Future 50 v. 2.0
Byron Buxton remains No. 1; Florida's Mike Zunino climbs to No. 2
I'll be expanding this list to 100 names in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, injuries and performance changes have altered the list enough since the last update that it was time for a fresh look.
One note: Missouri State's Pierce Johnson would have appeared on this list, but a forearm strain has knocked him out of the rotation and out of the top 50 until we get more information.
Analysis: There's a broad consensus around Buxton as the best player in this draft and a legitimate No. 1 overall pick, as he earns comparisons to a number of other players drafted in that top spot. He has all tools, an 80 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale with an 80 arm (reportedly 95-98 mph off the mound last week) and big future power. But he's playing against poor high school competition in rural Georgia and has yet to homer this spring, so he's not without his risks.
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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