Yesterday erik gave everybody a look at how he thinks the first 13 picks of the draft are going to go, and today I am trying to figure out the top 20 prospects available. We are about a month out, and while there is some consensus starting to develop with the college players, the high school group is still mostly up in the air.
1. Pedro Alvarez 3B Vanderbilt
Has missed time with injury, but he is still draft’s top talent.
2. Brian Matusz LHP San Diego
Lefty has established himself as draft’s top pitcher with good control of three above average pitches.
Hasn’t had a great year, but you don’t find these kind of tools in a shortstop very often.
Has great stuff, but he has struggled recently. If his bonus demands get too high he could be a candidate to fall.
Doesn’t have great power, but extremely athletic catchers who will hit for average are rare.
Having a monster season showing power and great plate discipline.
Best prep bat in the draft. Only question is signability.
Has arguably the best stuff in the draft. If he sharpens up his command, he could be the best pitcher in this draft.
Great bat and should have the ability to stick at short.
Prep catchers usually take a while, but this one could be worth the wait. He has more upside than the draft’s top catcher Buster Posey.
11. Shooter Hunt RHP Tulane
Great stuff, questionable control. If a team can straighten him out he can be a #2 starter.
Extremely polished bat, Alonso may be draft’s top pure hitter.
Power on the hill and at the plate, this prep star is likely to go as a pitcher.
Adds arguably the draft’s best curve ball to an above average fastball.
Electric stuff, but there are a lot of question marks.
As toolsy as they come, Hicks may be the draft’s top athlete.
Dominating college closer with plus fastball/curve combo.
Has had a rough spring, but is finishing strong. Not as highly regarded as before the season, but he still has the makings of a top of the rotation starter.
19. Alex Meyer RHP Greensburg High School (IN)
Big righty with big time stuff. He is still raw, but the sky is the limit.
Has the makings of a very good lead off hitter with line drive stroke and blazing speed.