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2012 MLB Mock Draft

Last update: Monday, June 4, 2012.
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  1. Byron Buxton, OF, High School
    The Astros have a tough choice to make between Byron Buxton, Mike Zunino or Mark Appel. Houston's farm system needs more help at catcher and with pitching than it does with an outfielder. However, Buxton is considered the best talent in the draft. He is a five-tool outfielder who would be a cornerstone franchise player for Houston.

    Buxton is said to have the most upside and highest ceiling of any player in the draft. The Astros need a difference-maker, too.


  2. Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford
    The Twins' minors need talent at catcher, but they can't pass on the top arm in the draft. Appel is the consensus top pitcher in the draft with great stuff and a powerful arm. The 6-foot-5, 190-pounder has a workhorse body and had developed his off-speed stuff. He would be a nice fit for Target Field.


  3. Mike Zunino, C, Florida
    Seattle has to be hoping that Appel goes in the first two picks, because the team needs either a catcher or an outfielder. Zunino is a good catcher who can handle the bat. He is very developed and won't need a lot of time in the minors before going up to the Mariners.


  4. Kevin Gausman, RHP, LSU
    Baltimore needs to develop its arms. Gausman can hit 99 on the gun and is developing his off-speed pitches. A power pitcher like Gausman that limits contact would be a good fit for a hitters park like Camden Yards. Gausman and Dylan Bundy could combine to give the Orioles two shutdown aces in a few years.


  5. Richie Shaffer, 3B, Clemson
    The Royals' farm system needs more help at first base and catcher. Shaffer, who could move from third to first, is a big-time power hitter. He has had a tremendous Spring to vault his stock towards the top of the first round. There are those that believe Shaffer has the quickest bat in the draft class.


  6. Albert Almora, OF, High School
    Reportedly, this pick is coming down to Carlos Correa or Albert Almora. The Cubs like both prospects, and here, they have their pick between the two. Almora is too talented to pass up. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder has power potential and is also a superb defender. He is the best prospect who fits the Cubs.

    Chicago could use another top-notch bat to start developing. General manager Theo Epstein will probably look to add some power arms for the Cubs after the first round, and Chicago's farm system needs pitching, so you can't rule out a pitcher as a dark horse in round one.

    Pick change; previously Carlos Correa, SS


  7. Kyle Zimmer, RHP, San Francisco
    Zimmer has a live arm with some advanced breaking stuff. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has the power to be a strike-out pitcher and limit contact. The Padres could use a pitcher like him.


  8. Deven Marrero, SS, Arizona State
    Marrero has struggled at the plate this season, but still has a lot of scouts that love him. They think he will be a plus-hitter who can provide excellent defense. The Pirates need help at short and second, so they would be thrilled to land him. Marrero also fits their draft M.O.


  9. Carlos Correa, SS, High School
    The Marlins need minor league help at first base and catcher, but Correa seems to fit their tendencies with the kinds of players they draft. The 17-year old Correa (6-4, 190) has the frame to be a power-hitting third baseman as he ages. Some believe that Correa could be in the running for the first-overall pick.

    Pick change; previously Albert Almora, OF


  10. Max Fried, LHP, High School
    Fried could have success at Coors. His curveball and plus-fastball are a dangerous combination. Fried (6-3, 170) could fill out his body and be a workhorse.

    Pick change; previously Matt Smoral, LHP


  11. Stephen Piscotty, 3B, Stanford
    The A's take a safe pick with easier sign-ability. Piscotty has some power potential for the next level. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder is not isn't quite as good a hitter or fielder as Shaffer. Still, Piscotty looks like a well-developed player and a safe pick.


  12. Matt Smoral, LHP, High School
    The Mets have some pitching prospects, but you can never have enough. Smoral missed the Spring with a broken foot, but he has a plus-fastball and slider. The 6-foot-8, 225-pounder has a body-type like Randy Johnson, and is worth a pick in the top 20.

    Pick change; previously Max Fried, LHP


  13. Lucas Giolito, RHP, High School
    Chicago could use a young power bat, and general manager Kenny Williams has been inclined to pick college players, but the White Sox know Giolito well and there are rumblings the Sox could look for a high schooler this year. Robin Ventura has insight into Giolito from coaching against him in the high-school ranks.

    Ventura is said to think highly of Giolito, who could have been the No.1 pick had he stayed healthy (elbow injury), but Ventura doesn't think the injury is a big concern. Giolito is throwing for scouts before the draft, but some wonder if he may need Tommy John surgery.

    Giolito (6-6, 230) has a power arm with developed breaking pitches. He has the potential to be a No. 1 starter as a pro. If Giolito falls in the draft, he could wind up going to college and being a candidate for the No. 1 overall pick in three years.


  14. Michael Wacha, RHP, Texas A&M
    The Reds' farm system could use another arm, and you can't rule out an outfielder with this pick either. Wacha is a good value in the back half of the first round. The 6-foot-6, 200-pounder isn't quite as dynamic as the other college pitchers, but he is a safe pick with a plus-fastball and changeup. Wacha has been very strong this Spring and is entering the draft with his stock on the rise.


  15. Corey Seager, SS/3B, High School
    The Indians' farm system needs help on the infield corners, so Seager makes sense for the Tribe. He is playing short right now, but many believe he will move to third base. Seager is a left-handed hitter who has a reputation of driving the ball hard to left center. He would be a nice versatile prospect for Cleveland.

    The Indians also need help in the outfield and with some arms. Texas A&M right-hander Michael Wacha can't be ruled out here.



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Riley 06-04-2012 06:32 am xxx.xxx.xxx.152 (total posts: 2)
17     20

The team is worried about his actual catching ability. His bat is solid, but his defense isn't.
Riley 06-04-2012 06:32 am xxx.xxx.xxx.152 (total posts: 2)
20     14

The team is worried about his actual catching ability. His bat is solid, but his defense isn't.
Brian 06-02-2012 08:45 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.192 (total posts: 1)
49     142

Not sure why the Mariners would take a catcher when we already have Jesus Montero who we traded Pineda for. Pretty sure he is the catcher of the future.
ken 06-02-2012 10:56 am xxx.xxx.xxx.215 (total posts: 1)
18     23

Mets are going to take a position player, my feeling is Corey Seager or Correa if available. They have a wealth of quality pitching in the minors and need to add more quality position players. Could use another 1B or SS.
Even worse than football 06-01-2012 08:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.140 (total posts: 5)
24     45

You're a joke when it comes to drafting in any sport.

The Nationals only position of need is SS? They've got Desmond, Espinosa and Lombardozzi who are all naturals SS's at the MLB level already. All it takes is for one of them to work out, and they're all young (Desmond 26, Espinosa 25, Lombardozzi 23).

Pick another line of work, the only reason you seem credible here is the hack who owns the site is even worse than you are.
KC Guy 06-01-2012 02:48 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.204 (total posts: 1)
44     11

I mean no disrespect, but the Royals will not select a position player in the first round of this draft. They need pitching and will look to select a college pitcher who will take less than 18 months to project to the MLB. Zimmer is the pick if he's available.

Also, the Royals already have two top prospects that can play third base, Chelsor Cuthbert and most recently outfielder Wil Meyers (has been getting time at 3b). Never mind the fact that Moustakis and Hosmer are locked down for the next five years as the starters at 3b and 1b. This pick would make no sense.
shelby menge 05-29-2012 09:43 am xxx.xxx.xxx3.74 (total posts: 2)
16     36

I think the chicago cubs should take a pitcher in the first round.
Top 100 05-29-2012 12:55 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.20 (total posts: 3)
40     14

Another link proving why this was so poorly researched. Appel is absolutely not the consensus number 1. Though many think he will go first, he is not the consensus number 1. I also question why you have Richie Schaffer so high? This seems to make no sense to me and makes it seem rushed; poorly researched. CMON' MAN!

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/draft/draft-preview/2012/2613410.html
Disappointed 05-29-2012 12:47 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.20 (total posts: 3)
37     16

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/draft/draft-preview/2012/2613426.html

Please do your research next time. Your ignorance was disappointing, this site usually works so hard on providing quality information. This was a lazy article thrown together with very minimal research done. Expected more from a Walter Football product.
Walt stick to football 05-28-2012 08:26 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.20 (total posts: 3)
26     13

I like the effort on your behalf, trying to diversify. But it's quite apparent you have no idea when it comes to baseball. For starters the Royals were tied with all four (Cole, Hultzen, Bauer, Bundy) pitchers last year. However when Seattle surprised everyone by taking Hultzen they were forced to take Bubba Starling.

This left a huge gap in terms of talented pitching prospects in the Royals system. They have hands down the best position players developed and currently going through their system. The latest being budding young outfielder Wil Myers. They are targeting Appel, Gausmen and Zimmer without question. Rumor's are if Giolito can throw for scouts and show no major red flags on his medical report, the Royals could give him a long look at 5.

Second was when you inexplicably said this "There is a chance that Weickel decides to go to college at Miami and wait until the 2015 draft, but the Yankees have the money to change his mind." This years draft has nothing to do with which team can throw the most money around. You are clearly unaware of the new CBA worked out, as in it is new rules for the draft. I suggest you read up on them before posting another. Each pick has a designated slot signing bonus. Each team has a certain monetary pool they are allowed to spend according to which picks they have and where in the first few rounds. A team cannot spend over that limit or they will be penalized. The penalty (for up to 10% over budget spending) will be as severe as loss of a forst round pick next year. No team will break these rules, hence why the Yankees will not be able to just offer a ton of money to change his mind.
Jonathan Edwards 05-28-2012 04:40 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.231 (total posts: 1)
24     16

I don't understand how anyone could put Correa ahead of Marrero, but if somebody were to do it, it would definitely be my Pirates. After the two batters I want, Correa and Zunnino (aside from Buxton, Appel, and Gausman, all guaranteed to be gone), Giolito is my guy. I don't think the injury is going to hinder him that much and the kid is an animal. I just hope the Buccos don't screw it up too bad.
Jeremy Campbell 05-28-2012 12:46 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.102 (total posts: 1)
19     19

Why do you have the Cards taking a bust player and a safe pick? They have 5 of the first 70 picks. This is the year they can gamble and go all high impact players.

Cards have a top 10 farm system, and in the next 2-3 years those players will be in the big leagues. Now is not the time to go safe.
shelby menge 05-28-2012 10:04 am xxx.xxx.xxx3.74 (total posts: 2)
16     14

Who do you think the chicago cubs are going to take with there first pick in this first round of the 2012 draft?
Ryan 05-28-2012 09:58 am xxx.xxx.xxx.133 (total posts: 1)
28     19

There is absolutely no chance the Pirates take Marrero if Correa is available.
Roy 05-26-2012 08:57 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.202 (total posts: 1)
26     17

This is ridiculous...

The Royals will take a pitcher, I guarantee it.

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Riley 06-04-2012 06:32 am xxx.xxx.xxx.152 (total posts: 2)
17     20

The team is worried about his actual catching ability. His bat is solid, but his defense isn't.
Riley 06-04-2012 06:32 am xxx.xxx.xxx.152 (total posts: 2)
20     14

The team is worried about his actual catching ability. His bat is solid, but his defense isn't.
Brian 06-02-2012 08:45 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.192 (total posts: 1)
49     142

Not sure why the Mariners would take a catcher when we already have Jesus Montero who we traded Pineda for. Pretty sure he is the catcher of the future.
ken 06-02-2012 10:56 am xxx.xxx.xxx.215 (total posts: 1)
18     23

Mets are going to take a position player, my feeling is Corey Seager or Correa if available. They have a wealth of quality pitching in the minors and need to add more quality position players. Could use another 1B or SS.
Even worse than football 06-01-2012 08:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.140 (total posts: 5)
24     45

You're a joke when it comes to drafting in any sport.

The Nationals only position of need is SS? They've got Desmond, Espinosa and Lombardozzi who are all naturals SS's at the MLB level already. All it takes is for one of them to work out, and they're all young (Desmond 26, Espinosa 25, Lombardozzi 23).

Pick another line of work, the only reason you seem credible here is the hack who owns the site is even worse than you are.
KC Guy 06-01-2012 02:48 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.204 (total posts: 1)
44     11

I mean no disrespect, but the Royals will not select a position player in the first round of this draft. They need pitching and will look to select a college pitcher who will take less than 18 months to project to the MLB. Zimmer is the pick if he's available.

Also, the Royals already have two top prospects that can play third base, Chelsor Cuthbert and most recently outfielder Wil Meyers (has been getting time at 3b). Never mind the fact that Moustakis and Hosmer are locked down for the next five years as the starters at 3b and 1b. This pick would make no sense.
shelby menge 05-29-2012 09:43 am xxx.xxx.xxx3.74 (total posts: 2)
16     36

I think the chicago cubs should take a pitcher in the first round.
Top 100 05-29-2012 12:55 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.20 (total posts: 3)
40     14

Another link proving why this was so poorly researched. Appel is absolutely not the consensus number 1. Though many think he will go first, he is not the consensus number 1. I also question why you have Richie Schaffer so high? This seems to make no sense to me and makes it seem rushed; poorly researched. CMON' MAN!

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/draft/draft-preview/2012/2613410.html
Disappointed 05-29-2012 12:47 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.20 (total posts: 3)
37     16

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/draft/draft-preview/2012/2613426.html

Please do your research next time. Your ignorance was disappointing, this site usually works so hard on providing quality information. This was a lazy article thrown together with very minimal research done. Expected more from a Walter Football product.
Walt stick to football 05-28-2012 08:26 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.20 (total posts: 3)
26     13

I like the effort on your behalf, trying to diversify. But it's quite apparent you have no idea when it comes to baseball. For starters the Royals were tied with all four (Cole, Hultzen, Bauer, Bundy) pitchers last year. However when Seattle surprised everyone by taking Hultzen they were forced to take Bubba Starling.

This left a huge gap in terms of talented pitching prospects in the Royals system. They have hands down the best position players developed and currently going through their system. The latest being budding young outfielder Wil Myers. They are targeting Appel, Gausmen and Zimmer without question. Rumor's are if Giolito can throw for scouts and show no major red flags on his medical report, the Royals could give him a long look at 5.

Second was when you inexplicably said this "There is a chance that Weickel decides to go to college at Miami and wait until the 2015 draft, but the Yankees have the money to change his mind." This years draft has nothing to do with which team can throw the most money around. You are clearly unaware of the new CBA worked out, as in it is new rules for the draft. I suggest you read up on them before posting another. Each pick has a designated slot signing bonus. Each team has a certain monetary pool they are allowed to spend according to which picks they have and where in the first few rounds. A team cannot spend over that limit or they will be penalized. The penalty (for up to 10% over budget spending) will be as severe as loss of a forst round pick next year. No team will break these rules, hence why the Yankees will not be able to just offer a ton of money to change his mind.
Jonathan Edwards 05-28-2012 04:40 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.231 (total posts: 1)
24     16

I don't understand how anyone could put Correa ahead of Marrero, but if somebody were to do it, it would definitely be my Pirates. After the two batters I want, Correa and Zunnino (aside from Buxton, Appel, and Gausman, all guaranteed to be gone), Giolito is my guy. I don't think the injury is going to hinder him that much and the kid is an animal. I just hope the Buccos don't screw it up too bad.
Jeremy Campbell 05-28-2012 12:46 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.102 (total posts: 1)
19     19

Why do you have the Cards taking a bust player and a safe pick? They have 5 of the first 70 picks. This is the year they can gamble and go all high impact players.

Cards have a top 10 farm system, and in the next 2-3 years those players will be in the big leagues. Now is not the time to go safe.
shelby menge 05-28-2012 10:04 am xxx.xxx.xxx3.74 (total posts: 2)
16     14

Who do you think the chicago cubs are going to take with there first pick in this first round of the 2012 draft?
Ryan 05-28-2012 09:58 am xxx.xxx.xxx.133 (total posts: 1)
28     19

There is absolutely no chance the Pirates take Marrero if Correa is available.
Roy 05-26-2012 08:57 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.202 (total posts: 1)
26     17

This is ridiculous...

The Royals will take a pitcher, I guarantee it.


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