2012 MLB Mock Draft

Mark Appel (03-25-2012) USC at Stanford (Stanford, Calif.) (via DiamondScapeBaseball)

1) Houston Astros: Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford

Appel is a originally from Houston and I have heard that Luhnow and company have been following him hard. I would bet that Buxton is their #2 option.

2) Minnesota Twins: Byron Buxton, OF, Georgia HS

If the Astros take Buxton, they may take Appel or Correa but I think Buxton is the pick here.

3) Seattle Mariners: Carlos Correa, SS, Puerto Rico HS

This is a tough call and I think they would take Buxton if he gets here but I think Correa gets taken here over the other college arms.

4) Baltimore Orioles: Kevin Gausman, RHP, Louisiana State

I think Gausman is the most likely choice here. They could surprise with Giolito but I think they take the big LSU righty.

5) Kansas City Royals: Kyle Zimmer, RHP, San Francisco

I think the Royals would prefer Gausman here but I think Zimmer is next on their board.

6) Chicago Cubs: Mike Zunino, C, Florida

This is tough. Correa could slip to them and they would likely take him if he is there but I think Jed and company would take the solid Zunino if he is there.

7) San Diego Padres: Max Fried, LHP, California HS

I don't see Fried getting past the Padres if the Cubs don't take him.

8) Pittsburgh Pirates: Lucas Giolito, RHP, California HS

I have heard Marrero connected heavily here but I think Pittsburgh continues to be aggressive in the draft here and takes the BPA.

9) Florida Marlins: Albert Almora, OF, Florida HS

The Marlins would likely be elated to get the polished prep out of their backyard.

10) Colorado Rockies: Tanner Rahier, SS, California HS

I have seen Courtney Hawkins here a lot and I leaned that way but Rahier really seems like a Colorado type of pick.

11) Oakland A's: Richie Shaffer, 3B, Clemson

The best college hitter in the draft has to be at the top of the A's board doesn't he?

12) New York Mets: David Dahl, OF, Alabama

Along the lines of last years choice of Nimmo, Dahl doesn't have quite the same potential but he is a solid choice here.

13) Chicago White Sox: Deven Marrero, SS, Arizona State

I thought about taking JT Chargois here, but I didn't want to be too snarky. Marrero would be a solid choice here.

14) Cincinnati Reds: Marcus Stroman, RHP, Duke

He should NOT slide past this but he could.

15) Cleveland Indians: Lance McCulers, RHP, Florida

Big prep arm should get taken in the top 15. He could go as early as 9 but shouldn't go much later than this.

16) Washington Nationals: Courtney Hawkins, OF, Texas

Nats love star potential. Hawkins has that. Gallo does as well so either could be the choice here.

17) Toronto Blue Jays: Joey Gallo, 3B, Nevada HS

Biggest power out of the prep ranks could do damage north of the border.

18) Los Angeles Dodgers: Gavin Cecchini, SS, Louisiana HS

Cecchini is one of the best high school fielders and should hit enough to be a very good pick for the Dodgers.

19) St. Louis Cardinals: D.J. Davis, OF, Mississippi HS

Davis is flying up draft boards and I wouldn't be surprised to see the Cards take him here.

20) San Francisco Giants: Andrew Heaney, LHP, Oklahoma

Could be one of the quicker players to reach the bigs and is a safe bet to be a #3 starter or better.

21) Atlanta Braves: Tyler Naquin, OF, Texas A & M

Polished college player with limited upsided but average starter potential. Yep, sounds like a Braves choice.

22) Toronto Blue Jays: Michael Wacha, P, Texas A & M

AA and company do well getting a good cross section of talent in the draft. I think a college arm would be a solid choice.

23) St. Louis Cardinals: Ty Hensley, P, Oklahoma HS

One of the better prep arms would be a good addition to the Cards system.

24) Boston Red Sox: Lucas Sims, P, Georgia HS

Could be any of the players above that slide but Sims is a big upside arm.

25) Tampa Bay Rays: Chris Stratton, RHP, Mississippi State

It's getting hard this deep and the Rays are hard to peg but they always like arms and Stratton is a good one.

26) Arizona Diamondbacks: Hunter Virant, California HS

Virant is a projectable lefty and the D'backs have had some luck with that in the past with Skaggs.

27) Milwaukee Brewers: Clint Coulter, C, Washington HS

Heard this is a strong connection and Coulter should still be available here.

28) Milwaukee Brewers: Shane Watson, RHP, Texas HS

Offsetting the bat, I think if any of the college arms above slide to here, they would take them ahead of Watson.

29) Texas Rangers: Corey Seager, 3B, North Carolina HS

Another wild card but Seager is a big potential bat that could fit.

30) New York Yankees: Addison Russell, SS, Florida HS

I've heard this connection often as well and I think it could happen as I don't see him going much higher than this.

31) Boston Red Sox: Matt Smoral, LHP, Ohio HS

This late in the round, this is hard but Smoral has top 15 talent but could slide due to injury. He should be signable here.

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