If there’s one thing you can say about Keith Law, it’s that he is consistent about being inconsistent. When I say inconsistent, I mean in relation to other rankings. Everyone’s rankings are different, but Law is usually in a whole different stratosphere with his lists. That’s nothing to knock. If everyone was supposed to think the same way, there would be no need for multiple outlets providing rankings.
Law released his top 50 draft prospects for the 2012 season. A few names are in the area you’d expect, but there are also some surprises.
Take Mark Appel, for example. Appel is the consensus top prospect in the draft. Well, not quite. While Baseball America and Jonathan Mayo have him first overall, Law ranks him third. Ahead of him are Byron Buxton at number one and Lucas Giolito at number two.
Another surprise is the ranking of Carlos Correa at number seven. Correa is regarded as an excellent defensive shortstop, but this is the highest I’ve seen him placed. I can’t say I’d disagree with the ranking. If the Pirates took Correa with the eighth pick, it wouldn’t be a bad selection. But I don’t really subscribe to the theory that there’s always a huge gap between someone ranked number eight and someone ranked 16th.
Perhaps the two biggest surprises were the rankings of Chris Beck (30th) and Victor Roache (45th). Beck, a top pitching prospect, was rated 7th by Baseball America and 8th by Mayo. Roache was rated 9th by Baseball America and 10th by Mayo.
If things went according to Law’s rankings, the Pirates would be getting Roache with their compensation pick, after landing the best left handed prep pitcher in the draft, Max Fried, with their first pick.
You can check out Law’s rankings here (ESPN Insider required). It’s definitely something interesting to look at, especially since we’re far from having draft rankings set in stone.
Last weekend the 2012 college baseball season kicked off. This weekend the high school season gets underway. It’s harder to get high school results. The only player I’m expecting to follow is Valencia third baseman Trey Williams, and that’s only because of Valencia’s history of uploading game results. Below is the schedule for this weekend.
The schedule for the top draft prospects this weekend:
6:00 PM EST – Valencia HS (Trey Williams) at Kennedy HS
7:00 PM EST – Florida (Mike Zunino) vs William & Mary
8:00 PM EST – LSU (Kevin Gausman) vs Appalachian State
8:30 PM EST – Stanford (Mark Appel) vs Texas
8:30 PM EST – Arizona State (Deven Marrero) vs UC Riverside
2:00 PM EST – Valencia HS (Williams) vs Crespi HS
2:30 PM EST – Georgia Southern (Beck, Roache) vs Radford
3:00 PM EST – Arizona State (Marrero) vs UC Riverside
4:00 PM EST – Florida (Zunino) vs William & Mary
1:00 PM EST – Florida (Zunino) vs William & Mary
1:30 PM EST – Georgia Southern (Beck, Roache) vs Radford
2:30 PM EST – Arizona State (Marrero) vs UC Riverside
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.