MLB Draft 2012: Projected Top 10 Picks Who Will Be Busts

Connor Muldowney@@connormuldowneyCorrespondent IJune 4, 2012

MLB Draft 2012: Projected Top 10 Picks Who Will Be Busts

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    The MLB Draft provides us with countless rounds of excitement.

    Maybe excitement isn't the word I was looking for, but it is interesting to analyze the busts and steals of each years draft.

    Sometimes even the experts are wrong about those sure to disappoint in the draft. It is my duty to try to decipher the busts from the steals.

    I have compiled a list of five prospects who are sure to disappoint at the next level.

    They all have the potential to be great. But, all prospects have potential—it's all about what they do to utilize their talent.

Carlos Correa (SS), Puerto Rico Baseball Academy

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    The Miami commitment has the size and ability to make it in the big leagues. 

    However, the young shortstop is just that—young.

    He has time to grow and mature with a major league organization. But, if he chooses to sign with a major league team instead of attend Miami, he could be in for a rude awakening. 

    We see too many young athletes think they are ready to take the leap to professionalism when they clearly aren't ready. 

    Correa looks to be just another one of those athletes who acts before thinking about his future.

Mike Zunino (C), University of Florida

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    Mike Zunino is one of the best hitters in the draft class. As a catcher, that is a remarkable feat. He has drawn comparisons to New York Yankee catcher Russell Martin.

    He is above average behind the plate and an above-average hitter, but every year there is at least one player who is a great hitter that just doesn't pan out in the majors.

    I'm trusting my instincts on this one. Zunino is either going to be a splash hit or just a sizzle in a large pan. 

    I'm leaning towards Zunino being a bust.

Kevin Gausman (P), LSU

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    Kevin Gausman is rated as one of the top right-handed pitchers in the draft by MLB Draft Insider. He has a great arm and is thought to have the most major league-ready arm in the draft.

    He has a fastball in the upper 90s and an above-average changeup—his best secondary pitch. With that said, an upper 90s fastball doesn't always mean that he will dominate at the next level, as he needs to locate it well.

    Gausman has the best chance to succeed at the next level out of all my draft bust choices, but that doesn't change the fact that he will still have a hard time. 

    He may seem MLB-ready, but so did the hundreds of pitching busts in the past decade.

Kyle Zimmer (P), San Francisco

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    Kyle Zimmer is the San Francisco Dons best pitcher, and for good reason. 

    He is a solid-sized right-handed pitcher with a three-pitch arsenal.

    Zimmer's biggest weakness is that he has an above-average fastball and two average breaking ball pitches in his curveball and changeup.

    If Zimmer wants to avoid being just another bust, he needs to develop a better fastball. Major league batters can hit an above average fastball. He needs to work on his control, and that remains one of his weaknesses.

    Zimmer could be another pitcher who never makes it out of the minor leagues and, with his current stuff, he's on that road.

Courtney Hawkins (OF), Carroll HS (TX)

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    Courtney Hawkins has the potential to be a huge power hitter in the majors, but sometimes that isn't the best thing. 

    A lot of potential power hitters start trying to hit for power, which then negatively affects their swings.

    Hawkins has to avoid that mentality and must keep doing what has made him successful in high school baseball.

    He is young, so maybe he is not mature enough to realize that he has all of the tools necessary to soar at the next level. I have a feeling he will just become another power-hitting minor league batter struggling to hit for average.