The 2013 MLB Entry Draft takes place on June 8th, but it’s never too early to get in some mock drafts. Today, Dave Perkin of Sports Illustrated released the first version of his first round mock draft, which includes two coveted USC commits, Dominic Smith and J.P. Crawford.
Smith is a left-handed first basesman from Serra High School in Gardena, and is projected by Perkin to land with the South Siders, as the White Sox have the 17th overall pick. Of Smith, Perkin calls him the “purest high school hitter in this year’s draft”, a comment that Albert Almora received last year, the sixth overall selection to the Cubs.
As for Crawford, a 6-foot-2 shortstop, Perkin sees him going 31st to the Atlanta Braves, who sit at the end of the first round with a compensatory pick. Crawford is “a lithe, athletic and versatile player”, according to Perkin.
Shotgun Spratling spoke to both Smith and Crawford last summer at the All-American Classic in San Diego and both were mum about their decision of playing college ball or going to directly into professional baseball.
Crawford did acknowledge the ‘dream’ recruiting class that USC is putting together, however.
“If we all go to USC, it’s a college ring, no doubut,” said Crawford.
Perhaps that’s just a little bit premature, but for a program whose glory days are long behind them, getting that itch and landing big commits is at least a step in the right direction, even without a long-term manager on staff.