After following this draft class very closely over the last year, here are my final top 30 rankings.
1. Pedro Alvarez, 3b, Vanderbilt
He hasn’t had the best season and has battled injury, but he still has the most dynamic bat in the draft.
2. Brian Matusz, LHP, San Diego
The big lefty has established himself as the draft’s number one pitcher and should be ready for the big leagues in short order.
3. Tim Beckham, SS, Georgia HS
The draft’s best prep position player has the tools to stick at short and an improving bat.
4. Aaron Crow, RHP, Missouri
The righty hit a rough patch after his big scoreless streak, but he has been pitching great for a month. His fastball/slider combo is the best in the draft.
5. Buster Posey, C, Florida St.
The very athletic Posey has the tools to be above average behind the plate and in the batter’s box.
6. Eric Hosmer, 1b, Florida HS
The big slugger has the best bat among prep position players. He is also a pretty good athlete as he is a good first baseman, and he can bump mid-90′s gas from the left side.
7. Justin Smoak, 1b, South Carolina
The switch-hitter has huge power from both sides of the plate. He also has a great approach and a good glove.
8. Gordon Beckham, SS, Georgia
His power numbers have slowed down from his blazing start, but he still provides above average power from a middle infield position.
9. Yonder Alonso, 1b, Miami (FL)
He combines a pure stroke with big time power. He is the total package as a hitter, but will his lack of athleticism cause him to fall?
10. Kyle Skipworth, C, California HS
He has above average power and arm strength from behind the plate, but the track record on high school catchers taken in the first round is not good.
11. Christian Friedrich, LHP, Eastern Kentucky
There are questions about his competition and his command, but he has above average velocity and the draft’s best curveball.
12. Brett Wallace, 3b, Arizona St.
Like Alonso he offers a great pure stroke and 25 homer power. His looks will fool you when it comes to his athleticism, and he may not be locked in to first base like many believe.
13. Brett Lawrie, 3b/C, Canada HS
Shooting up draft boards due to his jaw dropping performances against professional competition with a wood bat. He doesn’t have a lot of experience, but he does have a lot of power.
14. Zach Collier, OF, California HS
A late comer to the first round, Collier won’t turn 18 until the end of summer. He offers a big frame and a lot of power potential from the left side.
15. Aaron Hicks, CF/RHP, California HS
The draft’s best athlete Hicks offers plus tools in the field and on the mound. His mid-90′s fastball and power curve are intriguing, but he wants to be a position player where he can take advantage of his plus speed.
16. Tim Melville, RHP, Missouri HS
He hasn’t had the spring everyone had imagined, but he is still the best high school pitcher in the country. He offers the potential of two future plus pitches in his low to mid-90′s fastball and hammer curve along with a very projectable frame.
17. Ethan Martin, RHP, Georgia HS
If Melville is 1, Martin is 1a. He also offers mid-90′s velocity and is very athletic on the mound.
18. Casey Kelly, SS, Florida HS
Kelly is a big shortstop with soft hands and a strong arm. There are questions about his bat, but he knows how to play the game and could be an above average major league shortstop some day.
19. Shooter Hunt, RHP, Tulane
Hunt has everything you look for in a top of the rotation starter with a fastball that touches the mid-90′s and a hammer curve in the low-80′s. Unfortunately he struggles with his control and is still pretty raw for a college pitcher.
20. Jason Castro, C, Stanford
He is a strong defensive catcher with power from the left side. There are some worries that he may be a one year wonder, but he does offer an intriguing package.
21. Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Illinois HS
He combines the best command in the high school ranks with a fastball that can touch the mid-90′s and two good breaking balls. Also a very good athlete and top shortstop, Odorizzi has very clean mechanics.
22. Andrew Cashner, RHP, TCU
He exploded on the scene this year with a high-90′s fastball after being moved to the pen. He still struggles with consistency with his slider, but he is the draft’s top college closer.
23. Gerrit Cole, RHP, California HS
People question his make-up and his mechanics, but the stuff is undeniable. A team willing to take a risk could get a steal in the back of the first round.
24. Ryan Perry, RHP, Arizona
He offers arguably the best pure stuff in the draft with the potential for 3 plus pitches, but he has never succeeded in a starting role. A team that believes he can stick in the rotation could take him much higher.
25. Jemile Weeks, 2b, Miami (FL)
His dynamic speed and switch-hitting ability make him an ideal lead-off candidate. There are questions about his glove, but he has plus range and decent pop from the 2nd base position.
26. Ike Davis, OF/1b, Arizona St.
Davis had always been a solid producer, but he exploded this spring showing very good power. He is aggressive at the plate, but he makes good contact and profiles as a prototypical right fielder with his power bat and arm.
27. Brett Devall, LHP, Florida HS
The draft’s top high school lefty has good size and a great idea of what he is doing on the mound. His arsenal consists of a high-80′s fastball that can reach 93 and a good curve.
28. Conor Gillaspie, 3b, Wichita St.
He doesn’t have the prototypical corner power, but he is a great pure hitter and knows how to play the game.
29. Reese Havens, SS, South Carolina
Many think he doesn’t have the range for short, but he has made great strides with the bat over the last year. He has surprising pop and a good idea of what he is doing at the plate.
30. Josh Fields, RHP, Georgia
He has great stuff, but he is still raw on the mound despite being a college senior. Fields slumped down the stretch, but he is still a candidate to be the first player from this class to reach the major leagues.