There's no way that the draft class of 2012 will even come close to meeting the standard set forth by the two classes that preceeded it.
There's no Anthony Rendon, Gerrit Cole or Bubba Starling. No Jameson Taillon or Manny Machado. And definitely no Bryce Harper.
Still, the class does offer many talented players, and according to the experts, potentially more depth than either 2010 or 2011. The strength of the class is still yet to be determined, but if one had to pick, it would be the Pac-10 conference, where Stanford's Mark Appel and Kenny Diekroeger, and Arizona State's Deven Marrero and Jake Barrett all play. Those four are considered definitive first-round talents.
The high school class is also considered above average, featuring several names that should sound familiar to baseball fans. Right-hander Lance McCullers, Jr. and Gavin Cecchini both come from baseball families with McCullers' father pitching for seven years in the majors and Cecchini's brother getting tabbed as a fourth rounder in last year's draft.
With the draft order nearly set (it won't be finalized until the end of free agency), it's time to start trying to identify players that might interest the teams picking in the first round.