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2012 MLB Draft: Round 1

Tuesday, June 05, 2012


21. Atlanta Braves - Lucas Sims    RHP Brookwood HS, Ga.

A star high-school shortstop, Sims boasts an explosive mid-90s fastball to go along with a plus curveball and solid changeup. He has raw mechanics, however, and may eventually be shifted to the bullpen. Although he's a superior athlete, Sims is years away from Atlanta.

22. Toronto Blue Jays (Tyler Beede-unsigned) - Marcus Stroman RHP Duke

Jonathan Mayo immediately said on the MLB Network telecast that Stroman, "could be the steal" of the first round. Stroman, considered a no-risk pick, would have been a Top-5 pick were he not 5'9''. Because of his stature, most scouts believe he doesn't have the frame to handle the rigors of starting in the major leagues. The Blue Devil, however, has the rock solid four-pitch repertoire of a starter. Will he be this season's Trevor Bauer? Will Stroman profile as more of a Tom Gordan or Francisco Rodriguez-type, as MLB's experts suggested? One thing is for sure: Stroman is one of this year's most intriguing picks.

23. St. Louis Cardinals - James Ramsey OF Florida State

A 22nd-round pick in 2011, Ramsey elected to return to Florida State for his senior year of college. Billed as a "hard worker" and "leader," Ramsey may be knocked as a low-upside pick, but truly does boast above-average intangibles to go along with a plus glove and speed. He won't hit for power, but his well-rounded game could have him in the big leagues sooner rather than later.

24. Boston Red Sox - Deven Marrero SS Arizona State

Marrero was projected in the Top-10 of most mock drafts -- and came into the season as a consensus Top-5 pick -- but was pushed down the board due to a rough season and shuffling of ideologies of clubs above Boston. All of which is to the Red Sox benefit, as Marrero is an elite talent. While scouts soured a bit on him due to questionable effort this past, Marrero should stick at shortstop due to his superb instincts and hands. He should be able to hit for a consistently high average throughout his journey through the minors and probably isn't several years away from Fenway.

25. Tampa Bay Rays - Richie Shaffer 3B Clemson

Perhaps this year's top college power bat, Shaffer can play either corner infield spot, but will likely be slated for first with Evan Longoria occupying the hot corner in Tampa. Shaffer has the athleticism to man right field if need be. A polished hitter with relatively few holes in his swing, there's a strong chance Shaffer will reach the big leagues.

26. Arizona Diamondbacks - Stryker Trahan C Acadiana HS, La.

Trahan has a big bat and a better name for a masher. The biggest question is whether or not Trahan can stick behind the plate. In that way, it's surprising he was taken by an NL team, though some believe he could eventually stick in right field. Trahan has been compared to Royals prospect Wil Myers, but he doesn't have the ceiling of Kansas City's future cornerstone.

27. Milwaukee Brewers (Prince Fielder-DET) - Clint Coulter C Union HS, Wash.

A state champion wrestler in Washington, Coulter has drawn loose comparisons to Mike Napoli. He may not have the defensive ability to stick behind the plate, but should have the power to man first base if a position switch becomes necessary. Coulter is still two months shy of his 19th birthday, and didn't face much top-flight competition in the Northwest, so he could need a number of seasons in the minors.

28. Milwaukee Brewers - Victor Roache OF Georgia Southern

With their second consecutive pick, Milwaukee grabbed an outfielder that some believe is a Top-10 talent in the draft. Roache has good bat speed and power, but he has never played against top competition, so there is some concern about that. He profiles as a corner outfielder, but his arm strength will play well there.

29. Texas Rangers - Lewis Brinson CF Coral Springs HS, Fla.

Brinson is a potential five-tool talent, but isn't particularly polished in any one area as an 18 year old out of Florida. He'll need years to develop on the farm, which makes the stacked-at-the-MLB-level Rangers a perfect landing spot. If all goes to plan, Brinson will reach Texas in 3-4 years as an above-average defender with solid power and plus speed.

30. New York Yankees - Ty Hensley RHP Edmond Santa Fe HS, Okla.

The state of Oklahoma graduated Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley to pro baseball last season and Hensley follows in their footsteps. Hensley, who has a great frame at 6'4'', 220, has a solid fastball and a killer curve. He will have to develop another pitch or two and clean up his mechanics. If he can do so, he could be a steal for the Bombers.

31. Boston Red Sox (Jonathan Papelbon-PHI) - Brian Johnson LHP Florida

Also a hard-hitting first baseman, Johnson doesn't project as an above-average MLB talent, but instead a polished, middle-of-the-rotation type who won't need much time to develop in the minors. Johnson's fastball is not a plus-pitch, but he locates it extremely well. How quickly he refines his ordinary breaking stuff should determine when he reaches the bigs.

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