Sunday, June 2, 2013

MLB Mock Draft

The 2013 First-Year Player Draft will take place on June 6-8, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 73 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. Rounds 3-10 will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 7, beginning with a preview show at 12:30 p.m., and Rounds 11-40 will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 8, starting at 1 p.m.

Pedro Favre's projected Top 15:

1. Astros: Jonathan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma
2. Cubs: Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford
3. Rockies: Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego
4. Twins: Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X HS (Texas)
5. Indians: Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina
6. Marlins: Braden Shipley, RHP, Nevada
7. Red Sox: Clint Frazier, OF, Loganville HS (Ga.)
8. Royals: Trey Ball, LHP/OF, New Castle HS (Ind.)
9. Pirates: Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS (Wash.)
10. Blue Jays: Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson HS (Ga.)
11. Mets: Ryne Stanek, RHP, Arkansas
12. Mariners: J.P. Crawford, SS, Lakewood HS (Calif.)
13. Padres: Hunter Renfroe, OF, Mississippi State
14. Pirates: D.J. Peterson, 3B New Mexico
15. Diamondbacks: Ian Clarkin, LHP, James Madison HS (Calif.)

According to Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, "There's been more talk of bats than arms regarding the Pirates."  As such, Pedro Favre has his hometown Bucs nabbing two position players with their two first-round picks (#9 is a compensation pick for failure to sign 2012 first-rounder Appel).

Jim Callis of Baseball America says, "Pittsburgh has been associated with McGuire and Peterson for weeks. The Pirates pick again at 14 and have a better chance sneaking Peterson through five more selections."

At #1, the Astros appear to be down to five candidates: two college pitchers (Gray and Appel), two college hitters (Bryant and Moran) and one high schooler (Frazier or Meadows).  Callis says that the "hottest rumor making the rounds is that the Astros will select Moran at No. 1 overall and sign him for roughly the same amount ($4.8 million) they paid Carlos Correa as the top pick in 2012."

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