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Jonathan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma
According to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have narrowed their choices down to Gray, Mark Appel, Kris Bryant, Clint Frazier and Austin Meadows. The general consensus for months now has been that the pick will be either Gray or Appel. ESPN was first to report that Gray tested positive for Adderall, but it may not have any impact on his draft status.
Gray looks like a good fit for Houston. He has the stuff to be a frontline starter with an elite fastball that approaches triple digits. Power pitchers make a lot of sense in the Astros' ball park and the team's move to the American League.
Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford
The Cubs have the resources to get Appel signed, so they probably won't be frightened off by his fiasco with the Pirates. If Appel falls to Chicago's pick, I think the team will pull the trigger. If he doesn't, the Cubs will be happy with Gray. He projects well to Wrigley with the ability to limit the left field power alley.
Kris Bryant, OF/3B, San Diego
The Rockies need a replacement for Todd Helton, and Bryant has maybe the best bat in the 2013 MLB Draft. Colorado could move him to first base and have its corner infield set with power hitters for the long term.
Braden Shipley, RHP, Nevada
Minnesota has Clint Frazier and Ausitn Meadows available, but the Twins took a high school outfielder in the 2012 MLB Draft. It might be good for them to mix in some pitching talent this year. Shipley should go in the top five after Appel and Gray.
Pick change; previously Kohl Stewart, RHP
Kohl Stewart, RHP, High School
Stewart is a risky pick because of his scholarship to Texas A&M. He is viewed as a competitor to replace Johnny Manziel in 2014 or 2015, so he could be difficult to sign. However, the Indians need pitching talent and don't seem to be too concerned about the signability.
Pick change; previously Clint Frazier, OF
Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina
The Marlins need hitters badly. Moran looks like a safe pick to develop and give Miami a middle-of-the-order bat. The Marlins would be fortunate to land Moran as he could easily go in the top five.
Pick change; previously Austin Meadows, OF
Clint Frazier, OF, High School
Frazier is one of the top prospects available along with Kris Bryant (3B) and Austin Meadows (OF). The Red Sox seem to prefer safer players over the boom-or-bust guys and Frazier could be that over Meadows.
Pick change; previously Colin Moran, 3B
Austin Meadows, OF, High School
Meadows could have the most boom potential of any non-pitcher. He is a natural fit for the Royals, and they would be thrilled if he fell to them.
Pick change; previously Braden Shipley, RHP
Reese McGuire, C, High School
The Pirates could use more talent at catcher in the farm system. It will be interesting to see in what order the first-round catchers come off the board. McGuire, Jonathan Denney and Hunter Renfroe could go in any order.
Trey Ball, OF/RHP, High School
The Blue Jays like big-upside athletes and Ball definitely fits their M.O. Toronto would have a nice piece of clay to mold as a power pitcher or outfielder.
D.J. Peterson, 3B/1B, New Mexico
New York could use a corner infielder and a plus bat. They Mets would be fortunate to land Peterson as he looks like a perfect fit for them.
Pick change; previously Sean Manaea, LHP
J.P. Crawford, SS, High School
The Mariners could be getting a steal in Crawford. They need more hitting talent in their farm system and he could be a good glove in the middle infield.
Hunter Renfroe, C/OF, Mississippi State
It would make a lot of sense for the Padres to take Renfroe at this point. He has a lot of tools and would bolster San Diego's solid farm system.
Pick change; previously J.P. Crawford, SS
Dominic Smith, 1B, High School
The Pirates have a lot of young pitching talent in the minors, so they could target two position players in Round 1. Adding a catcher and a plus bat like Smith's would make a lot of sense for Pittsburgh.
Pick change; previously D.J. Peterson, 3B
Aaron Judge, OF, Fresno State
The Diamondbacks could go a lot of different directions with this pick, but Judge would give Arizona another good bat to develop. The Diamondbacks have shown interest in him according to MLB.com.