2012 MLB Draft Results

After months of anticipation, it's finally time for MLB's amateur draft.  This year's draft may not have the depth of last year’s class or the star power of a Bryce Harper or Stephen Strasburg, but it’ll likely produce its share of MLB talent in the coming years.

Last year's draft saw the Pirates select UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole with the No. 1 overall pick. Early reports this year suggested that the Astros would select Stanford righty Mark Appel first overall, but Houston shocked most pundits by selecting Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa. We'll use this post to track the news as it breaks.

Here's the draft order, from MLB.com, to be updated whenever a player agrees to terms: 

  1. Houston Astros - Carlos Correa, SS, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy signed for $4.8MM
  2. Minnesota Twins – Byron Buxton, OF, Appling County High School (Ga.) – signed for $6MM
  3. Seattle Mariners – Mike Zunino, C, Florida signed for $4MM.
  4. Baltimore Orioles – Kevin Gausman, RHP, Louisiana Stateagreed to sign for $4.32MM
  5. Kansas City Royals – Kyle Zimmer, RHP, San Francisco signed for $3MM
  6. Chicago Cubs – Albert Almora, Mater Academy (Fla.) agreed to sign for $3.9MM
  7. San Diego Padres – Max Fried, LHP, Harvard-Westlake High School (Calif.) agreed to sign for $3MM
  8. Pittsburgh Pirates – Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford did not reach an agreement
  9. Miami Marlins – Andrew Heaney, LHP, Oklahoma State agreed to sign for $2.6MM
  10. Colorado Rockies – David Dahl, Oak Mountain High School (Ala.)agreed to sign for $2.6MM
  11. Oakland Athletics – Addison Russell, SS, Pace High School (Fla.)agreed to sign for $2.625MM
  12. New York Mets – Gavin Cecchini, SS, Barbe High School (La.) agreed to sign for $2.3MM
  13. Chicago White Sox – Courtney Hawkins, OF, Carroll High School (Tex.) agreed to sign for $2.475MM
  14. Cincinnati Reds – Nick Travieso, RHP, Archbishop McCarthy High School (Fla.) agreed to sign for $2MM
  15. Cleveland Indians – Tyler Naquin, OF, Texas A&M agreed to sign for $1.75MM
  16. Washington Nationals - Lucas Giolito, RHP, Harvard-Westlake High School (Calif.) agreed to sign for $2.925MM
  17. Toronto Blue Jays – D.J. Davis, OF, Stone County High School (Miss.) signed for $1.75MM
  18. Los Angeles Dodgers – Corey Seager, SS, Northwest Cabarrus High School (N.C.) - agreed to sign for $2.35MM
  19. St. Louis Cardinals – Michael Wacha, RHP, Texas A&Magreed to sign for $1.9MM
  20. San Francisco Giants – Chris Stratton, RHP, Mississippi State – signed for $1.85MM
  21. Atlanta Braves – Lucas Sims, RHP, Brookwood High School (Ga.) signed for $1.65MM
  22. Toronto Blue Jays – Marcus Stroman, RHP, Duke signed for $1.8MM
  23. St. Louis Cardinals – James Ramsey, OF, Florida State – agreed to sign for $1.6MM
  24. Boston Red Sox – Deven Marrero, SS, Arizona State agreed to sign for $2.05MM
  25. Tampa Bay Rays – Richie Shaffer, 1B/3B, Clemson signed for $1.7125MM
  26. Arizona Diamondbacks – Stryker Trahan, C, Acadiana High School (La.) agreed to sign for $1.7MM
  27. Milwaukee Brewers – Clint Coulter, C, Union High School (Wash.) signed for $1.675MM
  28. Milwaukee Brewers – Victor Roache, OF, Georgia Southern signed for $1.525MM
  29. Texas Rangers – Lewis Brinson, OF, Coral Springs High School (Fla.)agreed to sign for $1.625MM
  30. New York Yankees – Ty Hensley, RHP, Santa Fe High School (Okla.) signed for $1.2MM
  31. Boston Red Sox – Brian Johnson, LHP, Florida signed for $1.575MM


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125 Comments on "2012 MLB Draft Results"


notsureifsrs
3 years 2 months ago

for awhile i’ve been expecting this year’s draft to be pretty uninteresting. that changed quick

should still be allowed to trade draft picks though

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

MLB draft day is always interesting to me.. Especially when Boston and the Fish have several high picks.. Just hope both don’t make wasteful picks.

Edit:

Agreed on trading picks.. They had no trouble adding the useless slotting system, but no trading?

Gammons did a jam up job slamming the new slotting system and hope many here caught it.

101andCounting
3 years 2 months ago

I can’t believe Appel hasn’t gone yet. Hope he slips to 6 – I’d love to see him on the Cubs.

3 years 2 months ago

 He’s still there at 5! One more spot to go!

3 years 2 months ago

Wow. I wonder if they get him now.

3 years 2 months ago

 All the teams must have agreed that he’s unsignable.

3 years 2 months ago

Why do you think that? I hope he falls to Boston though.

chico65
3 years 2 months ago

I just hope that Appel didn’t get bruised too badly by his fall.

NickinIthaca
3 years 2 months ago

 Do you have a writer helping you with your responses?

55saveslives
3 years 2 months ago

 He’s there!

3 years 2 months ago

Shocking but the cubs will probably pass I WAS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sd_brain
3 years 2 months ago

yup interesting draft no doubt

$1742854
3 years 2 months ago

Twins have a WIDE open chance to pick the best college pitcher available (whoever they think that is, in their evaluation) and they go with another “projectable, toolsy HS outfielder”.

You already have Span, Revere, Hicks, etc. WE NEED FREAKING PITCHING HELP YESTERDAY!!! 

billy f
3 years 2 months ago

Ummm – by 2016, they may not need pitching. You take the best player available in the first round. You don’t draft a pitcher just because your current team lacks it. Span will be gone by July 31,  let alone 2016. Hicks may never rise above AA. There are NO college pitchers in this draft who can make it to the major leagues before 2014.

billy f
3 years 2 months ago

Also – there are no flame-throwers available. Twins always draft pitch-to-contact types. Yes – we need MORE Blackburns and Pavanos. How’d the last two college pitcher #1s work out? Wimmers? Hurt and/or lost. Gibson? Tommy John surgery – never was going to be an ace anyway.

Sky14
3 years 2 months ago

Gausman, Appel, and Zimmer can throw in the upper 90’s so I am unsure what a “flame-thrower” is to you. Also Pitch-to-contact means an ability throw strikes (command) not just sinker ball types like the name suggests. Most teams use a pitch to contact philosophy but the Twins pitchers just generate too much hard contact.

billy f
3 years 2 months ago

Of those three – only Zimmer reaches upper 90’s, and yet does not project to be a number 1 starter. No reason to waste the number 2 overall on a number 2 starter. You always take the best player on your board.

Sky14
3 years 2 months ago

This is from KLaw on Appel: He’ll sit 94-97, touching 99…
he has No. 1 starter upside. Now Gausman:sitting 93-97 mph and touching 99…Gausman could be a No. 1 starter.
In fact Zimmer has the slowest speed according to Law and also the least consistent with his Velocity so I do not know where you got that Zimmer is the only one who reaches the high 90’s.
Of course you take the best player on your board and Buxton may have the highest upside but his bat is a big question mark. He is a high risk/high reward guy.

3 years 2 months ago

Wow Billy f is totally off board in what he is saying

bigpat
3 years 2 months ago

 Toolysy outfielders are overrated in my opinion. I’m sorry if this is harsh, but by seeing Buxton in his interview, his IQ didn’t look much higher than 50. Not like that is the biggest factor in evaluation but I often see these guys tools fail to develop.

0vercast
3 years 2 months ago

I didn’t get a very good first impression of Buxton’s personality either.  But then again, he’s just a kid on the biggest day of his life, who was basically handed a check for about 5-6 million dollars, and then was being asked to give an interview on national television while sitting in a sweltering hot room packed to the brim with family and friends.  If we were put in that position, we’d likely clam up and sound dense, too.  But we’ll never know.

3 years 2 months ago

Appel has to go to the Orioles or Royals. He’d be in the Royals starting rotation today.

3 years 2 months ago

Shows how much I know

3 years 2 months ago

Don’t feel too bad. I was hoping Correa was going to fall to the Orioles.  That idea was quickly extinguished.
Also, I am disappointed that the Orioles took Gausman, I am not a big fan. The Orioles could have had the pick of the litter because no pitcher was taken till they did and they still picked Gausman.

Oh well..

Rabbitov
3 years 2 months ago

With draft spending limits Gausman was the right pick.  A lot of experts will tell you he was the right pick regardless.  Personally I liked Almora there, but for a pitcher, Gausman is fine.

Ryan
3 years 2 months ago

Is money the reason he is falling with the new limitations on spending??

Paul Ryan Stivender
3 years 2 months ago

I think it might be the money or that there are other position players who have higher upside (see: Buxton, Correa)

Tony Matias
3 years 2 months ago

Not surprised or disappointed the M’s went with Zunino, but one thing I do find interesting is have the Mariners given up on Montero as their future starting Catcher already?

Does this make him the future DH for sure now, or does this kick Smoak to the curb and throw Montero at 1st?

Anyway I’m seeing it, as of now, shows me that there are some interesting trades (from a fans POV) in the Mariners not so distant future.

3 years 2 months ago

Ideally Smoak keeps hitting like he is and Montero becomes the full-time DH while catching 20-30 games a year. If Smoak winds up not working out, we’ve got a contingency. Should be an exciting couple of years as a Mariners fan with all these young guys coming up. 

3 years 2 months ago

In two years we’d ideally have something like this:

C Zunino
1B Smoak
2B Ackley
SS Franklin
3B Seager
OF Saunders
OF ???
OF ???
DH Montero

SP Felix
SP Hultzen
SP Walker
SP Paxton
SP ???

Tony Matias
3 years 2 months ago

 Like the position players you’ve listed, but I’m personally a bit concerned with Felix and have been for a while. I’m not saying he won’t be lights out again, but I tend to think there may be something more going on other than a sore back.

Time will tell and I hope I’m wrong. I’ve always been a fan of Felix and I hope he has a long and productive career in Seattle.

dylanp5030
3 years 2 months ago

Liddi?

Wes Whitenack
3 years 2 months ago

It’s going to be a little while until Zunino is MLB ready, so alot can happen in between now and then, but I think he’d be moved to DH like Billy Butler did for Eric Hosmer. Good pick by Z.

Tony Matias
3 years 2 months ago

 I’d have to hazard a guess then that Jack, Wedge, and any others involved have already had that conversation with Montero, but one thing I’ve noticed is that Montero (as of now) is hitting much better on the days he catches.

Smrtbusnisman04
3 years 2 months ago

Scouts have always questioned Jesus Montero’s durability as catcher. They have projected that Montero would move to first base long term.

I like the pick for the Mariners.

thekidfromyesterday
3 years 2 months ago

I guess Theo would go Appel

mkl_nyn
3 years 2 months ago

Keith Law on MLB Draft during ESPN’s Baseball Today Podcast – “You’re not going to bang a guy just on that, you’ll bang a kid if he’s got (hears it)… ‘bang’ meaning take him off the draft board or drop him down.” rofl

MB923
3 years 2 months ago

Hey Selig, it’s 2012. Not 2000.

Drew Tweedie
3 years 2 months ago

 Did he do it again?

Wes Whitenack
3 years 2 months ago

Yep, I’m very happy about how well the farm has been rebuilt.

ChadSmooth
ChadSmooth
3 years 2 months ago

Can someone please explain to me why the M’s took that bust catcher as the 3rd overall pick? I hear hes an above average defender, but hitting under .260 with some pop in college is not what I want to see.. I know Olivo is gonna be gone after this year and I am happy about that but why wouldn’t they get Appel? I know the M’s are deep in pitching in the minors but it never hurts to have an almost MLB ready college pitcher. So Montero is going to be forever installed as our DH?

3 years 2 months ago

Their thinking is probably that Montero’s bat is good enough that we don’t want him to break down too early in his career. If he were a great defensive catcher it’d be a different story, but his ceiling defensively is average.

Wes Whitenack
3 years 2 months ago

Ummm….. calm down dude. He took the BPA and got a good bat in that. Remember last year when we took Hultzen, and look how well that is for us now. I trust Z and the scouts.

Tony Matias
3 years 2 months ago

 Agreed. A good hitting Catcher is obviously something to be coveted by any team, but playing Catcher has more to it and specifically would be leadership and controlling/calling the game. He’s shown to be an excellent leader/director in his young career and that’s something Hultzen, Walker, and Paxton (projected) will all need.

ChadSmooth
ChadSmooth
3 years 2 months ago

Im calm, just saying… all we need is another bust catcher after Clement, I hope he develops into an all around catcher with above average pop + defense and good on base skills. Time will tell, I just dont like drafting a catcher that high, too many things can go wrong, but thats baseball.

Go M’s

Wes Whitenack
3 years 2 months ago

Plus considering the first two picks went the way I didn’t want it to (Would rather of had Buxton or Correa), we did good.

ChadSmooth
ChadSmooth
3 years 2 months ago

 100% agreed. The M’s, IMO would much of rather settled with Correa or Buxton, 2 positions we DESPERATELY need.

3 years 2 months ago

Do you not think Nick Franklin can stick at SS? 

Wes Whitenack
3 years 2 months ago

He’s been good, but if Correa works out to full potential I’d rather have him.

Tony Matias
3 years 2 months ago

 If he doesn’t, Liddi can play 3rd and Seager could play SS.

thekidfromyesterday
3 years 2 months ago

Appel to the Pirates

Paul Ryan Stivender
3 years 2 months ago

That rotation in 2-4 years… if all goes as planned it will be unfathomable as to how good it will be. 

Rabbitov
3 years 2 months ago

With pitchers all never goes as planned.

squadwagon6
3 years 2 months ago

if the nats get appeal ill fall out lol

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

So much for hoping Appel slips miraculously to #24.. Now it’s hoping Strohman does…

3 years 2 months ago

You and I wanted the same thing and still want the same thing

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 2 months ago

How can you have an interview with a hot chick like that and not chat her up a bit..

Paul Ryan Stivender
3 years 2 months ago

Probably because you just got drafted and this is basically your intro to the baseball nation. Though I bet they are talking to her off camera. 

Snoochies8
3 years 2 months ago

Come on Shaffer to the A’s!

Snoochies8
3 years 2 months ago

Shoot, Shaffer would’ve been a better pick

OaklandFan22
3 years 2 months ago

yepp, i would’ve liked schaffer to go to them in the compensation round but i knew that wasnt going to happen

thekidfromyesterday
3 years 2 months ago

I hope the Braves shake it up don’t want to see D.J Davis

ChadSmooth
ChadSmooth
3 years 2 months ago

Good for the Pirates, Steal pick, their going to have one hell of a rotation a couple years from now.

101andCounting
3 years 2 months ago

I still think Trevor Bauer is going to be better than Gerrit Cole. 

Paul Ryan Stivender
3 years 2 months ago

They will all be pretty good barring injury. 

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 2 months ago

Completely agree, although both will be good MLB pitchers.

asovermann
3 years 2 months ago

Bauer won’t ever be good when he walks almost 5 per 9

3 years 2 months ago

They almost have a heck of a rotation right now Morton & Karstens need to stay healthy and boost performance and Correia needs to go for some good bats.

bigpat
3 years 2 months ago

I don’t see any way the Pirates can sign Appel but I’d love for them to surprise me. I thought the new setup was supposed to prevent the best players from falling in the draft, and if he’s asking for their entire budget, I just don’t see how it will work out. 

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 2 months ago

double post

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 2 months ago

 This may be sort of a repost since my first got moderated. so it may or may not pop up later.

But, one of the reason these new rules are bad is that the player can hurt u if he signs and if he doesnt sign. He could ask for your entire budget, like you said. And if he does want that much, then u cant sign him and u lose his slots money and cant use it elsewhere.

It just doesnt make much sense to me.

Todd Smith
3 years 2 months ago

Seems like we heard the same thing about Bell last year.  The Pirates never fail to excite on draft day, that’s for sure.

Not sure how much leverage Appel really has though.  Will he really want to go back for his senior year hoping to improve 4 spots next year?  Seems like the draft is a little deeper next year too.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 2 months ago

At least not lately. Remember when they signed Bullington pretty much because he was a cheap signing. It is nice to see the new regime is agressive. 

However Bell was signed way overslot and with the new draft rules the Pirates may find that difficult.

Todd Smith
3 years 2 months ago

Absolutely.  I remember Bullington a little too well.. Him and Moskos over Wieters.  Makes it hard to complain about anything Huntington does.

Will be interesting to see how everything plays out under this new system.  Feels like the players shouldn’t have a whole lot of room to negotiate.  Here’s what we’re allowed to pay you.  End of story.  Is it worth the gamble to try again next year to move inside the top 8?  …but, it’s Boras – so who knows.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 2 months ago

This whole draft is going to be a lot different than previous years. Over the last couple of years the teams with the best projected drafts were the ones who spent the most, we’re willing to give top 10 pick money to a guy picked in the supplemental round. However, with the new penalties…

Oh well, the truth is you never know who had the best draft until 3-4 years later.

Edit: Oh yeah, forgot about Moskos… there was NO rationale for that pick.

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

I saw little for Boston’s 1st 2 picks either.. Hope the #37 overall makes up for the 1st 2, otherwise this draft (top ones) could end up as rotten as 06.. Except there has not been any Bard type as was Bard who can throw hard selected.

Edit last time..

Seems have salvaged something with 1st 3 selections.. Pat Light is a very nice pick. Kind of surprised they didn’t go with Bard.. Maybe the injury was the issue.

jb226
3 years 2 months ago

“but, it’s Boras – so who knows.”

Assuming it’s a player who wants to make it to MLB, I don’t see Boras advising that kind of a move.  Since there is only a couple million dollars of wiggle room PERIOD, I’d say in almost all cases the player would be better off starting their career a year younger.  Maybe if we’re talking about a #50 who he thinks can be a top-10 talent or something along those lines, but moving up a couple positions probably isn’t worth it.

The real issue comes with multi-sport players, since they aren’t constrained by the system.

3 years 2 months ago

Bullington was a very long time ago before the Pirates started drafting for performance instead of low money. The Pirates realized that they needed to rebuild their system, not get a big name player in order to win. Therefore, they will drop big money for Appel.

Smrtbusnisman04
3 years 2 months ago

If the Pirates do sign him, do you think he can be in Pittsburgh by the end of the year. Or Midseason 2013?

Just curious because I didn’t read much about him.

Todd Smith
3 years 2 months ago

I’d guess 2014.  Will probably move about the same pace as Cole – just a year behind.