MLB Draft 2012: Report Cards and Notable Selections for Every MLB Team

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistJune 7, 2012

MLB Draft 2012: Report Cards and Notable Selections for Every MLB Team

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    The 2012 MLB draft is in the books, as 40 rounds saw 1,238 players selected. With the new CBA in place, it will be interesting to see how the signing period plays out.

    The MLB draft is always tough to critique right away, as so much has to do with projecting young talent and trying to determine where they will be 3-5 years from now.

    Nonetheless, we'll give it a try here as I have given each team's draft a grade and highlighted its first-round selections as well as some other notable picks.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    First-Round Pick

    1.26 C Stryker Trahan, Acadiana High School

    The best prep catcher in the draft by a long shot, Trahan has the defensive skills to stick at the position at the pro level and the offensive tools to be among the best hitting backstops in all of baseball once he gets there.

     

    Other Notable Picks

    2.90 SS Jose Munoz, Los Altos High School

    A slick fielding shortstop with a cannon arm and speed to burn, Munoz is a project at the plate and will need plenty of time in the minors. Has upside, but an overdraft in the second round.

     

    3.120 SP Jake Barrett, Arizona State University

    A hard-throwing right-hander with the repertoire to be a starter, Barrett's future likely lies in the bullpen as his max-effort delivery and spotty command would play better in that role. Should move quickly as a reliever.

     

    10.333 OF Danny Poma, Hofstra Universtiy

    A first-team All-American, Poma hit .430 BA, 7 HR, 48 RBI and stole 29 bases against second-tier competition at Hofstra. Still, hard to argue with that sort of production.

     

    Grade: C

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Atlanta Braves

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    First-Round Pick

    1.21 RHP Lucas Sims, Brookwood High School

    A Georgia kid with a fastball that can reach the upper-90s, a plus curveball, solid changeup and a sinker that he added to the mix this season, Sims has the repertoire depth to be a solid starting pitcher. He is viewed by some as a future closer with an intense demeanor on the mound, and his control needs work, but he'll make an impact regardless of role.

     

    Other Notable Picks

    2.85 LHP Alex Wood, University of Georgia

    Another hometown product, Wood went 7-3 with a 2.73 ERA this season as the ace of the Bulldogs staff. With a mid-90s fastball, Wood has intriguing stuff and if he can improve his command he has top notch stuff.

     

    7.239 LHP David Starn, Kent State University

    A second-team All-American, Starn went 10-3, 1.77 ERA, 112 Ks, 106.2 IP in his senior season. He has improved by leaps and bounds in four years after walking on to start his career.

     

    26.809 3B Trenton Moses, Southeast Missouri State University

    A slugging third baseman, Moses hit .416 BA, 19 HR, 61 RBI to garner second-team All-American honors. He's a project, but his power potential could make him a steal this late.

     

    31.959 RHP Matt Kimbrel, Southern Polytechnic State

    Brother of Braves closer Craig Kimbrell.

     

    Grade: B

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Baltimore Orioles

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    First-Round Pick

    1.4 RHP Kevin Gausman, Louisiana State University

    A draft-eligible sophomore who pairs a high-90s fastball that can touch 100 MPH with plus secondary stuff, Gausman should be one of the first pitchers from the class to reach the majors. The combination of him and Dylan Bundy could anchor the Orioles rotation for years to come.

     

    Other Notable Picks

    2.65 RHP Branden Kline, University of Virgina

    One of the better closers in college baseball, Kline pairs a mid-90s fastball with a plus curveball, and while his stuff may not be closer-caliber, he should fly through the system as a setup man.

     

    4.132 1B Christian Walker, University South Carolina

    An anchor in the middle of the Gamecocks lineup for three years now, Walker has been a key cog in the team's success over that span. He doesn''t have the highest upside, but his bat should play at the next level.

     

    8.252 OF Torsten Boss, Michigan State University

    With above-average speed and great bat speed that should result in plenty of power and a cannon arm, Boss is an under-rated five-tool prospect and a steal in the eighth round.

     

    Grade: B+

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Boston Red Sox

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    First-Round Picks

    1.24 SS Deven Marrero, Arizona State University

    Marrero kicked off his college career with a bang, hitting .397 to be named Freshman All-American. However, his average dropped to .319 last season and is down again this year. He is a solid defender at a premium position, but his bat is a big enough question that he was not a first-round talent.

     

    1.31 SP Brian Johnson, University of Florida

    A big left-hander who came to Florida as a hitter who could pitch, he has improved to the point that he is a terrific pitcher who also happens to hit. Despite the inexperience, he has a good feel for pitching and plenty of room to improve across the board, and while he is a bit of project, he could take off quickly.

     

    Other Notable Picks

    1S. 37 RHP Pat Light, Monmouth University

    With a good repertoire, including a mid-90s fastball and a solid slurve, Light has the upside to be a solid prospect as a starter. He could also play in the bullpen though, and should make a solid contribution regardless of role.

     

    3.118 RHP Austin Maddox, University of Florida

    A standout at the plate and on the mound like Johnson, Maddox has the stuff to pitch out of a big league bullpen right now and if he succeeds early he could join the Red Sox 'pen by next season.

     

    15.481 RHP Carson Fulmer, All Saints Academy

    Whether he signs at this position is questionable, but the big right-hander has the bulldog mentality and hard fastball to be a future closer. That generally is not what you look for in a high school arm, but he can chuck it.

     

    Draft Grade: B-

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Chicago Cubs

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    First-Round Pick

    1.6 OF Albert Almora, Mater Academy

    No one in history has played more for Team USA, as Almora has an abundance of experience on the international stage. His makeup and natural leadership ability are exactly what the Cubs need in a player they can build around. He can do it all, and while none of his tools project as plus-plus, he should be a perennial .280 BA, 20 HR, 20 SB guy at worst with upside for much more.

     

    Other Notable Picks

    1S.43 RHP Pierce Johnson, Missouri State University

    Had it not been for a forearm strain that moved him down a bit, Johnson likely would have been a first-round pick. He has a smooth delivery and a solid fastball-curveball combination that is joined by a developing changeup. Provided health issues don't persist he should be a steal here as a future middle-of-the-rotation starter.

     

    1S.56 RHP Paul Blackburn, Heritage High School

    A strong performance on the showcase circuit last summer put him on the map and he has done nothing to discourage. With a fastball that sits 91-93 and a curveball/changeup combination that should play at the next level he is as projectable as any high school starter out there.

     

    25.764 OF Rhett Wiseman, Buckingham Brown & Nichols High School

    Wiseman committed to Vanderbilt as a 15-year-old, so he as a solid a college commitment as anyone in the nation. That was why he fell so far, as he was a Top 100 pick talent with great bat speed and incredible speed on the bases and in center field. If they can somehow sign him, he'd be a major steal.

     

    Draft Grade: A

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Chicago White Sox

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    First-Round Pick

    1.13 OF Courtney Hawkins, Carroll High School

    Hawkins had perhaps the best pure-power potential of any prep prospect on the board this season, and his overall athleticism makes him a five-tool caliber outfielder. He also thrown mid-90s off the mound and would have been a high pick as a pitcher. Oh, and he did back flip on national TV at the draft. What's not to like?

     

    Other Notable Picks

    1S.48: 1B Keon Barnum, King High School

    At 6'5" and 225 pounds, Barnum looks the part of a future slugger, and while he is incredibly raw, his ceiling is as Paul Konerko's replacement both in position and production. How well he can make adjustments to his long swing will determine how successful he is.

     

    1S.76: RHP Chris Beck, Georgia Southern

    Beck has three plus pitches, with a fastball, changeup and slider in his repertoire, and used them to strike out 16 hitters in just six innings against College of Charleston this season. He has a very high floor, as he should be a solid No. 3 starter at the least, once he reaches the big leagues and after dominating in the Cape Cod League he was viewed by many as a high first-round pick. Major steal here.

     

    9.291: 2B Micah Johnson, University of Indiana

    A preseason All-American, Johnson was slowed much of the season in his return from shoulder surgery. If he can get back to where he was heading into this year, he may very well turn out to be the best second baseman of the class.

     

    Grade: A

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Cincinnati Reds

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    First-Round Pick

    1.14 RHP Nick Travieso, Archbishop McCarthy High School

    His arm strength and mid-90s fastball profile Travieso as a workhorse starter at the next level. However, he'll need to improve his slider/changeup combination and overall control to avoid his future being in the bullpen. A first-round talent, but a huge reach at No. 14.

     

    Other Notable Picks

    1S.49 OF Jesse Winker, Olympia High School

    One of the best left-handed high school bats in the draft, Winker has solid plate discipline and projects as a middle-of-the-order run producer at the next level. Signability concerns (committed to Florida) caused him to slip, but he is a first-round talent.

     

    2.78 SS Tanner Rahier, Palm Desert High School

    An odd case in that he chose against playing for his high school team, Rahier may actually be one of the more advanced high school bats because of that decision. Instead of playing for his high school team, he played on a spring travel team, and as a result he has a good deal of experience hitting with wood bats. He may wind up at third base where he has the power potential to hold his own, and if the Reds are able to sign him, they got a steal in the middle of the second round.

     

    7.232 OF Beau Amaral, UCLA

    A grinder who has been a staple in the Bruins outfield the past three years, Amaral has the potential to be a top-of-the-order guy at the next level. Steal in the seventh round.

     

    Grade: C+

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Cleveland Indians

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    First-Round Pick

    1.15 OF Tyler Naquin, Texas A&M

    The 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year, Naquin used an equally solid season this year to make himself on the top college bats in the nation. He does everything well, albeit nothing great, as he should steal a good amount of bases, provide double-digit power, a high average and terrific defense in the outfield with a cannon arm once he reaches the majors.

     

    Other Notable Picks

    2.79 RHP Mitch Brown, Rochester Century High School

    The top player from the state of Minnesota, Brown has a four-pitch repertoire that should all play at the next level as he progresses. His command needs work, but is by no means a major issue as he has plenty of upside despite playing short seasons.

     

    4.143 CF D'vone McClure, Jacksonville Senior High School

    A solid prep football player with tremendous athleticism, McClure is committed to Arkansas and may honor that commitment. His terrific bat speed should lead to plenty of power, and while he may no last as a center fielder his offensive tool should play at the corner.

     

    5.173 RHP Dylan Baker, Western Nevada CC

    Little was known about Alaska native Baker entering the season, but he has been lights-out and is was the best community college pitcher available. He relies heavily on his fastball, and will need to seriously work on his secondary stuff, but have to like the arm.

     

    Grade: C+

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Colorado Rockies

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    First-Round Pick

    1.10 OF David Dahl, Oak Mountain High School

    After a strong showing on the summer showcase last year, Dahl was one of the top high school bats in the draft class. The definition of a pure hitter, he has a smooth left-handed swing that is quick through the zone and he's capable of hitting the ball to all fields with solid power.

     

    Other Notable Picks

    1S.46 RHP Eddie Butler, Radford University

    Butler boosted his draft stock late, with a pair of 10-strikeout performances over his final four starts. His 97-mph fastball is his biggest weapon, but below-average secondary stuff could mean his future lies in the bullpen. If he does wind up in the bullpen, he'll move very quickly.

     

    6.198 RHP Matt Carasiti, St. John's University

    A starter this season, Carasiti has had success in the past as a closer and that is likely where he projects at the next level. His stuff isn't over-powering, but he has terrific command and knows how to pitch to contact.

     

    38.1158 SS Dansby Swanson, Marietta High School

    Most believed he would honor his commitment to Vanderbilt regardless of where he was taken, but if the Rockies can somehow pull off signing him it'd be a major coup. A plus defender with top-tier speed and great bat control he profiles as a future leadoff hitter.

     

    Grade: B

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Detroit Tigers

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    First-Round Pick

    None

     

    Other Notable Picks

    2.91 RHP Jake Thompson, Rockwall-Heath High School

    An imposing figure at 6'4" and 235 pounds, Thompson has one of the best sliders in the entire draft and pairs it with a low-90s fastball with great movement. He looks to be a sure thing signing, and for a team without a first-round pick that was important.

     

    13.424 2B Devon Travis, Florida State University

    A second-team All-American, Travis was probably the most athletic second-base prospect in the draft. His 2012 season was a bit of a disappointment after many expected a monster year following a strong fall showing, but he was solid nonetheless and profiles as a future leadoff hitter.

     

    16.514 LHP Joshua Turley, Baylor University

    Also a second-team All-American selection, Turley went 9-0 with a 1.64 ERA, and while the left-hander does not have overpowering stuff he has proven capable of dominating top-level talent.

     

    Grade: C

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Houston Astros

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    First-Round Pick

    1.1 SS Carlos Correa, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy

    After wowing the Astros in private workouts, Houston pulled off a shocker when they took Correa first overall. He is a raw talent, but one in the mold of a young Alex Rodriguez or Orioles prospect Manny Machado. The sky is the limit as far as his upside is concerned, and all of his tools aside from speed grade out as plus or plus-plus.

     

    Other Notable Picks

    1S.41 RHP Lance McCullers Jr., Jesuit High School

    McCullers command was his biggest question mark entering the season, but when that vastly improved, he shot up draft boards. His blazing fastball and big-league-ready curveball made him one of the top prep arms available, but signability combined with a max-effort delivery caused him to slip.

     

    2.61 SS Nolan Fontana, University of Florida

    Aside from being a slick fielding second baseman, Fontana may well be the best top offensive second baseman in the class, with a good combination of speed and power, and he should move quickly.

     

    7.219 OF Preston Tucker, University of Florida

    After being selected in the 16th round last season, Tucker returned and was one of the top bats in all of college baseball. His one plus tool is power, and he has plenty of it.

     

    11.339 LHP Hunter Virant, Adolfo Camarillo High School

    A first-round talent, Virant was one of the biggest slips in the entire draft. The fact that he only began pitching as a sophomore and is still an incredibly raw talent may be what initially scared some teams off, but there was an awful lot to like. He'll likely honor his commitment to UCLA, and could set himself up to be the No.1 pick with a good college career.

     

    Grade: A

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Kansas City Royals

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    First-Round Pick

    1.5 RHP Kyle Zimmer, University of San Francisco

    On film, Zimmer is as polished as any pitcher in the 2012 draft class, and even when Mark Appel fell to them the Royals went with Zimmer. He sits comfortably in the mid-90s and can reach back and hit 99 on the gun. He throws a ton of strikes, keeping hitters off-balance with two different curveballs and a slider that he can throw at varying speeds. 

     

    Other Notable Picks

    2.66 LHP Sam Selman, Vanderbilt University

    Sticking with their need for arms that will be ready soon, the Royals took the ace of the Vanderbilt staff in Selman. His secondary stuff needs some refining, but he has terrific presence on the mound and is a fierce competitor. 

     

    3.100 LHP Colin Rodgers, Parkview Baptist School

    An Auburn recruit, Rodgers has a fastball that sits in the high-80s and can touch low-90s with a good curveball/changeup combination.

     

    4.133 SS Kenny Diekroeger, Stanford University

    Diekroeger turned down a $2 million signing bonus out of high school, and enjoyed a terrific freshman year. However, he has struggled to live up to that the past two seasons, and after not playing at all last summer his stock slipped. Still plenty of offensive potential though.

     

    Grade: B+

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Los Angeles Angels

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    First-Round Pick

    None

     

    Other Notable Picks

    3.114 RHP R.J. Alvarez, Florida Atlantic University

    One of the top closers in the draft class, Alvarez used a fastball that can hit 97 on the gun to post a 0.72 ERA with eight saves and 47 strikeouts in 37.1 innings of work.

     

    4.147 2B Alex Yarbrough, Ole Miss

    A first-team All-American selection, Yarbrough led Ole Miss both at the plate and in the field this season as he was named to the Big East first team and Big-East All-Defensive Team. He has the ceiling to be a Gold Glove defender and prototypical No. 2 hitter. 

     

    13.417 RHP Michael Morin, University of North Carolina

    Named first-team All-American as the top reliever in the country, Morin posted a 0.83 ERA while appearing in 34 games and logging 17 saves. He doesn't have the lights-out stuff of Alvarez, but there is no arguing with his results.

     

    Grade: C+

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Los Angeles Dodgers

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    First-Round Pick

    1.18 SS Corey Seager, Northwest Cabarrus High School

    The brother of Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, the 6'4" Corey's future is likely at third base as he does not have the speed for shortstop. However, he is a very good fielder and better hitter as he has terrific bat control and is a tough strikeout with few holes in his swing. He will need to work on consistently driving the ball, but plenty of upside here.

     

    Other Notable Picks

    1S.51 SS Jesmuel Valentin, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy

    The son of former big-leaguer Jose Valentin, he has plus speed and a good glove that should play at shortstop. His bat is raw and he will need plenty of time in the minors, but he no doubt has a high ceiling.

     

    5.176 RHP Ross Stripling, Texas A&M

    Stripling pitched in the same rotation as Michael Wacha, and joined him as a second-team All-American selection. After leading all of college baseball with 14 wins last season, went 10-3 with a 2.90 ERA this season, and while he profiles more as a reliever as a pro, his good command should allow him to move quickly.

     

    14.446 RHP Matt Reckling, Rice University

    Also a second-team All-American, Reckling return to Rice after going in the 22nd round last season and he improved his draft stock with another strong season. His fastball sits low-90s and his curveball is his out pitch, but without a solid third pitch, he has a future is in the bullpen.

     

    Grade: B-

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Miami Marlins

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    First-Round Pick

    1.9 LHP Andrew Heaney, Oklahoma State University

    Relatively unheralded entering the season, Heaney used a dominant junior season to shoot up the draft board into the top 10. He has a solid three-pitch arsenal, with a fastball that sits in the low-90s, a plus changeup and a developing slider that made him the top college left-hander in the class.

     

    Other Notable Picks

    3.104 SS Avery Romero, Pedro Menendez High School

    Romero lacks the quickness to play shortstop at the next level, but it remains to be seen where he will end up. He has solid power potential, perhaps enough to play third base, but at just 5'11" his most likel future is as a offensive-minded second baseman.

     

    5.167 SS Austin Nola, LSU

    A 31st-round pick last year, Nola boosted his stock with a solid senior season and he has the potential to be an everyday shortstop down the line with above-average tools across the board.

     

    7.227 RHP Ryan Newell, Shorter University

    Pitching at a little-known small school, Newell held opposing hitters to a .167 average this past season thanks in part to a fastball that touches 96 mph on the gun.

     

    Grade: B+

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Milwaukee Brewers

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    First-Round Picks

    1.27 C Clint Coulter, Union High School

    The premier player of high school baseball in the Northwest, Coulter has big-time power potential for a catcher and at 6'3", 210 pounds, he's a big guy. His footwork behind the plate needs work, as does his plate discipline, but he is the type of on-field leader who could be a franchise catcher.

     

    1.28 OF Victor Roache, Georgia Souther

    Perhaps the top college hitter on the board entering the season, Roache suffered a broken wrist making a diving play in the outfield, ending his season after just six games. He led the nation last season with 30 home runs and has very quick hands with power to all fields.

     

    Other Notable Prospects

    1S.38 OF Mitch Hangier, Cal Poly

    One of the top college bats on the board, despite playing at a small school, Hangier earned second-team All-American honors. With a line of .346 BA, 13 HR, 64 RBI and a cannon arm, he has the look of an everyday right fielder at the big league level.

     

    5.185 RP Damien Magnifico, University of Oklahoma 

    With an elbow injury his junior year and zero in the way of passable secondary pitches, Magnifico was drafted for one reason, a 100-mph fastball. If he can develop a solid second pitch, likely his slider, he could be a useful reliever.

     

    15.485 SP Buck Farmer, Georgia Tech

    The Yellow Jacket's Friday starter, Farmer has one of the best changeups in the draft. His fastball is average and sits in the low-90s, and he needs to refine his curveball or slider to be a starter, but his floor is high and he should settle in as a No. 3 starter in the pros.

     

    Grade: B+

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Minnesota Twins

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    First-Round Pick

    1.2 OF Byron Buxton, Appling County High School

    A fantastic athlete who profiles as a five-tool talent, Buxton has the most upside of anyone in the 2012 draft class. Speed is his greatest asset right now, but he has a refined approach at the plate and should develop plenty of power as he fills out. He has been compared to the Upton brothers, but has potential to be even better.

     

    Other Notable Picks

    1S.32 Jose Berrios, Papa Juan XXIII High School

    With a fastball that can reach 97 and a hammer curve, Berrios has two plus pitches that could become dominant as he progresses. A bit undersized, he doesn't project to improve much over where he is right now, but he really doesn't need to. If he can develop a passable changeup, he's got legitimate starter potential.

     

    1S.42 RHP Luke Bard, Georgia Tech

    The younger brother of Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard, he doesn't quite have the stuff his brother does, but he does have potential. With a fastball that can reach the mid-90s and a sharp slider, he projects as a solid reliever. A torn lat muscle ended his season and no doubt hurt his draft stock.

     

    3.97 1B Adam Walker, Jacksonville University

    Walker has drawn comparisons to Fred McGriff, and while Walker is a right-handed hitter as opposed to left-handed like McGriff, he has similar tools and could enjoy some of the same success. Power is his biggest asset, but he has an all-around professional approach at the plate.

     

    Grade: A

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New York Mets

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    First-Round Pick

    1.12 SS Gavin Cecchini, Barbe High School

    A star for the USA Under-18 team last year when he led the team with a .469 average, Cecchini is a terrific defender aside from his offensive game, though a move to second base could be in his future. The brother of Red Sox prospect Garin Cecchini, he has the polish to beat his brother to the big leagues.

     

    Other Notable Picks

    1S.35 C Kevin Plawecki, Purdue University

    The drop-off after Mike Zunino as far as college-level catchers in the draft was steep, but Plawecki has the tools to warrant his draft position. A second-team All-American, he hit .365 BA, 7 HR, 45 RBI for the Boilermakers, and aside from a poor throwing arm, he has the defensive skills to stay behind the dish.

     

    2.71 3B Matt Reynolds, University of Arkansas

    A plus defender with good contact skills, Reynolds was not regarded as a top-tier college hitter due to a lack of power at the hot corner. He made third-team All-American with a line of .340 BA, 7 HR, 41 RBI, and he could wind up as a solid utility player as a pro.

     

    6.200 1B Jayce Boyd, Florida State University

    Boyd has yet to tap into what many believe is significant power potential, but he still enjoyed a very productive college career playing for one of the best teams in the country. He was a second-team All-American despite hitting just three home runs, as he batted .395 with 55 RBI.

     

    Grade: B+

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New York Yankees

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    First-Round Pick

    1.30 RHP Ty Hensley, Santa Fe High School

    Hensley has a mid-90s fastball, curveball and changeup. He also has good bloodlines, as his dad was a second-round pick by the Cardinals back in 1988 and went on to coach 10 years at the D-1 level. He represented the best high school arm in tier two, and still has a relatively high ceiling.

     

    Other Notable Picks

    2.89 CF Austin Aune, Argyle High School

    A TCU recruit who could have played baseball and football, Aune is your prototypical highly-athletic high school outfielder who has the potential to develop into a five-tool guy but is incredibly raw at this point.

     

    2.94 C Peter O'Brien, University of Miami

    After hitting .304 BA, 14 HR, 69 RBI last season at Bethune-Cookman, O'Brien was selected in the third round by the Rockies. However, he decided not to sign and instead transferred to The U in an effort to boost his stock playing against better competition. He hit .340 BA, 10 HR, 40 RBI, but in the end was drafted in roughly the same area. Offense is his greatest tool, as he is an average receiver at best.

     

    16.517 RHP Stefan Lopez, Southeast Louisiana University

    A second-team All-American as a reliever, Lopez had a 0.61 ERA and 20 saves while striking out 42 strikeouts in 29.1 innings. He essentially throws one pitch, a mid-90s fastball with good movement, so how he translates his college success to the pro game remains to be seen.

     

    Grade: B

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Oakland Athletics

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    First-Round Pick

    1.11 SS Addison Russell, Pace High School

    It remains to be seen if Russell will stick at shortstop or be moved to third base, but it was not his fielding that got him drafted in the first round. Granted he is a fine defensive player, but it is his bat speed and power potential that earned him the lofty draft position. A bit of a reach, but if he fulfills his potential he could be a franchise third baseman.

     

    Other Notable Picks

    1S.47 1B/RHP Matt Olson, Parkview High School

    A two-way star in high school, Olson made a name for himself at the National High School Invitational when he homered off of first-round pick Max Fried and earned the win on the mound. His future is likely as a first baseman though, where his left-handed bat has middle-of-the-order power potential.

     

    2.62 C/1B Bruce Maxwell, Birmingham Southern College

    There may have been no bigger draft reach than the A's taking catcher/first baseman Bruce Maxwell with the second pick in the second round. The D-III Birmingham Southern College product went higher than anyone could have guessed, and while he has solid offensive potential, he likely won't stick behind the plate and doesn't profile as a true first baseman in terms of power.

     

    2.74 RHP Nolan Sanburn, University of Arkansas

    A draft-eligible sophomore, Sanburn was used primarily out of the bullpen this season and that is likely where he profiles as a pro. With a fastball that sits comfortably at 95 and can approach triple digits coupled with a terrific slurve, he could be a future closer. The way he attacks hitters would play well in that role.

     

    Grade: B-

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Philadelphia Phillies

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    First-Round Pick

    None

     

    Other Notable Picks

    1S.40 RHP Shane Watson, Lakewood High School

    Ranked by Baseball America as the No.30 prospect entering the draft, Watson fell to the Phillies with their supplemental round pick. He has an ideal build at 6'4" and 200 pounds and he pairs a mid-90s fastball with one of the best curveballs in the draft. He doesn't have the ace ceiling of some other high school guys, but he's relatively low-risk.

     

    1S.54 RHP Mitch Gueller, William F. West High School

    An athletic right-hander, Gueller has a fastball that sits in the 92-93 range and a solid curveball as well as a changeup that he didn't use often but has potential. His athleticism should help him make necessary adjustments on the mound, and he could be the Phillies' best selection in the draft.

     

    6.218 3B Cameron Perkins, Purdue University

    An aggressive hitter who rarely strikes out, Perkins ended his three-year college career with a line of .348 BA, 25 HR, 148 RBI as he showed plenty of run production ability. He may not have the glove to stick at third base, but he is athletic enough that he could shift to left field. 

     

    Grade: C

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Pittsburgh Pirates

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    First-Round Pick

    1.8 SP Mark Appel, Stanford University

    After taking Jameson Tallion and Gerrit Cole the past two seasons, the player many believed was destined to be the No. 1 overall pick fell to the Pirates at No. 8. Appel has very smooth and repeatable mechanics and throws a heavy mid-90s fastball that should induce plenty of ground balls. With a plus changeup and two other solid pitches, he should move quickly.

     

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    1S.45 OF Barrett Barnes, Texas Tech

    Barnes enjoyed a terrific three-year career for the Red Raiders, posting a combined .319 BA, 33 HR, 140 RBI and that made him one of the top college outfielders in the draft. His combination of good raw power and terrific speed make him an especially intriguing prospect, and he still has plenty of room to improve across the board.

     

    4.136 CF Brandon Thomas, Georgia Tech

    Thomas is on the fringe of being a future everyday player, and it likely depends on how much strength he is able to add as he progresses. The switch-hitter batted .360 this past season and is a terrific line-drive hitter. His speed helps him compensate for what are average defensive skills, and if everything breaks right, he could be a solid regular.

     

    11.346 SS Chris Diaz, NC State

    Diaz was a third-team All-American after hitting .364 BA, 1 HR, 50 RBI for the Wolfpack. He's an average fielder who profiles as a high-average utility player.

     

    Grade: A-

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San Diego Padres

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    First-Round Pick

    1.7 LHP Max Fried, Harvard-Westlake High School

    After his high school cut extra-curricular activities heading into this year, Fried transferred to Harvard-Westlake where he joined the nation's top high school pitcher in Lucas Giolito. He wound up as the ace of the staff when Giolito went down with an injury. His fastball sits in the low-90s, and he may well have the best curveball in the entire draft.

     

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    1S.33 RHP Zach Eflin, Hagerty High School

    With good size that should fill out into a prototypical power pitching frame as he progresses, Eflin boosted his stock with a strong spring, as his fastball spiked from the low-90s to the 94-to-95 mph range, and he pairs that with a terrific changeup and a curveball that should only get better. Will he sign after falling out of the first round?

     

    1S.44 CF Travis Jankowski, Stony Brook

    The top leadoff hitting prospect, both prep and college, Jankowski broke out in a big way last season when he hit .355 and swiped 30 bases. That was followed by a terrific Cape Cod League season, as he hit .329 with 22 RBI and 15 steals to be named league MVP. He picked right up from there in his junior campaign, and was one of the steals of the draft at No. 44.

     

    1S.55 RHP Walker Weickel, Olympia High School

    Weickel has a good grasp of three pitches, with a mid-90s fastball, good changeup and biting curveball. He was arguably the best pitcher on the USA Under-18 team at the Pan Am Championships, going 2-0 with a 0.66 ERA, and he has plenty of room to fill out his 6'6" frame as he works his way through the minors.

     

    27.825 1B Goose Kallunki, Utah Valley

    A first-team All-American, Kallunki hit .419 BA, 18 HR, 86 RBI for Utah Valley.

     

    Draft Grade: A+

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San Francisco Giants

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    First-Round Pick

    1.20 RHP Chris Stratton, Mississippi State

    Few college pitchers boosted their stock as much this season as Stratton, as he went 5-7 with a 5.21 ERA last season as a sophomore, but was a first-team All-American this season. With a mid-90s fastball, he has the stuff of a power pitcher, but he relies on plus command to get batters out.

     

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    2.84 RHP Martin Acosta, St. Mary's

    The fact that he is a bit undersized caused him to fall, but Acosta has a terrific three-pitch repertoire that should play as a pro. With a heavy fastball that sits comfortably at 92, and a curveball/changeup combination that improved greatly this season, he could wind up being a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter down the line.

     

    4.148 LHP Steven Okert, University of Oklahoma

    After bouncing between the bullpen and rotation, Okert eventually settled into the closer's role for the Sooners and went on to save five games and log nearly a strikeout an inning.

     

    6.208 RHP Stephen Johnson, St. Edwards University

    A switch from starting to relieving proved to be a wise move for Johnson, as his blazing fastball that can touch triple-digits plays better in a short relief role. His curveball is a work in progress and his command is hit-or-miss, but you can't teach 100 mph.

     

    Grade: B

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Seattle Mariners

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    First-Round Pick

    1.3 C Mike Zunino, University of Florida

    Zunino has rare offensive tools for a backstop and should be a franchise catcher for the Mariners. He's capable of making a Buster Posey-like impact once he reaches the majors, and he should move quickly as he is a very polished hitter and good game-caller.

     

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    3.98 RHP Edwin Diaz, Caguas Military Academy

    Another in the wave of Puerto Rican talent in the 2012 draft, Diaz is a high pick on arm strength along as he can hit the upper-90s with his fastball. He has plenty of room to fill out at 6'2" and just 160 pounds, and his secondary stuff is a work in progress, but he could prove to be a project worth waiting on.

     

    3S.126 LHP Tyler Pike, Winter Haven High School

    His pure stuff is not overwhelming, but Pike has good command of three pitches including a fastball that sits at 92 and can be thrown harder. His smooth delivery and repeatable mechanics make him one of the more polished high school arms, and he has an incredibly high floor.

     

    5.161 SS Chris Taylor, University of Virginia

    A defensive-minded shortstop who has great quickness and instincts at shortstop, it remains to be seen if Taylor will hit enough. He batted .284 and swiped 12 bases this season, and if he can take the next step offensively, he'd be a bargain here.

     

    Grade: C+

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St. Louis Cardinals

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    First-Round Picks

    1.19 RHP Michael Wacha, Texas A&M

    Undrafted out of high school, Wacha has been terrific for the Aggies in his three years with the program, going 25-6 with a 2.48 ERA and 8.7 K/9.. He was by no means a flashy pick, but he's as safe of one as there was and should enjoy a lengthy career as a middle-of-the-rotation starter.

     

    1.23 OF James Ramsey, Florida State University

    Ramsey was arguably the best hitter in all of college baseball this season, as a .382 BA, 12 HR, 49 RBI season earned him first-team All-American honors. He has a complete offensive game, with terrific plate discipline, projectable power and great contact skills, and as a college senior, he's a sure-sign.

     

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    1S.36 3B Stephen Piscotty, Stanford University

    A polished hitter, Piscotty may not have the long-term power to stick at a corner infield spot, but he has the offensive potential to be an impact player in the big leagues. The batting average leader in the Cape Cod League, where he hit .349, he should be a quick mover in the minor leagues. While he does not have the highest ceiling, he was a relatively safe pick.

     

    2.86 RHP/3B Carson Kelly, Westview High School

    Drafted by the Cardinals as a pitcher, Kelly was a top-level talent as a third baseman as well and likely could have been a second-round pick as a hitter. However, the Cardinals took him for his arm as he has a fastball that sits 89-93 and a late-breaking curveball. He is a signability risk and could honor his commitment to Oregon.

     

    6.210 RHP Kurt Heyer, University of Arizona

    A second-team All-American, Heyer went 11-2 with a 2.03 ERA and six complete games in 15 starts.

     

    Grade: A

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Tampa Bay Rays

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    First Round Pick

    1.25 3B Richie Shaffer, Clemson University

    Shaffer has great power and profiles as a plus hitter across the board, as his good plate discipline should allow him to progress quickly at the pro level. A Gold Glove-caliber first baseman, Shaffer has made the move to third base this season. While it remains to be seen where he'll play as a pro, that added versatility only boosts his value.

     

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    2.88 SS Spencer Edwards, Rockwall High School

    A switch-hitter with lighting-fast speed, Edwards may wind up as a center fielder down the line. His terrific bat speed should mean plenty of power once he fills out, and he has tremendous upside.

     

    6.212 RHP Damion Carroll, King George High School

    With a mid-90s fastball and a frame that should fill out into that of a prototypical power pitcher, Carroll is certainly an intriguing prospect. There will be zero signability concerns as he does not even have a D-1 commitment, and while his secondary stuff is incredibly raw, he has more upside than most sixth-round picks.

     

    10.332 LHP Sean Bierman, University of Tampa

    The Rays had plenty of chances to watch Bierman, as he was pitching in their own backyard. He bounced back from Tommy John surgery in 2011 to go 8-3 with a 2.27 ERA.

     

    Grade: B

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Texas Rangers

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    First-Round Pick

    1.29 OF Lewis Brinson, Coral Springs High School

    Your prototypical "toolsy" high school outfielder, Brinson has terrific bat speed and a swing that should develop plenty of power as he develops. He thrived last summer against top level competition, as he proved capable of elevating his game. As raw as they come, but a lot to like. Good pick for a Rangers team with no glaring needs.

     

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    1S.39 3B/1B Joey Gallo, Bishop Gorman High School

    One of the top raw-power prospects in the draft, Gallo had a .561 BA, 14 HR, 61 RBI line through his first 28 games this season. He is far from just a power bat, as he has a good approach at the plate as well. He is also a draftable pitcher with a mid-90s fastball, but power hitter is the role he'll make his money in. He has a long swing that needs refining, and signability concerns pushed him this far down the draft. He could be headed to UCLA.

     

    2.83 CF Jamie Jarmon, Indian Rivers High School

    The Delaware Player of the Year in football, Jarmon's future is in baseball where he is a speedy center fielder with surprising raw power. Depending on how he develops, he could wind up as a right fielder, but he has the offensive tools to be a run producer.

     

    15.486 Jameis Winston, Hueytown High School

    The No. 1 high school quarterback in the nation, Winston is committed to play at Florida State next year. He has the tools to be an early-round pick in the MLB draft, but there was no chance of him signing for anything but first-round money.

     

    Grade: B

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Toronto Blue Jays

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    First-Round Picks

    1.17 OF D.J. Davis, Stone County High School

    There may have been no prospect who climbed higher on draft boards in the weeks leading up to the draft than Davis as he impressed in workouts. His speed is his best tool, and he may be the fastest player in the class, but he knows how to handle the bat as well. His sound approach at the plate and good contact skills give him the look of a future leadoff hitter.

     

    1.22 RHP Marcus Stroman, Duke University

    Stroman is essentially a two-pitch pitcher with a mid-90s fastball and biting slider, which likely makes him a reliever at the next level. However, those two pitches are terrific and would both rank as plus pitches right now at the big league level. Perhaps the most big-league ready player in the entire draft, he could make a Chris Sale like ascent to the majors this season.

     

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    1S.50 LHP Matt Smoral, Solon High School

    A towering left-hander at 6'8", Smoral struggled at times this season with blister problems and a foot injury which likely caused his stock to fall. He has gotten by mostly on a mid-90s fastball to this point, and depending on how his changeup/slider combination develops, he has the ceiling to be a front-line guy.

     

    2.81 RHP Chase DeJong, Woodrow Wilson High School

    One of the top prep arms in California, DeJong has a fastball that sits 89-92, a good curveball and a changeup that has a good chance of being a plus pitch. He doesn't have tremendous upside, but he is polished and has three pitches that should play as a pro.

     

    3.112 OF Anthony Alford, Petal High School

    The two-time Mississippi Player of the Year in football, Alford is committed to play both sports at Southern Mississippi. He warned teams that he likely wouldn't sign if drafted, but after being taken so high he has stepped back from that and will think it over

     

    Grade: B+

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Washington Nationals

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    1.16 RHP Lucas Giolito, Harvard-Westlake High School

    The No. 1-ranked high school prospect in the country entering the season, Giolito certainly looked the part as he uncorked a handful of 100 mph fastballs in a one-hit season debut. However, a sprained UCL in his throwing elbow effectively ended his senior season and dropped him out of the top 10. Provided he's healthy, he has the best stuff in the entire class and the Nationals got the steal of the draft.

     

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    2.80 2B Tony Renda, University of California

    Named third-team All-American, Renda has a .348 average over his three seasons at Cal after coming to college as a high school All-American. He not only makes consistent contact at the plate, but is a terrific fielder with some versatility as he spent time at third base during his freshman year.

     

    3.111 LHP Brett Mooneyham, Stanford University

    Pitching in the shadow of Mark Appel, Mooneyham had a solid season as he went 7-5 with a 4.26 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 82.1 innings. He has three solid pitches, highlighted by a fastball that hits 93 and has good sink, and he could be a solid starter down the line.

     

    4.144 OF Brandon Miller, Samford University

    The nation's home run leader with 23 long balls this season, Miller earned second-team All-American honors as he hit .299 and drove in 65. His power is what made him such a high pick, and if he can refine his approach at the plate, he could be a legitimate big-league prospect.

     

    Grade: A

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