The 2013 First Year Player Draft begins tomorrow, June 6th. Since we've already covered college prospects, today we'll provide a quick introduction to the year's most interesting high school candidates. In the draft's first day, baseball's weakest franchises will be especially interested in high-school players. The high school focus comes from those players' value, their ability to provide franchise-defining talent that's both affordable and a few years away from making an impact in Major League Baseball. (Teams who feel they're only a year or so from contention will likely favor college players.) Of course, the value of high school players comes with a higher degree of risk attached, since such players haven't been challenged by advanced competition yet. They haven't been expected to hit (or throw) a quality changeup. They haven't been tested on fields with tens of thousands of fans. And they haven't known the feeling of being one of their team's lesser talents. Remember, any baseball player drafted in the early rounds has almost certainly been his team's best player while growing up. With high school players, the 'untested' element is an especially significant factor. The first five teams to pick next Saturday will be the Astros, Cubs, Rockies, Twins and Indians. Each of those franchises has been mucking up the bottom of the standings in recent seasons, and each will be looking for a handful of potential catalysts that can help them respark their rosters in the years to come. While college pitchers like Jonathan Gray and Mark Appel will receive the most weekend attention thanks to their universal accolades, it'll be some of the first high school picks that will demonstrate how scouts' thinking varies from organization to organization. The Cubs, looking to make a big statement under their new management, are widely expected to select one of those two college arms, both of whom are nearly MLB-ready today. Even if they balk at those, in fact, it's very likely to be a college bat like Kris Bryant of San Diego and Colin Moran of NC that they select. But if they choose to reach deeper into the high school pool, it's quite possible they'll come up an outfielder from Georgia, one of either Clint Frazier, from Loganville, or Austin Meadows, from Grayson. Both players are seen as perfectly well-rounded, five tool talents with the gloves and arms for centerfield to accompany superior speed, batting and power potential.
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Draft Alert: Top High School Prospects
Scouting Book | Jun 6