Top 10 MLB Draft Grades 2023 Rankings
Ranking the best MLB Teams that drafted in the 2023 MLB Draft. MLB Grades,, Rankings, and more as the the San Francisco Giants lead the way
By admin | July 13, 2023
2023 MLB Draft Prospects
The action packed Major League Baseball calendar and schedule continues to roll along as the 2023 MLB All-Star Game as well as the 2023 MLB Draft has come and gone. While the All-Star game was loaded with young stars that are the current face of the game, the next wave of the future stars of Major League Baseball were drafted over the previous three nights as MLB teams looked to rebuild their minor league organizations. This includes the Top 10 MLB teams landing on the Top 10 MLB Draft Grades 2023 Rankings list who each put together impressive MLB draft classes this season.
Headlining the Top MLB Draft Grade is the San Francisco Giants who did not have a top 20 draft pick and did most of their damage by landing four of the top 50 players rated prior to the MLB draft including high school pitcher Bryce Eldridge. Joining the Giants on the list of the top draft grades from the 2023 MLB Draft is the Washington Nationals who landed one of the best all around players in the draft in outfielder Dylan Crews. In addition to the Giants and Nationals posting strong grades, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, and Seattle Mariners round out the best grades of the 2023 MLB Draft. Here is a look at the Top 10 MLB Draft Grades 2023 Rankings.
MLB Draft Grade: B+
Notable Players Drafted: Enrique Bradfield Jr, Mac Horvath (OF), Levi Wells (P), Tanner Witt (P)
Landing just outside of the Top 10 MLB Draft Grades 2023 Rankings is the Baltimore Orioles who continue to have one of the top ranked MLB farm teams over the past few seasons.
After landing top MLB prospects Gunnar Henderson, Jackson Holliday, and Adley Rutschman over the past few drafts, the Orioles however did not hold a top five pick or even a top 15 this season but made the most of their picks by landing four players ranked in the Top 100 including talented outfielder Enrique Bradfield Jr from Vanderbilt.
Bradfield Jr has the tools to be a strong MLB hitter with great plate discipline while also a plus defender as the future center fielder of the team. The team added 13 pitchers including Levi Wells while also taking eight positional players (5 outfielders, 2 shortstops, 1 catcher).
St. Louis Cardinals
MLB Draft Grade: B+
Notable Players Drafted: Chase Davis (OF), Travis Honeyman (OF), Quinn Mathews (P), Cameron Johnson (P)
The St. Louis Cardinals have had a history of drafting and developing talented MLB players each year and the same can be said about the 2023 St. Louis Cardinals draft picks.
The Cardinals landed four players inside of the top 100 including two top 50 draft prospects including Chase Davis and Cameron Johnson. While the team took a flyer on Johnson in the 20th round with expectations he will head to college, the move has a huge upside if they can find a way to sign him to an MLB deal.
The teams two top picks over the first three rounds Chase Davis and Travis Honeyman are both solid outfielders who have the potential to form a strong outfield in the future years. After those two picks the Cardinals added a skew of arms to their farm system including Jason Savacool and Quinn Mathews.
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10. Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB Draft Grade: A-
Notable Players Drafted: Tommy Troy (SS), Gino Groover (3B), Jack Hurley (OF), Grayson Hitt (P)
Coming in at number 10 on the Top 10 MLB Draft Grades 2023 Rankings is the Arizona Diamondbacks who landed four players ranked on the MLB Pipeline Top 100 rankings including talented shortstop Tommy Troy who put together a strong season with the Stanford Cardinals last season.
In addition to Troy the Diamondbacks were able to add third baseman Gino Groover and outfield Jack Hurley over the first three rounds. The Diamondbacks were also very aggressive adding pitching selecting pitchers with 15 of their 21 draft picks including Caden Grice who ranks 118th and Grayson Hitt who ranks 88th on the MLB Top 250 Pipeline.
Despite the aggressive approach on pitchers, the lack of landing a top 50 ranked pitcher dropped the Diamondbacks among the MLB draft grades.
9. Minnesota Twins
MLB Draft Grade: A-
Notable Players Drafted: Walker Jenkins (OF), Charlee Soto (P), Luke Keaschall (2B)
Another MLB team that put together a strong 2023 MLB draft is the Minnesota Twins who landed one of the top five players in the draft in Walker Jenkins with the 5th overall draft pick.
Jenkins who is a high school outfielder has the talent and skills to be one of the best outfielders drafted within this draft. Following Jenkins, the Twins also added talented high school starting pitcher Charlee Soto from the Reborn Christian Academy with the teams compensation pick after the first round. Soto has plus speed on his fastball reaching as high as 98 miles per hour.
In addition to those studs, the Twins were able to land second baseman Luke Keaschall, outfielder Brandon Winokur, and pitcher Tanner Hall all who rank among the Top 100 MLB Pipeline rankings.
8. Milwaukee Brewers
MLB Draft Grade: A-
Notable Players Drafted: Brock Wilken (3B), Eric Bitoni (SS), Cooper Pratt (SS), Josh Knoth (P)
The Milwaukee Brewers were active during the 2023 MLB Draft while filling out their farm system including adding five Top 50 players from the Top 100 MLB Pipeline rankings.
Those players included talented Wake Forest Demon Deacons third baseman Brock Wilken who projects to be an everyday third baseman with plus power.
In addition to Wilken the other top rated picks included the 45th overall ranked prospect shortstop Cooper Pratt as well as infielders Eric Bitoni and Mike Boeve to go along with pitcher Josh Knoth. The Brewers finished the draft by adding 16 total pitchers including two additional pitchers ranked inside the Top 200 prospects.
7. Tampa Bay Rays
MLB Draft Grade: A
Notable Players Drafted: Brayden Taylor (SS), Adrian Santana (SS), Colton Ledbetter (OF)
It is hard to complain about the success of the Tampa Bay Ray when it comes to Major League Baseball Drafts. Year over year the Rays have one of the most talented farm systems as well as team to compete at the MLB level.
The 2023 MLB Draft provided the Rays with additional talent included three of the Top 50 prospects on the MLB Pipeline 100. Those three players were all positional players included talented TCU Horned Frogs shortstop Brayden Taylor.
The left handed hitting shortstop has speed and power including setting the schools record for single season home runs with 23. In addition to Taylor both shortstop Adrian Santana and outfielder Colton Ledbetter ranked 31st and 49th on the rankings.
The Ray also added four additional players including three pitchers ranked among the best 250 players in the MLB Draft. In all the Rays drafted 14 pitchers out of their 22 picks.
6. Miami Marlins
MLB Draft Grade: A
Notable Players Drafted: Noble Meyer (P), Thomas White (P), Kemp Alderman (OF)
While the 2023 Miami Marlins are competing among the best teams in the National League, the team was able to add a ton of talent during the 2023 MLB Draft.
A draft that included the Marlins landing six players ranked inside the top 200 on the MLB Pipeline pre-draft rankings list. Headlining the Marlins 2023 MLB draft is the teams top two picks high school pitchers Noble Meyer and Thomas White.
The 6 foot 5 inch right hander Meyer and 6 foot 5 inch left hander White each have elite level velocity with the ability to reach 97-98 miles per house consistently.
In addition to the two top tier high school pitchers the team also added college outfielder Kemp Alderman and first baseman Brock Vredenburg who have the talent to move through the Marlins farm system.
5. Seattle Mariners
MLB Draft Grade: A
Notable Players Drafted: Colt Emerson (SS), Jonny Farmelo (OF), Tai Peete (SS), Teddy McGraw (P)
Rounding out the Top 5 MLB Teams landing on the Top 10 MLB Draft Grades 2023 Rankings list is the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners like a few of the other teams landing among the highest graded MLB drafts picked in the later portion of the draft rounds after a strong 2022 MLB season.
Despite the later picks in each round the team made it work for them as they landed five players inside of the Top 100 MLB Pipeline including three players positioned inside the top 60 (Colt Emerson, Jonny Farmelo, Tia Peete). Leading that charge is the talented high school shortstop Colt Emerson who the team landed with the 22nd overall pick.
The soon to be 18 year old infielder has a solid left handed swing with potential mid-grade power. In all the Mariners selected 10 pitchers and 12 positional players to rebuild their minor league depth.
4. Cincinnati Reds
MLB Draft Grade: A
Notable Players Drafted: Rhett Lowder (P), Sammy Stafura (SS), Cole Schoenwetter (P), Ty Floyd (P)
All eyes have been on the Cincinnati Reds over the past few weeks after the promotion of talented top tier prospect Elly De La Cruz. The successful draft picks continued for the Red during the 2023 MLB Draft after adding a long list of top tier prospects including four players ranked within the Top 100 MLB Pipeline.
The list includes talented Wake Forest starting pitcher Rhett Lowder, LSU Tigers starting pitcher Ty Floyd and high school starting pitcher Cole Schoenwetter as well as high school shortstop Sammy Stafura.
Overall, the Reds added four additional players ranked within the top 100 MLB prospects and two other players ranked within the top 250. Of the Reds 23 draft picks the Reds selected 13 pitchers and eight positional players.
3. Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB Draft Grade: A+
Notable Players Drafted: Paul Skenes (P), Mitch Jebb (SS), Zander Mueth (P)
When it comes to the top MLB Draft grades each of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, and San Francisco Giants all received grades of A+ after strong MLB drafts.
The Pirates draft is headlined by the number one overall pick Paul Skenes of the LSU Tigers. Skenes who was a key member of the Tigers rotation and contributor the Tigers winning the National Championship.
The hard throwing right hander showcased his velocity and command all season while having a fast track potential to be the future ace of the Pirates. Overall, the Pirates landed two payers ranked within he Top 50 on the MLB Pipeline as well as four other players ranked within the Top 200 pre-draft prospect rankings.
In addition to Skenes the Pirates landed talented high school starting pitcher Zander Mueth, Michigan State Spartans shortstop and Oregon State third baseman Garret Forrester. Among the teams 21 draft picks, the Pirates selected 14 pitchers and eight positional players.
2. Washington Nationals
MLB Draft Grade: A++
Notable Players Drafted: Dylan Crews (OF), Yohandy Morales (3B), Travis Sykora (P)
It is hard to grade a draft around one specific MLB player but with the addition of Dylan Crews by the Washington Nationals along with two other players ranked within the Top 50 on the MLB Pipeline, it is easy to slot the Nationals in at number two.
Crews projects to be an elite level player and potential game changer in the outfield while also being the best bat of the 2023 MLB Draft. As Crews headlines the crop of picks for the Nationals the addition of talented third baseman Yohandy Morales as well as hard throwing high school starter Travis Sykora.
Sykora showcases premium velocity while touching as high as 101 miles per hour on the radar gun. The Nationals added 11 pitchers and nine positional players within the 20 MLB Draft Picks.
1. San Francisco Giants
MLB Draft Grade: A++
Notable Players Drafted: Bryce Eldridge (P/1B), Walker Martin (SS), Joe Whitman (P), Maui Ahuna (SS)
In at number one on the Top 10 MLB Draft Grades 2023 Rankings is the San Francisco Giants. The Giants put together one of the more impressive drafts all without having a Top 10 selection including landing two way player Bryce Eldridge who ranks among the best high school positional players as well as high school pitchers.
In addition to Eldridge who ranks as the 23rd best prospect entering the MLB Draft, the Giants landed three additional players all ranked within the Top 50 prospects on the MLB Pipeline including talented shortstops Walker Martin and Maui Ahuna as well as pitcher Joe Whitman.
The Giants also added talented catcher Luke Shliger from the Maryland Terps as well as and pitcher Josh Bostick in the sixth and eighth rounds. The Giants added eight pitchers, one two way player, and 12 positional players during the MLB Draft.
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