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2013 MLB Draft: Top 75 High School Outfield Prospects

1. If your favorite player is missing, then chances are a lot higher it was a copy/paste fail and not my complete and utter lack of baseball knowledge. I mean, sure, it could still be the latter, but if there’s somebody obvious that I’ve ignored, please give a gentle reminder in the comments or via email (robozga at gmail dot com). It’s also possible I mentally shifted a guy’s position in my head, so don’t rule out your player suddenly popping up on another position list.

2. Players designated as FAVORITEs were given that tag prior to the season, or, in some cases, upon enrolling in college. In other words, just because a guy is a FAVORITE doesn’t mean he’s automatically guaranteed a high placement on the list. I’m stubborn about which players I like, true, but I’m also quite cognizant of the fact prospect status is fluid.

3. Final opinions are all mine, but information has been culled from a variety of sources. Like anybody likely reading this site, I’m an avid follower of all things Baseball America and Perfect Game. Seriously, if you are into the draft/prospects at all, I highly recommend getting subscriptions to both sites. I also have a small but trustworthy network of friends in the game I occasionally call upon for information on prospects, especially those off the beaten path. Consider the little scouting notes section on each player a synthesis on what I’ve read, heard, and seen about each player. I’m in no way an expert and literally nothing I write, positively or negatively, influences what pro teams actually do on draft day. I’m just a baseball loving guy who has taken a hobby way, way, way too far.

4. I’m happy to answer any and all questions I can over email or in the comments. Also, for the sake of my already waning sanity, I didn’t include everything I had on every player — you’ll see some blank spots sprinkled throughout — so please don’t hesitate to ask if there’s something about a specific guy you want answered.

5. There’s a little more science in scouting college prospects than when it comes to evaluating high school guys. This is all art and totally up to interpretation. The rankings are rankings because they are…rankings (I say it every year, but next year I want to do tiers), but that doesn’t mean Prospect #3 is leaps and bounds better than Prospect #15. I’m not trying to preempt any criticism of the list or anything, just getting it out there that nothing I write should be taken as more than the semi-educated opinions of what some weird guy on the internet thinks about a bunch of ballplayers. Cool? Cool. Here we go…

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1. OF Clint Frazier (Loganville HS, Georgia): plus-plus arm strength when healthy, very accurate; above-average speed, may have worked himself into more; big present power, plus-plus raw; uses the whole field; really short to the ball, Utley-like; ball explodes off the bat – makes that different sound; crazy hang time on pop ups; all he does is hit; not exactly scouting science, but the guy is impossible to dislike as a fan of the game; hard to believe anybody can swing a bat any faster than he can; 6-1, 190 pounds

2. OF Austin Meadows (Grayson HS, Georgia): plus speed; lightning quick bat; big raw power; good athlete; CF range; above-average arm strength, weird motion; short swing; have been impressed with his pitch recognition and patience, far better than I was led to believe; popular Colby Rasmus comp feels instructive; agree with those who prefer him in corner, arm may keep him in LF; PG Jay Bruce body comp; two comps I’ve heard from area guys that I like: Curtis Granderson (good) and Eric Anthony (not so good); FAVORITE; 6-3, 200 pounds; L/L

3. OF Ryan Boldt (Red Wing HS, Minnesota): plus speed; gap power; big-time bat speed;; can really run; PG Chris Lubanski comp; don’t love his arm strength, but everybody I talked to kept bringing up how unusually accurate it is; wears out gaps; average at best power; reminds me of David Dahl, also see a little Randy Winn in his game; FAVORITE; 6-2, 185 pounds

4. OF Billy McKinney (Plano West HS, Texas): average at best speed, plays up thanks to aggressiveness and smart; really good approach; has hit high velocity arms in past; love his swing, short to ball but explosive power; just a really good hitter; borderline CF range, but best in corner, likely LF; average arm, maybe a bit more; 6-1, 200 pounds

5. OF Justin Williams (Terrebonne HS, Louisiana): plus power upside; potentially special bat but still raw; average speed, probably more underway; profiles best as plus glove in RF; others don’t love his speed/defense package, but I like it; slightly above-average arm, very accurate; despite newness to game, has a really good batting eye; big fan of his swing; power plays in game; quick bat; relatively new to baseball; too often dismissed as a low-probability tools gamble, but he can hit; FAVORITE; 6-2, 215 pounds

6. OF Josh Hart (Parkview HS, Georgia): easy plus speed and knows how to use it, could be more while others have it as less (average); gap power; above-average arm, has also been called plus yet others have it as average; leadoff profile; easy CF range; smart player who performs within his limits; plays within himself really well; not much power, but enough there to make it work; approach has been cleaned up; now I love his approach; future big league regular; PG Juan Pierre comp with less speed, more pop, more patience; my own comps: Devon White, Marquis Grissom; Kiley McDaniel comp: Kenny Lofton; FAVORITE; 6-3, 190 pounds

7. OF Jordan Paroubeck (San Mateo Serra HS, California): very good in CF; really intriguing hit tool; super quick bat; above-average to plus arm; legit power upside, plus for some but definitely at least above-average; hit tool has been questioned, but I think it’ll play; above-average speed; very raw talent; 6-2, 190 pounds

8. OF/RHP Ryan Sluder (Amarillo HS, Texas): very good athlete; plus-plus speed; plus raw power; CF range; average or better arm; 90-93 FB; 6-3, 200 pounds

9. OF Terry McClure (Riverwood HS, Georgia): plus speed; good athlete; CF range; short swing; strong; really impressive hit tool; like his power upside; average arm; young for his class; FAVORITE; BP comp: Jose Reyes; 6-2, 185 pounds

10. OF Matthew McPhearson (Riverdale Baptist HS, Maryland): plus-plus speed; instincts on bases and field; really good defender in CF; average at best arm; PG Ben Revere comp; patient approach; not sure what to make of hit tool, settled on average at best; Law comp: Aaron Hicks; enough pop to get by; see a little Coco Crisp in him; 5-10, 170 pounds

11. OF Thomas Milone (Masuk HS, Connecticut): above-average to plus speed; average hit tool, I like it a tick more; very intriguing power, average raw; good CF range; great athlete; old Rhett Whiseman comp; BP comp: George Springer; average at best arm; FAVORITE; 6-0, 185 pounds

12. OF Mason Smith (Rocky Mountain HS, Idaho): pesky hitter, above-average hit tool; has power but hasn’t tapped in, some have it as raw plus power others closer to average; corner outfielder; strong; average at best arm; below-average speed; BP comp: mirrored Jesse Winker; 6-2, 200 pounds

13. OF JB Woodman (Edgewater HS, Florida): good looking swing; hits it hard damn near every time; plus hit tool; above-average speed; above-average arm; good athlete; CF range; average at best power; FAVORITE; 6-2, 190 pounds

14. OF/3B Kevin Franklin (Gahr HS, California): makes really loud contact; good athlete; plus-plus strength; doesn’t have to swing long to destroy balls due to muscle; serious raw power, easy plus; plus arm; slow; hit tool questionable; area guy I trust called him the prep version of Kris Bryant, though that seems a little generous to me; odd comp, but he reminds me some of Maikel Franco; 6-2, 220 pounds

15. OF Cord Sandberg (Manatee HS, Florida): strong hit tool; great athlete; strong; average speed; average power, maybe more; average arm; best in LF, can play some CF; raw; 6-3, 215 pounds

16. OF/RHP Cody Thomas (Colleyville Heritage HS, Texas): great athlete; average to above-average speed; average arm; above-average to plus power upside; FAVORITE; 6-5, 220 pounds

17. OF Stephen Wrenn (Walton HS, Georgia): plus-plus speed; outstanding defender; above-average arm; live bat that keeps getting better; average raw power; BA comp: Tanner English; 6-2, 180 pounds

18. OF Johneshwy Fargas (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Puerto Rico): above-average to plus arm; plus speed; really intriguing bat; can get too aggressive for his own good; CF range; chance for average power; 6-2, 170 pounds

19. OF/1B Juan Soriano (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Puerto Rico): big power; like his hit tool; pretty swing; good athlete; good speed for his size; strong; FAVORITE; 6-2, 225 pounds

20. OF William Abreu (Mater Academy HS, Florida): above-average speed, tick below maybe; average to plus arm; above-average range in corner; intriguing power, average for many but maybe a touch more; accurate arm; good athlete; no huge tool, but well-rounded; Kiley McDaniel comp: Andre Ethier; 6-3, 200 pounds

21. OF Jason Martin (Orange Lutheran HS, California): above-average CF range; legit plus speed out of box, more above-average overall; average arm; tools quickly becoming skills, makes the most of his natural talent; good natural hitter, at least average; 5-10, 180 pounds

22. OF Jae Roberts (Hammond HS, South Carolina): plus bat speed; average or plus raw power, depending on source; LF all the way; good athlete; good approach to hitting; 5-10, 210 pounds

23. OF Jacob Cordero Kuilan (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Puerto Rico): plus arm strength; good speed; really like his hit tool; plus bat speed; 6-0, 180 pounds

24. OF Eric Williams (Sachse HS, Texas): plus arm strength; plus power upside; good athlete; above-average speed; good CF tools; potential catcher convert; FAVORITE; 5-10, 190 pounds

25. OF Ivan Wilson (Ruston HS, Louisiana): average speed, could be slightly above-average; plus raw power; raw, but gifted; pitch recognition needs work; average to slightly above-average arm; corner OF profile; big guy, very strong; 6-3, 220 pounds

26. OF/1B Marcus Doi (Mid-Pacific Institute, Hawaii): good athlete; fast; short swing; very interesting hit tool; interesting power upside; average speed; LF only arm; 6-0, 185 pounds

27. OF Brennon Lund (Bingham HS, Utah): quick bat; really good defender; CF range; plus speed; leadoff profile; above-average to plus arm; great athlete; not a ton of power, but enough; plays within himself offensively; 5-10, 180 pounds

28. OF Corey Ray (Simeon Career Academy, Illinois): handles big velocity well; good defender; average speed; plus range in corner, solid in CF; great athlete; strong arm; questionable power; 6-0, 180 pounds

29. OF/1B KJ Woods (Fort Mill HS, South Carolina): plus raw power, but hasn’t shown it yet; raw; strong; good defensive tools, should be average in corner in time; smart on the bases; hits it to all fields; strong arm; Larry Greene as hitter comp from Law; 6-4, 215 pounds

30. OF Nicholas Buckner (North Shore HS, Texas): average speed; good defender; good athlete; accurate arm, average arm strength; average or more raw power; raw as a hitter; 6-0, 205 pounds

31. OF Daniel Williams (Cedar Ridge HS, Texas): above-average to plus raw power; above-average speed; plus athleticism; below-average arm; 6-2, 215 pounds

32. OF Dane McFarland (JSerra Catholic HS, California): good athlete; good speed; big power; FAVORITE; 6-4, 210 pounds

33. OF Joseph Monge (Carlos Beltran Academy, Puerto Rico): plus arm; above-average or better speed; quick bat; average power upside; good CF; 6-0, 170 pounds

34. OF Andrew Benintendi (Madeira HS, Ohio): good speed; CF range; average arm; really smart player; above-average hit tool;  FAVORITE; 5-10, 180 pounds

35. OF Josh Greene (Forest HS, Florida): plus-plus speed; plus CF range; average at best arm; plays within himself; 5-10, 165 pounds

36. OF/1B Jacob Heyward (Eagles Christian Academy, Georgia): good athlete; good speed; plus raw power; 6-2, 200 pounds

37. OF Eugene Vazquez (Timber Creek HS, Florida): good speed; above-average arm; quick bat; consistently hits balls hard; 6-1, 185 pounds

38. OF Josh Adams (Pleasant Grove HS, California): good raw power, above-average or better; should be above-average in LF, can hang in CF; average or better speed; good athlete; 6-2, 200 pounds

39. OF Corey Dempster (Loyola HS, California): gifted defender, clear plus upside; average arm; average power upside; good athlete; 6-1, 180 pounds

40. OF Bernardo Bonifacio (Arlington County Day School, Florida): plus speed; above-average arm; good athlete; plus CF range; 5-9, 200 pounds

41. OF Jake Fraley (Red Lion Christian Academy, Delaware): above-average speed; leadoff approach; good defender; CF range; above-average arm, plays up thanks to accuracy; great instincts; 6-1, 170 pounds

42. OF/2B Ben DeLuzio (The First Academy, Florida): plus speed; great athlete; CF range; interesting raw power; 6-2, 185 pounds

43. OF Jake Ring (Grant Community HS, Illinois): plus speed; good CF defense; above-average arm; power to gaps; 6-0, 180 pounds

44. OF Peyton Attaway (Captain Shreve HS, Louisiana): above-average speed; strong arm; quick first step in outfield; good looking swing; 6-2, 190 pounds

45. OF/1B Stephen Sensley (LSU Lab School, Louisiana): quick bat; power upside; strong arm; decent speed; good athlete; 6-1, 200 pounds

46. OF/2B Austin Grebeck (Mater Dei HS, California): plus-plus arm; plus-plus CF range; plus speed, others like it less; average hit tool; like his approach; 5-10, 160 pounds

47. OF Carlos Williams (Covington HS, Tennessee): legitimate plus-plus speed; excellent range in CF

48. OF Silento Sayles (Port Gibson HS, Mississippi): plus to plus-plus speed; 5-9, 185 pounds

49. OF Ryan Kirby (Granada HS, California): big raw power; average speed; 6-2, 180 pounds

50. OF Darryn Sheppard (Dulles HS, Texas): interesting bat; good athlete; above-average speed; not much arm, LF in pros; 6-1, 185 pounds

51. OF Jack Ross (Palma HS, California): strong hit tool; above-average power upside; average arm; below-average speed; 6-0, 180 pounds

52. OF Heath Quinn (Oak Mountain HS, Alabama): good defender; good speed; steady defender; average arm; smart player; 6-3, 200 pounds

53. OF Nicholas Washington (Trinity Christian HS, Florida): plus speed; great athlete; below-average arm; raw across the board; 6-0, 185 pounds

54. OF Kort Peterson (St. Francis HS, California): good athlete; above-average speed, enough to get by in CF; strong arm; pretty swing; quick bat; 6-1, 185 pounds

55. OF Jeremie Gonzalez (Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy, Puerto Rico): above-average defender; above-average hit tool

56. OF Jarret DeHart (Shawnee HS, New Jersey): interesting power; good speed; quick bat; 6-2

57. OF Alex Turner (Santa Monica HS, California): good speed; intriguing raw power

58. OF Ryan Littlefield (WF West HS, Washington): average arm; average speed; interesting power

59. OF AJ Balta (Valencia HS, California): quick bat; CF range; good athlete; good hit tool; strong

60. OF Luke Persico (Great Oak HS, California): intriguing power upside; Jeff Gelalich comp; 6-2, 170 pounds

61. OF Logan Taylor (Lexington Catholic HS, Kentucky): plus speed; center field tools; good arm; not much power; strong hit tool

62. OF Torii Hunter (Prosper HS, Texas): good speed; good athlete

63. OF Austin Paschke (Mountain Ridge HS, Arizona): big raw power

64. OF Marcus Carson (North Laurel HS, Kentucky): plus speed; really good defensive tools; average arm

65. OF/RHP Ian Hamilton (Skyview HS, Washington): good hit tool; plus arm; 90 FB

66. OF/LHP Cameron Baranek (Canyon HS, California): plus defender; good pop; strong arm; 85 FB; 5-9, 165 pounds

67. OF/LHP Nick Banks (Tomball HS, Texas): plus speed; not much strength, but makes hard contact; good athlete; strong arm; stretched in CF; Klima comp is Podsednik; 89 FB

68. OF Ricardo Bautista (Carlos Beltran Academy, Puerto Rico): power upside; quick bat; good speed; strong arm; 6-0, 190 pounds

69. OF Dalton Duty (Palatka HS, Florida): good speed; quick bat; well above-average arm strength

70. OF Johnny Slater (Southfield Lathrup HS, Michigan): good speed; CF range; gap power; 6-1, 170 pounds

71. OF Bailey Brown (Pottstown HS, Pennsylvania): good athlete; good speed; strong arm

72. OF Brock Maxwell (Lambert HS, Georgia): good athlete; plus arm; capable CF; 6-0, 170 pounds

73. OF Casey Kies (Vestal HS, New York): really good defender; good speed plays up

74. OF/LHP Tom Stoffel (Northmont HS, Kentucky): plus arm strength; really good defender; good speed; 83 peak; 72 CB; 77 CU

75. OF Niko Contreras (Glendora HS, California): plus arm strength; good defender

And ten more names to know…

76. OF Gustavo Escobar (Yukon HS, Oklahoma): good speed; strong arm

77. OF/LHP Colin Winters (La Costa Canyon HS, California): good power; could be tried at C; average speed; mid-80s FB; 6-3, 210 pounds

78. OF Dustin Fowler (West Laurens HS, Georgia): average speed; average arm; pretty swing; upside with bat; 6-1, 170 pounds

79. OF Lex Kaplan (Ladue HS, Missouri): good speed; quick bat; CF range; upper-80s FB

80. OF Alex Krupa (Greenwood HS, Indiana): plus speed

81. OF/RHP Eric Knox (Effingham County HS, Georgia): plus arm strength; 86 peak; 6-4, 185 pounds

82. OF Ryan Mordecai (Carmel HS, New York): plus arm strength

83. OF Parker Bean (South Western HS, Pennsylvania): strong arm; 6-6, 200 pounds

84. OF Dalton Frize (Luthern HS, California): leadoff profile

85. OF Jack Meggs (Bellvue HS, Washington): really good CF defense; good arm; 6-1, 160 pounds

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2 Comments

  1. Griffey's Ghost says:

    Rob, what about Anfernee Grier, have heard plenty of good things about him — plus he’s the youngest member of this class

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