2012 Draft: Keith Law’s Mock Draft v1.0By
Keith Law posted his first mock draft of the spring, though you need Insider to read the entire thing. He has the Astros taking Stanford RHP Mark Appel with the top pick and the Yankees taking Florida high school shortstop Addison Russell with their first rounder (#30 overall). Russell’s a bat-first prospect who can hit breaking balls and shows big raw power, but he’s likely to wind up a third base despite fine defensive skills and a strong arm. He’s just a big boy — listed at 6-foot-0 and 215 lbs. — who will likely outgrow the position.
Law also hears that the Yankees have interest in high school outfielders D.J. Davis (Mississippi) and Mitch Gueller (Washington). I wrote up Davis a few weeks ago, and Gueller is a two-way prospect who’s probably drawn more attention for his work on the mound. The consensus indicates that he might be a bit of a reach in the first round, but who really knows. The Yankees love their high school position players though, and Law’s info is consistent with their track record.