Unlike the loaded 2011 draft class, this year’s class only has about 10-to-15 consensus first-rounders. Furthermore, there is no consensus No. 1 pick.
Due to his pure, raw athleticism and potential, Byron Buxton has emerged as the only prep player who could be selected first. The only other position prospect who has drawn consideration for such a ranking is Florida’s backstop, Mike Zunino, who might have the best hit tool in the class.
Beyond Buxton is a slew of highly talented and projectable collegiate right-handers in Mark Appel (Stanford), Kyle Zimmer (San Francisco) and Kevin Gausman (LSU). Their selection will ultimately depend on organizational need, as well as their showings leading up to the draft, which begins at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, June 4.
So, as we are now less than a month away from draft day, I've composed a preliminary mock draft that focuses on each potential draft pick's major-league comparison. While it's likely that most of these players will never match the success of their counterpart, it sure is fun to speculate.