2012 Draft: MLB.com’s Latest Mock Draft

2012 Draft: Stephen Piscotty
2012 Draft: Ty Buttrey

In his latest mock draft, MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo has the Astros taking Stanford RHP Mark Appel first overall and the Yankees taking high school RHP Nick Travieso with their first round pick (#30 overall). That fits with other reports of New York seeking various prep arms, though Mayo does say they seem to be focusing on the best available player regardless of position. Hooray for that.

Travieso is very much a “now stuff” kinda guy with a low-90s fastball that’s been up to 98 in the past, plus a hard mid-80s slider and a developing changeup. He’s also working on a two-seamer. Travieso, who hails from outside of Fort Lauderdale, is listed at 6-foot-3 and 200 lbs. and is a thrower who has quite a bit to learn about his craft. His stuff jumped up a notch this spring and he’s caught a lot of helium of late, but the Yankees prefer polish (especially with their early picks) and Travieso doesn’t have any. Great arm though.

2012 Draft: Stephen Piscotty
2012 Draft: Ty Buttrey
  • yoo-boo

    I still am sticking with Mitch Haniger, an outfielder from Cal Poly. What is the odds he will forgo the senior year for pro?

    • A.D.

      Juniors almost always forgo because they’ll have no leverage as a senior

  • A.D.

    Even with the new CBA rules not a fan of a super-raw first rounder

    • Ted Nelson

      What’s the correlation between the new CBA and a super-raw first rounder?

      • A.D.

        Used to be you could take the polished players early, the raw kids fall, and you can still throw big money at them later and thus you can get but the projection and some more refined talent.

        Now, assuming these kids want the same money as they did before, you have to draft them early to be able to pay that kind of money to get them into your system.

  • Gonzo

    Bold call, but I think the Yanks are going to shock everyone and draft Jesus Montero.