2012 Draft: Baseball America’s Mock Draft v1.0


Baseball America posted their first mock draft of the spring on Thursday, and they have the Astros taking Stanford RHP Mark Appel first overall. Georgia high school outfielder Byron Buxton is the consensus top prospect in the draft, but BA can be a little stubborn when it comes to sticking with their preseason rankings (see Alvarez, Pedro). You don’t need a subscription to read the article, it’s free.

The Yankees took Louisiana high school catcher Stryker Trahan with their first rounder (#30 overall) in the mock. “He’s a physical, athletic masher who will need time to develop behind the plate,” said the write-up. Trahan has a little J.R. Murphy in him in the sense that his bat is his best tool and he’s athletic enough to play other positions on the field. He’s a left-handed hitter though, Murphy’s a righty. For what it’s worth, Keith Law ranked Trahan as the 24th best prospect in the draft in his last rankings.

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  • Gman

    Do we REALLY need another catcher??

    • jjyank

      There’s no such thing as too many up-the-middle type prospects.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      Agree. Enough with the Catchers already. I get the whole Casey Stengel quote “If you don’t have a catcher, you gotta run all the way to the backstop after every pitch.” which I probably just butchered in my attempt to paraphrase, but how about a LHP already!

      • Ted Nelson

        They took a LHP in the 2nd round just last year… It’s not a one round draft.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          Sure, I want more. Want to hear the basball experts talking about Yankee LHP depth the way they’ve been talking about Yankee Catching depth for the last couple of years.

    • Leg-End

      Catchers have more value though right? I mean if the bats good enough but the defense isn’t they can switch them to the outfield or 1B. You can never have enough catching depth in my book.

    • RetroRob


      If he’s the best talent there.

    • JobaWockeeZ

      We don’t really have catcher depth. Sanchez will be traded because he’s a good prospect. Romine will probably be COTF but he can barely hit. Murphy who knows but he’s far away to project anything for the near future.

    • Steve (different one)

      You realize this is just a mock draft, right?

    • Ted Nelson

      He’s a hitter more than a C. In HS the best players tend to play C, SS, or CF… so you’re going to see a lot of guys listed at those positions going first round even if they’re not going to stick there.

      But there’s not much reason to worry about position when drafting. From the middle of the first round on not many of these guys will make it, and almost all the ones from HS are years away. What’s the worst case? You have two good young cost-controlled MLB players at one position? Either move one to another spot or trade one… turning out good prospects isn’t a bad thing. Taking bad pick after bad pick is a problem, whatever position they play.

  • yooboo

    Yanks need to lose as many games as they can for me to like the MLB draft. lol.

    I usually wanted starting southpaw and switch hitter with power for the first round pick. Yankees always hold prospects in the minor longer than enough. Yankees being at the bottom of the draft may be the best reason for not landing MLB ready now prospects.

    I expect Yanks will reach someone with 2nd or 3rd round value for their 1st round selection again. And it has nothing to do with the new money rule because Yanks have been in that routine since they got Sabathia and Teixeria in the one off season.

    I simply sit back and wait for prospect profiles to be revealed prior to starting to root for a specific prospect.

    • Paul VuvuZuvella

      “Yanks need to lose as many games as they can for me to like the MLB draft. lol.”

      Last time they did that, they got Brien Taylor. “Who?” you ask?. Brien Taylor.

      • yooboo

        Not necessarily number one pick. Just top 10. In 2000′s, top 10 or protected half looks good annually.

      • RetroRob

        …and Derek Jeter the following year!

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          True Dat.

      • Genghis

        I remember Brien Taylor very well, as do many other long-time Yankee fans, so I’m not getting your “who” point.

        • Cuso

          I saw him wrestle an alligator 2 years ago. I gave him $5.

        • Paul VuvuZuvella

          Really? You’re not getting it??

  • Gonzo

    I think the Yankees should draft the player available that will have the best career in the majors.

    How ’bout them apples.

  • Endlessmike

    Most catchers are either just defensive catchers who can’t hit or Joe Mauer/Jesus Montereo types that can hit but won’t stay at the position long.

    I would gamble on picthing only.

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  • Bo Knows

    BA doesn’t have Lucas Giolitto in the 1st round. If he falls far enough for the Yankees to nab him in the first round, they need to take it. He’s too talented not to take, even if he would need TJ.

    • Ted Nelson

      Signability is probably the question there.

      • Bo Knows

        Another reason to take him in the 1st, this new CBA is a bitch but there won’t be a significant upgrade of money if he goes to college or chooses to go pro now; due to that new agreement. The guy is a big talent, go overslot (even if it costs next years 1st rounder)

        • Dave

          Completely agree if it’s just tj then draft him wait a year and you got a 19 year old who throws 100 as a starter.

  • Matt Imbrogno

    Draft him for the name alone.

    • Will (the other one)

      He sounds like the android protagonist of some dystopian sci-fi novel.

      • Betty Lizard

        Hmm. Could we field a team of players, all of whom have dystopian sci fi android / cyborg names?

  • RetroRob

    All these mock drafts are going to be waaaay off, much more than ever because of the new CBA. That’s my guess.

    Selig wanted to set up a system where the best talent gets drafted first, but I don’t see it unfolding that way. He may have accomplished just the opposite. Outside of the acknowledged, can’t-miss elite talent, I can see many teams attempting an overdraft strategy to push money down to other rounds so they can operate within their total budget. At what point overdrafting occurs I don’t know. After the 8th pick, 10th pick, 15th?

    Basically, this is the strategy the Yankees have used the last two drafts. They weren’t restricted by the CBA, but they were restricted by Hal’s set (although flexible) budgets. I still don’t agree with it since they really weren’t under restrictions and they could have had their cake and eat it too. So if any team is prepared for this type of draft it’s the Yankees. Yet oddly they may need to be prepared to throw that strategy out the window depending on how the Rule Four draft unfolds next month. If enough teams in front of the Yankees adopt on overdraft strategy, they may see names they weren’t expecting fall to them.

    I’m more fascinated by this upcoming draft in many ways because of the mechanics and strategy behind it because there’s no blueprint. Teams don’t know how other teams are going to draft under these new rules.

    Expect lots of surprises.

    • Ted Nelson

      I think it will work out as expected. Some teams will go for a quantity over quality approach, but overall I think the trend will be towards guys going where they should. More signability guys will probably go undrafted altogether, but that will even itself out over the next three years as the guys who went to college re-enter the draft.

      The Yankees signed Culver for exactly slot money, and I think Bichette was about slot too. I think some of it was a conscious effort not to overspend, but I also think they just liked those two more than the consensus. There were plenty of other guys taken just after those picks who also signed for slot or even under… the Yankees passed those guys for the guys they took. Opinions on amateurs vary pretty widely.

      • Ted Nelson

        Coincidentally, this class might work out well as the first class of the new CBA. Not many college guys projected to go early, so more HS guys might end up getting drafted earlier and taking their 1st round money instead of waiting 3 years to maybe get a bit more money if things work out.