The Dominican Winter League is currently holding a draft for the rights to the top international prospects in baseball for the 2012 season. A total of 100 players will be drafted to the reserve teams for the 2012 season. The draft started at 4 PM, and at the time of this writing 90 players have been selected.
With the second pick in the draft, Toros Del Este selected Pittsburgh Pirates infield prospect Alen Hanson. Hanson was taken one spot after Miguel Sano, who went to Estrellas Orientales. Hanson will be on the reserve team for the Toros, who will have Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor as their manager. The Bulls also took Pirates reliever Emmanuel De Leon in the 13th round, and Joan Montero in the 17th round.
Last year Matt Hague, Chase d'Arnaud, Andy Vasquez, Chris Leroux, Jose Diaz, and Tim Wood played for the Bulls.
Gregory Polanco went with the fourth overall pick, being selected by Leones Del Escogido. Starling Marte played for the Lions.
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