2012 MLB Mock Draft: Version 1.0

The MLB Draft is quickly approaching. Teams are really starting to narrow it down and we have a some what decent idea of around what area in the draft players will be going though. There are still so many surprises though so we will have to wait and see. This is my crack at how I think the draft will shape us as of now. This is my first edition for North and South of Royal Brougham and I will have one more prior to the draft.

(Also, check out Casey’s Top 25 Mariners Prospects)

  1. Astros: Byron Buxton (OF – Georgia HS) Rumors are going around that guys higher up in the Astros organization want a college pitcher, but at this point none of the college arms have really separated themselves from the pack. With that, Buxton is possibly the most talented player available and I think he would be a great pick as the best player available. He would instantly add a potential superstar into the Astros organization as they make the shift into the AL next year.
  1. Twins: Mark Appel (RHP – Stanford) Appel entered the season as one of the top draft prospects and while his stock has slipped a little, he is still a premium talent and one of the top arms available in the draft. Appel has showed such promising stuff but has lacked consistency and hasn’t dominated like teams want. I don’t see the Twins passing up on the ceiling that Appel has with the potential of three plus pitches.
  1. Mariners: Mike Zunino (C – Florida) This is a very very hard pick me as I love the potential that Correa has to offer, but I have to go Zunino here. He is the complete package as a catching prospect and is not far from the bigs. He doesn’t have as high of a ceiling compared to Correa but he is much more of a sure thing. He would fit in nicely with the current crop of pitching prospects that the Mariners have.
  1. Orioles: Carlos Correa (SS – Puerto Rico HS) Correa’s stock has risen as of late after a great performance on the big stage at the Excellence tournament inPuerto Rico. He is one of the best bats available in the draft and it is good enough to play at third base if he has to move off of short to third later on.
  1. Royals: Kevin Gausman (RHP –LouisianaState) Gausman is neck and neck with Appel as being one of the top collegiate arms available in the draft. The Royals have been rumored to want the best college arm available here and Gausman is that guy. He has a plus fastball, potential plus change up, and an above average curve ball.
  1. Cubs: Albert Almora (OF – Florida HS) I love the potential that Almora has to offer and I think the Cubs take him here as the best player available. He has true five tool potential and what separates him from other high ceiling high school bats that are available here is his polish.
  1. Padres: Lucas Gioltio (RHP – California HS) Giolito was receiving strong consideration as the first overall draft pick until he suffered a minor elbow injury in March. It is not serious at all and I think the Padres take him here in what could be a steal. Giolito has a plus fastball that has touched triple digits, an impressive power curve, and a great changeup.
  1. Pirates: Deven Marrero (SS –ArizonaState) This has been a popular pick in many mock drafts and it makes a lot of sense.Marrerohas disappointed this year at the plate but he still has the potential to be an above average hitter. The best tool ofMarrero’s is his plus plus defense. He is not far from the bigs and he also fills an organizational need for the Pirates.
  1. Marlins: Max Fried (LHP – California HS) The Marlins like prep arms and Fried is one of the best in the draft. He is also the top left handed pitcher available in the draft. He has a great fastball with a plus curve to go with. He also has great polish for a prep arm and is a great athlete.
  1. Rockies: Courtney Hawkins (3B – Texas HS) I love Hawkins bat and the potential he has. He has plus plus raw power with good speed to go with. He has a cannon of an arm and I see a future shift to right field where he will fit nicely.
  1. Athletics: Marcus Stroman (RHP – Duke) The biggest knock on Stroman is his size but the stuff is just to electric to pass up on here. He has one of the best fastballs in the draft and he has a very nasty slider. The A’s have showed a liking for smaller, right-handed power arms and Stroman fits that mold.
  1. Mets: Gavin Cecchini (SS – Louisiana HS) Cecchini has great defense at short, good enough to stick there long term. He doesn’t have much projection in terms of power but he has a great hit tool. He should hit for a good average, and this is a nice upside pick for the Mets.
  1. White Sox: Kyle Zimmer (RHP – San Francisco) Zimmer’s stock has slipped a little due to a hamstring injury and a tad loss in velocity, but he is still one of the top arms available in the draft. The fastball is still electric, sitting in the mid 90s and I think the White Sox would be very pleased with Zimmer at this pick.
  1. Reds: Michael Wacha (RHP – Texas A&M) I think a college pitcher is where the Reds go with this pick and Wacha is the best available. He has a plus power fastball, reaching 97 MPH and he has a great frame on the mound. Wacha also has a plus change up to go with his fastball.
  1. Indians: Andrew Heaney (LHP –OklahomaState) Behind Fried, Heaney is the best lefty available and I think the Indians go with pitching here. He doesn’t have the highest ceiling but he has a high floor and is a pretty sure thing. I see a future number 3 starter and he should move through the system pretty quickly.
  1. Nationals: Chris Stratton (RHP –MississippiState) Stratton has seen his stock rise, especially after a strong performance in the tough SEC this year. He has four above average pitches and has a good feel for them. He shouldn’t be far from the big leagues.
  1. Blue Jays: Lance McCullers (RHP – Florida HS) McCullers is a high upside pick here and I think a perfect fit for the Jays. He has really shown scouts that he can stick as a starter after a strong senior season. He has three potential plus pitches in his fastball, curve, and changeup and has front of the rotation potential.
  1. Dodgers: David Dahl (OF – Alabama HS) Dahl has big time potential and I think the Dodgers could use a high upside player here. He currently plays center but I see an eventual shift to right. He is a great athlete with huge offensive potential and could develop into a five tool player.
  1. Cardinals: Richie Shaffer (3B – Clemson) Shaffer is one of the top college bats available in the draft behind Zunino, and I think the Cardinals take him. The Cardinals have drafted college guys pretty heavily and Shaffer has good raw power and the skills to stick at third long term.
  1. Giants: Ty Hensley (RHP – Oklahoma HS) Not quite sure where the Dodgers go here, but there are a good amount of high upside prep arms here and I think they go for one of them. Hensley has a plus fastball and curve combo and I like the potential here.
  1. Braves: Nick Travieso (RHP – Florida HS) We know how well the Braves are at developing pitching and I think Travieso is the best player available on the board here. He is a great athlete with high upside. He has some of the best velocity in the entire draft with an impressive changeup to go with.
  1. Blue Jays: Addison Russell (SS – Florida HS) After going with a high upside pitcher their first time around, I think they go with a high upside bat here. Russell could stick at short for the near future but I think he eventually moves over to third base. He has the bat to play there though with plus raw power and is a good line drive hitter.
  1. Cardinals: Zach Eflin (RHP – Florida HS) I see the Cardinals taking the BPA here, and for me that is Eflin. He has a great build with good mechanics. The fastball is good, he has a great changeup but the breaking ball needs a little work.
  1. Red Sox: Stephen Piscotty (3B – Stanford) Hard to tell where the Red Sox may go with pick, but I like the talent that Piscotty has to offer here as the best college bat available. He has good offensive potential and the glove to stick at third. I like the hit tool as well and he should hit for a good average.
  1. Rays: Matt Smoral (LHP – Ohio HS) Smoral would be a great pick if he slips this far. He is a high upside prep arm and a great talent. His stock has slipped a little due to a leg injury, but nothing that will affect him in the long run. He has a great fastball, and a slider and changeup that show plus potential. I think he is pretty polished for a high school pitcher to top it off.
  1. Diamondbacks:CarsonKelly (3B – Oregon HS) Jason Churchill has been very high on Kelly and his offensive potential, and the man knows his stuff. Kelly is an impressive two way player but I think he’s drafted because of the bat. He has great bat speed and good overall offensive potential. The defense isn’t amazing, but good enough to stick at third in the long run.
  1. Brewers: Stryker Trahan (C – Louisiana HS) This would be a great pick for the Brewers, with the high upside bat of Trahan. I think he eventually moves to right field but he has a great arm with plus raw power. The bat is great and Trahan’s best tool.
  1. Brewers: Joey Gallo (3B – Nevada HS) With back to back picks, I think the Brewers take another high upside offense guy here. Gallo has some of the best power in the entire draft with 80 raw power. There are big questions regarding if he will be able to hit at the next level but Gallo also is good on the mound fastball at 97 and a good curve to go with.
  1. Rangers: Clint Coulter (C – Washington HS) I like the high upside pick here for the Ranges in Coulter, taking possibly the top prep prospect out ofWashingtonthis year. Coulter has a big time build and the plus power is his best tool. He has a cannon behind the plate but he’s going to have to really work if he wants to stay behind the plate long term.
  1. Yankees: D.J.Davis(OF – Mississippi HS)Davishas a very high ceiling here but will take time. He is a great athlete with plus speed, power potential, and tremendous upside overall.
  1. Red Sox: Victor Roache (OF – GeorgiaSouthern) With two picks in the first round, I think the Red Sox take a chance on Roache despite the injury. Roache entered the season as one of the top college bats and a possible top ten pick. He fractured his wrist though at the start of the season and hasn’t played since. This would be a steal if Roache bounces back and shows the power that he did prior to injury.