2012 Draft: MLB.com’s Latest Mock DraftBy
In his latest mock draft for MLB.com, Jonathan Mayo has the Astros taking Stanford RHP Mark Appel with the first overall pick. It sure seems like their choice is down to either Appel or prep OF Byron Buxton at this point. I’d take Buxton, but no one asked me.
Anyway, Mayo has the Yankees taking Texas A&M OF Tyler Naquin with their first round pick (#30 overall). He has arguably the best outfield arm and the best hit tool in the college crop, making an absurd amount of hard contact to all fields from the left side. The concerns are that he doesn’t run/play defense well and may not hit for much power, so there is ‘tweener potential. Naquin can hit and isn’t a disaster in the field though, so he should through the system quickly. Mayo also reiterates that the Yankees have some interest in various unnamed high school arms, which we’ve heard before.