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April 18, 2013

Perfect Game Presents

Updated 2013 Top 100 Draft Rankings

by Allan Simpson

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It's mid-April, the midway point of the spring scouting season, and teams continue to align their draft boards. Some teams and players in the north have just begun playing, but baseball in the south is well underway.

Perfect Game has updated its top 100 draft-eligible prospects based on first-hand observations as well as conversations with numerous scouts, crosscheckers, scouting directors, and coaches from across the country. The top of the draft board is, for the most part, unchanged, with most of the players jockeying up and down only a handful of spots based on their performances this spring.
 
Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray has enjoyed one of the biggest ascents thanks to a dominant spring with the Sooners. Gray is now in the mix for the first overall selection held by the Houston Astros, along with Stanford's Mark Appel, Indiana State's Sean Manaea, and dynamic high school outfielder Clint Frazier. There are some in the industry that have noted the Astros have also done their homework on local high school product Kohl Stewart.
 
With seven weeks left until the draft, there is plenty of movement to come. We're still roughly a month away until teams start to narrow their choices to specific players to gauge signability and other factors.
 
RK notes the player's current ranking.  PRE notes the player's ranking during the last update on January 21.
 

RK

PRE

Player

POS.

YR

B-T

HT

WT

School

Hometown

ST

Last Drafted

Commitment

1

3

Mark Appel

RHP

SR

R-R

6-5

215

Stanford

San Ramon

CA

Pirates '12 (1)

 

More aggressive and more dominant this spring, Appel has re-established his status as the top talent in the class.

2

58

Jonathan Gray

RHP

JR

R-R

6-4

240

Oklahoma

Chandler

OK

Yankees '11 (10)

 

Everything has come together for big, strongly built RHP this spring with dominant mid-/upper-90s FB, wipeout SL.

3

4

Clint Frazier

OF

SR

R-R

6-1

190

Loganville

Loganville

GA

 

Georgia

Combines huge tools with the ability to perform, raw bat speed, and power stands out among all 2013 hitters.

4

1

Sean Manaea

LHP

JR

L-L

6-5

230

Indiana State

Wanatah

IN

Never drafted

 

LHP with electric stuff and athletic frame burst onto scene last summer and continues to look like a top-5 overall pick.

5

15

Kohl Stewart

RHP

SR

R-R

6-3

195

St. Pius X

Tomball

TX

 

Texas A&M (FB)

Has added a potential plus CB to go with his mid-90s fastball and nasty slider, football less a concern as early pick.

6

8

Kris Bryant

OF/3B

JR

R-R

6-5

205

San Diego

Las Vegas

NV

Blue Jays '10 (18)

 

Huge power may be unmatched in this draft class and continues to put up prolific numbers for San Diego.

7

2

Ryne Stanek

RHP

JR

R-R

6-4

190

Arkansas

Overland Park

KS

Mariners '10 (3)

 

Pitching consistently at 93-96 mph recently, Stanek answered a lot of questions and once again looks like front-end starter. 

8

9

Austin Meadows

OF

SR

L-L

6-3

200

Grayson

Loganville

GA

 

Clemson

The one player in the 2013 class scouts like to dream on the most, ceiling is a fleet-footed CF with 30/30 potential.

9

11

Colin Moran

3B

JR

L-R

6-4

180

North Carolina

Rye

NY

Never drafted

 

Here on the strength of his pure hit tool, now that he’s showing more power he looks like a lock for the top 12 picks.

10

6

Austin Wilson

OF

JR

R-R

6-4

245

Stanford

North Hollywood

CA

Cardinals '10 (12)

 

The wild card of this draft class, the super toolsy Wilson is now back and healthy and is in play in the top 10 if he performs well.

11

20

D.J. Peterson

3B/1B

JR

R-R

6-1

205

New Mexico

Gilbert

AZ

Mariners '10 (33)

 

The best-performing hitter in college is also the most pro-ready. He doesn’t strike out and looks like a .300 hitter as pro.

12

112

Hunter Harvey

RHP

SR

R-R

6-3

175

Bandys

Catawba

NC

 

 

Son of former MLB closer Bryan has been the spring's fastest riser, FB up to 95-97, big sharp plus CB, still projects.

13

26

Hunter Renfroe

OF

JR

R-R

6-2

205

Mississippi State

Crystal Springs

MS

Red Sox '10 (31)

 

Exploded last summer in the Ripken League, and is carrying over his monster numbers this spring.

14

54

Chris Anderson

RHP

JR

R-R

6-4

220

Jacksonville

St. Louis Park

MN

Cubs '10 (35)

 

Stock has blown up this spring, as he has pitched in the mid-90s at times and shown a true plus slider.

15

13

Reese McGuire

C

SR

L-R

6-1

190

Kentwood

Covington

WA

 

San Diego

Most well-rounded talent in the stellar 2013 HS C class, outstanding blocker, very good bat speed, underrated athlete.

16

7

Dominic Smith

1B

SR

L-L

6-1

200

Serra

Los Angeles

CA

 

Southern California

Top hit tool in the 2013 HS class, very polished swing and approach with developing power, future GG winner at 1B.

17

88

Braden Shipley

RHP

JR

R-R

6-2

180

Nevada

Medford

OR

Never drafted

 

Has all the upside with 90-95 FB to go with a 78-79 CB and 80-82 CH, both potentially plus pitches.

18

38

Ryan Boldt

OF

SR

L-R

6-1

185

Red Wing

Red Wing

MN

 

Nebraska

Easy to comp to 2012 1st-rounder David Dahl, cold Minnesota spring has limited looks, scouts love overall package.

19

22

Philip Ervin

OF

JR

R-R

5-10

195

Samford

Jackson

AL

Never drafted

 

Continues to hit and hit with authority, and the plus tools and athleticism should put him comfortably in the first round.

20

17

Ryan Eades

RHP

JR

B-R

6-3

200

Louisiana State

Mandeville

LA

Rockies '10 (19)

 

Has an outstanding track record, and his consistency in stuff and command continues to impress scouts this spring.

21

23

Jonathan Denney

C/RHP

SR

R-R

6-2

200

Yukon

Yukon

OK

 

Arkansas

Early spring helium has subsided somewhat, still stands out for huge offensive potential at a premium position.

22

45

Nick Ciuffo

C

SR

L-R

6-1

205

Lexington

Lexington

SC

 

South Carolina

Part of toss-up with McGuire/Denney for top 2013 catcher; has more game power than McGuire, better D than Denney.

23

12

Bobby Wahl

RHP

JR

R-R

6-4

210

Mississippi

Springfield

VA

Indians '10 (39)

 

Worked through some early-season issues, now showing his plus fastball and command of his breaking ball again.

24

14

Trey Ball

LHP/OF

SR

L-L

6-6

180

New Castle

New Castle

IN

 

Texas

Season didn't start until late March for 2-way prospect, early word is that pitching is more advanced than hitting.

25

10

John Paul Crawford

SS

SR

L-R

6-2

180

Lakewood

Lakewood

CA

 

Southern California

Toolsy and athletic with a chance to stick at SS. Performance hasn't been consistent, but shows high-level tools.

26

18

Michael Lorenzen

RHP/OF

JR

R-R

6-3

195

Cal State Fullerton

Fullerton

CA

Rays '10 (7)

 

Offensive tools have clicked, having a huge spring. Rare speed/power combo and also touching 97 mph on mound.

27

27

Marco Gonzales

LHP

JR

L-L

6-1

195

Gonzaga

Fort Collins

CO

Rockies '10 (29)

 

One of the most polished pitchers in class continues to be model of consistency. Has 3 average pitches, including + CH.

28

330

Matt Krook

LHP

SR

L-L

6-4

195

St. Ignatius Prep

Hillsborough

CA

 

Oregon

Created a lot of buzz by touching 95 in early season outing. Prototype body and quality curveball.

29

5

Jonathon Crawford

RHP

JR

R-R

6-2

205

Florida

Okeechobee

FL

Marlins '10 (42)

 

Enduring an up-and-down spring, but has seen his velocity rebound of late. Live arm capable of reaching 97 mph.

30

28

Rob Kaminsky

LHP

SR

B-L

5-11

190

St. Joseph Regional

Edgewood Cliffs

NJ

 

North Carolina

Has thrown very well in cold/wet conditions early, showing fringey plus FB to 92-93 to go with plus CB, solid CH.

31

19

Aaron Judge

OF

JR

R-R

6-8

260

Fresno State

Linden

CA

Athletics '10 (31)

 

Rare physical specimen that’s starting to see his production catch up with his enormous raw potential.

32

25

A.J. Vanegas

RHP

JR

R-R

6-3

215

Stanford

Alameda

CA

Padres '10 (7)

 

Injuries have kept his stock from soaring, but he still has a mid-90s FB, up to 97/98 this spring, that makes him attractive.

33

173

Andrew Thurman

RHP

JR

R-R

6-3

205

UC Irvine

Orange

CA

Never drafted

 

Blossomed at the end of last summer, showing four pitches and solid command. Has been up to 96 mph this spring.

34

42

Ian Clarkin

LHP

SR

L-L

6-3

190

James Madison

San Diego

CA

 

San Diego

Clean arm action on lefty who flashes three plus present pitches at times, strong 1st-round candidate. 

35

60

Billy McKinney

OF

SR

L-L

6-1

190

Plano West

Plano

TX

 

Texas Christian

Considered one of the best hitters in 2013 class, solid overall tools, how power tool develops is the big key.

36

21

Oscar Mercado

SS

SR

R-R

6-2

175

Gaither

Tampa

FL

 

Florida State

Defensive wiz has fallen a bit due to concerns about bat speed/offense, but has always performed in summer/fall.

37

41

Eric Jagielo

3B

JR

L-R

6-3

215

Notre Dame

Downers Grove

IL

Cubs '10 (50)

 

One of the pure lefty power bats of the class, Jagielo has seen his stock steadily rise throughout this spring.

38

30

Kevin Ziomek

LHP

JR

R-L

6-3

200

Vanderbilt

Amherst

MA

Diamondbacks '10 (13)

 

Funky lefty has had a dominant spring and continues to show a 90-93 mph fastball and feel for his secondary pitches.

39

179

Tim Anderson

SS/OF

SO

R-R

6-1

180

East Central (Miss.)

Tuscaloosa

AL

Never drafted

Alabama-Birmingham

Highly athletic talent, has made huge strides in two years at JC level, especially at plate (.511-7-30, 31 SB), in field.

40

31

Trevor Williams

RHP

JR

R-R

6-3

230

Arizona State

San Diego

CA

Never drafted

 

Missing more bats this spring, but still mostly reliant on pounding the zone at 91-94 mph with his fastball.

41

83

Aaron Blair

RHP

JR

R-R

6-5

220

Marshall

Las Vegas

NV

Astros '10 (21)

 

Has reached 96 this spring, following big summer when he pitched at 90-94 and showed 2 quality secondary pitches.

42

*** 

Drew Ward

3B

JR

L-R

6-4

210

Leedey

Leedey

OK

 

 

Big LH slugger gained 2013 eligibility in March, lots of different opinions overall, team that picks will love the power.

43

44

Tom Windle

LHP

JR

L-L

6-4

195

Minnesota

Maple Grove

MN

White Sox '10 (28)

 

Polished LHP with clean, repeatable delivery shows good command of 3-pitch mix including low-90s FB, sweeping SL.

44

266

Phillip Bickford

RHP

SR

R-R

6-4

195

Oaks Christian

Westlake Village

CA

 

Cal State Fullerton

Velocity spike this spring has him climbing up draft boards, reportedly up to 97. Big frame, power arm with upside.

45

241

Riley Unroe

SS

SR

B-R

6-0

180

Desert Ridge

Mesa

AZ

 

Southern California

Switch hitting MIF who has had a big spring, big power potential and good athleticism.

46

29

Dillon Overton

LHP

JR

L-L

6-2

170

Oklahoma

Weatherford

OK

Red Sox '10 (26)

 

Athletic lefty with quality stuff across the board and also offers some good projection.

47

71

Corey Knebel

RHP

JR

R-R

6-3

195

Texas

Georgetown

TX

Never drafted

 

Enjoying a dominant spring as Longhorns’ closer, and missing bats at an outstanding clip.

48

123

Ryan McMahon

3B

SR

L-R

6-3

190

Mater Dei

Yorba Linda

CA

 

Southern California

Power projection and hit tool combine with 3B D' tools for intriguing profile. High-ceiling player with a solid track record.

49

32

Jason Hursh

RHP

SO

R-R

6-1

190

Oklahoma State

Carrolton

TX

Pirates '10 (6)

 

Has been superb coming off Tommy John surgery, showing a plus fastball and good command.

50

36

Dustin Driver

RHP

SR

R-R

6-3

210

Wenatchee

Wenatchee

WA

 

UCLA

Lacks projection scouts like in HS pitcher, but doesn't need much, FB consistently 90-94 with solid secondary pitches.

51

141

Jacob Brentz

LHP

SR

L-L

6-2

190

Parkway South

St. Louis

MO

 

Missouri

Could really explode over last 6 weeks before draft, has been up to 97 in the IA Spring League, special arm still learning.

52

93

Andrew Mitchell

RHP

JR

R-R

6-3

220

Texas Christian

Houston

TX

Never drafted

 

Back as a starter and still showing a fastball up to 96 mph. Could make a jump with a string of consistent outings.

53

118

Josh Hart

OF

SR

L-L

6-3

190

Parkview

Lilburn

GA

 

Georgia Tech

Speedy CF/leadoff hitter best evaluated over the breadth of his resume, has shown some power this spring.

54

49

Jan Hernandez

SS

SR

R-R

6-3

185

Carlos Beltran Academy

San Lorenzo

PR

 

 

Excellence Games in early May will set stock, big week with bat could elevate into the first round, plus defensive tools.

55

76

Kent Emanuel

LHP

JR

L-L

6-4

190

North Carolina

Woodstock

GA

Pirates '10 (19)

 

Not going to overpower, but has three quality pitches including an outstanding changeup.

56

143

Hunter Dozier

SS

JR

R-R

6-4

210

Stephen F. Austin

Denton

TX

Never drafted

 

Big-bodied SS with surprising quickness for position, budding power potential shows in big numbers at plate (.413-9-28).

57

70

Travis Demeritte

3B

SR

R-R

6-1

185

Winder Barrow

Statham

GA

 

South Carolina

One of the best all-around players in 2013 draft w/ 6 tools if you include pitching, could move quickly in minors.

58

40

Chad Pinder

3B

JR

R-R

6-2

190

Virginia Tech

Poquoson

VA

Never drafted

 

Athletic 3B is having a strong spring and continues to show off an advanced hit tool.

59

39

Colby Suggs

RHP

JR

R-R

6-0

225

Arkansas

Sulphur Springs

TX

Never drafted

 

Hasn’t had the best spring, but track record speaks for itself. 93-97 mph with his fastball when he’s at his best.

60

130

Ben Lively

RHP

JR

B-R

6-4

205

Central Florida

Gulf Breeze

FL

Indians '10 (26)

 

Only scratching the surface of potential w/ 88-93/94 FB, much improved SL and a steadily-improving upper-70s CH.

61

62

Cavan Biggio

2B/3B

SR

L-R

6-2

180

St. Thomas

Houston

TX

 

Notre Dame

Solid spring with the bat, lots of speculation that hometown Astros with picks 40 and 75 are going to be involved here.

62

77

Corey Littrell

LHP

JR

L-L

6-2

195

Kentucky

Louisville

KY

Nationals '10 (43)

 

Lefty with a quality mix of secondary pitches continues to show mid-rotation upside.

63

101

Connor Jones

RHP

SR

R-R

6-3

185

Great Bridge

Chesapeake

VA

 

Virginia

Spike in velo this spring has stock rising, up to 95 mph in cold conditions, has always had sharp slider and command.

64

47

Dan Slania

RHP

JR

R-R

6-5

275

Notre Dame

Tucson

AZ

Red Sox '10 (42)

 

Durable right-hander with a heavy fastball and good command. May have potential beyond a relief role as a pro.

65

310

Kyle Serrano

RHP

SR

R-R

6-1

190

Farragut

Knoxville

TN

 

Tennessee

Fast, loose arm has brought precipitous velocity climb, touching mid-90s this spring. Good 3-pitch mix and pitchability.

66

16

Justin Williams

OF

SR

L-R

6-3

215

Terrebonne

Houma

LA

 

Louisiana State

Hasn't lit up scouts with his power and strength this spring as hoped for; could be a steal for the right team/slot.

67

102

Daniel Palka

OF/1B

JR

L-L

6-2

230

Georgia Tech

Lyman

SC

Phillies '10 (19)

 

OF skills have vastly improved, and there's few hitters with his sheer raw power. Very consistent offensively.

68

35

Carlos Salazar

RHP

SR

R-R

6-2

205

Kerman

Kerman

CA

 

Fresno State

Big-time power arm, up to 97 in pre-season showcase, flashed potential with breaking ball but remains biggest question mark.

69

NR 

Reed Reilly

RHP

SO

L-R

6-4

220

Cal Poly

Dana Point

CA

Never drafted

 

Draft-eligible sophomore soaring up draft boards thanks to big year as Cal Poly's closer and deceptive low- to mid-90s heat.

70

74

Jared King

OF

JR

B-L

6-0

215

Kansas State

Dublin

OH

Never drafted

 

Has solid tools across the board, and continues to perform offensively at Kansas State, compares to Nick Swisher.

71

46

A.J. Puk

LHP/1B

SR

L-L

6-5

205

Washington

Cedar Rapids

IA

 

Florida

Will be rounding into peak form by draft time if history repeats, expect to see flashes of mid-90s with warmer weather.

72

122

Sam Moll

LHP

JR

L-L

5-11

180

Memphis

Cordova

TN

Never drafted

 

With a FB that gets up into the mid-90s, size is the only reason he isn't a more heralded prospect.

73

172

Dustin Peterson

RHP

SR

R-R

6-1

180

Gilbert

Gilbert

AZ

 

Arizona State

Brother of DJ, big-time power upside, solid defender though not expected to stick at short, bat expected to play at a corner position.

74

68

Rowdy Tellez

1B

SR

L-L

6-4

230

Elk Grove

Elk Grove

CA

 

Southern California

Physical power hitter with serious juice to the pull-side.

75

43

Garrett Williams

LHP

SR

L-L

6-3

190

Calvary Baptist

Shreveport

LA

 

Oklahoma State

Depends on what scout saw him when, has been outstanding at times with low-90s FB/plus CB, shaky in other outings.

76

33

JaCoby Jones

2B/OF

JR

R-R

6-3

200

Louisiana State

Richton

MS

Astros '10 (19)

 

He may befuddle scouts at times, but someone is still going to roll the dice on his superb athleticism, dynamic skill set.

77

109

Chase Johnson

RHP

JR

R-R

6-3

190

Cal Poly

Fallbrook

CA

Rangers '10 (26)

 

Has a mid- to upper-90s FB, but improving SL will be key to success in professional ranks.

78

114

Austin Kubitza

RHP

JR

L-R

6-5

205

Rice

Colleyville

TX

Pirates '10 (7)

 

Was up to 93 in his first start, now sits 86-89 FB, but has a wipeout low-80s SL that dominates opposing hitters.

79

260

Blake Taylor

LHP

SR

L-L

6-3

210

Dana Hills

Mission Viejo

CA

 

Hawaii

Very young for 2013 class, has continued to develop, has been up to 95 with quality curveball.

80

61

Aaron Brown

OF/LHP

SO

L-L

6-2

200

Pepperdine

West Hills

CA

Pirates '11 (17)

 

Has been hampered by injury this spring, but still has tremendous upside on mound, with a fastball that reaches 95 mph.

81

53

Clinton Hollon

RHP

SR

R-R

6-1

195

Woodford County

Lexington

KY

 

Kentucky

Quietly regaining prospect status after late summer/fall elbow tendonitis, 3-pitch mix and command really improving

82

82

Trey Masek

RHP

JR

R-R

6-1

195

Texas Tech

Giddings

TX

Never drafted

 

Appears to be back and healthy, could move up the boards if 91-94 mph fastball returns.

83

147

Devin Williams

RHP

SR

R-R

6-3

170

Hazelwood West

Florissant

MO

 

Missouri

The definition of projection with FB already reaching 95, slider improving, lots of comps to Mariners' Taijuan Walker.

84

72

Michael Wagner

RHP

JR

R-R

6-4

185

San Diego

Las Vegas

NV

Red Sox '10 (28)

 

Has had a tough spring, but showed three quality pitches on the Cape and reaches 94 mph with his fastball.

85

100

Matthew McPhearson

OF

SR

L-L

5-11

170

Riverdale Baptist

Hyattsville

MD

 

Miami

Electric speedster shows advanced baseball instincts on field, bases and at the plate where he stretches extra base hits.

86

66

Chris Okey

C

SR

R-R

6-0

175

Eustis

Eustis

FL

 

Clemson

Has had excellent spring, helped stock more than other Florida prospects, bat/power have really shown consistently.

87

87

Michael O'Neill

OF

JR

R-R

6-1

195

Michigan

Powell

OH

Yankees '10 (42)

 

Has some big-league league bloodlines and tools to match. Having a big spring, showing off speed/power combo.

88

176

Andrew Knapp

C/1B

JR

B-R

6-1

195

California

Granite Bay

CA

Athletics '10 (41)

 

His tools won't overwhelm you, but he is very athletic behind the plate and has some pop from both sides of plate.

89

85

Scott Frazier

RHP

JR

R-R

6-7

220

Pepperdine

Upland

CA

Phillies '10 (5)

 

The stuff and size are intriguing, and he’s been up to 96 mph, but questions linger about his arm action and delivery.

90

125

Alec Hansen

RHP

SR

R-R

6-6

205

Loveland

Loveland

CO

 

Oklahoma

Great combination of size, fastball life/velocity and projection; must improve off-speed stuff to take next step.

91

106

Stephen Tarpley

LHP

FR

L-L

6-0

175

Scottsdale (Ariz.)

Gilbert

AZ

Indians '11 (8)

 

Ex-USC lefty has athleticism, raw stuff, strike-throwing ability, but still needs to develop consistency, reliable third pitch

92

108

Jimmie Sherfy

RHP

JR

R-R

6-0

175

Oregon

Camarillo

CA

Never drafted

 

Has deception in his delivery, a mid-90s FB and a nasty 83-85 SL. Also can throw a CH and CB, though, sparingly at times.

93

75

Dylan Covey

RHP

JR

R-R

6-2

195

San Diego

Pasadena

CA

Brewers '10 (1)

 

Has had a tough spring, but reached 95 mph last summer on the Cape, and still flashes a plus breaking ball.

94

159

Mason Smith

OF

SR

R-R

6-2

195

Rocky Mountain

Meridian

ID

 

Utah

Big RH power and bat speed excites scouts, some teams have higher than this, location makes difficult to evaluate.

95

34

Conrad Gregor

1B/OF

JR

L-R

6-3

220

Vanderbilt

Carmel

IN

White Sox '10 (40)

 

Hasn’t followed up on his big summer in 2012, but continues to show best in class plate discipline this spring.

96

59

Jason Monda

OF

JR

L-L

6-4

200

Washington State

Olympia

WA

Rockies '10 (32)

 

Breakout performance hasn’t been there, but has the smooth lefty swing, strong arm, speed to go in the top 3 rounds.

97

92

Cord Sandberg

OF

SR

L-L

6-3

215

Manatee

Bradenton

FL

 

Mississippi State (FB)

Exceptional athlete, heavily scouted early but didn't always perform as hoped, Football situation complicates things.

98

411

Zane Evans

C/RHP

JR

R-R

6-3

210

Georgia Tech

Roswell

GA

Never drafted

 

2-way talent having big year at plate (.351-11-44) and on mound (1.12 ERA in 7 games) with big arm strength (up to 97 mph).

99

65

Jacob May

OF/2B

JR

B-R

5-10

180

Coastal Carolina

Liberty Township

OH

Reds '10 (39)

 

Could make a case for being the fastest player in the draft class, and is also showing some intriguing pop this spring.

100

157

Alex Gonzalez

RHP

JR

R-R

6-3

200

Oral Roberts

Delray Beach

FL

Orioles '10 (11)

 

Only scratching the surface of his potential, he sits in the low- to mid-90s with his fastball.

The views expressed by Mr. Simpson are his own and not necessarily those of the entire staff at Perfect Game.

David Rawnsley, Frankie Piliere, Todd Gold, Kendall Rogers, and Patrick Ebert also contributed to this article.

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