2012 MLB Draft
Posted 27 February 2012 - 01:52 PM
Posted 27 February 2012 - 10:24 PM
"Two potential future first rounders -- Mike Zunino (c, Univ. of Florida, 2012 draft class) and Michael Lorenzen (of, Calif. St. Univ. - Fullerton, 2013 draft class). Both Zunino and Lorenzen have the chance to develop into impact Major League bats with strong defensive value up the middle."
Posted 05 March 2012 - 10:42 AM
One guy that hasn't gotten as much ink as the more well-known guys (Appel, Giolito, Buxton, Marrero, Fried) to keep an eye on is Carlos Correa, a big, tall shortstop from Puerto Rico. He's only 17 years old and committed to Miami. Keith Law put him sixth on his early draft big board; Correa doesn't have quite the bat that Machado possesses and might not stick at short. But, from what I've read, he's still full of tools and I think we might be hearing about him in connection with the O's down the line.
I'd hope if they are going to go this route that they'd take Marrero, but that's probably a combination of my liking him so much out of HS and not following Correa a ton yet. I wouldn't mind an INF of Machado/Marrero/Schoop for the future.
Think it's much more likely we end up with someone like Buxton though.
Posted 05 March 2012 - 11:58 AM
Posted 08 March 2012 - 10:16 AM
Giolito will be shut down for March and April. Med staff will take a look at the end of April, and he could be cleared to start a structured throwing program in May.
No one has any clue what this does to his stock, where he might be drafted, or if he has any inclination to go to a four-year school in any event. I stayed off Twitter for a day because I knew it would be filled with conjecture like this -- it's almost as bad as the Mock Drafts that keep popping up.
Is this good for Giolito? Of course not. But it's way too early to form any opinion as to what the actual impact on the draft will be.
Posted 08 March 2012 - 06:13 PM
Posted 08 March 2012 - 07:31 PM
Monster talent, and a shame to see him hurting. Regardless, I agree with you -as usual- that it's too soon to be certain of anything. I remain particularly interested in Giolito's teammate, lefty Max Fried. Any thoughts on Fried? Have you seen him?
I have seen a lot of Fried. Like him very much. Should definitely get 1st round consideration, particularly in this draft class. I think Weickel may be the more interesting arm, and Smoral has some intrigue if you're willing to roll the dice some.
Posted 09 March 2012 - 10:05 AM
"In 2009, Appel was a projectable right-hander from Northern California who slid to the 15th round of the Draft (Tigers) because of signability. It's looking like three years at Stanford will have done him a whole lot of good as he's lining up as a potential frontrunner to be the No. 1 overall pick in 2012.
Appel has the complete package of size, stuff and ability to throw strikes. His fastball is a plus pitch now, which sits comfortably in the mid-90s and the scary thing is there might be room for a little bit more as he matures and fills out. The ball explodes out of his hand with a free and easy delivery and his fastball has above-average movement to boot. He's got an outstanding hard slider with late tilt that he can bury down in the strike zone and his circle changeup is at above-average as well, bottoming out when his mechanics are right. He can throw all three for strikes and gets very high marks for his poise and aggressiveness.
There are few negatives to Appel's game at this point, though he'll occasionally overthrow his fastball, which elevates it and straightens it out. He'll rush his delivery from time to time. But that's really just nitpicking as Appel profiles as a top of the rotation starter with three above-average to plus out pitches."
Posted 09 March 2012 - 10:06 AM
"Coming from high school powerhouse American Heritage High School in Florida (alma mater of Eric Hosmer, among others) and the younger brother of Nationals' first-rounder Chris, Marrero has been on radars for quite some time. Three years at ASU certainly has done nothing to hurt his prospect status as he might be the top position player selected in June.
Marrero's defensive abilities are what jump out first as there is no question he will be a shortstop at the next level. He'll be plus on that side of the ball -- arm, hands and range -- and it plays up even more because of his baseball instincts. He's not glove only, though, and he's improved since coming out of high school when his bat was somewhat in question. Marrero is a line-drive gap hitter, with the potential to develop some power in the future. While he's only an average runner, those instincts help him be an excellent baserunner.
While his swing has been long in the past and his pitch selection isn't always top notch, it's not too much of a cause for concern. He has the chance to be a very good every-day shortstop. If the bat develops even more, he could be an impact player in the big leagues."
Posted 09 March 2012 - 10:08 AM
"Major League bloodlines are always a plus and the younger Lance McCullers has the chance to be much better than his father, who spent parts of seven seasons in the big leagues.
McCullers is pure power. His fastball can easily touch the upper 90s and it has above-average movement in on right-handed hitters. When he stays on top of his slider it's an above-average, hard and tight breaking ball. He does have a changeup, but it's behind the other two offerings. He's got a feel for it, but doesn't need to use it much at this level. McCullers is fearless on the mound, with a closer-type mentality (and the stuff to match it).
McCullers does struggle with his command at times, which keeps hitters from being too comfortable at the plate. He will need to refine that, along with his offspeed stuff, to be an effective starter at the highest level. But there's nothing to indicate he won't be able to do just that with time and experience."
Posted 09 March 2012 - 10:10 AM
"Zunino is no stranger to the Draft, taken out of the Florida high school ranks three years ago. His father, Greg, was a 1981 draft pick who played for two seasons in the Yankees system and has been a scout for the past quarter-century.
Zunino is the best catcher in this Draft class and he has the potential to be a very good everyday big league backstop. While he does have a bit of a long swing and can struggle with offspeed stuff at times, he has bat speed and loft, meaning he should have plenty of future power. With some more consistency with his swing, he could be a middle of the order bat. Behind the plate, he's a natural leader who can run a pitching staff. Zunino has a very good and accurate arm, good hands and agility, giving him a a package of plus catch and throw skills.
Zunino's dad currently scouts for the Cincinnati Reds. They have the 14th pick in the 2012 Draft and it's looking very unlikely the team will have the chance to unite father and son in one organization."
Posted 13 March 2012 - 12:32 AM
Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:06 PM
20. Lance McCullers Jr.- RHP, Jesuit HS Tampa, FL
In one inning showcases, he has triple digit ability with the
fastball and sits routinely in the 95-96 mph range late into an
outing. His curveball flashes plus-plus ability, and change up is not
that far behind., overall a very impressive arsenal. His mechanics
and effort to the plate strongly suggest limiting his pitch count and
relief would be a more suitable role. As far as the ability to spin
it, there are not many better than him.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:09 PM
3. Mike Zunino- C, University of Florida
Bat has show signs of the spring 2011 form,, with a cleaner approach
and less pressing. He has pole to pole power potential. His defensive
footwork, adjustments, and pop in the ~1.85 range have improved to
show that he may be more than just a power bat behind the plate.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:11 PM
7. Deven Marrero- SS, Arizona State University
A true plus-plus defender with great glove, range, and arm to stick
as a major league shortstop. He can get aggressive at times, but
shows plate awareness and good contact ability without an outside
chance of average power. Profiles more as a number two hitter.
Posted 26 March 2012 - 03:12 PM
1. Mark Appel- RHP, Stanford University
Added an attitude this spring and making strong case for top player.
He added 15 pounds over the winter that should help sustain power late
into an outing, already keeping pace well past the7th inning. Change
up is his bread and butter, fastball’s that sits 94-95 mph and reach
back for 97-98 mph. His slider has gotten tighter and harder with
good two plane, even lateral drop at times. He should sit with four
quality pitches at the professional level. Encouraging seeing him
attack hitters in the early spring.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:04 AM
Florida JR C Mike Zunino
OF Byron Buxton (Appling County HS, Georgia)
SS Carlos Correa (Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, Puerto Rico)
C Stryker Trahan (Acadiana HS, Louisiana)
SS CJ Hinojosa (Klein Collins HS, Texas)
OF Albert Almora (Mater Academy, Florida)
Clemson JR 3B/RHP Richie Shaffer
Georgia Southern JR OF Victor Roache
3B Trey Williams (Valencia HS, California)
3B Tanner Rahier (Palm Desert HS, California)
OF David Dahl (Oak Mountain HS, Alabama)
TCU JR C Josh Elander
3B/OF Joey Gallo (Bishop Gorman HS, Nevada)
OF Courtney Hawkins (Mary Carroll HS, Texas)
C/2B Alex Bregman (Albuquerque Academy, New Mexico)
SS/2B Gavin Cecchini (Barbe HS, Louisiana)
Texas Tech JR OF Barrett Barnes
OF Lewis Brinson (Coral Springs HS, Florida)
Arkansas JR 3B Matt Reynolds
Buffalo JR C Tom Murphy
Oklahoma City JR C Dane Phillips
Florida JR SS Nolan Fontana
Arizona State JR SS Deven Marrero
OF Jameis Winston (Hueytown HS, Alabama)
3B Rio Ruiz (Bishop Amat HS, California)
Purdue JR C Kevin Plawecki
Texas A&M JR OF Tyler Naquin
Kentucky JR C Luke Maile
3B/OF David Thompson (Westminster Christian HS, Florida)
UCLA JR OF Jeff Gelalich
Chipola SO OF Andrew Toles
3B Addison Russell (Pace HS, Florida)
Florida State JR 1B Jayce Boyd
South Carolina JR 1B Christian Walker
OF Nick Williams (Galveston Ball HS, Texas)
OF Anthony Alford (Petal HS, Mississippi)
Walters State CC SO OF/1B Marcus Davis
Connecticut JR 2B LJ Mazzilli
Virginia JR SS Stephen Bruno
Stanford JR 3B Stephen Piscotty
St. Mary’s JR 3B Patrick Wisdom
Cal Poly JR OF Mitch Haniger
Jacksonville JR OF Adam Brett Walker
SS/3B Corey Seager (Northwest Cabarrus HS, North Carolina)
3B Carson Kelly (Westview HS, Oregon)
Florida State JR 2B Devon Travis
Florida JR 1B Brian Johnson
SS/2B Adrian Marin (Gulliver Prep HS, Florida)
Georgia Tech SO OF Kyle Wren
Miami JR SS Stephen Perez
Stony Brook JR OF Travis Jankowski
Florida State SR OF James Ramsey
1B Ron Miller (Serra HS, California)
Florida SR 1B Preston Tucker
Texas JR OF Jonathan Walsh
Miami SR C Peter O’Brien
North Carolina JR 2B/SS Tommy Coyle
Stanford JR 2B/SS Kenny Diekroeger
Virginia JR SS Chris Taylor
OF Jesse Winker (Olympia HS, Florida)
OF Fernelys Sanchez (George Washington HS, New York)
Louisiana State JR OF Raph Rhymes
Georgia Tech JR OF Brandon Thomas
Baylor JR 1B Max Muncy
OF Rhett Wiseman (Buckingham Browne & Nichols HS, Massachusetts)
OF Josh Henderson (Home School, Virginia)
Orange Coast JC SO C Stefan Sabol
OF Vahn Bozoian (Ayala HS, California)
3B Daniel Robertson (Upland HS, California)
Stanford JR OF Jacob Stewart (2012)
Rice rJR OF Jeremy Rathjen (2012)
Jacksonville JR OF Dan Gulbransen
Vanderbilt JR OF Connor Harrell
St. John’s JR OF Jeremy Baltz
2B Chase Nyman (Pascagoula HS, Mississippi)
Also receiving votes Missouri JR OF Blake Brown, Stanford JR OF Tyler Gaffney, Cypress Ranch HS (Texas) 2B/OF Leon Byrd, King HS (Florida) 1B Keon Barnum, TCU SR OF Jason Coats, Hamilton HS 3B Mitch Nay (Arizona), Providence HS (North Carolina) 3B Jackson Campana, Alabama SR OF Taylor Dugas, Farragut HS (Tennessee) SS AJ Simcox, Texas-Arlington JR OF Preston Beck, and James Madison HS (California) 3B Corey Oswalt.
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