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Way Too Early 2013 MLB Draft Big Board

Apologies for the unplanned disappearance over the past few weeks, but the allure of hitting the road to go watch some baseball and spend time at the beach was too strong to ignore. Counting on a reliable internet connection while traveling was probably a mistake, but I trust nobody missed me too terribly. On the plus side, being off the grid gave me plenty of time to mess around with the list you see below. I suppose seeing a good chunk of the high school prospects up close and personal would also qualify as a plus. Maybe I should unplug the ole computer more often…

The plan for the week is to get more in-depth with the list below — lists are great, but commentary is better — while also talking about some of the guys who just missed the cut as well as going back to last year’s original big board to see the hits and misses of yesteryear. In the meantime, rip away! I’ll leave with the disclaimer from last year’s summer big board:

Lastly, this list is just one man’s opinion. Based on firsthand observations, statistical research, crosschecking with old allies in the business, and reading publicly available scouting reports, I’d like to think it is a pretty well-informed opinion. Like all of my rankings, the emphasis is on where I’d draft each player and not where I necessarily think each player will be drafted. Here we go…

  1. OF Austin Meadows (Grayson HS, Georgia)
  2. Arkansas JR RHP Ryne Stanek
  3. San Diego JR OF/3B Kris Bryant
  4. OF Clint Frazier (Loganville HS, Georgia)
  5. SS Oscar Mercado (Gaither HS, Florida)
  6. Stanford SR RHP Mark Appel
  7. Stanford JR OF Austin Wilson
  8. Florida JR RHP Karsten Whitson
  9. Fresno State JR OF Aaron Judge
  10. OF Ryan Boldt (Red Wing HS, Minnesota)
  11. C Reese McGuire (Kentwood HS, Washington)
  12. OF/LHP Trey Ball (New Castle HS, Indiana)
  13. North Carolina JR 3B Colin Moran
  14. Indiana State JR LHP Sean Manaea
  15. Florida JR RHP Jonathan Crawford
  16. Mississippi JR RHP Bobby Wahl
  17. RHP Kohl Stewart (St. Pius HS, Texas)
  18. LHP Robert Kaminsky (St. Joseph Regional HS, New Jersey)
  19. LHP Stephen Gonsalves (Cathedral Catholic HS, California)
  20. OF Justin Williams (Terrebonne HS, Louisiana)
  21. LHP Ian Clarkin (James Madison HS, California)
  22. RHP Clinton Hollon (Woodford County HS, Kentucky)
  23. Gonzaga JR LHP Marco Gonzales
  24. Texas JR RHP Corey Knebel
  25. Vanderbilt JR LHP Kevin Ziomek
  26. LSU JR RHP Ryan Eades
  27. 3B Ryan McMahon (Mater Dei HS, California)
  28. SS/3B Andy McGuire (James Madison HS, Virginia)
  29. RHP Brett Morales (King HS, Florida)
  30. LSU JR SS/OF JaCoby Jones
  31. C Jeremy Martinez (Mater Dei HS, California)
  32. Kansas State JR OF Jared King
  33. RHP Dustin Driver (Wenatchee HS, Washington)
  34. College of the Canyons FR 3B Trey Williams
  35. LHP AJ Puk (Washington HS, Iowa)
  36. Texas JR OF Mark Payton
  37. Samford JR OF Phillip Ervin
  38. San Diego JR RHP Dylan Covey
  39. Rice JR RHP Austin Kubitza
  40. 3B Joseph Martarano (Fruitland HS, Idaho)
  41. Arkansas JR RHP Barrett Astin
  42. Oklahoma JR RHP Jonathan Gray
  43. Stephen F. Austin State JR 3B Hunter Dozier
  44. Arizona State JR RHP Trevor Williams
  45. 1B/C Zach Collins (American Heritage HS, Florida)
  46. Minnesota JR LHP Tom Windle
  47. C Chris Okey (Eustis HS, Florida)
  48. C Jonathan Denney (Yukon HS, Oklahoma)
  49. C Nick Ciuffo (Lexington HS, South Carolina)
  50. Mississippi State JR SS Adam Frazier
  51. RHP Cory Thompson (Mauldin HS, South Carolina)
  52. RHP Dominic Taccolini (Kempner HS, Texas)
  53. RHP Robert Tyler (Crisp County HS, Georgia)
  54. RHP Kevin Davis (Miller HS, Alabama)
  55. Central Florida JR RHP Ben Lively
  56. RHP Keegan Thompson (Cullman HS, Alabama)
  57. RHP Chris Oakley (St. Augustine Prep HS, New Jersey)
  58. Rice JR RHP John Simms
  59. 3B Cavan Biggio (St. Thomas HS, Texas)
  60. Marshall JR RHP Aaron Blair
  61. RHP Hunter Harvey (Bandys HS, North Carolina)
  62. TCU JR RHP Andrew Mitchell
  63. Virginia Tech JR 3B Chad Pinder
  64. Michigan JR OF Michael O’Neill
  65. New Mexico JR 1B/3B DJ Peterson
  66. Ohio State JR RHP/1B Josh Dezse
  67. Pepperdine JR RHP Scott Frazier
  68. Kent State rSO RHP Tyler Skulina
  69. LHP Garrett Williams (Calvary Baptist HS, Louisiana)
  70. RHP Andrew Church (Palo Verde HS, Nevada)
  71. Texas State JR RHP Kyle Finnegan
  72. RHP Casey Meisner (Cypress Woods HS, Texas)
  73. Georgia Tech JR 1B/OF Daniel Palka
  74. 1B/OF Nick Longhi (Venice HS, Florida)
  75. Cal State Fullerton JR OF/RHP Michael Lorenzen
  76. OF/1B Dominic Smith (Junipero Serra HS, California)
  77. 1B Rowdy Tellez (Elk Grove HS, California)
  78. Texas JR 3B/OF Erich Weiss
  79. 3B Travis Demeritte (Winder Barrow HS, Georgia)
  80. OF Matthew McPhearson (Riverdale Baptist HS, Maryland)
  81. SS/RHP Chris Rivera (El Dorado HS, California)
  82. Rhode Island JR OF Jeff Roy
  83. Arkansas JR RHP Colby Suggs
  84. UCLA JR RHP Adam Plutko
  85. Pepperdine JR LHP/OF Aaron Brown
  86. TCU JR RHP Stefan Crichton
  87. RHP Derik Beauprez (Cherry Creek HS, Colorado)
  88. RHP Chris Viall (Soquel HS, California)
  89. Arkansas JR 3B/1B Dominic Ficociello
  90. 2B/OF Anfernee Grier (Russell County HS, Alabama)
  91. SS Connor Heady (North Oldham HS, Kentucky)
  92. OF Josh Hart (Parkview HS, Georgia)
  93. OF Jordan Paroubeck (Serra HS, California)
  94. 1B/C Corey Simpson (Sweeny HS, Texas)
  95. OF Thomas Milone (Masuk HS, Connecticut)
  96. 3B Blake Tiberi (Holy Cross HS, Kentucky)
  97. OF Corder Sandberg (Manatee HS, Florida)
  98. 3B/OF Jason Martin (Orange Lutheran HS, California)
  99. SS Riley Unroe (Desert Ridge HS, Arizona)
  100. 3B John Sternagel (Rockledge HS, Florida)


  1. […] fancy introduction today. The list is here. The guys who didn’t make the cut […]

  2. Andrew says:

    San diego state second baseman Tim Zier should be on that list

  3. Long Island Baseball says:

    Take a look at JUCO Centerfielder Mike Bradshaw from Florence-Darlington Tech in South Carolina. 6.6 runner plus arm/power/bat speed. Shows flashes of plus D in Center.  6’5. Unreal potential. Saw him play in ACBL this summer coming off injury at St. Johns in NY.

  4. Scott says:

    Here is a heads up also.. Tyler Adams .. Seen him pitch this summer at NBC World Series in Wichita this passed summer.. Check out the news archives Aug 4th on Web site .. 12k’s .. Also he’s a starter at Cumberland University Tenn.


  5. Josh Kelly says:

    Where is JP Crawford from Lakewood, CA? He’s projected first round everywhere else I look.

    • Rob Ozga says:

      Good question. The short answer is that this big board is outdated and badly in need of an update. I’m working on college positional rankings now, but as soon as I’m done there I’ll get a new top 50 or 100 up on the site. Off the top of my head, I think I’d probably put Crawford somewhere in the late-teens, early-twenties, with as much of a chance of anybody to move up with a big spring.

      Since you mentioned Crawford specifically, I do have some interesting information to share. The first is something I’ve mentioned before…and something I’ll likely mention a few times more between now and June. I have on really good authority that the Astros love Crawford. Like, sleeper to go first overall kind of love. It’s obviously too early to actually speculate on such things, but, well, I did it anyway just now and nobody seemed to get hurt. Just a team/player fit to file away.

      I’ve also heard from a friend with a team that his organization thinks Crawford is a clear first round talent, but is already being talked about as a really slow mover in pro ball. We’re talking a level a year kind of pace. That’s not a bad thing per se, but it does speak to how teams — well, at least this one team — view him: big talent, but super raw.

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