2012 MLB Mock Draft: Comparing ESPN and B/R's Latest Draft Projections

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2012 MLB Mock Draft: Comparing ESPN and B/R's Latest Draft Projections

Every year at this time, hope springs eternal for Major League Baseball clubs. Sure, there is the old adage that the start of a season is a clean slate for a team to build upon. However, truth be told, some teams are far beyond starting a season fresh.

In fact, some teams are in desperate need of retooling from the top all the way down.

The MLB First-Year Player Draft, or more commonly referred to as the Rule 4 Draft is an opportunity for MLB teams to select amateur baseball players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur baseball clubs, to its teams.

Those that benefit the most arguably would be the team that finished the worst the season prior as the draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings.

As with every draft, there are analysts who do fine work covering and speculating where a particular player may land. For Bleacher Report, that individual is Mike Rosenbaum, who just recently put out his Mock Draft 2.0.

Comparatively, ESPN has its own mock draft as compiled by MLB insider Keith Law.

In an effort to analyze both drafts, I've decided to run down each and compare the selections and make a case for whose pick would make more sense for the team drafting a particular player. The draft is to be held June 4 to June 6.

 An interesting note, the lists were only in agreement three times out of 31 selections.

*NOTE: This is not my mock draft. If you see a player (like Zimmer for instance) who is not "drafted" on this list it is not because I don't believe he will not go in the first round. Rather, if a player is not taken, it is merely because he did not make sense at a particular draft position based on the aforementioned referenced mock drafts.

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