Mock Draft 4.0: June 4
You can either wait until 7 o'clock to watch the first round of the 2012 draft unfold, or you can go ahead and read about it now.
Mock Draft 3.0: June 1
Three days before the draft, there is still plenty of uncertainty. The Astros still haven't decided whom they'll take with the No. 1 overall pick, so the teams behind them can't be sure what they'll do either. With new rules in play offering harsh draft-pick penalties for teams that exceed their assigned bonus pools, clubs will be trying to pinpoint the signability of players this weekend.
Mock Draft 2.0: May 25
Jim Callis' second mock draft finds Duke righty Marcus Stroman tumbling down the first round while Carlos Correa, the Puerto Rican shortstop, stakes his claim as one of the draft's top six talents.
Mock Draft 1.0: May 10
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.
Final Mock Draft
As draft day dawned, one thing was certain: The Pirates will take UCLA righthander Gerrit Cole with the No. 1 overall selection. After that, teams were still scrambling to line up their picks. The consensus is the Mariners will choose Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon with the No. 2 pick. The Diamondbacks had appeared locked in on Virginia lefthander Danny Hultzen at No. 3, and the Orioles had zeroed in on Oklahoma high school righthander Dylan Bundy, though now those teams seem headed in different directions. It no longer looks like the consensus six players in the draft (the aforementioned four plus UCLA righthander Trevor Bauer and Kansas high school outfielder Bubba Starling) will go in the top six.
June 3 Mock Draft (List Only)
Our third first-round projection for the 2011 draft, in list form. We predict the Pirates will selected Virginia lefthander Danny Hultzen first overall, followed by Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon going to the Mariners.
June 3 Mock Draft: Danny Hultzen Goes No. 1
Our third projection of the first round of the 2011 draft, complete with analysis. The Pirates takes Virginia lefthander Danny Hultzen at No. 1, followed by Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon going to the Mariners
May 27 Mock Draft (List Only): Anthony Rendon Moves Into Top Spot
Our second projection of the 2011 first round puts Anthony Rendon in the top spot to the Pirates, followed by Bubba Starling to the Mariners.
May 27 Mock Draft: Anthony Rendon Moves Into Top Spot
Executive editor Jim Callis, BA's draft guru, takes his second stab at a first-round mock draft.
May 13 Mock Draft (List Only): Gerrit Cole To Pirates At No. 1
A listing of our May 13 mock draft.
May 13 Mock Draft: Gerrit Cole To Pirates At No. 1
For the first time in three years, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft isn't obvious weeks in advance. In 2009, the Nationals immediately locked in on Stephen Strasburg, the best pitching prospect in draft history. Washington had the top choice again last year and targeted Bryce Harper and his jaw-dropping power well before June. But that doesn't keep us from rolling out our first Mock Draft of the draft season.
Mock Draft: Draft Day
It's the morning of the draft, and we don't know for certain anything more than we knew heading into the weekend. JC of Southern Nevada catcher Bryce Harper will go No. 1 overall to the Nationals. The next two best prospects—Texas high school righthander Jameson Taillon and Florida prep shortstop Manny Machado—will be the next two picks, in either order, to the Pirates and Orioles. After the big three, there's little agreement on how to stack up the remaining talent.
Mock Draft: June 4
Jim Callis' June 4th look at how the first round will fall.
Mock Draft: May 28
In terms of the big picture, not much has changed since our first mock draft Premium ran two weeks ago. CC of Southern Nevada catcher Bryce Harper is still considered a lock to go No. 1 overall to the Nationals, and righthander Jameson Taillon and shortstop Manny Machado remain the cream of the high school crop. After that, uncertainty reigns.
Mock Draft: May 14
The Nationals hold the No. 1 overall pick for the second straight year. And while there is not as much certainty as there was in 2009, when Washington was locked in on Stephen Strasburg, other teams fully expect the Nationals to make JC of Southern Nevada catcher Bryce Harper the first junior college player ever taken with the first choice.