2013 Draft: Top 20 to Watch

06/18/2012

Or otherwise known as a list of 20 guys who are really talented, but are not locks to go in the first round next year. It’s almost two weeks after this year’s class went off the board, but there’s no time like the present to look at some names for June 2013. There will be more college bats and arms on this list to start. Even so, be prepared for lots of prep players to come to the forefront, especially once the summer showcase schedule ramps up. The college group isn’t especially strong, either. These are only loose rankings, so don’t read into things too much this far out.

  1. Kris Bryant, 1st (San Diego): As it stands now, he is probably one of the safest bats in 2013. Patient, with high grades on hit and power tools.
  2. Andrew Mitchell, RHP (TCU): Hard to find a better arm in this class. Mitchell has swing-and-miss stuff, and has consistently dominated his first two years.
  3. Austin Meadows, OF (HS): Considered by many to be one of the top 2 prep bats right now. Probably the most complete all-around hitter in this class right now.
  4. Colin Moran, 3rd (North Carolina): He’s continuing to evolve as a hitter, even if the power isn’t quite up to snuff.
  5. Clinton Holland, RHP (HS): Some will not buy into his lack of size on the mound, but that shouldn’t matter. He has a live arm, and the stuff to match up with anyone right now.
  6. Austin Wilson, OF (Stanford): A fantastic prospect coming out of the prep ranks, the tools are still there. He has yet to produce like some expected.
  7. Jeremy Martinez, C (HS): Arguably the best all-around backstop. Has the bat and enough glove to stick as a pro.
  8. Ryne Stanek, RHP (Arkansas): So far, so good. Just missed being a great sophomore-eligible arm in the 2012 Draft, so will be a little behind on the age curve now.
  9. Bobby Wahl, RHP (Ole Miss): He was fantastic in 2012 action, posting a very strong K rate and keeping offenses limited in their accomplishments.
  10. Zach Collins, INF/C (HS): From the left side of the plate, he’s shown enough to possibly be the best bat in this class. His position isn’t a lock, but the bat is quality.
  11. Karsten Whitson, RHP: Turned down the Padres 2010 #10 overall signing bonus offer. Hasn’t quite lived up to expectations at Florida, but the potential is there. Probably one of the highest ceilings of all college arms.
  12. Austin Kubitza, RHP (Rice): Has the frame for the pro game, and misses bats at a solid clip. John Simms should give Rice two high picks in 2013.
  13. Stephen Gonsalves, LHP (HS): The dominant prep lefty is right there along with Holland in terms of ceiling. Can’t say any other prep lefty comes close to his potential, unless Tim Willittes picks pitching over hitting.
  14. Oscar Mercado, SS (HS): The best mix of glove and bat up the middle from the prep ranks. Glove sounds excellent, time will tell on the bat.
  15. Dominic Ficociello, INF (Arkansas): Numbers aren’t quite there yet, but has the tools to be one of the best hitters coming out of college.
  16. Cory Knebel, RHP (Texas): Solid showing last summer, followed up by a consistent sophomore campaign.
  17. William Abreu, OF (HS): One of the most refined prep bats. Nice left-handed swing that should become stronger by next June. Solid in the field as well.
  18. Keegan Thompson, RHP (HS): Physical righty, has a ton of raw ability. Could easily fly up the charts after a strong summer showcase schedule.
  19. Dan Child, RHP (Oregon State): Solid righty has pitched well in summer leagues and has been consistent enough in the spring. Could take a step forward into first round consideration next year.
  20. Chris Rivera, SS (HS): Seems like he could turn out to be the best prep bat up the middle by next June. Solid power for a middle infielder.

Random others to keep in mind: Clint Frazier, INF (HS), Joey Matarano, INF (HS), Ryan Eades, RHP (LSU)