2013 MLB Draft: Three Experts Rank the Top 30 Prospects

Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Where do Keith Law, Chris Crawford and Baseball America's draft prospect rankings compare and differ?

One of my favorite aspects of the MLB Draft is the diverse set of prospect rankings. In other sports, experts and fans alike seem to generally agree on where certain players should be drafted. In baseball, you can have one well-respected prospect evaluator rank a prospect in his top 10 – the same prospect who another "expert" has off his top 50, completely.

At the tail-end of last week, we took a look at Keith Law's top 50. Last night, another ESPN draft expert, Chris Crawford – also of MLB Draft Insider fame – released his new top 30. The lists are much different than most pre-season top 30s, reflecting the risers and fallers of the college baseball season.

Below is a comparison between Law, Crawford and Baseball America's (February 1) top 30 prospects.

Law CC BA
1. Mark Appel 1 1 1
2. Austin Meadows 3 3 3
3. Sean Manaea 2 6 2
4. Ryne Stanek 4 8 5
5. Clint Frazier 7 7 4
6. Kris Bryant 6 4 12
7. Austin Wilson 5 9 11
8. Jon Denney 9 11 7
9. Trey Ball 11 10 13
10. JP Crawford 13 13 9
11. Kohl Stewart 14 5 18
12. Dom Smith 19 21 8
13. Jon Gray 8 2 UR
14. Marco Gonzalez 22 16 22
15. Colin Moran 30 25 6
16. Ian Clarkin 21 14 28
17. Jon Crawford 26 28 10
18. Ryan Eades 15 17 32
19. Reese McGuire 28 23 14
20. Ryan Boldt 18 29 24
21. Chris Anderson 12 12 UR
22. Braden Shipley 10 15 UR
23. Aaron Judge 32 24 21
24. Trevor Williams 20 20 38
25. Andrew Mitchell 16 19 UR
26. Matt Krook 17 24 UR
27. Andy McGuire 23 18 50
28. Connor Jones 25 27 UR
29. Andrew Thurman 24 30 UR
30. Oscar Mercado 34 50 19

What I gathered from this consensus rankings, is how much things have changed during the season. Baseball America's list was published on the first of February, without Jonathan Gray, who was in both Law and Crawford's top 8. Comparing the two recently-published lists also gives us a good idea of the "risers", as opposed to the guys who have performed as expected.

How would your top 30 compare to these industry experts? It seems I'm the only guy in the world with Phillip Ervin in my top 10.

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