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Top 20 Pitchers for 2013 MLB Draft

by Steve Garrity on May. 15, 2013

 

(As seen in USA Today's Sports Weekly)

1)Mark Appel/RHP/Stanford – Has the size and stuff you look for in a frontline starter. Has a mid 90’s fastball with movement that will be his bread and butter. The best player available.

2)Jonathan Gray/RHP/Oklahoma – Has a workhorse build at 6’4’’ and 250 LBS. Has hit 100mph on the radar gun, to go along with a potentially plus slider. Has a real chance to go first overall.

3)Sean Manaea/LHP/Indiana State – Manaea isn’t as polished as Appel or Gray, but lefties that can throw 96mph are going to grab a lot of attention. He needs to work on the consistencies of his secondary pitches, but he has a lot of upside.

4)Braden Shipley/RHP/Nevada  - Shipley has a lot of arm strength – hitting 98 mph, and has two solid secondary offerings in a curveball and changeup. He has easy mechanics and solid control.

5)Kohl Stewart/RHP/St. Pius X HS (Texas) – The top high school arm in the class, Stewart is also a type 1 diabetic, so teams will want to be sure he knows how to handle it. He is also an outstanding athlete, committing to Texas A&M to play quarterback and has the stuff to be a frontline starter. Needs to work on his mechanics some.

6)Chris Anderson/RHP/Jacksonville – Has an athletic build at 6’4’’ and 215 lbs, along with the possibility of three above average pitches. His fastball and slider are already above average, to go with very good control. Anderson has the ceiling of a frontend starter.

7)Ryne Stanek/RHP/Arkansas – A top three pick coming into the season, Stanek has struggled with inconsistencies, but he has arm strength – hitting the mid 90’s, and a potentially plus offering in his slider. Right now consistency is what’s holding him back.

8)Ryan Eades/RHP/LSU – Another pitcher who has struggled with consistency, but Eades has the arm strength, size, and control you look for in a pitcher. His lack of dominance concerns some.

9)Trey Ball/LHP/New Castle HS (Indiana) – The top two way player in the class, Ball would be higher if it was 100 percent certain he was going to be drafted as a pitcher. He has a long, lanky frame at 6’6’’ and 180 lbs, but he has room to grow and already has solid arm strength – hitting 93 mph. He has a solid curve and changeup. Ball has a very high ceiling.

10)Marco Gonzalez/LHP/Gonzaga – Another two way player, but Gonzalez’ future is on the mound.  He has very good command of a low 90’s fastball, along with a slider and change.

11)Ian Clarkin/LHP/James Madison HS (California) – Clarkin has an athletic frame and fastball that can touch the low – mid 90’s and a hard breaking ball and a changeup. He controls all three well.

12)Jonathan Crawford/RHP/Florida – Has a big arm – hitting 96 mph with his fastball. He combines it with a hard slider. The stuff is there he just needs to refine his game some.

13)Rob Kaminsky/LHP/ St.Joseph Regional HS (New Jersey) – There is always a stigma surrounding kids from the northeast, he’s also not very big at 6’0’’ and 180 lbs, but Kaminsky is one of the top arms in the draft. He can hit mid 90’s with his fastball and has two more solid offerings in a slider and change.

14)Hunter Harvey/RHP/Bandys HS (North Carolina) –Harvey has the Major League bloodlines scouts love – his dad,Bryan, was an All Star closer . He has a lean frame at 6’2’’ and 170 lbs, so there is room to fill out, but he already hits mid 90’s with his fastball, along with a curve and change, both of which has the chance to be average at the Major League level.

15)Phil Bickford/ RHP/Oaks Christian HS (California) – Good size for a high schooler at 6’4’’ and 200 lbs, he has solid mechanics and has hit the high 90’s with his fastball, along with a slider and curve. All that adds up to a player that could rise up draft boards quickly.

16)Bobby Wahl/RHP/Ole Miss. – Wahl has an ideal pitchers frame at 6’3’’ and 200 lbs and has and come out of the pen for team USA, which is where teams probably see him. He has a mid 90’s fastball with a potentially plus curveball.

17)Kevin Ziomek/LHP/Vanderbilt – Ziomek has a solid three pitch mix including a low 90’s fastball with good movement and a plus changeup. He has struggled with consistency and can lose his velocity at times. But he has the makings of a front end of the rotation starter.

18)Trevor Williams/RHP/Arizona State – There is some concern because he doesn’t miss as many bats as he should considering his stuff, but Williams has a mid 90’s fastball, along with a slider, curve, and change. He is probably a safer pick, but he can control his pitches and throws strikes. He starts at ASU, but was a reliever on team USA.

19)Matthew Krook/LHP/St.Ignatius HS (California) – Good size at 6’4’’ and 200 lbs, with plenty of room to fill out. Krook can reach the mid 90’s with his fastball, along with a solid curve. He has a change, but it is inconsistent.

20)Carlos Salazar/RHP/Kerman HS (Califonia) – Salazar has outstanding arm strength – hitting 97, he also has a slider that has a chance to be a plus pitch, and a solid change up. A strong commitment to Fresno State could scare some teams off.