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Top 25: 2013 MLB Draft Prospects

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The 2013 MLB Draft is surely full of top-tier talent and future baseball stars. The Houston Astros have the first overall pick in the draft and there are three guys that they will likely pick from.

Many people think that the two top pitchers, Mark Appel and Jonathan Gray are the primary choices for the league's worst team. However, the Astros have a wealth of young pitchers in their farm system and adding another one would just add an unnecessary talent.

On the other hand, both of these guys have the talent to be No. 1 pitchers eventually in the major leagues. Will they take a chance and get maybe the next franchise pitcher like a Justin Verlander or Clayton Kershaw? Maybe, but the Astros will take any top talent that they can get at this point.

The Chicago Cubs will get the easier decision with the No. 2 pick, likely picking the other pitcher that is not picked by the Astros.

It's fun to speculate which players will be the league's next superstar. Will any of these pitchers end up as a Cy Young winner or someone who reaches 300 wins? I think this class has a couple of guys who could surely achieve such an honor.

Will any batters in this class become MVPs, achieve the Triple Crown or hit 500+ home runs? Time will tell, but there are definitely some solid contact and power hitters to choose from.

While I will be naming the top 25 prospects in the 2013 draft class, there will be many guys drafted in the later rounds, as always, that will end up being stars in this league.

The MLB Draft is not as highly-followed or anticipated as the NFL or NBA drafts, but it has the same effect on each of the teams involved.

Here are my top 25 prospects in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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25. Rob Kaminsky, LHP

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Robert Kaminsky has an electric fastball that can reach up to 94 mph -- quite impressive for a high school pitcher. He could be a strikeout specialist at the next level.

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24. Billy McKinney, OF

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Billy McKinney has an athletic body and good bat speed. He has the potential to hit for power as well.

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23. Jon Denney, C

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There are many solid catchers in this year's class -- something that's always in demand in the MLB. Jon Denney can be a solid power hitter in today's game and has the defensive ability to be a top catcher.

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22. Nick Ciuffo, C

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Yet another solid catcher in my top 25, Nick Ciuffo has a solid defensive game with quick feet and a strong arm behind the plate. Oh, and he can hit, too.

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21. J.P. Crawford, SS

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Solid shortstop prospects are rare in this year's draft, but J.P. Crawford definitely tops that list. He plays good defense with quick reaction times. He's a very athletic and versatile player that could benefit any infield.

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20. Jonathon Crawford, RHP

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Jonathon Crawford has the type of above-average fastball that would benefit teams looking for that strikeout pitcher or maybe even a solid bullpen guy.

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19. D.J. Peterson, 3B/1B

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D.J. Peterson is a solid right-handed power hitter that could work his way into the middle of the order at some point in his career. College bats are always targeted heavily as well, and Peterson is from the New Mexico Lobos.

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18. Eric Jagielo, 3B

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Eric Jagielo has some solid power as he had shown as a third basemen for Notre Dame, but his defense needs some extra work. A move to first base may be necessary at some point in his career.

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17. Phillip Ervin, OF

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Phillip Ervin could be the next major league outfielder with electric speed. He could make one of the best center fielders if he improves his defense a bit.

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16. Ian Clarkin, LHP

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Ian Clarkin has a solid fastball in the low-90s, but his curveball could make all the difference in his draft projection. He has been said to have the nastiest curveball in the entire class.

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15. Dominic Smith, 1B

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Dominic Smith has some huge potential to be the league's next best thing as a power hitter.

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14. Austin Wilson, OF

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Austin Wilson was drafted three years ago, but the young outfielder chose to attend Stanford. He has raw tools, but with a little molding, he could be a star.

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13. Trey Ball, LHP

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Trey Ball is more of a finesse pitcher than a blow-you-away type. He has some pretty good off-speed stuff that should improve with time.

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12. Hunter Renfroe, OF

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Hunter Renfroe's 6-foot-1, 216-pound frame is just what a right-handed power hitter should look like. He has the extreme power potential, but hitting for average could be a struggle, as it is with most power hitters.

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11. Ryne Stanek, RHP

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Ryne Stanek has a tall athletic frame for a pitcher and has some power in his pitches. He didn't have a great start to his 2013 season with Arkansas, but improved and has risen up the big boards.

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10. Sean Manaea, LHP

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Possessing a mid-90s fastball and a great curveball has forced many experts to make a stetch of a comparison of Sean Manaea to AL Cy Young winner David Price. If they're right, this guy will be a steal if he falls past pick No. 10.

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9. Austin Meadows, OF

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Austin Meadows could end up being one of the best hitters in baseball, but needs a little tweaking in his batting. He has tools across the board and could be a solid corner outfielder for any team.

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8. Colin Moran, 3B

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Colin Moran could be a prized prospect in this class because of his power potential. He can put some force into the ball, but has yet to reach his peak.

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7. Braden Shipley, RHP

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Braden Shipley was not a pitcher until he stepped foot on campus at Nevada. He has the skills to be a future ace, but needs some work with mechanics and consistency before that can happen.

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6. Reese McGuire, C

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Reese McGuire may be the best defensive catcher in the draft and has very good bat potential. He could make for a well-rounded catcher.

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5. Kohl Stewart, RHP

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It happens quite often that you see a great athlete have to choose between two sports. Kohl Stewart has an above-average pitching arsenal, but will need a perfect offer to lure him away from his scholarship to play quarterback at Texas A&M.

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4. Clint Frazier, OF

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Clint Frazier is a rare five-tool prospect that could basically contribute adequately to any aspect to the game. A solid addition for any team looking for a position player in the first round.

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3. Kris Bryant, 1B

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Kris Bryant is one of the best, if not the best, hitters in the entire class. He has crazy power and world-class potential. This guy is going to be a star in this league.

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2. Jonathan Gray, RHP

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Jonathan Gray is one of two pitchers in this draft that could end up being an ace on a major league staff the quickest. He has an upper-90s fastball that can blow by hitters and a tremendous slider that can make any batter look silly.

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1. Mark Appel, RHP

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Stanford ace Mark Appel is, in my opinion, the best overall prospect in this year's class. He is a contact pitcher that needs to work on his stuff to maybe harbor more swing and misses, but he has major league-ready stuff.