2012 MLB Draft: Joey Gallo, Richie Shaffer among top power hitters
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The 2012 MLB amateur draft will be held on June 4-6. With most of the college and high school regular seasons over, and most players getting ready to participate in workouts for teams, let’s take a look at the ten best players at each skill set. First, we will focus on the power hitters. Here are the top-10 power hitting prospects in the draft.
1. Joey Gallo, 3B, Bishop Gorman HS (NV)
Over his last 24 games, Gallo is hitting .581 (44-for-77) with an incredible 19 home runs and 59 RBI including a four-home run game on April 18 against Clark HS. Overall, The 6’-5”, 220-pound left-hander is hitting .514 with 21 home runs, 80 RBI and a ridiculous 1.811 over 37 games for powerhouse Bishop Gorman. There may be stronger guys on this list, but none have the ability to put the ball over the fence quite like Gallo can. For his career, he has hit .468 with 66 home runs, 248 RBI and a 1.618 OPS over 154 games. A lock for the first round and could go in the first 15 picks.
2. Richie Shaffer, 3B, Clemson
Shaffer brings a big bat with him to the plate, but he also is extremely patient and shows the ability to be a high-average hitter at the next level with his ability to drive the ball to all fields. He is hitting .344 through 56 games with 18 doubles, 10 home runs, 45 RBI and a 1.060 OPS. His 51 walks ranks him among the leaders in the nation, as well. He is also an outstanding first baseman who has made the transition over to third this year and could play either position at the next level. Has put himself in first round talks with his play this season.
3. Victor Roache, OF, Georgia Southern
Roache missed all but six games this season due to a broken wrist. The injury isn’t something that should concern potential suitors, however, and he is hoping to swing a bat before the draft. The 6’-1”, 235-pound right-hander hit 31 home runs last season, tops in college. He has extremely quick wrists and is able to drive the ball out to all fields. He hit .316 with six home runs and 28 RBI over 42 games at the Cape Cod League in 2011, leading the league with a 1.004 OPS and was named the top pro prospect in the league. He should hear his name called in the first round.
4. Mike Zunino, C, Florida
Of Zunino’s 67 hits on the season, 39 have gone for extra bases. Through 55 games, the 6’-3”, 225-pound right-hander is hitting .324 with 24 doubles, 15 home runs, 51 RBI and a 1.043 OPS. He was named the SEC Player of the Year last season after hitting .371 with 19 home runs and 67 RBI. He has tremendous pull power and one of the quickest bats around. He has three multi-home run games this season. Aside from his power, he is also one of the best defensive catchers in the draft and should be a top-five pick in the draft.
5. Adam Brett-Walker, 1B/OF, Jacksonville
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