New No. 1 in latest Mock Draft

It’s time for another end-of-the-month installment of the 2012 Mock Draft. This time you’ll note a few adjustments, based on the new expansion format adopted since the last mock draft, starting with the fact that there are now a whopping 19 selections in the first round. But, expansion teams can no longer select uncarded players. That, and the fact that several rookies made their debuts, resulted in several pronounced jumps in this month’s rankings.

Let’s get started, with a new No. 1:

1. Mike Trout, OF, L.A. Angels (expansion team). Previous Rank: 17. Regarded as baseball’s best prospect not named Bryce Harper. Current stats: Irrelevant.

2. Michael Pineda, SP, Seattle (best record among non-playoff teams) PR: 1.  Slipped a bit in July but still the most promising starting pitcher available.

3. Dustin Ackley, 2B, Seattle (expansion team) PR: 2. Besides his tons of potential, he’s hitting .300 with a .863 OPS.

4. Josh Tomlin, SP, Cleveland (second-best record among non-playoff teams) PR: 3. Just 26, has a 1.02 WHIP, but surrenders the longball.

5. Yonder Alonso, OF, Cincinnati (expansion team) PR: Not ranked. Recent callup, moved to outfield after being blocked at 1B by Joey Votto. Huge bat.

6. Aroldis Chapman, RP, Cincinnati (expansion team) PR: 15. Has been terrific since coming off the DL and looks to be regaining his unhittable form. Has 45 Ks in 30 IP.

7. Jhonny Peralta, SS, Detroit (third-best record among non-playoff teams) PR: 8. Even if you don’t need a shortstop, a .902 OPS makes for a spectacular DH.

8. Todd Helton, 1B, Colorado (fourth-best record among non-playoff teams) PR: Not ranked. After a .971 OPS in July, Helton’s OBA is over .400.

9. Kyle Lohse, SP, St. Louis (fifth-best record among non-playoff teams) PR: 5. Tumbled since June and could tumble further, but teams looking for starting pitching don’t have better options.

10. Craig Kimbrell, RP, Atlanta (sixth-best record among playoff teams) PR: 10. Has 83 strikeouts in 52 innings at age 23.

11. Antonio Bastardo, RP, Philadelphia (fifth-best record among playoff teams) PR: 11. Lefties hitting .136 off him. Righties: .106. Might have no hits on his card.

12. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta (fourth-best record among playoff teams). PR: Not ranked. Plenty of first basemen in this draft, but this 21-year-old is the hottest, with a 1.056 OPS in July.  

13. Alex Gordon, OF, Kansas City (third best-record among playoff teams). PR: 12. Also coming off a hot July, now hitting .300 with a .373 OBA and 13 homers.

14. Desmond Jennings, OF, Tampa Bay (second-best record among playoff teams). PR: Not ranked. His stats in his first week with the Rays are ridiculous. Expected to be a star.

15. Fernando Salas, RP, St. Louis (best record among playoff teams). PR: Not ranked. Great July led to 0.92 WHIP and .186 opponents batting average for the year.

16. Alex Avila, C, Detroit (expansion team sandwich pick). PR: 7. Had a terrible July, but you can bet an expansion team will not have been able to pick up a decent full-time catcher in the waiver draft, so someone will be looking for an up-the-middle building block. His .847 OPS ain’t too shabby.

17. Phillip Humber, SP, Chicago White Sox (expansion team sandwich pick) PR: 6. Horrible July accounts for his slip.

18. Josh Collmenter, SP, Arizona (expansion team sandwich pick) PR: Not ranked. Michigan native has a 0.99 WHIP, but is imbalanced. Has just 99 innings, so he’ll either be a part-time starter or a great long reliever.

19. Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City (expansion team sandwich pick) PR: 9. He’s struggling big-time, but still regarded as a power-house third sacker of the future.

Dropped out: No. 4 Adam Lind, No. 13 Francisco Cordero, No. 14 Casey Kotchman, No. 16 Bryce Harper, No. 18 Jesus Montero.

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4 Responses

  1. […] However, we can guess that they are more likely to go for young prospects than veteran players to try to win in 2012, so that is one of our premises as we walk out on the ledge with this month’s version of our Mock Draft. Note that the order below is unofficial. Our last attempt at the mock draft rankings is here. […]

  2. […] Tigers’ young catcher, a certain first-round draft pick in 2012, is having a season that stacks him up in pretty good company among all-time catching […]

  3. I enjoy these Mock Drafts!

    Will Alex Gordan be a LF-3 or better? Will Peralta get a SS-3? What about Erick Aybar who is hitting .286 with 23 steals if he gets a SS-1?
    In addition to Aybar making the list, I also thing Vance Worley, young Phillies SP who is 7-1 with a 2.02 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 71 IP will, too. Worley should finish with 150 IP.

    • Goldmember has been called up by the Dbacks. Look for him to crack the first round. Also look for Eric Hosmer, KC, to be a first rounder. Maybe Jordan Walden or Mark Melancon for someone needing a closer. Brandon Belt? Anthony Rizzo? Who can say.

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