SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 07: MLB commissioner Bud Selig speaks during the MLB First Year Player Draft on June 7, 2010 held in Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Who might the A's and Giants pick in June's draft?
The 2012 MLB Draft is right around the corner and teams from around the league are busily scouting players from all over the country. Both the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics have mid-round picks in the first round and will likely be looking at pitchers with their pick, although a chance of a hitter is possible should the right one drop to their spot.
Baseball America recently released their second mock draft of the year. The A's have the 11th pick in the first round, and according to BA they will select right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. Here is a scouting report on him from ESPN.
The son of former MLB pitcher Lance McCullers Sr., McCullers has potential as a power bat, but his fastball has sniffed triple digits and he's flashed an above-average breaking ball. Scouts are split on his future as the spring nears, but he's a surefire first-round arm, and could break into the top 10, for clubs that view him as a long-term starter. The Florida commit struck out 79 in 52 innings last year while hitting .422 with seven homers and 24 RBIs.
Baseball America has the Giants taking right-handed pitcher Nick Travieso, a right-handed pitcher out of a Florida high school. Here is a brief scouting report on Travieso, a Miami Hurricanes commit, from ESPN.
Built like a prototypical MLB starting pitcher, Travieso has touched 95 mph with his fastball and impressed over the summer with a strong assortment of pitches. There is some effort in his delivery, but the Miami commit shows a good feel for pitching and a willingness to throw his changeup.