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May 10, 2013

Dissecting the Draft

Due Diligence

by Nick J. Faleris


With our first-round targets broken out into three tiers, per our last installment of the Dissecting the Draft series, we are ready to start breaking down our decision-making tree, starting with Tier One. As a recap, here is where our tiers currently stand for our first pick in the draft (seventh overall), in each case in alphabetical order:

Tier One
1. Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford University | Scouting Report
2. Clint Frazier, OF, Loganville HS (Loganville, GA) | Scouting Report
3. Jonathan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma University | Scouting Report

Tier Two
1. Trey Ball, LHP/OF, New Castle HS (New Castle, IN)
2. Kris Bryant, OF/3B, University of San Diego
3. JP Crawford, SS, Lakewood HS (Lakewood, CA)
4. Jon Denney, C, Yukon HS (Yukon, OK)
5. Sean Manaea, LHP, Indiana St. Univ.
6. Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS (Covington, WA)
7. Braden Shipley, RHP, University of Nevada
8. Dominic Smith, 1B/OF, Serra HS (Los Angeles, CA)
9. Ryne Stanek, RHP, University of Arkansas
10. Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X (Houston, TX)

Tier Three
1. Ryan Boldt, OF, Red Wing HS (Red Wing, MN)

Moving forward, we’ll start pieces in this series off with a recap of our tiers as they currently stand, which will include ranking by preference as we approach draft day. Additionally, we’ll eventually have full reports on all of these candidates linked in the summary section.

Planning for the Unlikely
As a reminder, the baseline for our Tier One candidates is talent beyond what we would generally expect to have available at our current drafting slot. The deeper the draft (at the particular slot being examined), the more likely you are to see a Tier One candidate on the board when your slot comes up. In the case of the seventh overall pack in this 2013 draft class, however, our breaking down and examining of the three Tier One candidates is a matter of belt and suspenders, with it being likely all three will be selected before they reach us, and an almost certainty that the pitchers will not escape the top three picks.

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