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2013 MLB Draft: Picks 2-5 – Cubs take third baseman Kris Bryant 2nd overall

Jun 6, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

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Cubs picked University of San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant with the second overall pick.
Bryant, a 6-foot-5 right-handed bat, was considered the best power hitter from the college ranks, smashing 31 homers to go along with a .329/.493/.820 line for San Diego this year. The question with him is defense, as some wonder if he’ll be able to stay at third base. With little organization depth at the position, the Cubs will have good reason to leave him at the hot corner for now.

Rockies picked University of Oklahoma RHP Jonathan Gray with the third pick.
There was some speculation that Gray would fall after testing positive for Adderall, but the Rockies couldn’t pass on a big-time arm capable of moving quickly. Gray throws a bit harder than Mark Appel, reaching the upper 90s, but his changeup is a mediocre third pitch that needs some work. He’s not quite as polished as Appel, but he could still reach the majors in 2014. Hopefully, he’ll work out better than the last two college right-handers the Rockies picked in the top 10: Casey Weathers (8th overall, 2007) and Greg Reynolds (2nd overall, 2006).

Twins selected high school RHP Kohl Stewart fourth overall in the draft.
Stewart, widely regarded as the top high school pitcher in the class, is also a find quarterback prospect, having committed to Texas A&M. Still, everyone seems to expect that he’ll sign. Stewart is a fastball-slider pitcher capable of throwing in the mid-90s. He joins an impressive stable of young Twins arms that includes offseason acquisitions Alex Meyer and Trevor May, along with former draft picks Kyle Gibson and Jose Berrios.

Indians picked high school outfielder Clint Frazier fifth overall.
A bit of a surprise here, but the Indians were probably hoping one of the top three would slip. Frazier isn’t a big guy, standing 6-foot-1 and weighing 190, but teams still think he’ll hit for power with wood bats. He also gets rave reviews for makeup. As a high school bat, he doesn’t figure to move quickly.

  1. boyofzimmer - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Cubbies have some major prospects in their system! Watch out for 2015!!!

    • spellingcops - Jun 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      You mean 2115, right?

      • bigmeechy74 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:02 AM

        They are my favorite team and I still gave you a thumbs up. I give credit where credit is due.

  2. dondada10 - Jun 6, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Was really hoping Frazier would fall to the Mets.

  3. Kevin Gillman - Jun 6, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Frazier has been on the Indians radar for a long time, and I am glad they slected him. The idea of Lindor and Frazier batting 2nd and 3rd for years to come has a good sound to it, and a very, very good realistic possibility.

  4. 13arod - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    spellingcops the cubs have one of the best minor league sytems so shut up

  5. Del Pittman - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Very surprised Gray didn’t fall because of PEDs and also a mechanical flaw that had him rated with a OIP of 60%. His lack of hip rotation is similar to Todd Van Poppel, A’s 1st rounder in ’91. If Overall Injury Probability had been available in ’91, it would’ve also been 60%. That’s an OIP that would be more suited for a project pick,,,not a 1st rounder. Unbelievable.

  6. stex52 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Gray is “not as polished as Appel”? nyuk nyuk nyuk.

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