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

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

It's hard to find a better crop of draft prospects than the group that headlined the 2011 class. Anthony Rendon, Gerrit Cole, Taylor Jungmann, George Springer, Trevor Bauer and Matt Purke each have perennial All-Star potential.

The 2012 class is not only short on that same kind of elite talent but also not nearly as deep with solid all-around talent.

Still, the class does have some strengths, notably pitching. Stanford RHP Mark Appel is a sensational prospect, but he has yet to have a truly dominating year like say a Trevor Bauer or Taylor Jungmann. Still, he has prototypical size and a blazing fastball. Texas A&M RHP Michael Wacha came on late last season and could overtake Appel with a dominating campaign.

Beyond the pitching, there are plenty of question marks surrounding the majority of the top hitters. Will SS Deven Marrero hit enough to be an everyday shortstop? Will OF Victor Roache's power translate to the pro level? Can 2B Steve Nysiztor bounce back from a lost season?

So many questions, but luckily we have an entire season's worth of college baseball to get some answers.

Here are the top 15 college prospects right now.

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