Beyond The Top 100: 2012 Draft Sleepers

We recently released our initial Top 100 Prospects list for the 2012 draft. All of the those players are more than deserving of the distinction, but there are also some players who narrowly missed joining the list that could find themselves in the mix before the end of the spring. With that, we present five sleepers to watch this spring.

The term sleeper is up for interpretation. To one person a player may be a sleeper and to another he may be a far more recognized top talent. Our sleepers are players that, while well recognized in the scouting community, have a chance to make an even greater impression heading toward the draft in order to help their status. And, they are players who did not place in our initial top 100 list.

We'll continue to release articles with glances at some of these sleepers throughout the spring right here at

Cole Irvin, LHP, Servite H.S. (Calif.)

We recently profiled Irvin in a scouting report, and as much as anyone out there he has a chance to make a huge impression this spring. If he even begins to start tasting 91-92 mph consistently, up from his usual 87-90, the rest of his arsenal is so intriguing that he could find himself in the top 50 picks come June.

Robert Refsnyder, OF, Arizona

There's not a whole lot that will jump off the page about Refsnyder's game. But, if you start watching him swing the bat on a daily basis you begin to see how solid of a pro hitter he may turn out to be. He's capable of hitting consistent line drives and the power is beginning to show up just a little more.

Tomas Nido, C, Orangewood Christian (Fla.)

A strong, physical backstop, Nido has a lot going on in his swing. But, behind all that is a very sound hitter waiting to be polished. He has the bat speed and balance at the plate to be a dangerous bat, and he shows a strong arm behind the plate as well.

Andrew Rash, OF, Virginia Tech

Rash is a real wildcard as a draft prospect. He's a guy that shows massive power potential and big time bat speed when he's right. But, he's long struggled to find consistency in game action. In a draft class lacking in college bats, though, this could be a year for Rash to make an impression if he can string together a good spring at the plate.

Jose Orlando Berrios, RHP, Papa Juana 23 (P.R.)

Berrios also shows some skills as an offensive player, but personally I'm a fan of what he shows on the hill. When he's at his best, he sits 90-93 mph, throws a lot of strikes, and commands two secondary pitches. He's undersized, but it's hard to ignore the quality stuff he continues to bring to the mound.

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