MLB Draft Tracker 2012: Results and Grades for Each Team

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2012

MLB Draft Tracker 2012: Results and Grades for Each Team

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    If you were looking for a one-stop shop to find out which prospects your favorite team drafted alongside draft grades for each team during the MLB draft, well, we've got you covered.

    We'll be updating this slideshow with the latest picks and grades as the draft plays out over the next three days, including every pick in the first three rounds, the compensation rounds and a few late-round highlights as well.

    Curious what to think about that high-school pitcher you know nothing about? Want a better idea if that college slugger will translate at the next level?

    You've come to the right place. Be sure to check in regularly to keep yourself in the loop as the draft progresses.


    (Note: The slideshow follows the draft order in the first round, though the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays all have two first-round picks and the Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers have no first-round picks.)


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Houston Astros

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    2011 Record: 56-106

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: George Springer, OF, UConn (No. 11 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    While the Astros need an infusion of talented players at most positions, adding starting pitching is probably the team's biggest need.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

     No. 1: Carlos Correa, SS, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy

    The first pick in the draft shocked everyone.

    Correa was projected to go in the top 10, but nobody thought he would go No. 1.

    At 6’4’’ and 190 pounds, the 17-year-old is already being compared to Troy Tulowitzki.

    His defense is outstanding with incredible range and a strong arm, but it’s his bat that really sold the Astros in their private workout.

    He has showed marked improvement with his mechanics in the last year and considering his age, will only get better with the proper coaching. Correa has the ability to hit for some serious power when he bulks up. 

    The sky is the limit, and the Astros are willing to wait for him to fully develop. 


    No. 41: Lance McCullers, RHP, Jesuit HS, FL

    He throws blazing heat and even if he doesn't project as a starter could be an elite option at the back-end of a bullpen. Great pick.


    No. 61: Nolan Fontana, SS, Florida

    Correa may be the long-term answer at shortstop, but Fontana could find himself on the big club sooner than later as a middle infielder or utility option off the bench.


    No. 96: Brady Rodgers, RHP, Arizona State


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 129: Rio Ruiz, 3B, Bishop Amat HS

    Though a bit of a project, he has the chops to reach the big leagues someday as the rare left-handed hitting third basemen.


    No. 189: Brett Phillips, OF, Seminole HS, FL

    No. 219: Tucker Preston, OF, Florida

    He's not the most well-rounded prospect, but he's got a ton of power. Who doesn't like a prospect with power?


    Draft Grade: A+

Minnesota Twins

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    2011 Record: 63-99

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Michael Levy, SS, North Carolina (No. 30 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    Starting pitching.

    According to Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press, via the Duluth News Tribune, the team has a dearth of power arms from the big league club on down. Look for the Twins to focus on pitching in this draft.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 2: Byron Buxton, OF, Appling County High School (Ga.).

    You hear the term “five tool player” thrown around with Buxton.

    He has led his team to state championships with incredible power, blazing fast speed and a terrific glove. There is no question he has the greatest upside in this draft and will be one of the cornerstones of the Twins at some point down the line.

    Buxton has the power to be a premiere home run hitter, yet could also steal 40 bases. Very intriguing pick. 


    No. 32: Jose Berrios, RHP, Papa Juan XXIII HS

    Great fastball and breaking ball, limited upside. May have been a bit of a reach here, but could have a quick turnaround to big leagues for high-school prospect. 


    No. 42: Luke Bard, RHP, Georgia Tech

    Yes, he's Daniel Bard's younger brother. Twins will be hoping bloodlines translate into another major-league worthy pitcher. 


    No. 63: Mason Melotakis, LHP, Northwestern State

    He was a closer for the past two years, and projects as a setup man at the next level. The Twins have wisely gone for pitchers after selecting Buxton. 


    No. 72: J.T. Chargois, RHP, Rice

    He was a first basemen and closer for Rice, and his future is probably in a late-innings role. This is three straight picks that all project as bullpen types. 


    No. 97: Adam Walker, OF, Jacksonville University


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 160: Tyler Duffey, RHP, Rice

    Clearly, Twins' scouts spent a lot of time at Rice games. Duffey and Chargois were in a closer-by-committee situation this year, so I guess the Twins just wanted to keep them together or something.


    No. 310: D.J. Baxendale, RHP, Arkansas

    He doesn't have a ton of upside, but he has a good feel for the art and a developed repertoire of pitches, so he could move through the minors rather quickly.


    No. 940: Timothy Robinson, OF, Ocean View HS


    Draft Grade: A-

Seattle Mariners

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    2011 Record: 67-95

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Danny Hultzen, LHP, Virginia (No. 2 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    Impact bats.

    The Mariners have done well to stockpile pitching in recent years and have several promising prospects at the position. Though, according to Greg Johns of, the team is most likely to simply select the best player on its board throughout the draft.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 3: Mike Zunino, C, Florida

    This guy has baseball in his blood.

    Zunino’s dad Greg was drafted in 1981, and has been a scout for the Reds for 22 years and counting.

    That means Zunino is incredibly sound mechanically with his swing, and also very cerebral behind the plate.  

    At 6’1’’, 215 pounds he has the frame to be a durable catcher and has the incredibly quick hands that suggest he’ll develop into a power hitter who can spray the ball to all sides of the field.

    One of the most MLB-ready players in the entire draft.


    No. 64: Joe DeCarlo, SS, Garnet Valley HS


    No. 98: Edwin Diaz, RHP, Caguas Military Academy

    He's a major prospect with a live arm but little arsenal beyond a fastball. But his arm strength makes him intriguing, indeed. 


    No. 126: Tyler Pike, LHP, Winter Haven HS


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 161: Chris Taylor, SS, Virginia 

    Great defense, limited bat, another shortstop for Seattle.


    No. 191: Timmy Lopes, SS, Edison HS


    No. 401: Blake Hauser, RHP, Virginia Commonwealth

    His upside is as an MLB closer, and he shouldn't need too much time in the minors if he lives up to his potential.


    Draft Grade: A

Baltimore Orioles

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    2011 Record: 69-93

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Dylan Bundy, RHP, Owasso HS (No. 4 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    Pitchers who won't be huge projects.

    This Orioles team has a very good young nucleus. Adding young arms who can filter into the big league club over the next two to three years should be a focus for this team. The Orioles look poised to compete in the AL East in the near future.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 4: Kevin Gausman, RHP, LSU

    Gausman is a flamethrower that has showed marked improvement every year he pitched in college.

    He can hit 95 mph on the radar gun consistently, and has a very smooth delivery that suggest injuries won’t be much of a concern.

    While he still needs to work on his command, there is no question he can develop into one of the premiere starting pitchers to come from this draft. 


    No. 65: Branden Kline, RHP, Virginia

    He was a closer in college, and has the stuff to be a viable, back-end option for a big league bullpen moving forward.


    No. 99: Adrian Marin, SS, Gulliver Prep School


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 132: Christian Walker, 1B, South Carolina  

    When you are good enough to play first base on two national championship teams, you deserve a look.


    No. 252: Torsten Boss, OF, Michigan State

    He's a well-rounded player with a solid bat. Plus he's got a great last name, so there's that as well.


    No. 462: Derick Velazquez, RHP, Merced College


    Draft Grade: A-

Kansas City Royals

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    2011 Record: 71-91

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Bubba Starling, OF, Gardner Edgerton HS (No. 5 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    Like the Orioles before them, college pitchers with a quick turnaround to the big leagues.

    Kansas City has a ton of young position players oozing with upside, but adding big league pitching depth is a must.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 5: Kyle Zimmer, RHP, San Francisco

    Zimmer was a third basemen entering college, and three years later he is one of the most coveted pitchers in the draft.

    His fastball has been clocked at 97 mph, and is able to produce high velocity deep into ball games.

    As he continues to learn the finer points of being a pitcher, the ceiling is extremely high for Zimmer. He’ll be able to help the Royals sooner rather than later. 


    No. 66: Sam Selman, LHP, Vanderbilt

    I like the direction the Royals are going, adding experienced college arms that shouldn't need too much seasoning in the minors. Selman probably needs a bit more fine-tuning than Zimmer, however.


    No. 100: Colin Rodgers, LHP, Parkview Baptist School


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 133: Colin Diekroeger, SS, Stanford

    He doesn't do anything extremely well, but he does everything pretty well. That may sound boring, but players with well-rounded skill sets are always nice to find.


    No. 193: Zachary Lovvorn, RHP, Oxford HS

    If he doesn't head to Samford, the already imposing Lovvorn (6'4", 205 pounds) could be a very nice pitching prospect for the Royals.


    No. 733: Beau Maggi, C, Arizona State


    Draft Grade: B+

Chicago Cubs

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    2011 Record: 71-91

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Javier Baez, SS, Arlington Country Day School (No. 9 overall) 


    Top Organizational Needs

    Long-term potential.

    No one expects this team to compete anytime soon, so the Cubs should be focusing on looking for long-term potential and players who can be future stars.

    If they end up with a draft full of projects, so be it. The Cubs' goal should be surrounding Starlin Castro with a young and talented big league roster in five years.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 6: Albert Almora, OF, Marion Christian Academy (Fla.)

    While he is still just 18, nobody has ever enjoyed more experience with the USA Baseball team than Almore.

    He was compared to Orioles outfielder Adam Jones on the MLB Network for his ability to drive the ball to all parts of the field on offense, and because of his excellent arm strength and ability to cover a ton of ground in the outfield on defense.

    With a terrific work ethic and a 6’2’’, 180-pound frame that will only grow, there is a ton of long-term value in Almora. 


    No. 43: Pierce Johnson, RHP, Missouri State

    If he can stay healthy, Johnson has the stuff and demeanor to be a solid starting pitcher at the next level.


    No. 56: Paul Blackburn, RHP, Heritage HS

    He's a project, but his stuff should only get better with age.


    No. 67: Duane Underwood, RHP, Pope HS

    He oozes upside, with the potential to develop three plus pitches. Nice spot to nab him here for the Cubbies.


    No. 101: Ryan McNeil, RHP, Nipomo HS


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 134: Josh Conway, RHP, Coastal Carolina 

    Before Tommy John surgery this year, Conway was probably a higher pick than this. If fully recovered, he could become a very nice pitcher for the Cubbies.


    No. 284: Chadd Krist, C, California


    No. 824: Tyler Bremer, RHP, Baylor

    He was 7-1 with one save and a 3.08 ERA over 49.2 innings this season, striking out 42. He started and was used in relief this year, so a trip to the bullpen is likely in his future.


    Draft Grade: A-

San Diego Padres

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    2011 Record: 71-91

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Cory Spangenberg, 2B, Indian River State (No. 10 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    Power bats.

    The Padres could use some pop from the big league club on down. Frankly, the fans could use something to get excited about.

    Power may not always play in Petco, but a complete lack of it is a recipe for failure as well.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 7: Max Fried, LHP, Harvard-Westlake HS (Ca.)

    The curveball Fried holds is deadly. It has a ton of movement and was virtually unhittable his senior year.

    He throws a mid-90s fastball and a deceptive changeup as well that make him an intriguing prospect. Considering he is a lefty, the Padres couldn’t pass up on this sort of talent.

    Although it is interesting that they decided to pick him over Mark Appel. 


    No. 33: Zach Eflin, RHP, Hagerty HS

    Another solid high-school pitching arm for the Padres. Eflin was one of the biggest risers heading into the draft and is a nice value here.


    No. 44: Travis Jankowski, OF, SUNY Stony Brook

    Could be the Padres lead-off hitter of the future.


    No. 55: Walker Weickel, RHP, Olympia HS

    So much for power bats. The team clearly wasn't afraid of adding long-term pitching prospects this year. Weickel has an advanced repertoire of pitches for his age, making him a nice pick here. 


    No. 68: Jeremy Baltz, LF, St. John's

    Finally, a power bat for the Padres.  


    No. 70: Dane Phillips, C, Oklahoma City University

    Another potential power bat at the next level, though a move to first base might be in the cards. 


    No. 102: Fernando Perez, SS, Central Arizona College


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 255: Brian Adams, OF, Kentucky

    He's a big kid who has a nice blend of speed and power, but he had a disappointing 2012. Could be a project despite three years at college.


    No. 405: Malcolm Diaz, RHP, Colegio Laico de Levittown

    Compact delivery, lively arm, nice size. Diaz is an intriguing prospect.


    No. 1035: Kyle Ottoson, LHP, Oklahoma State


    Draft Grade: B+

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    2011 Record: 72-90

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA (No. 1 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    Position players who can hit.

    The team has focused on pitching in recent drafts, and they will reap the benefits soon enough. Here's a tidbit from Tim Singer of that tells the whole story:

    "As of May 30, the entire Pirates system included a trio of .300 hitters: Class A second baseman Alen Hanson, Triple-A shortstop Jordy Mercer (until his promotion to the big club) and Major League outfielder Andrew McCutchen." 


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 8: Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford

    Projected to go No. 1, Appel slides all the way down to the Pirates at No. 8.

    He has three outstanding pitches including a mid-90s fastball with serious movement on it. Couple that with a slider that has wicked bite, and a circle changeup with impressive late action and you have the most MLB-ready player in the draft.

    It’s no secret they are still 2-to-3 years away from contending, and if Appel makes the majors in 2014, it should coincide with their emergence in the NL Central.    

    So why did he slide? Blame his “signabilty” I suppose. 


    No. 45: Barrett Barnes, OF, Texas Tech

    He projects as a top-of-the-order hitter and left fielder since his arm is average. One of the biggest risers in the draft after a strong junior season.


    No. 69: Wyatt Mathisen, C, Calallen HS

    He's likely to be moved to catcher as a pro, and because he didn't feature at the position in high school, could be a steal at this point in the draft. I'm loving what the Pirates are doing this year. 


    No. 103: Jonathan Sandfort, RHP, Winter Springs HS


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 136: Brandon Thomas, OF, Georgia Tech

    Switch-hitter with potential at the plate, though probably a left fielder at the next level. Bit of a project, but a good base to work with.


    No. 166: Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bellevue CC

    Three solid pitches and a good idea of how and when to use them.


    No. 256: Kevin Ross, SS, Niles West HS


    Draft Grade: A

Miami Marlins

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    2011 Record: 72-90

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Jose Fernandez, RHP, Braulio Alonso HS (No. 14 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    With a younger core in place at the major league level, the Marlins should be looking for the best available player—even if that means selecting a project out of high school.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 9: Andrew Heaney, LHP, Oklahoma State

    120 striekouts, 19 walks.

    That's what he did this past year for the Cowboys, which tells you this kid has incredible potential. 

    The southpaw has three pitches he consistently can throw for strikes and a relaxed delivery that scouts love. With his collegiate experience, it won’t take more than 1-to-2 years before he helps the big league club.

    Love this pick by Miami.


    No. 104: Avery Romero, SS, Pedro Menendez HS


    No. 127: Kolby Copeland, OF, Parkway HS


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 287: Nicholas Wittgren, RHP, Purdue

    Wittgren had 22 saves in his career at Purdue, most in the school's history.


    No. 317: Ron Miller, 3B, Junipero Serra HS


    No. 467: Cody Keefer, OF, UCLA

    Keefer is hitting .342 with 35 RBI and 41 runs scored this season for the Bruins. Not too shabby.


    Draft Grade: A-

Colorado Rockies

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    2011 Record: 73-89

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Tyler Anderson, LHP, Oregon (No. 20 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    Take your pick, but I'd say you'll see them focus on bats.

    This team has a decent array of young pitching either in the big leagues or almost ready to make the jump, but I'm not sure there is another Troy Tulowitski-esque star anywhere in the team's system.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 10: David Dahl, OF, Oak Mountain HS (Ala.)

    Dahl stands at 6’2’’, 185 pounds and has shown the ability to crank the ball to all parts of the field. His speed is incredible, and some are comparing him to Johnny Damon for his keen eye at the plate and smooth swing.

    With an above-average defensive game, Dahl is certainly a strong player with the ability to cover a lot of ground in the spacious Coors Field.

    Yet it’s hard to love this pick for the Rockies when they have so many issues with their pitching staff. 


    No. 46: Eddie Butler, RHP, Radford University

    If the Rockies see him as a bullpen arm, he shouldn't need much time seasoning in the minors.


    No. 73: Max White, CF, Williston HS


    No. 105: Tom Murphy, C, Buffalo


    No. 128: Ryan Warner, RHP, Pine Creek HS


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 188: Matt Carasiti, RHP, St. John's 

    Has started and closed for St. John's. Likely a late-innings bullpen guy at the next level.


    No. 228: Wilfredo Rodriguez, C, Puerto Rico BB Academy


    No. 1158: Dansby Swanson, SS, Marietta HS

    He's likely to go to Vanderbilt, but if for some reason he changes his mind would be an early-round player at a late-round bargain for the Rockies.


    Draft Grade: C

Oakland Athletics

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    2011 Record: 74-88

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Sonny Gray, RHP, Vanderbilt


    Top Organizational Needs

    Does it matter?

    This team has a history of stockpiling strong pitching prospects and drafting players out of college. I wouldn't expect them to change their stripes this year.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 11: Addison Russell, SS, Pace HS (Fla.)

    His bat speed is what stands out, and Russell will never get cheated in an at-bat. He possesses strong power for a shortstop and has great arm strength in the field.

    While his lack of range suggests he may be a third basemen down the line, his bat was too hard to pass up for a light-hitting team like Oakland. 


    No. 34: Daniel Robertson, SS, Upland HS

    So the Athletics start the draft by selecting two shortstops who project as third basemen in the future. Interesting.


    No. 47: Matt Olson, 1B, Parkview HS

    Solid pitcher as well, but his lefty stroke makes him more appealing as a first-base prospect.


    No. 62: Bruce Maxwell, C, Birmingham Southern Col


    No. 74: Nolan Sanburn, RHP, Arkansas

    With a plus fastball and curve, Sanburn looks destined for a late-innings role in the bullpen. 


    No. 106: Kyle Twomey, LHP, El Dorado HS


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 169: Max Muncy, 1B, Baylor

    Solid athlete, very good hitter. He may never fill out as a power hitter, but he's versatile enough around the diamond that it won't matter. 


    No. 259: Kris Hall, RHP, Lee University

    Great velocity, good size, could either fit as a starter or reliever.


    No. 589: Robert Martinez, CF, Ramon Quinones Medina


    Draft Grade: B-

New York Mets

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    2011 Record: 77-85

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Brandon Nimmo, OF, Cheyenne East HS (No. 13 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    The infield and catcher.

    The Mets are pretty deep everywhere else.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 12: Gavin Cecchini, SS, Barbe HS (LA)

    He was a perfect 29-for-29 stealing bases in high school this past year. He has incredible instincts on the base paths and it could translate to big numbers at the MLB level.

    His brother Garin is a former fourth round pick of the Red Sox, there is no doubt that both of them have a mechanically sound swing that is ultra-quick.

    While his arm may only be average, his outstanding range makes up for it. 

    Here is Jose Reyes' replacement. 


    No. 35: Kevin Plawecki, C, Purdue

    Beyond a below-average arm, Plawecki is everything you look for in a catching prospect: Hits for average, power potential, works well with pitchers, displays solid defense. 


    No. 71: Matt Reynolds, 3B, Arkansas

    The Mets are certainly addressing needs early in this draft. Reynolds isn't a top bat in this draft, but he is an excellent defensive player and a potential starter if he hits at the next level. 


    No. 75: Teddy Stankiewicz, RHP, Ft Worth Christian School


    No. 107: Matt Koch, RHP, Louisville


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 170: Brandon Welch, RHP, Palm Beach CC

    Nasty stuff and good control, but because he isn't terribly tall could be moved to the bullpen. 


    No. 410: Matthew Bowman, RHP, Princeton


    No. 890: Austin Barr, C, Camas HS

    He'll more than likely choose to play college ball at Stanford, but he's a very intriguing prospect if he bypasses college.


    Draft Grade: A-

Chicago White Sox

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    2011 Record: 79-83

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Keenyn Walker, OF, Central Arizona College (No. 47)


    Top Organizational Needs

    They'll look to stockpile pitching. And they should.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 13: Courtney Hawkins, RF, Carroll HS (TX)

    So much for pitching.

    At 6’2’’, 200 pounds Hawkins is quite possibly the best athlete in the entire draft.

    He has incredible strength already, which will translate to power down the line. He is a sound centerfielder that has terrific speed despite weighing 200 pounds. Hawkins did a back-flip for the MLB Network cameras to show us all how athletic he really is.

    As long as he can cut down on his whiffs, this is a premiere slugger in the making. 


    No. 48: Keon Barnum, 1B, King HS

    Another slugger for the Sox, and a prototypical slugger at that.


    No. 76: Chris Beck, RHP, Georgia Southern

    Nice find at this slot. Beck has excellent stuff with three big-league pitches.


    No. 108: Joey DeMichele, 2B, Arizona State


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 201: Kyle Hansen, RHP, St. John's

    Hansen hides the ball well and utilizes three pitches. He's a starter for now, but the bullpen could be in his future.


    No. 290: Micah Johnson, 2B, Indiana

    Might have upside and speed to be a lead-off hitter at the next level.


    No. 531: Sammy Ayala, C, La Jolla Country Day School


    Draft Grade: B

Cincinnati Reds

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    2011 Record: 79-83

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Robert Stephenson, RHP, Alhambra HS (No. 27 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs


    While they got rid of three of their top prospects in the Mat Latos trade—Yadier Alonso, Brad Boxberger and Yasmani Grandal—pitching remains the top need, as it is for most of the franchises in the MLB. 


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 14: Nick Travieso, RHP, McCarthy HS (Fla.)

    This past season he recorded 100 strikeouts and only 17 walks and hit 99 mph on the radar gun. Wow.

    Clocking in at 6’2’’ and 215 pounds, he is very raw and will have to work on his secondary pitches, but you can’t teach 99.

    The Reds have shown a real affinity for power pitchers recently and this is just the latest example. 


    No. 49: Jess Winker, OF, Olympia HS

    He's a power bat that may struggle to find a natural position in the field. But teams find ways to get solid bats in the lineup.


    No. 57: Jeff Gelalich, OF, UCLA

    After inconsistency plagued his early career at UCLA, he shined in his junior campaign. A threat offensively in every manner.


    No. 78: Tanner Rahier, SS, Palm Desert HS

    Good power, strong arm, could transition from shortstop to third base moving forward. 


    No. 109: Dan Langfield, RHP, Memphis


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 202: Joseph Hudson, C, Notre Dame 

    Hudson hit .332 with six home runs and 39 RBI this season, and has an excellent arm behind the plate.


    No. 232: Beau Amaral, OF, UCLA

    A three-year starter in center field for UCLA, Amaral is a polished prospect who could shoot through the minor league ranks.


    No. 532: Jose Ortiz, C, Juana Colon HS


    Draft Grade: C+

Cleveland Indians

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    2011 Record: 80-82

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Francisco  Lindor, SS, Montverde Academy (No. 8 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    Collegiate pitching.

    This team has a fantastic young core and would be well-suited to add pitchers who could make an impact with the big club in the next three years or so.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 15: Tyler Naquin, OF, Texas A&M

    The Tribe seemingly always go for a collegiate player in the draft, and do so once again with Naquin. His smooth swing and ability to spray the ball to all sides of the field make him extremely attractive.

    He may have the strongest arm in the draft for an outfielder, and has sound speed as well.

    Naquin is a solid player, but doesn’t possess the ceiling that some of the other players on the board hold.  


    No. 79: Mitch Brown, RHP, Rochester Century HS

    A long-term project, but one with a pretty advanced arsenal of pitchers for a high-school prospect. 


    No. 110: Kieran Lovegrove, RHP, Mission Viejo HS


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 533: Andrew Calica, OF, Eastlake HS,

    While he doesn't have great speed or power, Calica makes up for it with little weaknesses elsewhere.


    No. 803: Justin Garza, RHP, Bonita HS

    He's a high-school pitcher with four legitimate pitches. Those guys don't exactly grow on trees.


    No. 953: Daniel Hoist, OF, Parkway South Senior HS


    Draft Grade: B

Washington Nationals

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    2011 Record: 80-81

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice (No. 6 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs:

    What do you get the team that has gotten everything in recent drafts, including superstars-in-the-making with Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper?

    According to Bill Ladson of, they'll focus in two main areas:

    "The Nationals are known to take the best player available in the Draft, but [scouting director Kris] Kline said they plan to stockpile the system with power arms. They are also looking for left-handed hitters who can play the corner-outfield spots."


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 16: Lucas Giolito, RHP, Harvard-Westlake (CA)

    High risk/high reward player, though a fantastic value in the mid-first round.

    With a 6’6’’, 230-pound frame, has compared him to a young Roy Halladay. He has hit 100 mph in the past and seems to throw the ball with ease.

    Yet an elbow injury that hampered him for much of his senior season has raised plenty of red flags.

    Will injuries derail his career or will he be the next Halladay?


    No. 80: Tony Renda, 2B, California

    Though undersized, he doesn't have any major weaknesses, plays with a lot of grit and passion and is a threat at the plate.


    No. 111: Brett Mooneyham, LHP, Stanford


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 774: Freddy Avis, RHP, Menlo School

    He's likely to go to Stanford, but if not, the National nabbed an intriguing pitching prospect and excellent athlete here.


    No. 804: Bolt Skye, OF, Holy Innocents Episcopal HS

    For one, he has the zaniest name in the draft. He's also a switch-hitter with a ton of tools and a lot of upside.


    No. 834: Cody Poteet, RHP, Christian HS


    Draft Grade: A+

Toronto Blue Jays

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    2011 Record: 81-81

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy (No. 21 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    The Blue Jays have a pretty stocked farm system, so they are free to go in any direction they would like.

    Translation—stockpile pitchers in the never-ending arms race.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 17: D.J. Davis, OF, Stone HS (MS)

    Speed, speed and more speed.

    Many scouts consider him to have the best wheels in the entire draft and holds outstanding range in centerfield because of it.

    While he is still working to perfect the mechanics of his swing, he is going to be a menace on the base paths someday.


    No. 22: Marcus Stroman, RHP, Duke

    He holds a 93-96 mph fastball and has drawn comparisons to Francisco Rodriguez. 

    But is he a starter or a reliever? I’m not a fan of his 5’9’’, 185-pound frame.

    He is very close to being MLB-ready and could be a September call-up if Toronto is still in contention. 


    No. 50: Matt Smoral, LHP, Solon HS

    Another excellent pick for the Jays in a strong first day. Smoral has as high a ceiling as any other lefty high-school prospect in this draft.


    No. 58: Mitch Nay, 3B, Hamilton HS

    He may be a bit of a reach here, though he has plus power and could be worth the gamble, especially for an American League team like the Blue Jays who could utilize him as a designated hitter down the road.


    No. 60: Tyler Gonzales, RHP, James Madison HS

    Thus concludes a busy first day for the Jays. Gonzales is a huge project, but he also has a powerful arm. This looks like the second-straight reach by the Jays, but clearly they decided to take risks late in the first day hoping for big payoffs down the line.


    No. 81: Chase DeJong, RHP, Woodrow Wilson HS


    No. 112: Anthony Alford, OF, Petal HS


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 205: Eric Phillips, 3B, Georgia Southern

    He is Georgia Southern's career leader in hits and finished 2012 with a .391 average and 54 RBI.


    No. 385: Ryan Kellogg, LHP, Henry Street HS


    No. 1045: Ben Lopez, SS, American Heritage School

    He's a legitimate shortstop and a prototypical one as well, lacking power at the plate but possessing solid athleticism and the ability to hit for average.


    Draft Grade: A-

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    2011 Record: 82-79

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Chris Reed, LHP, Stanford (No. 16 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    This is a good, young Dodgers team with a lot of potential either just hitting the major leagues or on the cusp. They still have various needs, according to Ken Gurnick of 

    "It rarely matters what the system needs are, [assistant general manager and scouting director Logan White] White drafts pitching on top. That said, the Dodgers are deep in catching but thin in hitting prospects, and could really use a college corner infielder who could reach the big leagues in a hurry."


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 18: Corey Seager, 3B, Northwest Carrabus HS (NC)

    His brother Kyle is a big-leaguer and Corey is a very similar player with even more power. 

    His bat speed is off-the-charts and Seager has shown the ability to consistently make hard contact. His lack of speed hurt a bit, but you have to love his advanced approach at the plate for a high schooler.Very advanced for his age. 

    Great pick here by the Dodgers. 


    No. 51: Jesmuel Valentin, SS, Puerto Rico BB Academy

    Interesting pick this high seeing as Dee Gordon is only 24 years old and clearly the shortstop of the future in LA. Guess he topped the team's board when this pick came up.


    No. 82: Steven Rodriguez, LHP, Florida

    His upside may be as a lefty specialist out of the 'pen, but lefty specialists out of the pen are pretty darn valuable to have around.


    No. 113: Onelki Garcia, LHP


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 176: Ross Stripling, RHP, Texas A&M

    Led college baseball in wins (14) in 2011, threw a no-hitter this year, projects as a bullpen arm quickly or a bit of a project as a starter.


    No. 446: Matt Reckling, RHP, Rice

    Despite four years at Rice, Reckling is a project nonetheless. He's another player who may end up being a bullpen option.


    No. 656: Jacob Scavuzzo, OF, Villa Park HS


    Draft Grade: B

St. Louis Cardinals

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    2011 Record: 90-72 (World Series Champions)

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Kolten Wong, 2B, Hawaii (No. 22 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    With five of the first 59 picks in the draft, the Cardinals have the opportunity to build a solid young core going forward if they nail the selections.

    They don't need to worry about filling out specific positions. Rather, they should be focusing on finding the next wave of superstars to rebuild in this post-Albert Pujols period.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 19 Michael Wacha, RHP, Texas A&M

    He has a deadly curve that will likely be developed into a wicked slider in the pros, and he has a fastball that tops out in the high-90s.

    While he doesn’t scream future ace, the comparisons to Jon Garland make sense, and it’s not just because he’s 6’6’’.

    He may not have the highest ceiling, but there is no question he'll be a big-league pitcher. Going to an organization like the Cardinals is going to do wonders for Wacha. 


    No. 23: James Ramsey, OF, Florida State

    He was drafted last season, but decided to come back for his senior year and the move paid off.

    He knocked in 55 RBI in 61 games for the Seminoles this season, but he doesn’t possess any standout tools. He switched from right field to center in the middle of his career, and has a very unorthodox batting stance.

    This is the biggest reach of the entire first round thus far. 


    No. 36: Stephen Piscotty, 3B, Stanford

    They go from the biggest reach of the first round to one of the steals in the entire draft in Piscotty. This kid is a pure baseball player that will help a team in every conceivable manner. Love this pick by the Cardinals.


    No. 52: Patrick Wisdom, 3B, St. Mary's

    Another reach in my opinion by the Cardinals, though Wisdom flashes the power that Piscotty hasn't shown yet. What he lacks is consistency at the plate, making him a bit of a project despite coming out of the college ranks.


    No. 59: Steve Bean, C, Rockwall HS

    He's a long-term project at catcher, but he's shown all the tools to be a solid backstop down the road.


    No. 86: Kelly Carson, 3B, Westview HS

    No team has rotated between picks I love and those I question quite like the Cardinals in this draft. This is one I love. He's got potential at either third or pitcher, and if he doesn't go to Oregon could be one of the steals of the draft for St. Louis here.


    No. 117: Tim Cooney, LHP, Wake Forest


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 180: Cory Jones, RHP, College of the Canyons

    He's a nice power arm, but a project as well.


    No. 360: Trey Williams, SS, Valencia HS

    Son of former big-leaguer Eddie Williams, Trey is a dangerous offensive weapon and solid enough defensively to complement his plus bat.


    No. 390: Max Foody, LHP, The Pendleton School


    Draft Grade: B

San Francisco Giants

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    2011 Record: 86-76

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Joe Panik, SS, St. John's (No. 29 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    Long-term pitching projects.

    The way this organization has structured itself in recent years, they'll always win with pitching first and bats second. Unless they think they've identified another Buster Posey in the mid-first round, that is.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 20: Chris Stratton, RHP, Mississippi State

    Here is another safe pick that doesn’t have a ton of upside.

    While he certainly possesses a sneaky fastball that is one of four pitches he feels comfortable throwing, he doesn’t have incredible velocity and his endurance is a big question mark.

    He started the year as a reliever before making the switch to starter. Interesting move for a hitting-starved team like the Giants. 


    No. 84: Martin Agosta, RHP, St. Mary's

    The Giants go back to the right-handed, college-pitcher well to nab Agosta. He's undersized, but his stuff compensates for that fact.


    No. 115: Johnathan Williamson, OF, Wake Forest


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 148: Steven Okert, LHP, Oklahoma

    Has upside as a future big-league closer.


    No. 208: Stephen Johnson, RHP, St. Edwards University

    He has fantastic velocity and like Okert has closer upside at the next level.


    No. 568: Matthew Duffy, SS, Cal State-Long Beach


    Draft Grade: B

Atlanta Braves

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    2011 Record: 89-73

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Sean Gilmartin, LHP, Florida State (No. 28 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs


    Only one of the team's first 10 picks was used on an outfielder last season—Chase Larsson.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 21: Lucas Sims, RHP, Brookwood HS (Ga.)

    He has a mid-90s fastball and a sharp breaking curveball that helped him strikeout 98 batters in 76 innings.

    While his lack of endurance suggests he could be a closer down the line, Sims has a very high ceiling who is one of the hardest throwers in the first round.

    It will be interesting to see how the Braves decide to utilize the local product. 


    No. 85: Alex Wood, LHP, Georgia

    A lefty that fared well in the SEC—yeah, I would draft him here too.


    No. 116: Bryan De La Rosa, C, Olympic Heights HS


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 359: Levi Borders, C, Winter Haven HS, FL


    No. 1019: Sam Gillikin, OF, Hoover HS

    Five-tool potential in a very raw package. Worth the risk so far down the board.


    No. 1139: Gio Brusa, OF, St. Mary's HS

    A switch-hitting power hitter. Need I say more?


    Draft Grade: B+

Boston Red Sox

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    2011 Record: 90-72

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Matt Barnes, RHP, UConn (No. 19 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    This may not be a positional need, but this team could use some old-fashioned, hard-working and  high-character prospects.

    Things have been interesting—for lack of a better term—in recent memory, and this organization needs more than just an infusion of young talent.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 24: Deven Marrero, SS, Arizona State

    He was a first-team All Pac 12 performer and was named the Defensive Player of the Year. 

    His defense is what got him here, but his batting average has dropped the last two years to the point where he hit under .280 this past season.

    Not a huge fan of this pick, but after dropping this far it's not surprising the Sawx decided to roll the dice on him. 


    No. 31: Brian Johnson, LHP, Florida 

    The final pick of the first round is a lefty with some outstanding movement on his pitches.

    His mound presence and big-game experience were more than enough for him to become the final pick of the first round. 


    No. 37: Pat Light, RHP, Monmouth University

    He might be a bit of a project as a starting pitcher, but he should be able to slide into a bullpen role if the starting gig doesn't suit him.


    No. 87: Jamie Callahan, RHP, Dillon HS

    He's got four-pitch potential, though if can't add some more movement to his fastball it may not matter. Still, a lot of upside here.


    No. 118: Austin Maddox, RHP, Florida


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 151: Ty Buttrey, RHP, Providence Sr. HS

    He's tall, has a lively arm and shows serious potential. He's a project, but an appealing one.


    No. 481: Carson Fulmer, RHP, All Saints Academy

    The Red Sox will love his aggressive style, velocity and biting slider.


    No. 901: Alex Bregman, 2B, Albuquerque Academy


    Draft Grade: B

Tampa Bay Rays

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    2011 Record: 91-71 (American League Wildcard)

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Taylor Guerrieri, RHP, Spring Valley HS (No. 24 overall) 


    Top Organizational Needs

    They have such a good minor league system, it's tough to say. But it's a safe bet they'll find a few gems from the high school pitching ranks.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 25: Richie Shaffer, 3B, Clemson

    The 6’4’’ slugger has incredibly long arms and fast hands to turn on pitches in a hurry. When he bulks up his 190-pound frame, it’s conceivable he’ll crush 35 home runs someday.

    What makes him special is his keen eye. He walked 51 times this year at Clemson, one of the best marks in all of college baseball.

    Love this pick for the Rays as he can move to first base if they need him to. 


    No. 88: Spencer Edwards, SS, Rockwall HS

    By the time you finish reading this, Edwards will have already made it to second base with a standing double. What I'm saying is that he's darn fast.


    No. 119: Andrew Toles, OF, Chipola College


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 212: Damion Carroll, RHP, King George HS

    He's an unfinished prospect at this point that needs to round his his pitching arsenal, but he's got the arm to do it.


    No. 422: Dylan Floro, RHP, Cal State-Fullerton

    He finished 2012 with 10 wins, 70 strikeouts, a 2.83 ERA, three complete starts and was named the Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year.


    No. 962: Joseph Ward, C, Shadow Hills HS


    Draft Grade: A-

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    2011 Record: 94-68 (NL West champions)

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA (No. 3 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    Position players, position players and more position players.

    This team has a lot of young, talented arms, but there is room to improve the other eight positions.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 26: Stryker Trahan, C, Acadiana HS (La.)

    Is he the next Brian McCann?

    He is a load at 6'1'', 215 pounds that will hit for power. While his swing can get a tad long at times, there is no doubt he is getting drafted for his bat.

    With a rocket-arm behind the plate, Trahan is an intriguing pick that will certainly fill a need for Arizona. 


    No. 90: Jose Munoz, SS, Los Altos HS


    No. 120: Jake Barrett, RHP, Arizona State


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 183: Ronnie Freeman, C, Kennesaw State

    He hits with serious pop, which should make the Diamondbacks overlooks his average game defensively. 


    No. 273: Evan Marzilli, OF, South Carolina

    He hit .288 with 30 RBI and 50 runs scored, and was named to the 2012 SEC All-Defensive team as well.


    No. 843: Max Schrock, SS, Cardinal Gibbons HS


    Draft Grade: B

Milwaukee Brewers

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    2011 Record: 96-66 (NL Central champions)

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Texas (No. 12 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    Shortstop, power bats, additional arms.

    Whomever you draft this year won't replace the departed Prince Fielder, but he might replace Prince Fielder's replacement.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 27: Clint Coulter, C, Union HS (Wash.)

    The former wrestler was described as "country strong" by the MLB Network crew and has raw power to all parts of the field. 

    With the comparisons to Mike Napoli coming from all directions, the Brewers will have an excellent pro on their hands if he continues to develop his plate discipline.


    No. 28: Victor Roache, OF, Georgia Southern

    The Brew Crew go with back-to-back physical specimens.

    Roache checks in at 6’1’’ and weighs 225 pounds as the heaviest player of the first round.

    He has terrific discipline at the plate and the sort of raw power that has scouts drooling. With decent range in the outfield and a strong arm, here is a pick that could pay big dividends soon. 


    No. 38: Mitch Haniger, OF, Cal Poly - San Luis

    The Brewers certainly made power bats an early priority. Haniger is a bopper who looks like he'll be a corner outfielder at the next level. 


    No. 92: Tyrone Taylor, OF, Torrance HS

    Great athlete with a lot of speed. Should steal bases play a solid outfield but how well he'll hit remains to be seen. 


    No. 122: Zach Quintana, RHP, Arbor View HS


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 185: Damien Magnifico, RHP, Oklahoma

    He really only throws one effective pitch, but it happens to be a fastball that hits 100 or above on the gun. If the Brewers can teach him a new pitch or two, he could be deadly at the back-end of the team's bullpen someday.


    No. 275: Edgardo Rivera, OF, Adolfina Irizarry De Puig HS

    With his speed, he projects optimally as a lead-off hitter moving forward. Not much power here, however.


    No. 485: Buck Farmer, RHP, Georgia Tech


    Draft Grade: B+

Texas Rangers

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    2011 Record: 96-66 (American League champions)

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Kevin Matthews, LHP, Richmond Hill HS (No. 33)


    Top Organizational Needs

    Power bats at the corner infield spots and more young arms.

    Truthfully, the Rangers just need to nail each pick—the team's window to win a World Series is now. This means they might sacrifice prospects to add players through trades moving forward.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 29: Lewis Brinson, OF, Coral Springs HS (FL)

    He is incredibly athletic and has displayed the ability to spray the ball to all parts of the field. He has above-average speed, but is still extremely raw. He has a ways to go, but the potential is certainly there with a few years of development. 

    Good pick for the Rangers, who can allow him plenty of time to develop. 


    No. 39: Joey Gallo, 3B, Lakewood HS

    Another nice pick for the Rangers. While the Rangers are likely most intrigued by his power at the plate, Gallo was also a very good high-school pitcher. Great get at this slot by Texas.


    No. 53: Collin Wiles, RHP, Blue Valley West HS

    The Rangers reached here, but clearly this team is looking for long-term prospects to safeguard after the current crop of players moves on. The Rangers are in win-now mode, so they only needed to concern themselves with potential.


    No. 83: Jamie Jarmon, OF, Indian River HS

    Major project, but an excellent athlete who boasts top-end speed, solid power and a strong arm. 


    No. 93: Nick Williams, OF, Galveston Ball HS


    No. 123: Patrick Cantwell, C, SUNY Stony Brook


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 156: Alec Asher, RHP, Polk State College 

    If he can improve his secondary options behind his plus fastball, he'll be nasty.


    No. 186: Preston Beck, OF, University of Texas-Arlington

    Methinks the Rangers got to see plenty of Beck and his many tools in Arlington this year.


    No. 486: Jameis Winston, OF, Hueytown HS


    Draft Grade: B

New York Yankees

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    2011 Record: 97-65 (AL East champions)

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Dante Bichette 3B, Orangewood Christian HS (No. 51 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    According to Bryan Hoch at, the team will look to bolster itself up the middle—with a catcher, middle infield and center field—and at pitcher. I tend to agree with that sentiment.


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 30: Ty Hensley, RHP, Santa Fe HS (Okla.)

    This guy is an absolute load at 6’4’’, 220 pounds who can top mid-90s on the radar gun.

    He throws four pitches for strikes, but has some serious mechanical adjustments that need to be made. Certainly a work-in-progress. 


    No. 89: Austin Aune, OF, Argyle HS

    He has a scholarship to play football and baseball at TCU, but the allure of playing for the Yankees may be too much to pass up. 


    No. 94: Peter O'Brien, C, Miami

    Sure, that other college catcher from a Florida university was the better prospect. But O'Brien is a solid player that doesn't have any glaring weaknesses behind the plate. A nice pick for the Yanks. 


    No. 124: Nathan Mikolas, OF, Bradford HS


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 157: Corey Black, RHP, Faulkner University

    A pitcher with good stuff but shrouded in mystery at Faulkner. Big boom or bust potential.


    No. 727: Vincent Jackson, OF, Luella HS

    Great pop, good athleticism, very high ceiling.


    No. 787: Ty Moore, OF, Mater Dei HS


    Draft Grade: B

Philadelphia Phillies

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    2011 Record: 102-60 (NL East champions)

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: Larry Greene, OF, Berrien County HS (No. 39 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    The Phillies have thinned out their farm system in recent years after trading for Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence, so they need help in every conceivable area.

    This is certainly not an ideal year for the team to lack a first-round pick, but that's what they face in this draft. 


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 40: Shane Watson, RHP, Lakewood HS

    Watson already has a top-notch curveball and low-90s velocity on his fastball which might increase as develops. If he doesn't add to his repertoire, he still looks like a solid bullpen option. 


    No. 54: Mitch Gueller, RHP, W F West HS

    The Phillies will look to improve his changeup, giving him three solid pitches (fastball, curveball). Another pitching project for the Phillies, who truly need all the help they can get regardless of position in the farm system. 


    No. 77: Dylan Cozens, OF, Chaparral HS

    Cozens has a lot of pop, hitting 19 home runs this season. But he'll have to decide whether he wants to join the Phillies or play defensive end for Arizona, where he signed a letter of intent.


    No. 95: Alec Rash, RHP, Adel Desoto Minburn HS

    More pitching for the Fightin' Phils. Rash is a project, but with a fastball that rises to 95 MPH and the name any rock star would be jealous of, a project the Phillies were smart to take a gamble on. 


    No. 125: Zachary Green, SS, Jesuit HS


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 218: Cameron Perkins, 3B, Purdue

    He led the Big Ten with 61 RBI in 2012, batting .355 with nine homeruns. He's has fantastic pop.


    No. 338: Kevin Brady, RHP, Clemson

    Plus fastball and curveball. Could be a quick riser to the big leagues as a one-inning reliever.


    No. 548: David Hill, RHP, El Modena HS


    Draft Grade: C

Los Angeles Angels

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    2011 Record: 86-76

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: C.J. Cron, 1B, Utah (No. 17 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    After a busy offseason for the Angels, the future is literally now.

    They don't select until the third round in this draft, and they don't have too many pressing needs in the system. Look for them to try to find late-round pitching gems and perhaps a long-term project at catcher. 


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 114: R.J. Alvarez, RHP, Florida Atlantic

    Finally, the Angels get a pick.

    Alvarez has an excellent fastball and looks like he'll be a late-innings reliever at the next level.


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 147: Alex Yarbrough, 2B, Ole Miss 

    Not great defensively at second base, but he can flat-out rake offensively.


    No. 177: Mark Sappington, RHP, Rockhurst College

    Division II background, big league arm. He's a project, but there's a lot of potential here.


    No. 207: Eric Stamets, SS, Evansville


    Draft Grade: C-

Detroit Tigers

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    2011 Record: 95-67 (AL Central Champions)

    Top Pick in Last Year's Draft: James McCann, C, Arkansas (No. 76 overall)


    Top Organizational Needs

    The Tigers drafted 10 position players with the team's first 11 picks last year. Look for them to turn toward pitching early at this year's draft. 


    2012 Early Rounds and Comp Picks

    No. 91: Jake Thompson, RHP, Rockwall-Heath HS

    Finally, a pick for the Tigers!

    His high school coach, Greg Harvey, provided the following scouting report (via George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press):

    “His fastball’s gotten up to 94 m.p.h.,” Harvey said. “He’s pretty consistent at 90 to 92. That’s where he’s going to sit most of the time. His slider is definitely his out pitch. The change-up continues to get better every day, but obviously, that’s still a work in progress.”


    No. 121: Austin Schotts, OF, Centennial HS


    Late Round Highlights

    No. 244: Randall Hudson, RHP, Florida

    When your Florida's top pitcher, that says something. He throws four pitches, and he knows how to use them.


    No. 304: Jake Stewart, OF, Stanford


    No. 1114: Clate Schmidt, RHP, Allatoona HS, GA

    Plus fastball, decent curveball, high ceiling and excellent athleticism. This late, worth rolling the dice on.


    Draft Grade: C+