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2013 MLB Draft: Top 50 Draft Prospects

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Karsten Whitson, University of Florida
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Top 50 Major League Baseball Draft Prospects for 2013: Very Early List

Here is my current take on the Top 50 Draft Prospects for 2013.

Obviously, at this point of the season we are working with nothing but scouting reports and projection, but as the college and high school seasons get going that will change quickly as we add current data and up-to-date reports to the mix.

You'll see some of these guys fall, replaced by other players we haven't heard much (if anything) about. I'll have a look at "Early Draft Sleepers" in a separate article soon, looking at some names of players who could shoot up the list if all goes well.

The general consensus is that this is a mediocre draft class, but we shouldn't make too much of that at this point. While 2013 certainly isn't as deep as some recent years have been, it isn't a wasteland and the view can change quickly.

College pitching talent looks reasonable this year. There are a lot of southpaws available, with at least ten lefties with designs on the first round, evenly balanced between the college and high school ranks. Another possible strength is high school catching, a volatile demographic to be sure. In contrast, overall college hitting looks down to me, especially behind the plate and in the middle infield.

This is NOT a Mock Draft or projection on where I think these guys will go; this is really just a starting point for our research. There will be a lot more on this stuff to come as the spring progresses. Check MLB Bonus Baby for frequent updates as well as this index of reports.

1) Sean Manaea, LHP, Indiana State
2) Clint Frazier, OF, Loganville, Georgia HS:
3) Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson HS, Loganville, GA
4) Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford University
5) Ryne Stanek, RHP, University of Arkansas
6) Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS, Covington, WA
7) Jonathan Denney, C, Yukon, Oklahoma, HS
8) Kris Bryant, OF-3B, University of San Diego
9) J.P. Crawford, SS, Lakewood, California HS
10) Dominic Smith, 1B, Serra HS, Los Angeles, CA
11) Colin Moran, 3B, University of North Carolina
12) Austin Wilson, OF, Stanford University
13) Jonathon Crawford, RHP, University of Florida
14) Trey Ball, OF-LHP, New Castle, Indiana, HS
15) Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X HS, Tomball, TX
16) Bobby Wahl, RHP, University of Mississippi
17) Oscar Mercado, SS, Gaither HS, Tampa, FL
18) Rob Kaminsky, LHP, St. Joseph Regional HS, Montvale, NJ
19) Jordan Sheffield, RHP, Tullahoma HS, Nashville, TN
20) Phillip Ervin, OF, Samford University
21) Aaron Judge, OF, Fresno State University
22) D.J. Peterson, 3B, University of New Mexico
23) Ian Clarkin, LHP, Madison HS, San Diego, CA
24) Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego, CA
25) Ryan Boldt, OF, Red Wing, Minnesota, HS
26) Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Elk Grove HS, Elk Grove, CA
27) Dillon Overton, LHP, University of Oklahoma
28) Justin Williams, OF, Terrebonne HS, Houma, LA
29) Tom Windle, LHP, University of Minnesota
30) Mike Lorenzen, RHP/OF, Cal State Fullerton
31) A.J. Vanegas, RHP, Stanford University
32) Kevin Ziomek, LHP, Vanderbilt University
33) Karsten Whitson, RHP, University of Florida
34) A.J. Puk, LHP/1B, Washington HS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
35) Jan Hernandez, SS, Carlos Beltran Academy, San Lorenzo, PR
36) Eric Jagielo, 3B, Notre Dame
37) Ryan Eades, RHP, Louisiana State University
38) Marco Gonzalez, LHP, Gonzaga
39) Trevor Williams, RHP, Arizona State University
40) JaCoby Jones, 2B-OF, Louisiana State University
41) Conrad Gregor, 1B-OF, Vanderbilt
42) Colby Suggs, RHP, University of Arkansas
43) Garrett Williams, LHP, Calvary Baptist HS, Shreveport, LA
44) Travis Demeritte, 3B, Winder-Barrow HS, Winder, GA
45) Hunter Renfroe, C-OF-RHP, Mississippi State University
46) Carlos Salazar, RHP, Kerman, California, HS
47) Dustin Driver, RHP, Wenatachee, WA, HS
48) Chad Pinder, SS, Virginia Tech
49) Dan Slania, RHP, Notre Dame
50) Cavan Biggio, INF, St. Thomas HS, Houston, TX