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  1. I really like Correa. With highschool batters, younger is almost always better. That said, the Twins will take the toolsy high school player with potential in Buxton, and that is a far better pick than Appel.

    Comment by TFINY — June 4, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

  2. Most the mocks I have seen have the Rangers taking Smoral. So many that I have accepted it and am now looking forward to having him. I don’t know how I would cope if your mock comes true.

    Comment by Keystone Heavy — June 4, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

  3. Does Zunino going to Pitt mean they’ve given up on Tony Sanchez being their catcher of the future? I know at 8 taking the best player available makes a lot of sense but still.

    Comment by Brian — June 4, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

  4. Why would Washington take a close-to-the-majors 3B when they have Zimmerman locked down for 5 more years? Rendon already has to move…can Shaffer play elsewhere also?

    Comment by Uncle Randy — June 4, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

  5. If the Mariners take another pitcher – again failing to address their team’s laughable pool of offensive talent – are the fans entitled to boycott the team?

    Comment by kid — June 4, 2012 @ 3:55 pm


    This was the article that I got my information from. Fabulous read. Basically, young hitters are a massive market inefficiency. (I got the link in a thread somewhere, probably in a comment on fangraphs, so kudos to whoever posted it earlier.)

    Comment by TFINY — June 4, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

  7. No.

    Comment by Fitting name, "kid" — June 4, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

  8. Stroman and Stratton and Smoral, OH MY!

    Comment by Eminor3rd — June 4, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

  9. Could Gallo really fall out of the first round?

    Comment by John Stamos — June 4, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

  10. Giolito falling a long way here

    Comment by Mario Mendoza of commenters — June 4, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

  11. As M’s fan I like the Correa pick or Buxton second and the M’s offensive woes are troubling but there is hope since their run differential this year is -1 so far and last year was -119 at end of year….and M’s lead ML in home runs at “away” ballparks with 39. That is an incredible stat and one which shows promise for Smoak and rest of team…Go M’s

    Comment by Christopher — June 4, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

  12. If they deem a 3rd basemen to be the best player available, then they should take him regardless of need. All teams should follow the best player available approach to drafting.

    Comment by RationalSportsFan — June 4, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

  13. Though signability is also a factor. Need, however, should not be a factor.

    Comment by RationalSportsFan — June 4, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

  14. I have a feeling the Royals are going to go with a college arm instead.

    Comment by baty — June 4, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

  15. No way the Red Sox take 2 pitchers in the first round.

    Comment by Caveman Jones — June 4, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

  16. Even with their extra picks, do you see the Jays having money to sign both McCullers and Giolito?

    Comment by Arthur Fonzarelli — June 4, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

  17. Marc, isn’t taking both McCullers and Giolito impossible for the Jays from a draft-cap perspective? Also, isn’t taking a guy like Giolito in the first with a pick that won’t be returned to them (because its already a compensatory pick) tremendously risky?

    Comment by Big Jgke — June 4, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

  18. Mariners are 27th in the MLB in attendance, so the fans are pretty much in a boycott mode *right now*.

    Comment by kid — June 4, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

  19. I really like Buxton but does he have the potential to be an Aaron Hicks 2.0? Or is he more polished then Hicks was?

    Comment by MauerPower — June 4, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

  20. i disagree with this. maybe if its a slam dunk guy who is head and shoulders ahead of the rest available…. but lets say the rockies highest rated guy is a SS and their 2nd highest is a P, or really, any other position. why would they draft the SS?

    Comment by Sleight of Hand Pro — June 4, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

  21. Because they believe the SS is going to be a better player

    Comment by Norm — June 4, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

  22. so they’ll move tulo off the position then? If you have a young established star signed long term at a specific position, i dont see why youd draft that position unless hes way ahead of the next best guy on your board.

    Comment by Sleight of Hand Pro — June 4, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

  23. You sign the better player because a lot can happen between drafting someone and when they get to the majors.
    Keep in mind that the vast majority of players don’t get into the majors for like four years. If the best player available is a shortstop, then the Rockies should take him because in four year Tulo might not be fit to play short anymore.

    Comment by JayT — June 4, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

  24. Systems don’t really take the best available player. It happens more often than not, for sure, but it means something different to each organization’s philosophy and developmental strength. You might say that you draft for maximizing a value per pick.

    It’s clear that there is preferential treatment throughout. Most notably, between pitchers and hitters, sometimes a guy get’s drafted cause he might shoot through the system quickly, and organizations do stockpile players to fill voids or create a surplus.

    Comment by baty — June 4, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

  25. I laughed at this:
    3. Seattle Mariners: Carlos Correa, SS, Puerto Rico HS

    because my first thought was, “they only have one High School in Puerto Rico?”
    Took me a second, haha.

    Comment by GUY — June 4, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

  26. Everything I have read says he is extremely UNpolished. I think that he is very high upside (like Hicks) but may not pan out (like Hicks).

    Comment by TFINY — June 4, 2012 @ 6:59 pm

  27. What if we draft a pitcher, then trade him like we did with Pineda? Setting aside the fact that we don’t entirely know how that trade will turn out, we still ended up with a bat.

    Comment by Wade8813 — June 5, 2012 @ 7:50 am

  28. Should have read: Puerto Rico Baseball Academy.

    The Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School (PRBAHS) is a non-profit
    organization combining academics and sports programs into one curriculum.

    Comment by Jose — June 5, 2012 @ 7:51 am

  29. The Mariners are 10th out of 30 teams in scoring.

    Comment by CheeseWhiz — June 5, 2012 @ 11:46 am

  30. Also, you are permitted to “trade” players. That is, you exchange a player from your team, with a player from another team. In general, the better the player you have to trade, the better the player you will get in return.

    Comment by Well — June 5, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

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