2012 Draft: Baseball Prospectus’ Mock Draft

2012 Draft: Ground Rules & LiveBlog Reminder
2012 Draft: Baseball America's Mock Draft v4.0

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus published his mock draft today, and you don’t need a subscription to read it. It’s free for all. He has the Astros selecting prep outfielder Byron Buxton first overall despite reports from yesterday saying they are expected to take Stanford right-hander Mark Appel. KG says his asking price may have become an issue.

Goldstein has the Yankees selecting one of Appel’s teammates with their first selection (#30 overall), third baseman/outfielder Stephen Piscotty. He says they remain interested in high school arms — specifically Lucas Sims and Walker Weickel — but have been connected to college bats most recently, specifically Piscotty. He’s one of the few players who haven’t been ruined by the “Stanford Swing,” a rigid approach the coaching staff implements that results in soft contact the other way. Piscotty has the strength to hit 20+ homers a year and is defensively strong enough to remain at the hot corner or slide to right field if necessary.

2012 Draft: Ground Rules & LiveBlog Reminder
2012 Draft: Baseball America's Mock Draft v4.0
  • CountryClub

    Callis just threw up a free mock too:

    30. YANKEES. A lot of high school righthanders are tied to New York, including McCullers (who might be tough to pay here), Eflin, Sims, Weickel, Berrios, Shane Watson (California), Ty Buttrey (North Carolina) and Duane Underwood (Georgia).
    Projected Pick: WALKER WEICKEL.


    • CountryClub

      He has Piscotty going 19 to the Cards.

  • pat

    Piscotty from mlb.com

    Already on radars following a sophomore season that saw him hit .364, Piscotty certainly helped his status with a strong Cape League season, where he won the batting title with his .349 average.

    Piscotty has an easy swing with good bat speed, making consistent hard contact and hitting to all fields. He’s shown raw power to all fields as well and with some added strength there could be more there. An average runner, Piscotty is a good defender at third, with an accurate arm, good hands and decent range. He also can play the outfield, giving him a little flexibility.

    He hasn’t shown much in-game home run power to date, but a team that thinks it will come with maturity will jump at the chance to add his bat and excellent baseball instincts to its system.

    We all know Damon loves the kids that produce in the wood bat leagues. Seems kinda safe and boring. That’s my in depth analysis, hah.

  • Johnny O

    Yankees shouldn’t bother drafting any pitchers, we can’t develop them anyway.

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    Piscotty sounds like he’s in the Suttle/Segedin mold. Would be fine if he’s the pick.