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2012 MLB Mock Draft

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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adam 05-26-2012 08:19 am xxx.xxx.xxx.125 (total posts: 1)
22     17

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)
22     22

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)
23     18

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     17

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)
22     22

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)
23     18

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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