In just three days, the 2012 MLB Draft will commence, and for those teams that lost their own top-tier free agents during the offseason, they will have the opportunity to select an extra prospect in what has commonly been called the "sandwich" round.
The rules for compensation picks have recently changed, and of course the bonus pools attached to draft picks will also affect the draft moving forward, but for now, the sandwich round still offers a lot of intrigue and some pretty good talent.
Teams have different philosophies with regard to their draft strategy—some may make their first pick based on need and then go with the best athlete available with their next selection. Other teams may draft solely on need, while others have a strategy based on prep/college preferences.
Here is our best guess as to which players will be selected in the sandwich round.