2013 MLB Mock Draft, Version 4

03/04/2013

What? Another mock draft for no apparent reason? I thought you’d never ask. Still way too far out, I know, but there are some names creeping closer to first round consideration.

# Team Pick
1 Astros Sean Manaea, LHP (Indiana State): Excellent frame, excellent stuff for any pitcher, especially a lefthander.
2 Cubs Clint Frazier, OF (Georgia HS): Best mix of tools and skills at the prep level.
3 Rockies Ryne Stanek, RHP (ASU): Maybe some injury risk, but not far-fetched to see Colorado go for a college arm here.
4 Twins Austin Meadows, OF (Georgia HS): The Twins do like toolsy prep players. And Meadows is not short on tools.
5 Indians Kris Bryant, INF (San Diego): Can see Cleveland favoring a college bat, (or arm just as easily). Right there w/ DJ Peterson for power.
6 Marlins Dominic Smith, 1st/OF (California HS): Either Smith or Frazier is most advanced prep bat.
7 Red Sox Colin Moran, 3rd (North Carolina): As long as he can stick at third, one of the best bats in this class.
8 Royals Mark Appel, RHP (Stanford): Could be a perfect fit for KC; Appel trending up.
9 Pirates Reese McGuire, C (Washington HS): Excellent defender, has the swing/skills to evolve into above-average catcher w/ bat.
10 Blue Jays Phillip Ervin, OF (Samford): Strong value with glove, baserunning along, hitting for more power in ’13.
11 Mets Marco Gonzales, LHP (Gonzaga): Fantastic change-up
12 Mariners Braden Shipley, RHP (Nevada): Big fastball, two strong (albeit inconsistent) secondary offerings
13 Padres JP Crawford, SS (California HS): Great defender (should stick at SS), above-average bat for the position.
14 Pirates Chris Anderson, RHP (Jacksonville): Strong low 90s 4-seam, legit out pitch in slider, and good ground-ball generating 2-seamer.
15 Diamondbacks Ryan Boldt, OF (Minnesota HS): Lots of value as a defender and base-runner. Excellent swing.
16 Phillies DJ Peterson, INF (New Mexico): Could easily go higher. Strong hit tool, good contact rates, great power. Not sure if 1st or 3rd is future position.
17 Brewers Jon Denney, C (Oklahoma HS): Has always had good reputation as a defender, and raw power is best of all prep catchers.
18 White Sox Trey Ball, OF/LHP (Indiana HS): Much higher on tools (which are abundant), than skills
19 Dodgers Austin Wilson, OF (Stanford): Probably the most toolsy college bat. Too bad the production hasn’t shown up yet.
20 Cardinals Kohl Stewart, RHP (Texas HS): Some signability questions. No issues with his stuff though (low to mid 90s FB, and strong slider).
21 Tigers Robert Kaminsky, LHP (New Jersey HS): Last 1st rounder out of NJ didn’t fare so bad. Similar tough makeup too. Polish, velocity, and strong breaking stuff helps.
22 Rays Dillon Overton, LHP (Oklahoma): Efficient strikeout pitcher (best k/bb of qualified starters), 2nd-Best FIP (in largest sample size) of Division I starters.
23 Orioles Jordan Sheffield, RHP (Tennessee HS): Strong summer showcase has him up on draft boards, mainly b/c of big velocity.
24 Rangers Stephen Gonsalves, LHP (California HS): Has the command, stuff, and projectablity most every team would be tempted by.
25 Athletics Aaron Judge, OF (Fresno State): Best raw power in college class, but not a big deal if it doesn’t show up in games.
26 Giants Jason Hursh, RHP (Oklahoma State): TJ surgery recoveree, with excellent velocity. Strong ground-ball tendencies as well.
27 Yankees Oscar Mercado, SS (Florida HS): Fantastic defensive tools, questionable bat at times.
28 Reds Michael Lorenzen, OF (Cal State Fullerton): Strong value on defense (massive arm strength, solid range), and on the bases. Bat must continue to improve.
29 Rays Jonathon Crawford, RHP (Florida): If he continues to be inconsistent, could be a steal for the Rays in the later picks.
30 Rangers Trey Masek, RHP (Texas Tech): The (slightly) undersized Masek has excelled so far in his full-time starter role thus far: 0 ER, 24 IP.
31 Yankees Travis Demeritte (Georgia HS): Understated value as a superb defender, and interesting hit tool/hands to boot.