2012 MLB First Year Player Draft:Who’s the first?
The best-rated outfielder among the top draft picks appears to be Albert Almora. A prep senior out of Florida, there is a brisk discussion taking place among the draft sites regarding whether Almora or Carlos Correa (the prep shortstop out of Puerto Rico) will be the first prep bat to go after high pick Byron Buxton.
There are pluses for both and I am hoping that if one of them is left on the board when the Padres pick they will go with one of them. If not, a good guess will be Fried or another of the highly rated prep pitchers.
Albert Almora OF DOB: 4/6/1994 6 ft. 2 in. 180 lbs. Bats: R, Throws: R, Mater Academy (FL) Senior Commitment: Miami
He is an above average hitter who drives the ball well to all fields. He also has above average power, especially to the pull side. Almora is a solid runner with good speed and has excellent arm strength and range as a center fielder. The intangibles of plus makeup, work ethic and solid leadership potential round him out as a top ten pick with some projection still a possibility.
It will not be surprising if he and Correa go one right after the other but they will both go in the top ten and probably higher.
Lucas Giolitto RHP DOB: 7/14/1994 6 ft. 6 in. 220lbs Bats: R, Throws: R Harvard-Westlake HS (CA) Missed his senior season due to a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. Commitment: UCLA
It is safe to say this is the biggest wild card of this year