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2012 Draft Day Recap – 1st Round

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June 4, 2012

Today was the first day of the 2012 Draft. We have covered several players who were selected in the first round. Look below to see where the players we have covered were selected, and click on the player’s name to see all the content on each player.

The Houston Astros selected Carlos Correa with the #1 pick. Click his name to see video on him.

The Baltimore Orioles selected Kevin Gausman with the #4 pick. We have covered him for three years. Click his name to see all of our content on him.

The Kansas City Royals selected Kyle Zimmer with the #5 pick. Click his name for video, summary, and Q&A.

The San Diego Padres selected Max Fried with the #7 pick. Click his name for our content on him.

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Mark Appel with the #8 pick. We have videos, summary, and a Q&A, so click his name to see it all.

The Miami Marlins selected Andrew Heaney with the #9 pick. We have video and a scouting report on him. Click his name for it.

The Colorado Rockies selected David Dahl with the #10 pick. Click his name for what we have on him.

The Oakland A’s selected Addison Russell with the #11 pick. Click his name for our video/writeup.

The Chicago White Sox selected Courtney Hawkins with the #13 pick. Click his name for content on him.

The Washington Nationals selected Lucas Giolito with the #16 pick. We have covered him for several years. Click his name for all our content.

The St. Louis Cardinals selected Michael Wacha with the #19 pick. Click his name for our content on him.

The Atlanta Braves selected Lucas Sims with the #21 pick. Click his name for our content on him.

The Boston Red Sox selected Deven Marrero with the #24 pick. Click his name for videos and update on him.

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Stryker Trahan with the #26 pick. Click his name for content on him.

The New York Yankees selected Ty Hensley with the #30 pick. Click his name for the content we have on him.

The Oakland A’s selected Daniel Robertson with the #35 pick. Click his name for video of him.

The St. Louis Cardinals selected Stephen Piscotty with the #36 pick. Click his name for content on him.

The Texas Rangers selected Joey Gallo with the #39 pick. Click his name to watch video.

The Philadelphia Phillies selected Shane Watson with the #40 pick. Click his name for content on him.

The Houston Astros selected Lance McCullers with the #41 pick. Click his name to watch video.

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Barrett Barnes with the #45 pick. Click his name for content.

The Toronto Blue Jays selected Matthew Smoral with the #50 pick. Click his name to watch video.

The St. Louis Cardinals selected Patrick Wisdom with the #52 pick. Click his name for our content.

The San Diego Padres selected Walker Weickel with the #55 pick. Click his name for content.

The Cincinnati Reds selected Jeff Gelalich with the #57 pick. Click his name for video/update.

 

Scouting Video: Lucas Giolito vs. Clint Coulter

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June 4, 2012

I remember this at bat very well. I bet both these guys do, too.

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Scouting Video: Adam Brett Walker, 1B, Jacksonville (2012 Draft)

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June 3, 2012

Adam Brett Walker is a guy I wanted to like better than I did. I hate when that happens. 

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Scouting Video: Matthew Smoral, LHP, Solon (OH) HS (2012 Draft)

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June 2, 2012

Matthew Smoral had the long lean features you look for, but when I saw him, I didn’t find his arm speed to be explosive. That was my only look. He’s said to be going good. So I’ll have no further opinion until I see him down the line.

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Scouting Video: Skye Bolt, OF, Holy Innocents (GA) HS (2012 Draft)

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June 2, 2012

Holy Innocents, Batman! Skye Bolt is on the loose. Seriously, best name in this year’s draft, though not quite as funny as the scout who a few years ago put “Eddie Munster” on a pretty well known guy. You’d think I make this crap up.

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Scouting Update/Video: Jeff Gelalich, OF, UCLA (2012 Draft)

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June 1, 2012

Yeah, I remember Jeff Gelalich from high school baseball. Here he is three years later and he’s done a nice job turning himself into a good draft prospect.

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Scouting Video: Stryker Trahan, C, Acadiana (LA) HS (2012 Draft)

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June 1, 2012

Stryker Trahan is the name of an action figure. Oh, no, wait, he’s a catcher. See the reason this guy goes good is simple — left-handed hitting catcher, very strong for his age. Ran well, threw well, flashed raw power and he hit at the Area Codes. Risk? This guy has some stiff actions, so injuries are a concern. Early onset physical maturity also means a guy is often as good as he’s going to get early, so you really better have something, or the rest of the world will catch up to you. I know people fall in love with the performance and that makes a guy like this so top shelf. But you have to really say, reasonably, that there’s not much ceiling left here. He is what he is. Is it enough to be a first rounder? Sure. After that? We’ll see. I liked Swihart better.

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Scouting Video: Troy Conyers, LHP, El Capitan HS (2012 Draft)

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June 1, 2012

Troy Conyers is a prep legend down there in San Diego from what I hear — the mid 3/4 lefty with the big raw power. I’ve seen him for about 10 seconds and I liked him on the mound if profiled as a middle reliever. I like late fastball movement. Employed correctly, that plays. But he’s got to make sure that he’s on top of the ball to get that good sink. That’s about all I can say in fairness now until I see him again and get a good longer look. 

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Scouting Update/Video: Tyler Heineman, C, UCLA (2012 Draft)

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May 31, 2012

Tyler Heineman has been the feel good story, the gutty little Bruin who waited for his turn and made the most of it as a junior. I mean, if I could grade fan favorites, he’d be way up there. Instead, here’s what he is – a left-handed hitting catch-and-throw guy. Those guys always get drafted.

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Scouting Video: Kayden Porter, RHP/1B, Spanish Fork (UT) HS (2012 Draft)

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May 31, 2012

Kayden Porter is a Faces in the Crowd so he must be a prospect. Truth be told, I didn’t like this guy in the summer, either as a pitcher or as a hitter. I felt he was armsy, stiff, max-effort, and his body scared the hell out of me. I saw him on the mound and I thought he was fringe, and the last thing I want is a big non-athletic Broxton wanna-be with a sloppy body. If he can make it work, hey man, bless you. Best bet for you is in the bullpen.  But my scouting instincts were not interested at all.

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