2012 MLB Draft Results: Teams That Found Hidden Gems Late in Round 1

Ben AxelrodBig Ten Lead WriterJune 5, 2012

Source: ESPN
Source: ESPN

The MLB Draft is sometimes highlighted by bad teams making moves that can (but don't usually) turn them into good teams. But what usually winds up happening is the rich just getting richer.

After all, superb scouting is usually a reason that good teams are in the positions that they are in, so even if a good team is drafting toward the bottom of the draft, it typically doesn't matter.

This year doesn't appear to be any sort of exception, and here are five players who could be considered steals from late in Monday's first round:

Brian Johnson (LHP) Red Sox

The lefty from Florida isn't going to win any Cy Young awards. That would be considered a small miracle.

But with the final pick in Monday's first round, the Red Sox took a pitcher who projects to be a solid, if not above average, No. 3 or No. 4 starter in the Sox pitching rotation.

That might not sound like a lot of bang for your buck with a first-round pick, but when you consider just how hard good starting pitching is to come by, the Red Sox may be ahead of the curve going with the safe pick.

Deven Marrero (SS) Red Sox

Johnson wasn't the only steal that the Red Sox walked away with Monday.

Marrero was once thought to be a top-10 pick, but his struggles from the plate knocked him all the way down to the No. 24 overall pick. Despite his lack of power, he does possess the bat speed and more than enough fielding ability to make him a player who was worth the Red Sox taking a gamble on this late in the first round.

Lewis Brinson (CF) Rangers

At 6-foot-4 and with above-average speed, Brinson is a physical freak who many scouts say has the second most upside in this draft. He still needs to work on his hitting, but that's what the minor leagues are for.

The Rangers took the Florida native with the third-to-last pick of the first round, so it's hard to argue with Nolan Ryan and company taking a flier on a player who's still growing into his already-extraordinary body.

Stryker Trahan (C) Diamondbacks

Trahan has some of the most upside in this draft and may wind up being the best catcher selected this year. He's athletic, so catcher might not be where he ultimately winds up, but his strength, feet and athleticism all make it likely that he'll wind up successful somewhere.

Plus, his name is Stryker, so that has to count for something.

Corey Seager (3B) Dodgers

Seager's brother, Kyle, is a major league third baseman for the Seattle Mariners, and Kyle is already bigger than his big brother.

He carries a strong commitment to South Carolina, which is why he dropped to the No. 18 pick in the draft. Should the Dodgers, however, find a way to sign him away from the Gamecocks, they may be walking away with a perennial all-star to play on the left side of their infield.