Draft Notes: Gray, Appel, Bryant, Int’l Draft

Earlier today, Tim Dierkes asked MLBTR readers who they think will go No. 1 overall in the 2013 draft.  More than 51% of you say that Oklahoma right-hander Jonathan Gray will go to the Astros with the top pick while Mark Appel came in second with roughly 30% of the vote.  Here's the latest on the upcoming draft..

  • Have you fallen behind on the latest draft news?  Baseball America (sub. req'd) has you covered with profiles of their top 500 prospects.  After Gray, Appel, and Kris Bryant – who could very well be the top three picks – outfielders Clint Frazier, Kohl Stewart, and Austin Meadows round out the top six.
  • Kiley McDaniel of ScoutingBaseball.com posted his second mock draft yesterday, with the Astros taking Appel and the Cubs taking Gray.  McDaniel offers thoughts on each of his 33 projected first round picks, so be sure to check it out.
  • Jim Callis of Baseball America fielded reader questions in a draft mailbag earlier today.  One reader asks which two-way guy in the draft has the most potential with the talent they won’t be drafted for, similar to Stetson Allie.  Callis believes that the player with the best fallback plan is Indiana high schooler Trey Ball, who likely will be a top-10-overall choice as a lefthanded pitcher but could also wind up as an outfielder.
  • Ben Badler of Baseball America has nine questions that MLB must address if they want to implement an international draft.  First and foremost, baseball must figure out which countries will be lumped into the draft and which ones won't, Badler writes.

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