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2012 MLB First Year Player Draft recap, Day 1

The Houston Astros had the honor of the first pick in this year’s draft, and they had more to deal with than just the normal pressure of a team trying not to miss on the first overall selection. Not only are the Astros changing leagues, but also the new collective bargaining agreement changed the rules for the first year player draft. The new rules cut down the rounds from 50 to 40 and added a makeshift slotting system that limits what teams can pay their draft picks, including prohibiting giving draft picks major league deals.

As for the draft itself, the Astros started things off with a bit of a surprise when they took Carlos Correa, a 17-year-old shortstop from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. Most analysts theorized just minutes before they would go with Mark Appel, a right-handed pitcher from Stanford, or Byron Buxton, a speedy outfielder from Appling County HS in Georgia. Correa has shot up draft boards in the last month and drawn serious comparisons to Alex Rodriguez. Correa is 6’3” 190 pounds, which led some scouts to believe he would have to move to third in the future. However, after seeing him at private workouts the Astros believe his great hands and decent speed can keep him at shortstop.

There are always a few players in any draft who drop and this one is no different. Appel was many scouts’ and analysts’ clear cut number one. When Correa was taken number one, the idea was that Appel would still be the first pitcher taken, but teams seemed to be more apt to pick a pitcher with more upside rather than the polished pitcher from Stanford. Appel ended up going 8th to the Pirates after Kevin Gausman (4th), Kyle Zimmer (5th), and Max Fried (7th) were all taken. Appel took the consensus “Top Pitcher” tag from Lucas Giolito, a right-hander from Harvard-Westlake HS in California. Giolito is 6’6” 230 pounds with an upper 90’s fastball. The only reason he fell from the top spot was because of sprained ulnar collateral ligament. Even with the red flag of early elbow trouble, the Washington Nationals took him with the 16th overall pick. If the elbow holds, the Nationals could have added another tremendous young arm to their already young and talented rotation.

The viral moment of the first night came when Courtney Hawkins, a 6’3” 210 pound outfielder from Carroll HS in Texas, was drafted 13th overall by the Chicago White Sox. Hawkins was there at the draft and accepted his jersey and hat on stage. While being interviewed by the MLB Network he was asked about a clip circulating the internet of him doing a backflip in full uniform. Hawkins volunteered to do one right there in his shirt and tie and new White Sox cap and jersey. As the White Sox organization and fan base as a whole held its collective breath, Hawkins gave his phone to the reporter, took one hard step backwards and stuck a backflip. His first call from his future ML manager, Robin Ventura, was surely a congratulatory call with a note to never do that again.

 

First Round Facts:

  • 17 of the first round picks were high school players.
  • James Ramsey, an outfielder from Florida State, was the only college senior taken in the first round.
  • 13 of the first round picks were pitchers.
  • There was not a 1B or 2B taken in the first round. (Although, some picks may end up there.)
  • The only 3B taken in the first round was Richie Schaffer, Clemson, by the Rays (25th Overall)

To see Hawkins original backflip video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFkSSNQiqk4

To see Hawkins backflip at the draft:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnibzRW0Cjc

By: Tim Kaiser, DraftNasty Magazine

2012 MLB Draft Big Board 81-100

Rank Name Position School Class Height Weight Bats/ Throws Note
81 Hayden Hurst RHP/OF/1B Bolles HS (FL) SR 6’5” 235 R/R Hurst is a 2-way prospect with a low 90’s fastball and good power at the plate.
82 Jayce Boyd 3B/1B/OF Florida State JR 6’3” 200 R/R Boyd has both the bat and glove to play at the next level, with good power and speed.
83 Richie Shaffer 1B Clemson JR 6’3” 205 R/R Shaffer is a hitting prospect due to his power, approach, and patience at the plate.
84 David Thompson 3B Westminster Christian HS (FL) SR 6’1” 195 R/R Thompson is predominantly a contact hitter with projection for some power and has a strong arm from 3B.
85 Michael Morin RHP North Carolina JR 6’4” 180 R/R Morin is a polished pitcher with great run on both his fastball and slider and is able to command them both effectively.
86 Sam Selman LHP Vanderbilt JR 6’3” 185 R/L Selman is a hard throwing lefty with a slider and changeup to compliment his mid 90’s fastball.
87 LJ Mazzilli 2B Connecticut JR 6’1” 190 R/R Mazzilli is a very polished player with good athleticism and excellent ability at the plate.
88 Avery Romero SS/2B Pedro Menendez HS (FL SR 6’0” 195 R/R Romero has soft hands and a strong arm to compliment his power to all fields and ability to make solid contact consistently.
89 Chris Taylor SS Virginia JR 6’0” 170 R/R Taylor hits for average and his strong arm and good speed make him versatile defensively.
90 Wes Tranckino 3B Edmond Memorial HS (OK) SR 6’2” 195 R/R Tranckino has power to all fields and is a good contact hitter, but is also a solid defensive third baseman.

 

91 Daniel Garner C Sparkman HS (AL) SR 6’1” 195 R/R Garner has soft hands, a strong arm, 1.85 pop time behind the plate, and power to all fields.
92 Jameis Winston OF Hueytown HS (AL) SR 6’4” 208 S/R Winston has the potential to be a 5 tool centerfielder, if his power develops. Winston is a quarterback and has been recruited to play in college.
93 Steven Golden OF St. Francis HS (CA) SR 6’3” 185 R/R Golden is a contact hitter with good range defensively and a strong arm.
94 Skye Bolt OF Holy Innocents HS (GA) SR 6’2” 175 S/R Bolt is a switch-hitting contact hitter with good speed and a decent arm.
95 Matt Fultz C Lee Summit West HS (MO) SR 6’2” 215 L/R Fultz has a compact swing with good power and a strong arm and a sub 2 pop time behind the plate.
96 Austin Maddox 1B/3B Florida JR 6’3” 225 R/R Maddox is primarily a hitting prospect, with good power primarily on the inner half, but is decent defensively.
97 Stephen Sauter C Troy HS (CA) SR 6’2” 190 S/R Sauter has good power from both sides of the plate, an accurate arm, and a 1.81 pop time.
98 Connor Harrell OF Vanderbilt JR 6’3” 215 R/R Harrell has good speed and power with the potential to be a 5 tool player. Harrell does need to improve his strikeouts.
99 Justin Jones LHP California JR 6’2” 188 L/L Jones’s best pitch is a big breaking, slow curve. He also has a sinking fastball and a changeup with some dive.
100 Colby Holmes RHP South Carolina JR 5’11” 200 R/R Holmes has a low 90’s fastball, a slider with swing and miss potential, and a good change-up. His size could hurt his draft stock

By: Tim Kaiser, DN Reports