Appel No. 1 in first mock draft
Astros leaning toward a safer choice with the first overall pick
We're 20 days away from this year's Rule 4 draft, and virtually nothing is settled at this point, starting with the first overall pick. As always, this is based on my conversations with sources throughout the industry, not my personal rankings of players.
The Astros' decision is still apparently up in the air, but the general feeling is that they'll take the college arm over the higher-upside, higher-risk outfielder, Byron Buxton … or that they'll take the best player who'll cut a deal below the $7.2 million slot figure and transfer the money to later picks.
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2012 MLB Draft Coverage
Keith Law, Jason Churchill and Kiley McDaniel tell you all you need to know about the 2012 MLB draft.
Draft Blog6/7: Law: Where top picks fit in systems
6/7: Goldstein: Fantasy leaders from 2012 Draft
6/6: Churchill: Fast track prospects
6/6: American League draft evaluations
6/5: National League draft evaluations
6/5: Day 2 highlights
6/5: Day 1 winners and questions
6/4: Analyzing the compensation picks
6/4: Live Day 1 pick-by-pick analysis
Rankings And Mocks6/4: Final top 100 draft prospects
6/4: Final mock draft
6/1: Mock draft 3.0
5/29: Mock draft 2.0
5/15: Appel No. 1 in first mock
5/8: Top 100 has new names at No. 2 and No. 3
4/10: Future 50 v. 2.0: Zunino rises
2/23: Future 50: Buxton No. 1