2012 MLB Draft Prospects: 5 Best First Basemen in the 2012 Draft Class

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2012 MLB Draft Prospects: 5 Best First Basemen in the 2012 Draft Class
South Carolina's Christian Walker // Courtesy of ESPN.com

If you’ve read any of my work over the last two months, then you know that I’m not particularly fond of first base prospects. In my opinion, it’s an incredibly limiting position and can be misleading in projecting a prospect’s true ceiling. It’s a position that’s designated for players with plus power and minimal defensive value, or those who have physically outgrown their original position.

For those draft prospects that have already been slapped with the first-base-only tag, they will have to be enormously productive at the plate to ultimately reach the major leagues at that position. These days, it’s increasingly rare to see an impact prospect crack a big-league roster as a first baseman. More often than not, they simply become just another Quad-A slugger.

Therefore, my list of the 10 best first base prospects is based upon each player’s potential to make an impact in the major leagues. As you will see, there are outfielders and third basemen on this list, but only because I genuinely believe that they will land at first base before making their major league debut.

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