The Major League Baseball draft is only a month away and all attention is on the Class of 2012. But we've also got our eyes on the Class of 2013, which will come more into focus shortly after the draft when the summer showcases begin.
However, there are a select few top juniors who have distinguished themselves early in the evaluation process. And that group finds itself in our inaugural ESPN 60 baseball player rankings for the Class of 2013.
This list was compiled based on this year's high school season as well as last year's summer and fall events.
Familiar backstop leads the way
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) junior Jeremy Martinez is the No. 1 player in the 2013 class, and his name has been known for quite some time.
This past fall, he was one of only two juniors on the USA Baseball 18U national team that won a gold medal at the COPABE 18U/AAA Pan American Championships. Martinez finished fourth on the team with a .387 average and had nine RBIs.
And this March, the USC commit helped lead Mater Dei to the title at the USA Baseball National High School Invitational. The Monarchs are currently No. 20 in the POWERADE FAB 50.
Martinez is one of six catchers in the top 20 of the ESPN 60. The other highly ranked backstops are Chris Okey of Eustis (Fla.), Zach Collins of American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), Nick Ciuffo of Lexington (S.C.), Arden Papst of Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) and Reese McGuire of Kentwood (Covington, Wash.).
If you can play, they'll find you
Last year, Wyoming native Brandon Nimmo caught everyone's attention by being a first-round pick (New York Mets) from a nontraditional baseball state.
The Class of 2013's Nimmo could be Joey Martarano of Fruitland (Idaho). The two-sport star -- he has committed to Boise State for football -- is also a standout corner infielder on the diamond and a potential early-round pick.
While the 2012 class has tremendous power on the mound, the 2013 class has plenty of pop at the plate.
Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) outfielder Austin Meadows is the best of the bunch. The Clemson commit was a stud at the IBAF World Youth Championships last summer, hitting .537 while driving in 28 runs in eight games to lead the USA Baseball 16U national team to the gold medal.
Ryan Tellez of Elk Grove (Calif.), like Martarano, is a big corner infielder with a power bat. At last year's Area Code Baseball Games, Tellez had high expectations and wanted to make a name for himself. He did just that. Tellez showed a great approach at the plate and was selective with the pitches he could drive.
Another power hitter to watch is Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.) outfielder Dominic Smith, whose big-time bat was on display at the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif. Smith hits everything hard and can really drive the ball.
Hollon tops strong pitching class
Woodford County (Versailles, Ky.) right-hander Clinton Hollon has some of the best stuff of any high school pitcher, regardless of class, so it's not surprising he ranks as the nation's top overall pitcher in the ESPN 60. The Kentucky commit has hit 97 mph with his fastball and mixes in a curve, slider and change.
There are also a number of top lefties in the Class of 2013, including Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) standout Stephen Gonsalves. The nation's top southpaw has a 6-0 record with a 1.94 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 47 innings for Cathedral Catholic, which is No. 30 in the POWERADE FAB 50.