As I mentioned in my previous article on the 10 Best Shortstops in the 2012 Draft Class, this year's class is incredibly slim at some positions. However, outfield is definitely not one of them. In fact, it should produce the most first-round draft picks (supplemental round included) of any position.
The group is headed by two sure-fire top-10 picks in Byron Buxton (Appling County HS, Ga.) and Albert Almora (Mater Academy, Fla.), as four of the top-five prospects are prep players.
Beyond that, there is a promising assemblage of under-the-radar, toolsy outfielders such as Mitch Haniger (Cal Poly), Barrett Barnes (Texas Tech) and Travis Jankowski (Stony Brook) who have the potential to reach the major leagues within a matter of years.
Expect all of the players on this list to be selected within the first three rounds of the draft, which will air on both the MLB Network and MLB.com on Monday, June 7, at 7 p.m. ET.
So, here is a look at the 10 best outfield prospects in the 2012 draft class.