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2012 MLB Mock Draft

Friday, February 24, 2012


Round Twelve

12.133 J.J. PUTZ
12.134 Jordan Zimmermann
12.135 Ubaldo Jimenez
12.136 Max Scherzer
12.137 Ichiro Suzuki
12.138 Nick Swisher
12.139 Brian Wilson
12.140 Shaun Marcum
12.141 Carlos Beltran
12.142 Matt Garza
12.143 Logan Morrison
12.144 Derek Holland

Observations: Putz had a dominant 2.17 ERA and 61/12 K/BB ratio in 58 innings last season for the National League West champion Diamondbacks while tallying 45 saves in 49 chances. He seems likely to fare just as well in 2012 on an improved Arizona team. Morrison feels like a bit of a reach here in the 12th round when you consider that he batted just .247/.330/.468 with 23 homers, two stolen bases and 72 RBI last season. That’s a stat line that is easy to find in the outfield. His personality seems to have won him some unwarranted fantasy cred.

Round Thirteen

13.145 Ivan Nova
13.146 Adam Lind
13.147 Joel Hanrahan
13.148 Mark Trumbo
13.149 Jeff Francoeur
13.150 Jason Kipnis
13.151 Stephen Drew
13.152 Torii Hunter
13.153 Johnny Cueto
13.154 Tim Hudson
13.155 Clay Buchholz

Observations: Drew looks like a solid value pick here in the 13th round. He’s almost fully recovered from the gruesome ankle fracture that he suffered last season on a play at home plate and has the ability to get back to the 20-homer plateau this year in Arizona if there are no lingering complications with his health. I grabbed Gordon because I wanted more stolen bases. He swiped 24 last year in just 56 games, and may be one of the fastest players in the major leagues. If he can hit .300 again and raise his on-base percentage, 80 steals could be within reach.

Round Fourteen

14.158 Aaron Hill
14.159 Joakim Soria
14.160 Brandon Morrow
14.161 Yadier Molina
14.162 Melky Cabrera
14.163 Neil Walker
14.164 Ike Davis
14.165 Mike Trout
14.166 Ervin Santana
14.167 Andrew Bailey
14.168 Jordan Walden

Observations: Trout is an intriguing case. He’s incredibly talented and one of the top future fantasy options in baseball, but he’s also just 20 years old and does not have a starting major league job for 2012. I would avoid him before the final few rounds because there’s no guarantee that he’s going to see a ton of action this year. But he’s one injury away from taking the big leagues by storm, so it’s hard to fault an owner for accepting the mild risk. I nabbed Feliz with the expectation that he will make a seamless transition from closer to starter. He has the arm to make my 14th-round selection look really good.

Round Fifteen

15.169 Doug Fister
15.170 Ryan Roberts
15.171 Mike Moustakas
15.172 J.P. Arencibia
15.173 Jason Motte
15.174 Danny Espinosa
15.175 Sergio Santos
15.176 Cameron Maybin
15.177 Jaime Garcia
15.178 Brennan Boesch
15.179 Cory Luebke

Observations: Luebke is a favorite of sleeper-seekers this year after registering a promising 3.29 ERA and 154/44 K/BB ratio in 139-plus innings last season for the Padres. Petco Park should keep his ERA low, and he has the stuff to maintain a strong strikeout rate for many years to come. The 26-year-old is a nice value here in the 15th round. I went with Goldschmidt for my utility spot. He has immense raw power and plays in a home park that caters perfectly to his skill set. I’m hoping for a big-time home run total.

Round Sixteen

16.182 Jemile Weeks
16.183 Ryan Vogelsong
16.184 Kendrys Morales
16.185 Alexi Ogando
16.186 Austin Jackson
16.187 Russell Martin
16.188 Gaby Sanchez
16.189 Brandon League
16.190 Josh Willingham
16.191 Adam Dunn
16.192 Carlos Marmol

Observations: Dunn was drafted early in leagues last year for all the right reasons. He was coming off seven straight seasons of 38-plus homers and was moving to one of the more hitter-friendly parks in the game. But the 32-year-old designated hitter fell completely flat, batting just .159/.292/.277 with 11 big flies for the White Sox. He carries a box of question marks into 2012. I drafted Sanchez thinking the spacious dimensions at the Marlins’ new stadium will lead to an even better stat line than he posted in 2011.

Round Seventeen

17.193 Wilson Ramos
17.194 Colby Rasmus
17.195 Ian Desmond
17.196 Kelly Johnson
17.197 Vance Worley
17.198 Justin Morneau
17.199 Lucas Duda
17.200 Danny Valencia
17.201 Joe Nathan
17.202 Chris Perez
17.203 Matt Joyce

Observations: I was hoping Nathan would fall to me here in the 17th round and become my third closer, but he was plucked off the board just a few picks shy of my slot. The veteran right-hander got better and better last year as he moved further and further away from Tommy John surgery, posting a 3.91 ERA and 22/5 K/BB ratio across 23 innings in the second half. He should be great for the defending American League champion Rangers. I settled for Street, who probably won’t see as many save opportunities as Nathan but is capable of converting just about all of them.

Round Eighteen

18.206 Chris Iannetta
18.207 Jed Lowrie
18.208 Jair Jurrjens
18.209 Chase Headley
18.210 Carlos Lee
18.211 Brent Morel
18.212 Coco Crisp
18.213 Javy Guerra
18.214 Geovany Soto
18.215 Chipper Jones
18.216 Darwin Barney

Observations: With Nationals manager Davey Johnson reportedly keeping an open mind to the possibility of Harper cracking the Opening Day roster, he’s well worth a late-round fantasy selection. The 19-year-old outfielder might be the best prospect in baseball history and could probably do damage in the majors immediately if the Nats actually commit to him from the outset. He’s more likely to be called up around the All-Star break, but I’ll simply hold onto him until then and keep him out of the hands of competing owners.

Drew Silva is a baseball editor for Rotoworld and also contributes on NBC Sports' Hardball Talk. He can be found on Twitter.
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