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Draft 2012: Prospects 1-25

Will Lingo -Premium Content

While the past few drafts have been fairly predictable because of clearly delineated top talent, the 2012 proceedings promise to be a non-stop thrill ride, both because of a more muddled class of players and the implications of new draft rules. This is part one of our Top 100 Draft Prospects list, with players 1-25. The scouting reports are based on conversations with major league front-office personnel, scouts, and college and high school coaches. The reports were written by Jim Callis, Aaron Fitt, Conor Glassey, John Manuel and Nathan Rode. <br/>

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Jesmuel Valentin Knows What To Expect As A Pro

Conor Glassey -Premium Content

Jesmuel Valentin has grown up around the game. His father, Jose Valentin, spent 16 years in the big leagues. He debuted in 1992, and his first full season was in 1994—the same year Jesmuel was born.<br/>Valentin has loved the game for as long as he can remember and spent summers tagging along with his father and hanging out in big league clubhouses.

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2012 Draft Class Is Muddled At The Top

John Manuel -

Front office officials always say picking first overall in Major League Baseball's draft is a bad thing, because it means their team is coming off a disastrous season. But Nationals fans—having seen Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper play together in the big leagues three years after Strasburg went first overall followed by Harper in 2010—probably feel like it was worth it. Astros fans may have a different view.

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Mock Draft 1.0: May 10

Jim Callis -

Teams picking at the top of the 2012 draft privately lament their options. There isn't an obvious choice like Stephen Strasburg in 2009 or Bryce Harper in 2010, and there isn't an embarrassment of riches like there was a year ago. The new draft rules could add to the volatility of the first round. Nevertheless, here's our first run at how the first round will go on June 4.

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Draft Tracker: May 2

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Scouting reports on five pitchers gaining draft buzz—Mississippi State righthander Chris Stratton, Kentucky prep righthander Walker Buehler, California prep righthander James Kaprielian, Pennsylvania prep pitcher Jared Price and Washington prep righthander Mitchell Gueller.

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