2012 MLB Draft Results: Pick-by-Pick Grades and Results
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1S.60 Toronto Blue Jays: Tyler Gonzales, RHP, James Madison HS (Texas)
Not the typical power pitcher's frame, but boy, he's got some great stuff. A plus fastball and slider combo and a lightning-quick arm. I'm really impressed with the Blue Jays' haul on Day One. Congrats to them, because if they can sign a majority of these guys, they'll posses the best farm system in baseball.
1S.59 St. Louis Cardinals: Steve Bean, C, Rockwall HS (Texas)
Bean is one of my favorite catchers on the board. Highly athletic with a cannon for an arm and some power from the left side of the plate. He could wind up in the outfield, too.
1S.58 Toronto Blue Jays: Mitch Nay, 3B, Hamilton HS (Ariz.)
If the Blue Jays can sign Nay, this is a fantastic pick. He's got serious power potential and has a highly projectable frame. I'm a big fan of this pick. Blue Jays' fans: Hope he can be signed.
1S.57 Cincinnati Reds: Jeff Gelalich, OF, UCLA
I really like this pick. Gelalich a toolsy outfielder who has some intriguing upside. He's a safe pick, but that doesn't mean he's short on projectability.
1S.56 Chicago Cubs: Paul Blackburn, RHP, Heritage HS (Calif.)
A pitcher with a low-90s fastball and three-pitch mix, but I think he may be a hard player to sign due to his strong commitment.
1S.55 San Diego Padres: Walker Weickel, RHP, Olympia HS (Fla.)
I think he has enough upside to receive an 'A' grade, but I don't know if the Padres will be able to sign him this late.
1S.54 Philadelphia Phillies: Mitch Gueller, RHP, W.F. West HS (Wash.)
Possibly the best athlete in the Northwest, Gueller received looks as both a pitcher and position player. He's got a great arm with a lot of upside, and this is another solid selection by the Phillies with their second pick.
1S.52 Texas Rangers: Collin Wiles, RHP, Blue Valley West HS (Kan.)
Kind of a creative, shot-in-the-dark pick here with Wiles, who has a solid fastball-slider combination.
1S.52 St. Louis Cardinals: Patrick Wisdom, 3B, St. Mary's
His stock took a hit due to a rough spring, but he has a successful track record and big-league frame. A bit of an overdraft, but the Cardinals are drafting guys who they believe will sign.
1S.51 Los Angeles Dodgers: Jesmuel Valentin, SS/2B, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy (P.R.)
A toolsy middle infielder who's also a talented switch hitter. A lot of upside on both ends of the ball and I think that this kid has the potential to be an impressive big-league infielder. Really like this pick.
1S.50 Toronto Blue Jays: Matt Smoral, LHP, Solon HS (Ohio)
The 6'8" left-hander has mid-90s gas and a plus slider. However, a stress fracture in his foot forced him to miss almost the entire spring, and this is a steal. But can he be signed here? Has the potential to be one of the biggest steals in the draft so far.
1S.49 Cincinnati Reds: Jesse Winkler, OF, Olympia HS (Fla.)
An outfielder with pop from the left-side who possesses some quiet athleticism. Drew first-round consideration, but slipped due to a lackluster spring season.
Jesse Winkler: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis
1S.48 Chicago White Sox: Keon Barnum, 1B, King HS (Fla.)
Barnum has insane power, but there's also a lot of swing-and-miss in his game. If he can develop as many hope, wow--big-time steal.
1S.47 Oakland Athletics: Matt Olson, 1B, Parkview HS (Ga.)
Another high-upside prep player with some exciting power. He also is an exceptional pitcher and garnered plenty of looks there, but I agree with Oakland in that his most potential comes at the plate.
1S.46 Colorado Rockies: Eddie Butler, RHP, Radford
A power arm whose fastball scrapes the upper-90s and has two-pitch mix; profiles as either a starter and a reliever. Interesting pick for the Rockies.
Eddie Butler: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis
1S.45 Pittsburgh Pirates: Barrett Barnes, OF, Texas Tech
Finally! I never would have expected Ramsey to go before Barnes, but this is a seal for the Pirates. He's got a healthy mix of speed and power, and could develop into a solid corner outfielder.
1S.43 San Diego Padres: Travis Jankowski, OF, Stony Brook
Really like this pick, as Jankowski has true potential to be a top-of-the-order player. He has plus speed with the potential to stick in center, and is an adept basestealer. Can definitely cover some ground at PetCo!
1S.43 Chicago Cubs: Pierce Johnson, RHP, Missouri State
A safe pick who still possesses some intriguing upside. He's got a plus fastball and breaking ball (possibly even a double-plus), and is wiry athletic. Very good pick for the Cubs right here.
1S.42 Minnesota Twins: Luke Bard, RHP, Georgia Tech
Pretty surprised that the Twins took Bard here given his injury, but he's a safe pick as the Twinkies now have him and Berrios in the supplemental round.
Luke Bard: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis
1S.41 Houston Astros: Lance McCullers, RHP, Tampa Jesuit HS (Fla.)
After drafting Correa, the Astros have now drafted a pitcher with some of the best pure stuff on the board. McCullers has signability concerns, but them drafting him is a strong indication that they believe he will sign.
1S.40 Philadelphia Phillies: Shane Watson, RHP, Lakewood HS (Calif.)
I'm surprised Watson fell this far, but it's a steal for the Phillies with their first pick and should be signable.
1S.39 Texas Rangers: Joey Gallo, 3B/RHP, Bishop Gorman HS (Nev.)
Assuming they can sign him, this is a great pick. He's about as high-risk, high-reward as they come in this draft, as Gallo possesses 80-grade power and plus, mid-to-upper-90s velocity on the mound.
1S.38 Milwaukee Brewers: Mitch Haniger, OF, Cal Poly
Another knock-out pick for the Brewers, who are stock piling some great bats thus far. He's toolsy with some projectable power, and this might be my favorite of their picks.
1S.37 Boston Red Sox: Pat Light, RHP, Monmouth
A 6'6" right-hander with a power fastball but inconsistent results. He's got good stuff and his extremely projectable, so the Red Sox are clearly hoping that he can put it all together for them at the professional level.
1S.36 St. Louis Cardinals: Stephen Piscotty, 3B/LF, Stanford
He's definitely signable and should hit for much better power now that he's free from Stanford's bogus hitting philosophy. I was thinking that either the Cards or Braves would take him, but still wasn't expecting him to go this late.
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