2013 MLB Draft: Top 15 Sleepers
Which Players Make This List?
It is that time of year again around MLB as the 2013 MLB Draft arrives in a little over two weeks. The Houston Astros will have the first pick on June 6 followed by the Chicago Cubs, and the top names are already established. You can look at pitchers like Jonathan Gray or Mark Appel or a hitter like Kris Bryant. I’m looking outside of those top picks however, and looking for the sleepers in this year’s draft.
I want to find the players who aren’t going to be picked in the first round that could make a huge impact for their new team if they do sign with them. There are obviously a lot of high quality high school players in this year’s draft, and who knows if those players are going to decide to go pro or not. I have to figure that at least some of these players will decide to go pro.
The interesting thing about the MLB Draft over any others is that a team is just as likely to find a player who becomes a star out of the later rounds as they would in the first round. That’s why finding a great sleeper can turn an organization around. I get the feeling that some of these players will make the major league level within three or four years, if not sooner in some cases. I’m looking forward to seeing who gets drafted first overall between Gray and Appel, but also want to see where some of these other players go. Here are my top 15 sleepers for the 2013 MLB Draft.
15. Jason Hursh, P, Oklahoma State
Hursh is the type of pitcher that could surprise and make his way all the way to the major leagues. He has a big-time fastball and may turn into a No. 3 or 4 starter or late-game reliever.
14. Justin Williams, OF/3B, Terrebonne HS (Louisiana)
Williams has great power from the left side of the plate which is what teams want. The rest of his game needs a lot of work, but he could into a great designated hitter candidate.
13. Christopher Rivera, SS, El Dorado HS (California)
Rivera could be the big shortstop sleeper in this draft. He is a solid fielder and can add enough on offense to keep himself in the lineup. If he can improve on his batting average, he will be a great pick.
12. Chris Okey, C, Eustin HS (Florida)
Okey is one of the best high school catchers in this year’s draft. He could turn into the type of player who hits around .280 or .290 after a few years of seasoning.
11. Michael Lorenzen, OF, Cal State Fullerton
Lorenzen looks like your prototypical center fielder. He’s 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, and has the tools to develop into an everyday player.
10. Cavan Biggio, 3B, St. Thomas HS (Texas)
This is Craig Biggio’s son and while there are questions about him going forward, the bloodlines make him a definite sleeper candidate. I could see him more at second base though.
9. Josh Hart, OF, Parkview HS (Georgia)
The name of the game for Hart is his speed. I could see him being a leadoff hitter in three or four years and he has the ability to steal 40 or 50 bases as well.
8. Zach Collins, C, American Heritage HS (Florida)
The bat will lead Collins to begin his career. I’m not sure he will be able to stick behind the plate though since his defense isn’t great.
7. Buck Farmer, P, Georgia Tech
Farmer has four pitches that he can use to get batters out. That will help him greatly at the next level. The only question is whether or not he can make it all the way to the big show.
6. Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Elk Grove HS (California)
Tellez is a monster at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds. He can hit with the best of them and could find himself hitting 20 or more home runs soon enough. He is the perfect first baseman.
5. Brian Ragira, 1B, Stanford
There is a lot of power in Ragira’s bat and he could turn into a player who hits 15-20 home runs a season in the minor leagues.
4. Scott Frazier, P, Pepperdine
Frazier is your steady 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher. He can bring the heat along with having a good curveball and changeup. He is someone really worth watching.
3. Stephen Wrenn, OF, Walton HS (Georgia)
If you are a team looking for speed at the top of your lineup, this is the pick to make. Wreen will be someone who steals 50-60 bases a season if he stays in the outfield instead of on the mound. If a team can get him in the third or fourth round, it will be a steal.
2. Hunter Green, P, Warren East HS (Kentucky)
Green will be a true sleeper if he can improve on his curveball and a decent changeup. He projects more as a reliever in my opinion.
1. Matt Krook, P, St. Ignatius HS (California)
The reason why Krook tops this list for me is the fact that he has two high-quality pitches with his fastball and curve. You will take a left-handed pitcher any day who can throw around 95 mph with a better-than-average curveball.