2012 MLB Mock Draft: An Early Look at Next Year's Top 15 Picks (w/ Video)

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2012 MLB Mock Draft: An Early Look at Next Year's Top 15 Picks (w/ Video)
With 11 moths to go until the 2012 draft, Stanford RHP Mark Appel is already looking like a top-ten pick.

It's been two months since the MLB Draft. It's also been that long since we took our first glance at the draft board for the 2012 draft.

If you're not familiar with some, or any, of the top prospects who are going to be available consider this your first primer.

The draft classes aren't going to be as deep as last year, but there's still going to be some elite talent, like Lance McCullers Jr. The lithe right-hander comes from good stock (his father pitched in the Majors for seven seasons) and features some of the best velocity (94-98 mph) in the draft. McCullers is joined at the top of the high-school ranks by Nick Williams, a hitter who has reminded some of Ken Griffey Jr. at an early age.

The college crop is led by some pretty special right-handers. Stanford's Mark Appel showed late last season why he's going to be a hot commodity on draft day next June, firing fastballs in the NCAA Super-Regionals at 93-97 mph. He's joined by Jake Barrett, one of Arizona State's many aces, and Michael Wacha, who was a revelation down the stretch last season for Texas A&M after John Stilson went down with an injury. He too features great velocity and should be a first-round pick.

There are too many other names to delve into, so for the time being let's just focus on the top-15, and see if we can place them with the teams who, if the season ended today, would be picking with those picks.


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