The 2012 First-Year Amateur Draft had a distinct feel, following the new Collective Bargaining Agreement reached the previous offseason. Draft signing bonus pools were allotted, with each pick in the first 10 rounds having a value assigned to it. Penalties were assessed to teams that spent beyond their allotted pools. The Draft was condensed from 50 rounds to 40. And the signing deadline was moved up from Aug. 15 to the middle of July.
Carlos Correa was taken No. 1 overall by the Astros, who signed the 18-year-old Puerto Rican just two days after selecting him. Correa was an unlikely first pick, but he impressed Astros' officials in late workouts with his size and power, and he signed for $2.4 million less than the $7.2 million allotted value for the top pick, allowing the Astros to use that saved money on later picks that were considered harder to sign. Correa became the first player from Puerto Rico taken first overall.
With the No. 2 pick, the Twins took high school outfielder Byron Buxton, who hit .513 with 17 doubles and 38 stolen bases during his senior season at Appling County High School in Georgia.
Mike Zunino went No. 3 to the Mariners and was the last of the top three to be signed, inking a deal on July 2. The son of Reds scout Greg Zunino, Mike helped lead his Florida Gators team to three consecutive College World Series appearances in 2010-12.
The quick-signing theme continued throughout the first round, with only one first rounder out of 30 failing to sign by the deadline. Overall spending on first-round picks dropped from $233.6 million in 2011 to $203.7 million.
|1.||Astros||Carlos Correa||SS||Puerto Rico BB Academy (P.R.)|
|2.||Twins||Byron Buxton||OF||Appling County HS (Ga.)|
|5.||Royals||Kyle Zimmer||RHP||University of San Francisco|
|6.||Cubs||Albert Almora||OF||Mater Academy Charter School (Fla.)|
|7.||Padres||Max Fried||LHP||Harvard-Westlake HS (Calif.)|
|9.||Marlins||Andrew Heaney||LHP||Oklahoma State|
|10.||Rockies||David Dahl||OF||Oak Mountain HS (Ala.)|
|11.||A's||Addison Russell||SS||Pace HS (Fla.)|
|12.||Mets||Gavin Cecchini||SS||Barbe HS (La.)|
|13.||White Sox||Courtney Hawkins||OF||Carroll HS (Texas)|
|14.||Reds||Nick Travieso||RHP||Archbishop McCarthy HS (Fla.)|
|15.||Indians||Tyler Naquin||OF||Texas A&M|
|16.||Nationals||Lucas Giolito||RHP||Harvard-Westlake HS (Calif.)|
|17.||Blue Jays||D.J. Davis||OF||Stone County HS (Miss.)|
|18.||Dodgers||Corey Seager||SS||Northwest Cabarrus HS (N.C.)|
|19.||Cardinals||Michael Wacha||RHP||Texas A&M|
|20.||Giants||Chris Stratton||RHP||Mississippi State|
|21.||Braves||Lucas Sims||RHP||Brookwood HS (Ga.)|
|22.||Blue Jays||Marcus Stroman||RHP||Duke|
|23.||Cardinals||James Ramsey||OF||Florida State|
|24.||Red Sox||Deven Marrero||SS||Arizona State|
|26.||D-Backs||Stryker Trahan||C||Acadiana HS (La.)|
|27.||Brewers||Clint Coulter||C||Union HS (Wash.)|
|28.||Brewers ||Victor Roache||OF||Georgia Southern|
|29.||Rangers||Lewis Brinson||OF||Coral Springs HS (Fla.)|
|30.||Yankees||Ty Hensley||RHP||Edmond Santa Fe HS (Okla.)|
The 2011 First-Year Player Draft included some familiar names, as sons of several famous sports figures were drafted. The Cubs grabbed Trevor Gretzky, son of all-time hockey great Wayne Gretzky, while Derech Rodriguez, son of former American League Most Valuable Player Pudge Rodriguez, was chosen by the Twins with the 208th pick. Ryan Garvey, son of 10-time All-Star Steve Garvey, was drafted by the Phillies (No. 481 overall).
With their fourth No. 1 overall pick in franchise history, the Pirates selected UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole, who had gone 8-2 with a 0.46 ERA in 75 2/3 innings during his junior season.
The Mariners, D-backs, and Orioles all took starting pitchers with their first picks, too, making the first four overall selection starting pitchers. A total of 792 pitchers were selected in the 2011 Draft.
The Mariners bolstered what looked to be a strong future rotation, adding Danny Hultzen with the second overall pick. Seattle was impressed with the leftys maturity and athleticism, following his 11-3 record in his final year with Virginia. The D-Backs followed with Cole's rotation mate Trevor Bauer as their top pick, hoping to capitalize quickly on the UCLA right-hander, who was perceived as being close to big league-ready. Bauer led the country in strikeouts as a sophomore and junior and was 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA in his last 16 starts with the Bruins.
The Orioles rounded out the streak, grabbing Oklahoma high schooler Dylan Bundy with the fourth pick. Bundy struck out 164 in his senior season at Owasso High School, going 11-1 with a 1.58 ERA.
|4.||Orioles||Dylan Bundy||RHP||Owasso HS (Okla.)|
|5.||Royals||Bubba Starling||OF||Gardner Edgerton HS (Kan.)|
|7.||D-Backs||Archie Bradley||RHP||Broken Arrow Sr. HS (Okla.)|
|8.||Reds||Francisco Lindor||SS||Montverde Academy (Fla.)|
|9.||Cubs||Javier Baez||SS||Arlington Country Day School (Fla.)|
|10.||Padres||Cory Spangenberg||2B||Indian River State|
|12.||Brewers||Taylor Jungmann||RHP||University of Texas|
|13.||Mets||Brandon Nimmo||OF||Cheyenne East HS (Wyo.)|
|14.||Marlins||Jose Fernandez||RHP||Braulio Alonso HS (Fla.)|
|15.||Brewers||Jed Bradley||LHP||Georgia Tech|
|16.||Dodgers ||Chris Reed||LHP||Stanford|
|19.||Red Sox||Matt Barnes||RHP||Connecticut|
|21.||Blue Jays||Tyler Beede||RHP||Lawrence Academy (Mass.)|
|24.||Rays||Taylor Guerrieri||RHP||Spring Valley HS (S.C.)|
|25.||Padres||Joe Ross||RHP||Bishop O'Dowd School (Calif.)|
|26.||Red Sox||Blake Swihart||C||V Sue Cleveland HS (N.M.)|
|27.||Reds||Robert Stephenson||RHP||Alhambra HS (Calif.)|
|28.||Braves||Sean Gilmartin||LHP||Florida State|
|29.||Giants||Joe Panik||SS||St. Johns|
|30.||Twins||Levi Michael||SS||North Calolina|
The Washington Nationals made 17 year-old Bryce Harper the third-youngest player to be taken first overall in the First-Year Player Draft, following Tim Foli and Ken Griffey Jr. Harper was also just the fifth catcher to be drafted first, but the Nats announced they'd move him to the outfield to speed up his arrival to the Major Leagues. Harper hit .442 with 29 home runs and 89 RBIs during his freshman season at College of Southern Nevada, where hed gone to play after his sophomore year in high school.
The Pirates used the second overall pick to make Texas prep right-hander Jameson Taillon the first of 804 pitchers taken in the draft. There was a lot of talk that Manny Machado would be the Pirates top choice, but the power-hitter was instead selected third by the Baltimore Orioles. Machado, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound shortstop who drew comparisons to Alex Rodriguez, owned a .639 average with 12 homers and 56 RBIs as a high school senior in Miami.
High school players accounted for 32.7 percent of the total selections in the 10 draft -- the fifth-lowest percentage in Draft history. Clubs used 52.3 percent of their picks on pitchers, accounting for the seventh-highest percentage ever.
The Mets and White Sox helped start the pitching trend early, grabbing standout college hurlers Matt Harvey and Chris sale as the seventh and 13th picks, respectively. Harvey was 7-2 with a 2.79 ERA in his final year at North Carolina, while Sale was superb in his junior year, leading the NCAA Division I in strikeouts while going 11-0 with two saves.
|1.||Nationals||Bryce Harper||OF||College of Southern Nevada|
|2.||Pirates||Jameson Taillon||RHP||The Woodlands HS (Texas)|
|3.||Orioles||Manny Machado||SS||Brito Miami Private School (Fla.)|
|4.||Royals||Christian Colon||SS||Cal State Fullerton|
|5.||Indians||Drew Pomeranz||LHP||Ole Miss|
|6.||D-backs||Barret Loux||RHP||Texas A&M|
|7.||Mets||Matt Harvey||RHP||North Carolina|
|8.||Astros||Delino DeShields Jr.||OF||Woodward Academy (Ga.)|
|9.||Padres||Karsten Whitson||RHP||Chipley High School (Fla.)|
|10.||A's||Michael Choice||OF||Univerisity of Texas-Arlington|
|11.||Blue Jays ||Deck McGuire||RHP||Georgia Tech|
|13.||White Sox ||Chris Sale||LHP||Florida Gulf Coast University|
|14.||Brewers ||Dylan Covey||RHP||Maranatha High School (Calif.)|
|15.||Rangers ||Jake Skole||OF||Blessed Trinity High School (Ga.)|
|16.||Cubs ||Hayden Simpson||RHP||Southern Arkansas University|
|17.||Rays ||Josh Sale||OF||Bishop Blanchet High School (Wash.)|
|18.||Angels ||Kaleb Cowart||3B||Cook High School (Ga.)|
|19.||Astros ||Mike Foltynewicz||RHP||Minooka Community High School (Ill.)|
|20.||Red Sox||Kolbrin Vitek||2B||Ball State|
|21.||Twins ||Alex Wimmers||RHP||Ohio State|
|22.||Rangers ||Kellin Deglan||C||R.E. Mountain SS (B.C.)|
|23.||Marlins||Christian Yelich||1B||Westlake High School (Calif.)|
|24.||Giants ||Gary Brown||OF||Cal State-Fullerton|
|25.||Cardinals ||Zack Cox||3B||Arkansas|
|26.||Rockies ||Kyle Parker||OF||Clemson|
|27.||Phillies||Jessie Biddle||LHP||Germantown Friends School (Pa.)|
|28.||Dodgers||Zach Lee||RHP||McKinney High School (Texas)|
|29.||Angels ||Cameron Bedrosian||RHP||East Coweta HS (Ind.)|
|30.||Angels ||Chevy Clarke||OF||Marietta (Ga.)|