The 2012 MLB Draft results for the first round come out on Monday night (June 4). The first pick of the draft belonged to the Houston Astros and the team selected shortstop Carlos Correa with that pick. He is a young prospect with a lot of upside to become a very good defensive and offensive player as well.
The Minnesota Twins followed him up by selecting high school outfielder Byron Buxton, a player who many analysts thought was the best offensive player available in the draft. Then the Seattle Mariners went with offense with the third pick as well, taking Florida catcher Mike Zunino with the hopes that he could become an extremely impressive hitter down the road.
It was very surprising that the first three teams all passed on Stanford ace Mark Appel. Most 2012 MLB mock drafts had him going to the Astros with the first overall selection, making it very surprising when the commissioner didn't call his name during the live broadcast.
When the Baltimore Orioles selected LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman with the fourth overall selection, it became even more interesting that teams were passing over Appel. Gausman looks to be a huge talent in baseball as well, especially after going 11-1 with 128 strikeouts during his sophomore season with the LSU Tigers.
Even the Kansas City Royals went away from Appel, selecting big college pitcher Kyle Zimmer with the fifth overall pick.
Which team do you think came away with the best pick in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft? Which of the 2012 MLB Draft results were the most surprising for you?