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Last update: Monday, June 4, 2012.
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  1. Gavin Cecchini, SS, High School
    There is a lot of debate over Cecchini's draft status. Some feel the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder should go in the top 10, but others like him in the back half of the first round. However, he is a good hitter for average and his ability to hit for contact makes him safer than many high school players.

    Shortstop is the only real need position for Washington. The Nationals have one of the best farm systems in baseball.


  2. Addison Russell, SS/3B, High School
    Russell (6-1, 210) looks like a player for the left side of the infield in the minors. He has a good bat and some feel he may be better off at third base.

    Toronto has been very aggressive in the draft and doesn't shy away from a boom-or-bust pick. The team could use help at third and second base, so Russell could fill one of those voids with an easy position change.


  3. Courtney Hawkins, OF, High School
    Hawkins is a power hitter who will have to learn to hit breaking pitches. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder could form a massive duo with Matt Kemp. The Dodgers don't have much talent in their farm system and could also consider a first baseman, shortstop or catcher.

  4. Tyler Naquin, OF, Texas A&M
    The Aggies standout is a good fit for St. Louis. The team needs talent in the outfield for its minors. Naquin (6-2,175) has a cannon of an arm and is improving his hitting. He is turning into a solid, well-rounded prospect.

    The Cardinals' farm system could use help in the outfield. Plus, Naquin is a big upside prospect and St. Louis has had success with these type of prospects over the years.


  5. Hunter Virant, LHP, High School
    The Giants might be wise to start grooming some talented young pitching behind their dynamic starters. Virant (6-3, 172) has the size that scouts love. He still needs significant developmental time, but the Giants' farm system can afford him that. They've had success in developing these type of prospects.

    Pick change; previously Andrew Heaney, LHP


  6. Andrew Heaney, LHP, Oklahoma State
    Atlanta has a solid farm system. The team could reach for an outfielder to fill a bigger need, but would get better value by selecting Heaney and fortifying its pitching depth. He is a talented left-hander with a strong arm and developed off-speed stuff.

    Pick change; previously Hunter Virant, LHP


  7. Zach Eflin, RHP, High School
    Another aggressive pick from the Blue Jays. Eflin (6-5, 200) has big-time stuff with size and a good delivery. Toronto could also consider moving Eflin to the closers role to help get him to the majors faster.


  8. Brian Johnson, LHP, Florida
    St. Louis goes with an arm to balance out its first-round picks with a pitcher and position player. The Gators southpaw projects as a safe pick. Johnson (6-3, 235) has good size, but his off-speed stuff is truly special. He has some Mark Buehrle-style to him and could make a quick ascension through the minors to the big leagues.


  9. Nolan Fontana, SS, Florida
    The Red Sox need help at shortstop in their farm system. Fontana (5-11, 190) is an athletic line-drive hitter. He also has a patient approach at the plate. Fontana could remind Boston of the good old days of Nomar.

  10. Stryker Trahan, C, High School
    The Rays are great at development, so they can take a catcher like Trahan and straighten him out. He was a force last year, but has slid down some. Trahan (6-1, 215) has big upside, and Tampa Bay has had success with similar prospects. His defense is questioned by scouts, but he has the arm for catcher.

    The Rays can work with Trahan to turn him into a better receiver. Finding some backstop help is the only weakness in Tampa Bay's loaded farm system.


  11. Joey Gallo, 3B/P, High School
    Arizona goes with a nice bat to develop. Gallo (6-5, 220) is a power hitter and has the frame to be a big-time run producer. He needs some seasoning in the minors, and could be moved to pitcher if he doesn't take to hitting. Gallo has a cannon for an arm.

    Pick change; previously Carson Kelly, 3B


  12. Wyatt Mathisen, SS/C, High School
    Mathisen (6-2, 215) is an interesting prospect who can play multiple positions. Milwaukee will have to decide where he should be in the long term, but catcher may be the best spot. The Brewers have a need there as well as at shortstop, so Mathisen makes a lot of sense for them.


  13. Lucas Sims, RHP, High School
    The Brewers take a pitcher to pair with a position player in the first round. Sims (6-2, 195) has the potential to increase his velocity. He has a nice delivery and could be a good arm for the Brew Crew to develop.


  14. Chris Stratton, RHP, Mississippi State
    Stratton has four quality pitches and looks like a safe pick. There are reports that Texas is targeting a haul of pitchers in the 2012 draft. Stratton would be a good start. He's having an outstanding season for Mississippi State and he allegedly is looking to sign with his pro team rather than returning to college.


  15. Walker Weickel, RHP, High School
    The Yankees could use some talented youth in the infield of their farm system, especially at first base, but Weickel is the best talent available. The 6-foot-6, 205-[punder has slid down some after a rough Spring, but he has a powerful arm to go along with his big size.

    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.


  16. Carson Kelly, 3B, High School
    Kelly has had a strong Spring that has vaulted his stock into the first round. He has a live bat with a solid glove. Of course, Kelly could move across to diamond to first base if that would help him get to the big leagues sooner.

    Pick change; previously Joey Gallo, 3B/P



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