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2012 Major League Baseball Mock Draft

Stanford pitcher Mark Appel


The 2012 Major League Baseball Draft is scheduled for this evening.

Actually, for officially purposes, the First-Year Player Draft takes place Monday-Wednesday, with the first round tonight, beginning at 6 pm.

The Houston Astros have the first pick, and rumors continue to swirl that they are still considering five names.

Acadiana High School catcher Stryker Trahan is projected by a lot of people as a first round pick.

The draft is thought by many to be not as strong as previous years, but we all know it’s a very inexact science, and it will be interesting nonetheless.

Let me take a crack at projecting the first round. I’ll give a brief comment on the top ten, then just projections for the rest of the first round.

1)—ASTROSMark Appel—P—Stanford. Just as late as this weekend, many people continued to say that the Astros’ pick would be one of five people; Mark Appel, Byron Buxton, Kevin Gausman, Mike Zunino, and Kyle Zimmer. I don’t think the Astros have made up their minds, but I think it’s between Appel and Buxton. Personally, I’d take Buxton, the five-tool high school outfielder from Georgia, who seems to have the most upside, but Appel, who has the stuff, and the make-up to advance to the majors quickly, looks to be the safer pick.  Appel is currently 10-1 on the year with Stanford, with a 2.27 era. He’s allowed 92 hits, while striking out 127 batters in 119 innings.

2)—TWINS—Byron Buxton—OF—Appling high School (GA.). The Twins may have to wait five years to see him, but they could wind up getting the best player in the draft.

3)—MARINERS—Carlos Correa—SS—Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. I think this pick is either Correa, or Mike Zunino. Let’s go with the shortstop.

4)—ORIOLES—KEVIN GAUSMAN—P—LSU. Gausman has a big-time arm. If he gets a little bit better command, he’ll win a lot of games in the Major Leagues.

5)—ROYALS—Kyle Zimmer—P—San Francisco. The Royals have traditionally liked picking pitching early, and they’ll likely do it again this year.

6)—CUBS—Max Fried—P—Harvard Westlake HS (CA.). The Cubs reportedly like Fried, and Albert Almora a lot. Also, they’ll have to think about Zunino, if he does slip. Fried gets the nod, because he’s a lefty with a fairly high ceiling.

7)—PADRES—Mike Zunino—C—Florida. The Padres are probably thinking they’ll get Fried, or Almora, but Zunino, at this spot, is just way too good to pass up.

8)—PIRATES—Chris Stratton—P—Clemson. We’ve heard talk about the Pirates taking a shortstop, such as Devon Marrero, or Berbe’s Gavin Cecchini, but they normally take pitching, and I believe guys Stratton, Michael Wacha, and Andrew Heaney are the safest bets.

9)—MARLINS—Albert Almora—OF—Albert Academy (FL.)—The marlins would be ecstatic to draft a tollsy outfielder from their own backyard.

10)—ROCKIES—Andrew Heaney—P—Oklahoma St. Heany is a lefty who won the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year award. He would not be a bad pick, at all, for the Rockies in this slot.

11)—ATHLETICS—Richie Shaffer—3B—Clemson

12)—METS—Devon Marrero—SS—Arizona St.

13)—WHITE SOX—Michael Wacha—P—Texas A&M

14)—REDS—Stephen Piscotty—3B—Stanford

15)—INDIANS—David Dahl—OF—Alabama

16)—NATIONALS—Courtney Hawkins—OF—Carroll HS (TX.)

17)—BLUE JAYS—Lance McCullers—P—Jesuit HS (FL.)

18)—DODGERS—Gavin Cecchini—SS—Barbe HS (LA.)

19)—CARDINALS—Tanner Rahier—SS—Palm Desert HS (CA.)

20)—GIANTS—Ty Hensley—OF—Santa Fe HS (OK.)

21)—BRAVES—Marcus Stroman—P—Duke

22)—BLUE JAYS—Corey Seager—Northwest Cabarrus HS (N.C.)

23)—CARDINALS—Zach Eflin—P—Hagerty HS (FL.)

24)—RED SOX—D.J. Davis—OF—Stone County HS (MS.)

25)—RAYS—Addison Russell–SS—Pace HS (FL.)

26)—DIAMONDBACKS—Joey Gallo—3B—Bishop Gorman HS (NV.)

27)—BREWERS—Lucas Sims—P—Brookwood HS (GA.)

28)—BREWERS—Tyler Nquin—OF—Texas A&M

29)—RANGERS—Stryker Trahan—C—Acadiana HS (LA.)

30)—YANKEES—Clint Coulter—C—Union HS (WA.)

31)—RED SOX—Hunter Virant—P—Camarillo HS (CA.)

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