawn six walks for a .605 OBP and .914 SLG. A highly intelligent player who can play almost everywhere in the infield, his progress as a hitter have him rising up 2013 MLB draft boards.
85. Seattle Mariners — Trevor Clifton, RHP, heritage HS (TN)
Clifton is a 6’-4”, 180-pound right-hander with three above-average pitches already. His fastball sits in the low 90s with movement, and he also adds a mid-70s slider/curve and an upper-80s change-up. He struck out 57 batters over 33.2 innings this season, allowing just 17 hits. There is a lot of upside with Clifton as his size suggests more velocity will come as he fills out. Struck out eight over 5.1 innings, allowing just one run for U16 Team USA.
86. San Diego Padres — Jacoby Jones, 2B, LSU
Jones is a 6’-3”, 200-pound right-hander with good potential as a power-hitting second baseman with speed. He has very good bat speed, above-average power and has been clocked at 6.59 in the 60. He hit .259 over 64 games last season with 13 doubles, four home runs, 29 RBI and stole 11 bases. He drew just 15 walks to 47 strikeouts, showing needed improvement on his approach at the plate. He started the season on fire but has since cooled off and is now hitting .202 but has drawn 21 walks over 24 games and stolen nine bases.
87. Pittsburgh Pirates — Rowdy Tellez, 1B/OF, Elk Grove HS (CA)
A big time bat with an advanced feel for the plate. The 6’-4”, 225-pound left-hander has massive power and won the Rawlings home run derby at the Perfect Game National Showcase. Over 57 games between his sophomore and junior seasons, he hit .535 with 19 doubles, 15 home runs, 96 RBI and struck out just 11 times. At the WWBA tournament held in Jupiter last October, he went 5-for 12 over six games with three doubles, a triple and drew nine walks to no strikeouts using wood bats.
88. Arizona Diamondbacks — Garrett Williams, LHP, Cavalry Baptist Academy (LA)
A former Little League World Series star, the 6’-2”, 200-pound southpaw is one of the top prep pitchers in the country. A two-way player, his future seems brighter on the mound, as he features a low-90s fastball and a plus curveball. He helped U18 Team USA to a gold medal at the World Championships held in Seoul, South Korea, posting a 1.26 ERA and a team-leading 18 strikeouts over 16.2 innings.
89. Philadelphia Phillies — John Sternagel, 3B, Rockledge HS (FL)
A very good defender, the 6’-3”, 200-pound right-hander has a plus arm and enough range to stick at the hot corner. He makes consistent contact and can spray the ball to all fields and his size suggests more power will come. Great instincts on the field. Over seven games this season, he is 6-for-12 with a double, home run, six stolen bases and has drawn a staggering 16 walks as opposing pitchers have stayed away from him.
90. Milwaukee Brewers — Akeem Bostick, RHP/OF, West Florence HS (FL)
At 6’-5”, the right-hander oozes talent all over the baseball field. On the mound, he has touched 94 mph this year and has showed a promising change-up. He has a lively arm and his long, loose delivery shows a lot of projection. He is 6-0 on the year with a 0.22 ERA and 56 K/9 BB over 31.1 innings, allowing just 17 hits. At the plate, he generates a lot of power and has a good approach at the plate. Over nine games, he is hitting .464 with four doubles, three triples, two home runs, 12 RBI and has drawn seven walks for a .571 OBP. A very good athlete who is still raw in some areas.
91. Chicago White Sox — Kevin Davis, RHP, TR Miller HS (AL)
A power righty who can dial his fastball up to the mid-90s with good breaking stuff, Davis has put up insane strikeout numbers over his high school career. As a sophomore, he struck out 113 batters over 47 innings (21.6K/9). Last season, he had 139 K/13 BB over 60 innings. A polished pitcher, he was a member of U18 Team USA.
92. Los Angeles Dodgers — Chris Rivera, SS/C, El Dorado HS (CA)
A slick-fielding shortstop who may actually be better suited behind the plate. He has the arm, footwork and instincts to be a solid defender at either. Offensively, his short, compact swing project to a high-average hitter with decent pop. Over 10 games, he is hitting .375 with four doubles, two triples with a .429 OBP.
93. Detroit Tigers — Billy McKinney, OF, Plano West HS (TX)
The 6’-1” left-hander has one of the prettiest swings in the 2013 MLB draft. His quick, easy swing from the left side makes him one of the best pure hitters available and he has been displaying his abilities over his first 12 games of the season. He has gone 16-for-34 (.471) with five extra-base hits, 10 RBI, and he has drawn nine walks to three strikeouts for a .617 OBP and .706 SLG. He has also stolen five bases, showing above-average speed that will help him hold down a corner outfield spot, as well as be a threat on the base paths. He doesn’t stand out in any one area, but he is solid across-the-board and is more polished than most prep players in the 2013 MLB draft, making him one of the more safer picks at the high school level.
94. St. Louis Cardinals — Stephen Wrenn, OF, Walton HS (GA)
Wrenn is a 6’-2” right-hander with a great approach at the plate and plus speed. Over 15 games, he is hitting .487 with six doubles, two home runs, 13 RBI and has swiped a whopping 19 bases. He has also drawn 17 walks to five strikeouts for a .667 OBP. A high riser who is committed to Georgia.
95. Los Angeles Angels — Dillon Overton, LHP, Oklahoma
The 6’-1” southpaw has a low-90s fastball and both his change-up and curve are solid offerings. Over six starts, he has a 2.93 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 39 K/8 BB over 43 innings. He has very good mechanics and excellent control of his pitches. Not a big guy but has great mound presence and is fearless.
96. Philadelphia Phillies — Cord Sandberg, OF, Manatee HS (FL)
A two-sport star, Sandberg is a 6’-3”, 215-pound left-hander with a very high ceiling. He has good speed, a strong arm and can mash the ball to all fields. Has the instincts to play third base at the next level, as well as the arm. He has said he will not decide on whether he will attend Mississippi State to play quarterback or stick with baseball until a couple of days after the 2013 MLB draft, something that could seriously effect his draft standing. If he changes his mind, and decides on baseball before the draft, he could be a high draft pick.
97. Tampa Bay Rays — Nick Longhi, 1B/LHP, Venice HS (FL)
At 6’-2” and 205 pounds, Longhi is one of the more polished hitters in the 2013 MLB draft. He has great bat speed and makes consistent contact. His arm has been clocked at 87 mph from first base. On the mound, he can reach 92 mph with his fastball and also adds a low-70s curveball. His offensive potential appears higher than his future on the mound.
98. Baltimore Orioles — Willie Abreu, OF, Mater HS (FL)
A 6’-4” right-hander, Abreu is more of a line-drive hitter now, but his size suggests a lot more power will come. His quick wrists allow him to hit lasers to all fields and he also has a good understanding of the strike zone. Like many on this list, he has been a regular on Team USA and hit .423 (11for-26) for gold medal winning 2010 U16 Team USA. Has a strong enough arm and range to hold down a corner outfield spot. Plays for the same school as Albert Almora, the sixth-overall pick in 2012 by the Cubs.
99. Texas Rangers — Derik Beauprez, RHP, Cherry Creek HS (CO)
Still relatively new to pitching, this is all about upside. At 6’-5” and 220 pounds, the converted infielder has a good feel for the mound and can get his fastball up to 94 mph while maintaining velocity late in games. Went 3-1 last season with a 2.62 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 30 K/12 BB over 24 innings. Has solid offspeed stuff, as well.
100. Oakland Athletics — Colby Suggs, RHP, Arkansas
A 6’-0”, 225-pound power right-hander, Suggs features a mid-90 fastball with heavy sink to go along with a nasty breaking ball. Was dominant in relief at the Cape Cod League, posting a 1.38 ERA with 30 K/8 BB over 19.2 innings, allowing just nine hits. Posted a 1.37 ERA over 30 appearances for the Razorbacks last season, going 7-1 with 36 K/19 BB over 39 innings. A bulldog with two great pitches, he could end up a lights-out closer at the next level.
101. San Francisco Giants — Matt Oberste, 1B, Oklahoma
At 6’-2” and 210 pounds, the right-hander is very athletic and profiles as a very good defensive first baseman with a great hit tool. Over 27 games, he is hitting .476 with nine doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 34 RBI and has stolen six bases. He has also drawn 12 walks to 15 strikeouts for a .544 OBP/.819 SLG.
102. Atlanta Braves — Kevin Franklin, 3B/OF, Gahr HS (CA)
At 6’-2” and 220 pounds, Franklin has some of the best raw power in the 2013 MLB draft. Over 90 at-bats as a junior, he hit .400 with nine doubles, seven home runs, 27 RBI and had a slash line of .486/.756/1.242. He arm has been clocked at 92 mph, showing enough to hold down third base or a corner outfield spot. Still needs some refining to his overall game, but the power potential alone will attract many teams come June. Committed to Arizona State.
103. New York Yankees — Daniel Palka, 1B, Georgia Tech
One of the better college bats in the 2013 MLB draft, Palka was hitting .300 over his 124 career games coming into this season with 37 doubles, 24 home runs, 99 RBI and a .553 SLG. The 6’-2”, 220 pound right-hander has been on another level this season. Over 24 games, he is hitting .409 with eight doubles, five home runs, 30 RBI and a .514 OBP/.670 SLG.
104. Cincinnati Reds — Corey Littrell, RHP, Kentucky
A 6’-3” left-hander, Littrell went 9-2 as a sophomore with a 2.74 ERA, 1.31 ERA and 87 K/25 BB over 98.2 innings for the Wildcats. In the Cape Cod League, he had 45K/11 BB over 32 innings playing for the Harwich Mariners. He features an 89-92 mph fastball that is deceptively fast and a consistent 80-82 mph change-up with nice fade, but both his slider and curveball need some refining. He also won the Rawlings Gold Glove for his position in 2012. Over six starts this season, he has a 2.56 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 35 K/14 BB over 38.2 innings.
105. Washington Nationals — Teddy Stankiewicz, Seminole State CC
The 6’-4” right-hander was selected by the Mets in the second-round of the 2012 draft but opted to attend junior college when negotiations broke down. He is known for his great mound presence and superb command. His fastball can touch 94 mph and he also adds three other solid offerings with his slider being the best. At 195 pounds, there is still some projection for added velocity if he adds weight.
106. Oakland Athletics — John Kilichowski, LHP, Jesuit HS (FL)
At 6’-5” and 200 pounds, the left-hander is an intimidating presence on the mound. As a junior, he went 4-0 with a 0.83 ERA, 0.74 WHIP and 47 K/13 BB over 33.2 innings, allowing just 12 hits. His fastball sits in the upper 80s with good sinking action, and his curveball is already an above-average pitch. His change-up shows good promise, and he has good command of all three. A high character kid who is committed to Vanderbilt.
107. Houston Astros — Zack Collins, C/1B, American Heritage HS (FL)
Enormous power from the left side. The 6’-3”, 205-pound masher has a good understanding of the strike zone, as well as very good bat speed. Most believe he will eventually end up at first base. He was also a member of U16 Team USA, hitting .500 (16-for-32) with three home runs and 16 RBI over eight games. Over 16 games this season, he is hitting .455 with six doubles, one home run, 18 RBI and has drawn 17 walks for a .640 OBP.
108. Chicago Cubs — Stuart Turner, C, Ole Miss
A JUCO transfer from LSU-Eunice, the 6’-2”, 220-pound right-hander won the Rawlings Gold Glove and was an Academic All American. He has huge power potential due to his size and has a good approach at the plate. Over 26 games this season, he is hitting .460 with 10 doubles, three home runs, 34 RBI and a .495 OBP/.701 SLG.
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