We'll get to the comments later this week as we can, but we're going to stick with some basic quick reactions here.
In the 12th round, here are some picks that stuck out:
• The Nats kicked it off with projectable lefthander Robbie Ray, a Top 100 prep talent entering the year. Ray had an up-and-down spring and was committed to Arkansas (after de-committing from Vanderbilt), but he also threw three no-hitters. He's a good summer follow candidate.
• The Cardinals took one of the top talents in the draft in athletic California prep outfielder Austin Wilson, a Stanford recruit. We'll see if the Cardinals take a hard run at Wilson, but I expect him to head to Stanford.
• The Reds got another intriguing pick out of Florida in prep outfielder Kyle Waldrop, who has excellent bat speed and athletic ability but is a bit short on track record.
In the 11th round, here are some picks that stuck out:
• Louisville closer Neil Holland was outstanding all year for the Cardinals (17 saves, 8-1, 2.08) and went with the 11th round's top pick, to the Nationals.
• The Royals popped a fine defensive shortstop in Alex McClure, who hasn't played this year. He sat out as a transfer from Vanderbilt to Middle Tennessee State and will be a summer follow. His bat is considered a bit light by some scouts.
• Enigmatic California infielder Brian Guinn went 334th overall to the Padres. Frankly, Guinn was a top five rounds athlete, but the guy has never quite put it together. A 10th-round pick out of high school, Guinn had his best season in 2010 with a modest .836 OPS, and defensively he can be mechanical and below-average, despite his athleticism.
• Two former New York prep products went within four picks of each other. TCU righty Greg Holle went to Milwaukee at pick 339, while the Tigers took Notre Dame's righty Brian Dupra went at 343. Here's what we thought of them three years ago.
• The Yankees ended the round with Portland ace Zach Varce, who had a big year with an 88-91 mph fastball that touches 93. He's a competitive command-oriented righty who had a big year (111-25 SO-BB ratio in 93 IP, 6-2 3.29).
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