2013 MLB Mock Draft
The MLB Winter Meetings are upon us and with the business of baseball going to pick up in the next few days, it does not hurt to start talking about the 2013 MLB Draft. This slideshow will consist of the 2013 MLB Mock Draft, which will highlight who every team could pick this coming June.
Breaking it down, the consensus overall No. 1 pick barring any unforeseen injuries will be last year’s No. 8 pick Mark Appel. Appel was picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates last season but did not come to an agreement on a contract. Appel will be the first pick of the Houston Astros and will make the team happy in the future.
Out of the whole first mock draft projection, there is a huge influx of high school players. The first mock projection will feature nearly 20 high school players going in the firs round. Outfielder Austin Meadows, one of the best high school outfielders in the nation, could head to the Colorado Rockies with the third pick of the draft. However, there is always the possibility of the athlete deciding to go to college, which happens all the time.
There are also a lot pof pitchers projected to go in the first round of the draft, 20 overall.
It will be interesting to see teams you do not normally see at the top of the draft pick almost first while teams like the Washington Nationals have the last pick after drafting near the top in previous years.
Take a look at the first edition of the mock draft.
1. Houston Astros: Mark Appel, RHP
Appel is the best player in the draft and was one of the best players of last year's draft. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates eighth overall but a deal never got done. The right-handed pitcher from Stanford should be able to sign a deal with Houston.
2. Chicago Cubs: Ryne Stanek, RHP
Stanek is a junior coming into the 2013 season for Arkansas. The right-handed pitcher is the second best pitcher in the draft after Appel. He was 8-4 with a 2.82 ERA in 2012.
3. Colorado Rockies: Austin Meadows, OF
Austin Meadows could be the first high school player drafted and the first position player drafted. Meadows Meadows is already one of the top high school players in the country and has already been compared to Andre Ethier and Josh Hamilton.
4. Minnesota Twins: Sean Manaea, LHP
Manaea will be the third pitcher selected in the top five of the draft. Manaea is a left-hander coming out of Indiana State. He excelled greatly in the summer's Cape Cod League, which features the top 2013 college baseball athletes. He was 5-0 with a 0.26 ERA for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks.
5. Cleveland Indians: Austin Wilson, OF
Austin Wilson could go to the Indians at the fifth pick. Wilson was 2011 and 2012 All-Pac 12 Honorable mention and was rated the No. 25 best prospect of this past Cape Cod League by Baseball America.
6. Miami Marlins: Kris Bryant, 3B
The Marlins will need some third basemen depth in their system and Kris Bryant could be a good start. Bryant can play both corners of the infield. In his freshman year, Bryant was named Co-Player of the Year and Co-Freshman of the Year for San Diego in the West Coast Conference.
7. Boston Red Sox: Clint Frazier, OF
Frazier could go higher or lower in the draft pending on his stock in June. Frazier could be the second high school player out of the draft this season.
8. Kansas City Royals: Kohl Stewart, RHP
Kohl Stewart is a right-handed pitcher out of St. Pius in Texas. Stewart has been described as a hard throwing righty with a 96 mph fast ball and a hard breaking ball. Bolstering the future of the Royals' rotation, Stewart will fit right in.
9. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jonathan Crawford, RHP
The Pirates will have the ninth pick as compensation for Mark Appel not signing with the team after the 2012 draft. The Pirates could go pitcher here at No. 9 and select Jonathan Crawford from Florida. He was 6-2 with a 3.13 ERA in 2012.
10. Toronto Blue Jays: Bobby Wahl, RHP
Bobby Wahl is coming out of Ole Miss for Toronto. Wahl helped the Rebels make the College World Series with a 7-4 record and a 2.34 ERA.
11. New York Mets: Colin Moran, 3B
12. Seattle Mariners: Trey Ball, LHP
Trey Ball could come out of the Indiana high school system to pitch in the majors. The young gun has two way talent as he has a good arm but good skill around the base paths. If the Mariners draft him, Ball could be a useful threat.
13. San Diego Padres: Karsten Whitson, RHP
Karsten Whitson could be another Florida pitcher to be drafted in the top 15. Whitson was 4-0 in 14 games for the Gators in 2012.
14: Pittsburgh Pirates: Justin Williams, OF
The Pirates will have another important pick at No. 14. Justin Williams has the chance to play in the majors out of high school. Williams has a lot of power and incredible bat speed that could make him a huge home run hitter in the future.
15. Arizona Diamondbacks: Oscar Mercado, SS
Oscar Mercado will mark the pick at the half way mark of the draft. Mercado is scheduled to play at shortstop. He is also coming out of a Florida high school. Mercado has great range and could be a big defensive threat.
16. Philadelphia Phillies: Reese McGuire, CA
Reese McGuire is coming out of Kentwood High School in Washington and adds to the list of high school players taken in the first round. McGuire has a few schools on his list from the west coast that could supersede his efforts to jump to the pros.
17. Milwaukee Brewers: Jeremy Martinez, CA
After McGuire, Jeremy Martinez could be the next catcher taken in the draft. Martinez from Mater Dei High School in California and is scheduled to head to USC in 2013. However, Martinez could opt to go to the draft if he sees where he is at the end of the upcoming season.
18. Chicago White Sox: Stephen Gonsalves, LHP/OF
Stephen Gonsalves could be a pitcher in the game or could play the outfield. Whichever team drafts him will have their option. Gonsalves has a good 92 mph fast ball and could use it well.
19. Los Angeles Dodgers: Matt McPhearson, OF
The Los Angeles Dodgers will look to build up a farm system for when Matt Kemp starts to age and it starts right now. Dodgers take Matt McPhearson, an outfielder from River Baptist High School in Maryland.
Entering his final year in high school, McPhearson stands at 6'0" and has a lot of upper body strength to become a power bat. We'll see how he translates that into the minors.
20. St. Louis Cardinals: Andy McGuire, SS
When Rafael Furcal leaves, Andy McGurie has the chance to fill his shoes with the Cardinals in the near future. McGuire is a shortstop out of Madison High School in Virginia. He has the hitting tools to become effective at the top of some team's order.
21. Detroit Tigers: Aaron Judge, OF
Aaron Judge will add to the Tigers' depth in the outfield. Judge is coming off a good 2012 with the Fresno State Bulldogs and a decent season in the Cape Cod League. Judge will move up the board as the 2013 season progresses.
22. Los Angeles Angels: Marco Gonzales
Marco Gonzales has a chance to represent Gonzaga in Major League Baseball. Gonzales was Co-Player of the Year in the West Coast Conference as a freshman. He was 11-2 with a 2.57 ERA, a possible steal of the draft.
23. Tampa Bay Rays: Ryan Eades, RHP
Ryan Eades has a chance to move up the draft ladder during the season. The LSU right-handed pitcher was the 2011 Cape Cod Player of the Year. He was 4-1 in his freshman year with LSU.
24. Baltimore Orioles: Phil Ervin, OF
Ervin is heading into his third year with Samford. Ervin hit 11 home runs in the 2012 Cape Cod League over the summer. He also batted .323 during the span.
25. Texas Rangers: Brett Morales, RHP
Brett Morales is a right-handed pitcher out of King High School in Florida. Morales throws a 94 mph fast ball and has a tough breaking ball to hit.
26. Oakland A's: Jonah Wesely, LHP
Jonah Wesely would be a perfect fit for Oakland being that Wesely is a California boy and has been described as to having great arm strength.
27. San Francisco Giants: Ryan Boldt, OF
Ryan Boldt continues the trend of high school players going early. Boldt was 2-for-3 in the Perfect Game All-American Classic in August.
28. Atlanta Braves: Trevor Williams, RHP
As a sophomore, Williams was named to the 2012 First Team All-Pac 12 and was the conferences's only 12-game winner in 2012. Williams needs a good junior to boost his stock.
29. New York Yankees: Robert Kaminsky, LHP
Robert Kaminsky will be a perfect fit for the Yankees since he's coming out of the New Jersey high school system. Kaminsky was named New Jersey Baseball Player of the Year after going 20-5 in his junior year at St. Joseph's.
30. Cincinnati Reds: Chris Okey, CA
Chris Okey will be another high school player taken a chance on in the first round. Okey is coming out of the Florida high school system. Scouts are high on Okey's defensive abilities, which could help the Reds in the long run.
31. Washington Nationals: Dustin Driver, RHP
Dustin Driver was picked as a name to watch heading into the 2012 season and with a good season he propelled his draft stock all the way to the first round.