2012 MLB Draft Stock Report: May 9th

With the 2012 MLB Draft drawing nearer, teams will be keeping a close eye on each top prospect in the coming days and weeks. Each week from now through draft day, we're taking the pulse of the scouting community and providing an updated look at the top 30 prospects on our board, with a look at the players on the rise and players who may be slipping.

1. Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford

For all the nitpicking that's gone on regarding Appel this spring, most of the scouting community still seems confident in his ability. He still offers the best combination of potential and present ability in the college pitching crop.

2. Mike Zunino, C, Florida

In this analyst's eyes nothing has changed with Zunino. However, there have been more concerns than usual of late surrounding Zunino concerning his upside.

3. Byron Buxton, OF, Appling County H.S. (Ga.)

Scouts remain infatuated with Buxton's tools, but some of the more skeptical evaluators have questions about his future power. Still, it would be miraculous if he gets out of the first four picks.

4. Kyle Zimmer, RHP, San Francisco

After an early season eruption of velocity, things have settled down for Zimmer somewhat. But, his stuff still stacks right up there with Appel's and Gausman's.

5. Kevin Gausman, RHP, Louisiana State

There's going to be a heated debate about how the top three arms should be slotted on draft day, but Gausman can make a strong case for having the best present arsenal.

6. Albert Almora, OF, Mater Academy (Fla.)

If you're looking for the hottest name out there right now, it may be Almora. Some scouts out there even prefer him over Byron Buxton.

7. Max Fried, LHP, Harvard-Westlake H.S. (Calif.)

Fried has been firmly entrenched in the top prospect picture since last summer, and he's done nothing to change how scouts feel about him this spring.

8. Carlos Correa, SS, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy

No one is out there doubting Correa's enormous overall potential. But, there's also no denying there's some risk involved in taking such a raw commodity.

9. Michael Wacha, RHP, Texas A&M

There are no surprises with Wacha and that does wonders for a pitcher's draft stock. His stuff has been better this spring as well.

10. Richie Shaffer, 1B/3B, Clemson

Shaffer impressed on the Cape last summer, but his ability to follow that up with a big spring has put him squarely in the top 15 picture. His power stacks up with anyone in the class.

11. Joey Gallo, 3B, Bishop Gorman H.S. (Nev.)

There are some risks involved with taking a high school player mostly based on his power potential. In Gallo's case, however, risking a high pick on his enormous offensive potential may very well be worth it.

12. Lucas Giolito, RHP, Harvard-Westlake H.S. (Calif.)

Health is the only question here. If he is indeed healthy, he'll go much higher than this slot.

13. Stephen Piscotty, 3B, Stanford

Another steady performer, Piscotty has flashed the power this spring that scouts have long been wishing for.

14. Marcus Stroman, RHP, Duke

Something you'll hear a lot this spring is that if Stroman were 6-foot-2, he'd be top 5 overall pick. And, it's probably true.

15. Courtney Hawkins, OF, Carroll H.S. (Tex.)

This is a good year for high school bats and Hawkins is a big reason why.

16. Zach Eflin, RHP, Hagerty H.S.

Eflin was a fascinating right arm last summer given his projection. He's fulfilled that potential quicker than expected this spring, showing a big spike in velocity and consistent results.

17. Deven Marrero, SS, Arizona State

At some point, you'd like to see more results from Marrero this spring. But, he does remain a very safe bet to one day be a starting big league shortstop.

18. Matt Smoral, LHP, Solon H.S. (Ohio)

Health concerns are about the only thing that could keep Smoral out of the top 20 picks. Power lefty arms with his size and deception aren't easy to come by.

19. Chris Stratton, RHP, Mississippi State

Stratton jumped into the first round picture earlier this spring, and his power fastball and breaking ball have kept him squarely there ever since.

20. Lance McCullers, RHP, Jesuit H.S. (Fla.)

Word is that McCullers' has cleaned up his delivery and is on the rise again on some draft boards.

21. David Dahl, OF, Oak Mountain H.S. (Ala.)

He hasn't been a standout performer this spring, but following an impressive showing in the summer showcases, scouts don't seem all that concerned about the toolsy David Dahl.

22. Tanner Rahier, SS, Palm Desert H.S. (Calif.)

Some scouts have fallen in love with Rahier's bat this spring. Those who haven't probably were already smitten last summer.

23. Andrew Heaney, LHP, Oklahoma State

Heaney has steadily risen up the boards this spring, showcasing a 90-92 mph fastball and good command. His performance has made him a safe lefty choice for the first round.

24. Walker Weickel, RHP, Olympia H.S. (Fla.)

While Weickel may not have had the huge spring to cement himself in the top half of the first round, his huge projection, sound delivery, and present stuff make him one of the safer prep arms available.

25. Addison Russell, SS, Pace H.S. (Fla.)

After scouts showed doubts about Russell's ability to play shortstop entering the season, those doubts seem to have vanished this spring, and he continues to swing the bat.

26. Pierce Johnson. RHP, Missouri State

Now that he's healthy, Johnson could find himself jumping to the middle of the first round. His raw stuff, including his 91-95 mph fastball, stacks up well with the elite of the class.

27.Tyler Naquin, OF, Texas A&M

In a year where college bats are few and far between, Naquin has room for significant upward mobility from this spot as the draft approaches.

28. Brian Johnson, LHP, Florida

Johnson has done nothing wrong to hurt his status, but things just tend to become more clear as the draft approaches. What Johnson gives a club is a very safe pick, but not the great upside.

29. Gavin Cecchini, SS, Barbe H.S. (La.)

Cecchini seems to be somewhat polarizing in the scouting community, but there are plenty of teams that seem willing to take a shot at him in the back half of the first round.

30. Lucas Sims, RHP, Brookwood H.S. (Ga.)

Some evaluators believe Sims lacks projection, but his present stuff still makes him a potential big factor at the back of the first round.

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