2012 Draft: Keith Law’s Mock Draft v4.0By
In his latest mock draft (subs. req’d), Keith Law has the Astros selecting Stanford RHP Mark Appel first overall and the Yankees selecting high school SS Addison Russell with their first rounder (#30 overall). He mentions that remain interested in prep right-handers Duane Underwood, Mitch Gueller, and J.O. Berrios, but they would prefer to have a big bat like Russell or high school OF Lewis Brinson fall into their laps. Here are my write-ups on Russell, Underwood, Gueller, Berrios, and Brinson.
Law also mentions that the Yankees are targeting prep RHP Paul Blackburn for one of their second round picks (#89 and #94 overall). He’s a classic projectable high school arm, standing 6-foot-2 and 180 lbs. His fastball sits anywhere from 88-92 with a solid low-70s curve and promising upper-70s changeup. You’re dreaming on him filling out, adding velocity, and turning into a workhorse starter. I actually have Blackburn on my little list of interesting non-first round/sleeper types and may write him up tomorrow if he makes it through the sandwich round tonight.