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Top 20 Infielders

by Steve Garrity on May. 29, 2013

(As seen in USA Today's Sports Weekly)

1)Kris Bryant 3B San Diego, Jr., 6’5” 215– The best offensive prospect in the draft, Bryant is in the conversation for number one overall. May end up at first when it’s all said and done.

2) D.J. Peterson 1B New Mexico, Jr., 6’1” 205 – Peterson has an excellent approach at the plate, and should hit for average. He’ll also take the walk if given, but his calling card is his plus power.

3) Colin Moran 3B UNC, Jr., 6’3” 215– Moran has the bloodlines scouts love – his uncle is B.J. Surhoff – and is a very good hitter from the left hand side, but he doesn’t have a single tool that really stands out.

4) Dominic Smith 1B Serra HS (CA), 6’0” 210 – Smith has a very good approach for a high school hitter and has the tools to hit for both average and power down the road.

5) Oscar Mercado SS Gaither HS (FL), 6’2” 175 – Mercado has an extremely smooth swing, which should help him hit for average. He also has outstanding actions at short and should stick at the position in the pros.

6)Tim Anderson SS East Central CC, 6’1” 180 – Anderson’s calling card is his speed, which should make him a base stealing threat in pro ball. He probably moves off of shortstop and into the outfield.

7) J.P. Crawford SS Lakewood HS (CA), 6’2” 175 – His legs and his arm are his best tools right now, but he has the chance to be a solid hitter, possibly with average power.

8) Eric Jagielo 3B Notre Dame, Jr., 6’3” 215 – Jagielo probably won’t stick at third, but his power bat is enough to carry him wherever he plays.

9)Dustin Peterson SS Gilbert HS (AZ), 6’1” 175 – He’s the little brother of DJ Peterson, but his bat has a chance to be just as big or bigger.

10)Drew Ward 1B Leedey HS (OK), 6’4” 210 – Ward would have been one of the top bats even if he graduated in 2014, like he was supposed to originally, but he has been told if he graduates this year he is eligible for the draft. His swing will lead to power, but he gets caught out in front trying to chase off speed stuff.

11) Travis Demeritte 3B Winder Barrow HS (GA), 6’1” 195 – Demeritte won’t wow you with any one tool, but he is solid across the board.

12) Andy McGuire SS James Madison HS (VA), 6’1” 195  -The team that drafts McGuire will have to be patient with him if he signs, but he has a solid stroke that produces gap power currently, which could lead to average power down the line.

13) Ryan McMahon 3B Mater Dai HS (CA), 6’2” 180 – A very good athlete who also played football up until his junior year, McMahon has solid tools across the board, and has the projectability teams loves.

14) Rowdy Tellez 1B Elk Grove HS (CA), 6’4” 220 – Tellez already has an outstanding build - 6’4’’ and 220 lbs. – and the power to match it, but his approach at the plate should also allow him to hit for a decent average.

15) Brian Ragira 1B Stanford, Jr., 6’2” 210 – Ragira has some serious raw power, though it hasn’t shown up in games consistently, but that could come with professional coaching.

16)Cavan Biggio 3B St.Thomas HS (TX), 6’1” 185 – The son of future HOF Craig Biggio, Cavan has plenty to like besides bloodlines. He’s bigger than his father, and has a stroke that should produce gap to gap power, and potentially more.

17) Chad Pinder 3B Virginia Tech, Jr., 6’2” 192 – Pinder has a good approach at the plate, which should help him for average. He also grades out solid across the board, though he isn’t the fastest guy in the world.

18) Jacoby Jones 2B LSU, Jr., 6’3” 200 – Jones struggles with his consistency at the plate, but he has the tools teams look for, and he just needs to work on how to use those tools correctly.

19) Hunter Dozier SS Stephen F. Austin, Jr., 6’4” 220– Dozier will probably end up moving over to third, but he has more than enough bat to profile there, and should hit for power and average.

20) Jan Hernandez SS Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy (PR), 6’3” 195 – Hernandez has outstanding bat speed, which should lead to power down the line. He grades out well across the board, though he may not stay at shortstop for long.