2012 Draft: Clint Coulter

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2012 Draft: Baseball America's Mock Draft v2.0

The 2012 amateur draft is less than two weeks away, so between now and then I’m going to highlight some prospects individually rather than lump them together into larger posts.

Clint Coulter | C

A former state wrestling champion, Coulter hails from Union High School in Camas, Washington, which is right on the Oregon border and practically a suburb of Portland. His coach is former big leaguer Tom Lampkin, who spent parts of 13 seasons in the show and started over 400 games behind the plate. Coulter is committed to Arizona State.

Scouting Report
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 200 lbs. with a wrestler’s build, Coulter has some of the best power in the high school crop this summer. He hammers mistakes and has shown the ability to adjust to offspeed stuff and drive the ball to all fields from the right side. Although he has the arm and athleticism to catch, Coulter has a long way to go with his receiving and footwork before becoming a solid defensive backstop. He runs like a catcher but is a heady baserunner with strong instincts. Coulter is very coachable and an intense competitor who plays really hard, earning high grades for his intangibles.

Keith Law (35th), Baseball America (48th), and MLB.com (48th) all consider Coulter a fringy first round/firm supplemental round talent based on their most recent rankings. The Yankees pick 30th overall in the first round but do not have a sandwich round pick, so Coulter is one of those ‘tweener types who might not be worth a first rounder but won’t last into the second round. As I wrote two days ago, the Yankees prioritize offensive catchers in the minors and Coulter fits the mold to a tee.

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2012 Draft: Baseball America's Mock Draft v2.0
  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    The organization may like offensive first catchers, but Girardi doesn’t.

    • Havok9120

      He doesn’t do the drafting. And I’d bet money that he doesn’t even have a ton of input in the draft.

      • jjyank

        As would I. I’d be surprised if they even bothered to ask his opinion on who the first round pick should be, and I doubt Girardi knows who any of these kids are.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Of course Joe knows Coultie.

          • Knoxvillain

            I see what you did there.

      • JobaWockeeZ

        I don’t think that was the point…

        • Havok9120

          Well….I failed to see what it was then. Unless the whole comment was just meant as a non-sequiter.

          I was kind of hoping Andy would clarify.

  • Joe

    Is this a weak draft or just weak compared to last year?

    • http://bloodfarm.tumblr.com mattdamonwayans

      Both, whereas there is a couple pretty good college and high school pitchers and some interesting high school bats the college position players are noticeably weak.

  • Joe

    Is this draft weak or just less top heavy?

  • JohnnyC

    Any chance enough teams are leary of his injury to let Giolito get to 30th where the Yankees pick? And is he a generational talent? Enough for the Yankees to blow through the draft budget, damn the lost #1 picks?

    • Knoxvillain

      I’d bet someone takes a gamble on him before he drops the 30.

  • Wayne

    We drafted Evan rutckyj left hander from Canada maybe we look at Ryan Kellogg who is left handed and from Canada too. Liked his video.