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Official IBN MLB Baseball Mock Draft
posted Jun 03, 11:23AM
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The MLB draft, which starts this Friday on June 6th, doesn't get too much hype mainly because these players are stored away in the minor leagues for years until called up. This is the case for most players taken in the draft, but in recent years, stars have been making their way through minor league systems faster: Straburg, Harper, Trout, and coming soon Gerit Cole and Mike Zunino.

I took IBN's greatest baseball minor league minds, and compiled their opinions into this consensus mock draft. I also used a SB nation consensus mock to break ties in ours. Let's take a look at what the future holds for your favorite franchise. (our MLB mock draft is now featured on DC Pro Sports Report here)

 

Garrett Grafton

Mitchell McDivett

Incarcerated Bob

Ben Goldstein

SB Nation

Houston

Jonathon Gray

Mark Appel

Mark Appel

Jonathon Gray

Jonathon Gray

Chicago Cubs

Mark Appel

Jonathon Gray

Jonathon Gray

Mark Appel

Mark Appel

Colorado

Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant

Minnesota

Kohl Stewart

Kohl Stewart

Kohl Stewart

Kohl Stewart

Kohl Stewart

Cleveland

Colin Moran

Braden Shipley

Colin Moran

Colin Moran

Colin Moran

Miami

Trey Ball

Colin Moran

Clint Frazier

Austin Meadows

Braden Shipley

Boston

DJ Peterson

Clint Frazier

Braden Shipley

JP Crawford

Clint Frazier

Kansas City

Braden Shipley

Trey Ball

Trey Ball

Trey Ball

Trey Ball

Pittsburgh

Clint Frazier

DJ Peterson

Sean Manaea

DJ Peterson

Reese McGuire

Toronto

Austin Meadows

Austin Meadows

Austin Meadows

Reese McGuire

Austin Meadows

Aaaaaaand here's the consensus mock draft.

#1 Houston Astros- Jonathon Gray, SP Oklahoma

Being compared to Roger Clemens, the Rocket is a compliment that anyone will take. Being deemed as a better Clemens is a compliment that isn’t thrown around often.

But it is when talking about Jonathan Gray.

Gray is a right handed pitcher that is currently playing at the University of Oklahoma. At 6’4 240 pounds Gray has the frame to support how hard he throws. He has been clocked at 103 MPH and has the opportunity to be an exciting pitcher to watch in the future.

Gray also throws a hard slider that should develop with some practice. He also throws a change up that has a little bit of bite to it, but will need to develop a bit more to become a reliable pitch.

At this point Gray is projected to be the first player chosen overall and with his massive frame and his blazing fastball he makes a good case to be chosen first.

-Ben Goldstein

#2 Chicago Cubs- Mark Appel, SP Stanford

Appel Appel is the top prospect overall in this draft, and in last years draft. This is his third go around in the drafting process. In 2009 the Tigers took him in the 15th round, and he didn't sign. Then the Pirates snatched him last year after he fell all the way to eighth due to signability concerns, which held up, as Appel didn't sign with Pittsburgh either. Now he is graduating from Stanford after a stellar four years which means he SHOULD sign this year with Houston or Chicago, or whoever picks him. Appel is the most MLB ready prospect in this draft, which is why he might fall to the lucky Cubbies. Houston isn't looking to comptete next year, so they will probably take a chance on the other college arm Gray at number one. This leaves Appel to Chicago at two. He will help bolster the Cubs rotation in 2014, and should compete for a rotation spot in spring training next season as well.

-Garrett Grafton

 

#3 Colorado Rockies- Kris Bryant, 1B San Diego

Bundles of power , projects to be a 30-35 HR guy in majors. Bryant still has some questions on his 3B skills footwork needs work. He looks to be better equipped for OF play with an above average arm and good speed for a big guy. I like this kid for Rockies at #3 he will do major damage in the thin air of Colorado , could very well be a solid 5-tools player.

-Incarcerated Bob

 

 

 

 

#4 Minnesota Twins- Kohl Stewart, SP St. Puis X (HS)

Stewart is a multi-sport high school star out of Texas, and has committed to play baseball and football at Texas A&M University. While football is his favorite, his future is in baseball baseball. Stewart's fastball consistently touches 95, countered by a slider, which makes this high school arm have plenty of upside. The Twins love to invest in long term projects (Buxton, Sano, Hicks) and season them in the minors until they are well done. Stewart is a perfect fit for the Twins mold, if he is willing to forgo his two sport college experience. On his Twitter page it says in his bio, “Future Student Athlete.” That might change when Minnesota or whoever takes Stewart shoves a few million his way.

-Garrett Grafton

 

 

 

#5 Cleveland Indians- Colin Moran, 3B North Carolina

Finding a pure hitter is a tough task for many teams. Many hitters have some sort of issue and finding a hitter that can hit to all fields is like finding a needle in a haystack.

But in this years draft, the closest needle in the haystack is North Carolina third baseman, Colin Moran.

Moran is a rangy hitter that has hit over .330 every year at North Carolina. He can hit it to the right, left, up the middle and his approach at the plate is very impressive. Moran is that type of hitter that will get on base in some sort of way and will score you runs.

Moran does have his issues and fielding is one the most concerning ones. At third base, Moran has a tough time because of his lack of athleticism. His arm is some what strong, but his footwork is off. He doesn’t have the range to move the outfield and first base is not an ideal position for him.

But if Moran can hit he will find a spot in any lineup, but if he can’t his fielding won’t carry him.

-Ben Goldstein

 

#6 Miami Marlins- Braden Shipley, SP Nevada

Not much consistency among the mockers for this pick, but we will give Miami the only player who didn't make our consensus, but has a top ten value. Braden Shipley is a small school ace out of the University of Nevada. Shipley's fastball velocity reaches 98 mph, and mixes in a curve and changeup in his arsenal of pitches. He does need a little work with being more consistent with his off pitches, but the Marlins can work with him for a long time if they take him as they are in a “rebuilding” process. Miami will be looking for a college arm in this draft, or a high school arm, or a high school hitter, or a high school arm. The Marlins have lots of needs if you haven't sensed that, so their pick is kind of a wild card here at six.

-Garrett Grafton

 

 

#7 Boston Red Sox- Clint Frazier, OF Loganville, Georgia (HS)

Frazier is a toolsy high school hitter out of Georgia. Meadows competes with Frazier for the top HS bat, but scouts like production more than upside, which is is why they project Frazier higher than Meadows. Red Sox get a nice piece for the future here.

-Mitch McDivett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#8 Kansas City Royals- Trey Ball, SP New Castle, Indiana (HS)

Trey Ball is the projectable pitcher the Royals have been looking a long time for. With a 92-94 MPH fastball and a plus curveball Royals fans might have something to look forward too for many years to come.

-Mitch McDivett

 

 

 

 

#9 Pittsburgh Pirates- DJ Peterson, 1B/3B New Mexico

The best bat in the draft might belong to New Mexico star, D.J. Peterson.

Peterson plays third base but will most likely move to first base or outfield when he reaches the big leagues. But it’s not his glove that teams are drooling over, it’s his swing.

Peterson has put up some astronomical numbers this year at New Mexico, hitting .419, with an OBP of .490 and 17 homeruns and 33 walks. He has a quick swing that generates some power and his power seems to keep improving every year.

He isn’t a major risk as a top 10 pick because of how scary is bat is. His fielding might be a little bit risky, but his hitting will make up for it.

-Ben Goldstein

 

 

 

 

#10 Toronto Blue Jays- Austin Meadows, OF Grayson, Georgia (HS)

Excellent athletic build, outstanding runner, outfield range is top rate, throwing arm erratic at this time but still developing, but has some raw arm strength. Nice short compact left handed swing, very quick hands, needs to get rid of some uppercut in swing plane, will generally try to pull ball, when he connects ball jumps and disappears. Top 3 physical tools in this draft , projects to be a 25-30 HR guy in majors.

-Incarcerated Bob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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