MLB Draft 2012: An Early Look at the Top 15 High School Prospects

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MLB Draft 2012: An Early Look at the Top 15 High School Prospects

The 2012 draft class doesn't possess nearly as much elite talent as its predecessor. The high school crop, specifically, pales in comparison to previous classes that produced such talents as RHP Jameson Taillon, SS Manny Machado, OF Bubba Starling and RHP Dylan Bundy.

What the class lacks in superstars, it more than makes up for in depth. Trying to find the top 15 players available from the high school class is always tough, especially this early, but despite that excuse, there are potentially 50 players who could be argued for (or against) as top 10 players.

The strength of the high school crop is no doubt the pitching. RHP Lucas Giolito has as high a ceiling as Taillon, and has actually been compared favorably to the former No. 2 overall pick. Two California lefties, Hunter Virant and Max Fried, both offer as much potential as any lefty to come along in the past few years.

The position player depth, while short on elite talent, still offers a few gems, including OF Byron Buxton, who has been frequently compared to the Upton brothers, both of whom were drafted inside the top three. OF David Dahl will challenge him as the top overall position player drafted.

These rankings will no doubt shift, or even change drastically over the next six months, but as of right now, these are the top 15 players to keep an eye on heading into the 2012 season.

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