The 2012 MLB first-year player draft is quickly approaching and teams are finalizing their scouting reports with grades on potential future superstars.
This draft class offers a lot of big arms and strong bats. Some will make it to the majors. Many won't. The goal for each team is to find that out sooner rather than later and to try and base their picks off of it.
There's always an emphasis on selecting pitchers that throw hard, have great off-speed pitches and that have the potential to be the next Justin Verlander or Cliff Lee. Relievers aren't usually high draft picks as teams transition the struggling starting pitchers to the bullpen more often than not.
It is essential for each major league team to have a reliever that they can rely on and can trust in high pressure situations. In most cases, that's the closer.
I've come up with 10 great relievers, who will most likely turn into closers if they aren't already, that will be drafted next week. As you'll notice there aren't any high school pitchers. This is mainly due to the lack of high school relievers that are likely to be drafted and that many talented high school players are usually starting pitchers and also play a position.
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