2013 MLB Draft: Prospect Rankings Outside Top 10

Ryne Stanek started the 2013 season as a very possible pick by the Rockies at 2013, but his year at Arkansas has him falling off of David Oh No's top ten list. - Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

The Colorado Rockies have drafted in the top 5 in the Rule 4 MLB draft just once before (2006). One week from today, they will have the third selection in the first round. To get you ready, David Oh No will bring you new draft material daily until the draft.

The 2013 MLB Draft is just a week away, and the top of the draft big board is really starting to crystallize. For the Rockies, the 2013 draft could bring a potential change in the way players are evaluated. Mark Wiley's role as Director of Pitching should impact the scouting and selection of both college and high school arms near the top of the draft.

We learned last year the importance of slot bonus management and how potential gambles on signability can hold a team's remaining picks hostage. This is something to follow with high-priced prospects being selected around the Rockies' third overall pick.

So what can we expect from the Colorado Rockies in the 2013 draft? Will the Rockies land a franchise-changing staff ace? A new middle order power threat? How might the big board look for Colorado and what external factors could come in to play with certain prospects? I'll attempt to answer these questions over the next week, give you my Top 10 list and recommended first round selection, and provide notes on prospects to follow early on day (June 7).

For my Top Ten Draft Prospects list, I have crowd-sourced media notes, scouting reports, and rankings to target which prospects to study through readily accessible video, and in some cases, live looks. The rankings and opinions accompanying them are my own and come from personal judgments on the video I see as well as comparing trends based on similar profiles from years past. It is not a mock draft, nor a ranking of whom any specific team should draft.

We will get into the Top Ten tomorrow, but here are a few prospects that just missed my list. All of them have been tied to the Rockies with the #3 pick at some point.


Sean Manaea (LHP, 6'5", 235, Indiana State)

Manaea probably raises the most eyebrows, but the heart of his profile was an arm strength lefty. According to reports, that arm strength has been diminished this spring. I have noticed in comparing videos from the summer to this spring that Manaea has been working around the ball more, with a lower arm angle. This can be fixed, but as a Boras client, the cost-reward ratio is too high.

Scouting Report, Keith Law (5/9/13)

Game Video, Jeff Zimmerman (4/7/13)

Game Video, Perfect Game Baseball (5/17/13)


Ryne Stanek (RHP, 6'1", 190, U of Arkansas)

Stanek was also in the conversation for the top three picks at the start of the season, but he's not thrown enough strikes or dominated like his stuff suggests, becoming far too dependent on his breaking pitch.

Game Video, DiamondScapeBaseball (2/28/13)


Austin Meadows (OF, 6'3", 200, Grayson HS (GA))

Meadows is just a little too "scouty" for me, in that you would be banking more on projection instead of present tools. In a down year for HS bats, he's been pumped up, but he reminds me more of Brandon Nimmo from a few years ago and should go in a similar slot.

Scouting Report, Keith Law (5/9/13)


Colin Moran (3B, 6'3", 215, U of North Carolina)

Moran seems to be on the rise, as Keith Law has him projected to go #1 overall to the Astros in today's mock draft. He can flat out hit for average, but I haven't seen enough video on him to change my opinion on him from previous seasons. I think he is more of a safe bat then a true impact performer. If he cannot stay at third, he's a borderline pick.

Scouting Report, Keith Law (5/9/13)

Interview, ACC Digital Network (5/26/13)


Tune in tomorrow for the #7-10 prospects on my list.

Make sure to follow David Oh No on twitter at @davidchood. He is best reached there for questions.

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