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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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adam 05-26-2012 08:19 am xxx.xxx.xxx.125 (total posts: 1)
22     16

the cubs arent taking correa, they just chose a player just like him last year in javier baez with their first pick. i am hoping for giolito or almora in this spot.
Hightower 05-23-2012 10:43 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.71 (total posts: 2)
21     21

You guys are misunderstanding what he's saying. He isn't talking about need on the major league roster. He means the farm system. Teams have to fill holes in their minors to build up a quality squad in the majors.
David 05-23-2012 12:41 am xxx.xxx.xxx.179 (total posts: 1)
27     16

uhhhh have you guys NOT heard of Mike Moustakas?3B is NOT a need.Zimmer would be better
SouthPawRyno 05-22-2012 08:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.124 (total posts: 1)
26     19

I don't mind most of your choices, but unlike the NFL draft, MLB teams don't draft for need really, because a team has "hole" at SS this year doesn't mean they need to draft a high-upside high school player that'll take 3-4+ years to develop. Other than that, it's great and I'm an even bigger fan of your NFL mocks!
Brett Lawrie's Jays 05-22-2012 06:10 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.80 (total posts: 1)
19     21

If the Jays get Cecchini that would be great. With the 22nd I don't think they should draft a high schooler because they can't get a pick for next year of they don't sign him. Brian Johnson would be good for them.
fred hernandez 05-22-2012 07:53 am xxx.xxx.xxx9.22 (total posts: 1)
22     17

I see Ty Buttrey breaking the top 30 and going to Atlanta at 21.
The Great Bambi 05-21-2012 02:11 am xxx.xxx.xxx.167 (total posts: 2)
21     13

You guys commenting on teams who don't draft based on need are dead wrong. A lot of times it's BPA, but you're ignorant if you think drafting for a organazational need doesn't happen.
Ryan C 05-20-2012 08:51 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.74 (total posts: 1)
13     20

The Brewers don't have a need at C. Plus the MLB Draft doesn't involve need. You ALWAYS go BPA.
MLB 05-20-2012 05:12 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.21 (total posts: 1)
14     43

You don't draft for need in baseball. You expect your first round picks to spend 3-5 years in the minors. Most of you Major League roster have changed by the time they get there. Taking a player based on position is even stupider when you consider how often prospects change positions. For football this is a great site. However, if you are going to continue to venture into other sports, you need to do some with more intelligence than this.
Phil 05-17-2012 11:36 am xxx.xxx.xxx.140 (total posts: 1)
23     15

You seem to mock that the Diamondbacks will be drafting a pitcher in the first round every time, but considering the embarrassment of riches in young arms they already have, and the lack of viable position talent it would stand to reason that unless a top tier pitching prospect drops to them that they will be drafting offensively for a round or two.
Peter 05-13-2012 09:46 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.193 (total posts: 1)
16     17

hope Stephen Piscotty falls to Red Sox he played left field this year his bat is perfect for Fenway. even his name sounds like a old Red Sox name
Bill H 05-12-2012 10:23 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.203 (total posts: 1)
18     20

What happened to the A's at #11
Dustin 05-12-2012 04:34 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.134 (total posts: 1)
19     18

Astros fans are hearing Zimmer
Fantasy Baseball 05-11-2012 04:00 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.122 (total posts: 1)
22     35

No one cares about guys who won't contribute to professional teams for 4-6 years...Your site is rock solid Walter. You have a seed planted in Fantasy Baseball, give it some water!
Pete 05-10-2012 11:29 am xxx.xxx.xxx.166 (total posts: 1)
47     37

No 1st round pick for the A's?

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adam 05-26-2012 08:19 am xxx.xxx.xxx.125 (total posts: 1)
22     16

the cubs arent taking correa, they just chose a player just like him last year in javier baez with their first pick. i am hoping for giolito or almora in this spot.
Hightower 05-23-2012 10:43 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.71 (total posts: 2)
21     21

You guys are misunderstanding what he's saying. He isn't talking about need on the major league roster. He means the farm system. Teams have to fill holes in their minors to build up a quality squad in the majors.
David 05-23-2012 12:41 am xxx.xxx.xxx.179 (total posts: 1)
27     16

uhhhh have you guys NOT heard of Mike Moustakas?3B is NOT a need.Zimmer would be better
SouthPawRyno 05-22-2012 08:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.124 (total posts: 1)
26     19

I don't mind most of your choices, but unlike the NFL draft, MLB teams don't draft for need really, because a team has "hole" at SS this year doesn't mean they need to draft a high-upside high school player that'll take 3-4+ years to develop. Other than that, it's great and I'm an even bigger fan of your NFL mocks!
Brett Lawrie's Jays 05-22-2012 06:10 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.80 (total posts: 1)
19     21

If the Jays get Cecchini that would be great. With the 22nd I don't think they should draft a high schooler because they can't get a pick for next year of they don't sign him. Brian Johnson would be good for them.
fred hernandez 05-22-2012 07:53 am xxx.xxx.xxx9.22 (total posts: 1)
22     17

I see Ty Buttrey breaking the top 30 and going to Atlanta at 21.
The Great Bambi 05-21-2012 02:11 am xxx.xxx.xxx.167 (total posts: 2)
21     13

You guys commenting on teams who don't draft based on need are dead wrong. A lot of times it's BPA, but you're ignorant if you think drafting for a organazational need doesn't happen.
Ryan C 05-20-2012 08:51 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.74 (total posts: 1)
13     20

The Brewers don't have a need at C. Plus the MLB Draft doesn't involve need. You ALWAYS go BPA.
MLB 05-20-2012 05:12 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.21 (total posts: 1)
14     43

You don't draft for need in baseball. You expect your first round picks to spend 3-5 years in the minors. Most of you Major League roster have changed by the time they get there. Taking a player based on position is even stupider when you consider how often prospects change positions. For football this is a great site. However, if you are going to continue to venture into other sports, you need to do some with more intelligence than this.
Phil 05-17-2012 11:36 am xxx.xxx.xxx.140 (total posts: 1)
23     15

You seem to mock that the Diamondbacks will be drafting a pitcher in the first round every time, but considering the embarrassment of riches in young arms they already have, and the lack of viable position talent it would stand to reason that unless a top tier pitching prospect drops to them that they will be drafting offensively for a round or two.
Peter 05-13-2012 09:46 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.193 (total posts: 1)
16     17

hope Stephen Piscotty falls to Red Sox he played left field this year his bat is perfect for Fenway. even his name sounds like a old Red Sox name
Bill H 05-12-2012 10:23 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.203 (total posts: 1)
18     20

What happened to the A's at #11
Dustin 05-12-2012 04:34 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.134 (total posts: 1)
19     18

Astros fans are hearing Zimmer
Fantasy Baseball 05-11-2012 04:00 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.122 (total posts: 1)
22     35

No one cares about guys who won't contribute to professional teams for 4-6 years...Your site is rock solid Walter. You have a seed planted in Fantasy Baseball, give it some water!
Pete 05-10-2012 11:29 am xxx.xxx.xxx.166 (total posts: 1)
47     37

No 1st round pick for the A's?


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