Just a friendly reminder that you shouldn’t take minor-league stats terribly seriously anyway (process>result, learn it, live it, love it) and it is especially important to remember this with how small of sample size we have, but, lets take a look at how the 2012 draft class is performing, anyway.
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01. Houston Astros: Carlos Correa / SS / PR Baseball Academy — Maybe you’d like to see a little more patience/fewer strikeouts, but no one expected Correa to be ready to help out anytime soon.
02. Minnesota Twins: Byron Buxton / OF / Appling County HS (GA) – Interesting how these two have had similar career paths already, though Buxton has shown a bit more pop in the bat early on. Again, not expected to contribute early and no surprise that he’s had a few hiccups to go with some early success.
03. Seattle Mariners: Mike Zunino / C / Florida — It was no surprise to me that Zunino destroyed Northwest League pitching, but it was a surprise to me that they left him in the league for as long as they did. Don’t be surprised if the former Gator backstop is a Seattle Mariner come early 2013.
04. Baltimore Orioles: Kevin Gausman / RHP / LSU – Gausman signed late, but has pitched well in his two outings in the NYPL. I wouldn’t be surprised if he sees some time in A-ball in early September.
05. Kansas City Royals: Kyle Zimmer / RHP / San Francisco – The numbers have been good, and he’s looked good doing it. I’d expect to see Zimmer start next year in double-A with a chance to pitch in Kansas City by September.
06. Chicago Cubs: Albert Almora / OF / Mater Academy HS (FL) – Almora can flat out hit, and he’s a smart kid, so I expect the walks will come at some point. That being said, a walk every forty-seven plate appearances isn’t exactly the goal.
07. San Diego Padres: Max Fried / LHP / Harvard Westlake HS (CA) – They’re taking it very slowly with Fried, as they should. The reports I’ve heard back are that the velocity has shown a bit more consistency, which is a very good sign.
08. Pittsburgh Pirates: Mark Appel / RHP / Stanford: Sorry, Pirate fans.
09. Miami Marlins: Andrew Heaney / LHP / Oklahoma State: Struggled a bit in his first few outings, not missing many bats and some command issues. There’s zero reason for panic (for anyone).
10. Colorado Rockies: David Dahl / OF / Oak Mountain HS (AL) – He’s been fantastic so far, though I wouldn’t expect double digit triples every year.
11. Oakland Athletics: Addison Russell / SS / Pace HS (FL) – Has destroyed two levels of pitching, and now gets a chance in A-ball. A very impressive start for the young man from Florida.
12. New York Mets: Gavin Cecchini / SS / Barbe HS (LA) – Not a great start for Cecchini, but the Appy League was an aggressive start for him.
13. Chicago White Sox: Courtney Hawkins / OF / Mary Carroll HS (TX) – Some contact issues, but I think everyone expected that, I’m somewhat surprised he was promoted, but the talent is immense.
14. Cincinnati Reds: Nick Travieso/ RHP / Archbishop McCarthy HS (FL) – They’re taking it slow, as they should. He’s as raw as any pitcher taken in the first-round.
15. Cleveland Indians: Tyler Naquin / OF / Texas A&M – No surprise that he’s getting on base, and no surprise that there’s very little pop.
16. Washington Nationals: Lucas Giolito / RHP / Harvard Westlake HS (CA) – Here’s hoping that everything is okay with the elbow, but it is an inauspicious start to say the least.
17 . Toronto Blue Jays: DJ Davis / OF / Stone County HS (MS) – Davis is very very fast. The rest of the baseball skills need a lot of work.
18. Los Angeles Dodgers: Corey Seager / SS / NW Carrabus HS (SC) – A very nice start with the bat, but already 16 errors in 36 games.
19. St Louis Cardinals: Michael Wacha / RHP / Texas A&M – Shouldn’t surprise anyone that he’s already in AA, I think Wacha could be a below-average back end of the rotation starter now. There just isn’t the upside of the arms that went ahead of him.
20. San Francisco Giants: Chris Stratton / RHP / Mississippi State – Some expected Stratton to be a fast track guy, but the command and control (nine walks in 13 innings) aren’t where they need to be yet.
21. Atlanta Braves: Lucas Sims / RHP / Brookwood HS (GA) – Solid start to Sims career, the breaking stuff has been good, which was one of the questions scouts had after his senior campaign
22. Toronto Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman / RHP / Duke – Will we see Stroman in September? I have my doubts, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
23. St. Louis Cardinals: James Ramsey / OF / Florida State – It has nothing to do with the numbers, I’m still stunned that James Ramsey was a first-round pick.
24. Boston Red Sox: Deven Marrero / SS / Arizona State – Hasn’t been great with the stick, and while he’s made some sensational plays, nine errors in twenty games is a considerable amount.
25. Tampa Bay Rays: Richie Shaffer / 3B / Clemson – Hasn’t gotten as many chances because of the late signing, but has shown some good plate discipline early on
27. Milwaukee Brewers: Clint Coulter / C / Union HS (WA): Pretty solid start with the bat, but he’s struggled mightily throwing the ball (8/41 in throwing out runners)
28. Milwaukee Brewers: Victor Roache / OF / Georgia Southern: Was cleared to start swinging two weeks ago, expect him to start in A-ball in 2013.
29. Texas Rangers: Lewis Brinson / OF /Coral Springs HS (FL): Love the extra-base hits, hate the 65 strikeouts, but again, ridiculously raw.
30. New York Yankees: Ty Hensley / RHP / Santa FE HS (OK): A very late signing has limited his work, the stuff is legit, the command is very shaky.
31. Boston Red Sox: Brian Johnson / LHP / Florida: Another guy who hasn’t had a chance to pitch much and just suffered a nasty come-backer injury. Hopefully it isn’t a set back.