2012 Preseason High School All-America Team





The 2012 high school class is loaded with depth and the All-America Teams give a glimpse of what names will be followed closely as the draft approaches. All five pitchers have aspirations of being picked in the first round as do most of the position players. It's also a strong year for teammates with two schools landing a duo of All-Americans. Harvard-Westlake High (Studio City, Calif.) will have a wicked rotation with righthander Lucas Giolito and lefthander Max Fried making the first team. Olympia High in Orlando will see plenty of scouts with first-team righthander Walker Weickel and second-team outfielder Jesse Winker. Ballots were sent to all 30 Major League scouting directors. Fried transferred to Harvard-Westlake so his stats are from his junior season with Montclair Prep, Van Nuys, Calif.



LHP Max Fried
Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif.


Fried has prototypical projection in his lanky 6-foot-4, 170-pound frame. He has long arms and a free and easy delivery. He fills up the strike zone with all of his pitches—a fastball in the 88-92 mph range, a very good 73-75 mph curveball and a changeup.

YR. W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO COMMITMENT
Sr. 7 3 1.31 - 1 70 44 38 100 UCLA



RHP Lucas Giolito
Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif.

The ace of a vicious one-two punch at Harvard-Westlake, Giolito is projected to be a top five pick in the draft. He has a mid-90s fastball that has touched 99 and complements it with a hard, low-80s curveball and good, sinking changeup.

YR. W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO COMMITMENT
Sr. 9 1 1.00 13 0 70 42 26 78 UCLA



RHP Lance McCullers
Jesuit HS, Tampa

McCullers has been on scouts' radars for a while now thanks to his premium arm strength. The son of the former big leaguer with the same name, the young McCullers' fastball sits at 93-96 mph and he mixes in a nasty mid-80s slider.

YR. W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO COMMITMENT
Sr. 5 3 2.02 14 0 52 34 32 79 Florida



LHP Matt Smoral
Solon (Ohio) HS

Smoral has an imposing presence on the mound and imposing stuff to match. His fastball sits in the 89-92 mph range and tops out at 94. Smoral also throws a slider in the 81-84 mph range and a changeup with similar velocity.

YR. W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO COMMITMENT
Sr. 4 1 1.82 8 0 35 19 21 47 North Carolina



RHP Walker Weickel
Olympia HS, Orlando

At 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds, Weickel has a strong, projectable frame and the stuff to match. His fastball sits 89-92 mph, touching 95, with good downhill plane. His curveball has taken a step forward and now sits in the mid-70s with hard 12-to-6 break.

YR. W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO COMMITMENT
Sr. 5 4 2.92 13 0 49 48 19 39 Miami



C Stryker Trahan
Acadiana HS, Lafayette, La.

Trahan is built like a tank but still offers solid-average speed—exceptional for a catcher. He's a quality receiver with average arm strength. A patient left-handed hitter, Trahan has a natural uphill bat path with a high finish that gives him good loft and power potential.

YR. AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB COMMITMENT
Sr. .460 87 39 40 9 0 5 31 9 Mississippi



1B Keon Barnum
King HS, Tampa

Barnum has an intimidating frame at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds. His size and lofty swing translates to big lefthanded power, but he is prone to strike out at a high rate. He has a very strong arm, but it may go to waste if he's limited to first base defensively.

YR. AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB COMMITMENT
Sr. .491 55 22 27 6 1 6 27 10 Miami



MIF Gavin Cecchini
Barbe HS, Lake Charles, La.

The younger brother of Red Sox third baseman Garin Cecchini, Gavin is leaner than his brother and has a shot to stick at shortstop. He makes consistent, hard contact at the plate, projecting to hit for average and shows good power as well.

YR. AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB COMMITMENT
Sr. .532 111 44 59 13 3 11 45 32 Mississippi



MIF Carlos Correa
Puerto Rico Baseball Academy

Correa shows fluid actions at shortstop with soft hands and an above-average arm. He's a free swinger but has some strength and hits the ball hard when he makes contact. Correa is also an above-average runner.

YR. AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB COMMITMENT
Sr. No high school stats Miami



3B Rio Ruiz
Bishop Amat HS, La Puente, Calif.

Ruiz is a physical athlete that also stars as his school's quarterback. He has strong hands that should help him hit for average to go along with his plus power. He is defensively sound at third base and has a plus arm.

YR. AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB COMMITMENT
Sr. .455 101 29 46 14 2 3 35 14 Southern California



OF Albert Almora
Mater Academy, Hialeah Gardens, Fla
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A member of six different USA Baseball teams, Almora has plenty of big-game experience and is one of the most polished players in the class. Almora has above-average tools across the board, with stellar defense in center field and a knack for pure hitting standing out the most.

YR. AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB COMMITMENT
Sr. .608 46 18 28 4 2 4 17 0 Miami



OF Byron Buxton
Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga.

A natural athlete, Buxton projects to be a five-tool player. He is a plus-plus runner that can cover lots of ground in center field. At the plate he is balanced, has a knack for squaring up balls and exhibits above-average power.

YR. AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB COMMITMENT
Sr. .597 92 49 55 17 4 10 42 10 Georgia



OF David Dahl
Oak Mountain HS, Birmingham

With his beautiful lefthanded stroke and five-tool potential, Dahl earned comparisons to Colby Rasmus this summer. He's a very patient hitter who consistently squares the ball up and projects to hit for both average and power. Dahl is a smart player with five-tool potential.

YR. AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB COMMITMENT
Sr. .449 118 39 53 18 3 2 29 16 Auburn



UT Joey Gallo
Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas

Gallo has some of the most impressive power in this year's class. Like many power hitters, he swings and misses a lot. Gallo plays third base in high school and also sees time on the mound, where he sits in the 88-92 mph range, topping out at 95.

YR. AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB COMMITMENT
Sr. .471 121 64 57 5 4 25 78 9 Louisiana State
YR. W L ERA G SV IP H BB SO
Sr. 3 0 1.24 4 0 17 7 11 22