2012 Preseason All-America Team

The 2011 college class was the type that comes around maybe once a decade. It was loaded with quality pitchers, starting with the first three picks in the draft (Gerrit Cole, Danny Hultzen, Trevor Bauer) and a total of 11 first-rounders. Far from one-sided, it had a number of gifted position players, including an elite hitter (Anthony Rendon) and an exceptional athlete (George Springer). That group was the exception that proves the rule: Big league teams usually weaken the college crops by persuading high school players to turn pro rather than continue their educations. The 2012 college draft pool pales in comparison to last year’s.

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