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House of Shlain: Top Prospects From 2013 Draft

Nick Shlain

Nick Shlain

Nick analyzes prospects for RotoWire and focuses on the Midwest League during the season.

With the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft now in the books, it's time to rank the top prospects from the class as dynasty league owners prepare to make in-season additions to their roster.

1. Mark Appel, RHP, Astros: After dropping to eighth overall in the 2012 draft due to bonus demands and turning down the Pirates, Appel returned to Stanford for his senior season and was the top selection in this year's draft. He has been picked apart by scouts and analysts perhaps more than any player in the entire history of the draft and he's come out looking like the most MLB-ready player in the 2013 class. Appel stands 6-foot-5 and works in the mid-90s with his fastball with the ability to reach back for more. He also throws a nasty plus slider and a changeup, which also flashes as a plus offering. The expectation is that he'll go through the minors quickly, however, that still hinges on him signing with the Astros in a timely manner and that remains to be seen. Appel doesn't have th

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