2012 MLB Draft: Updated Mock, Stephen Piscotty, Mark Appel

MLB Draft Insider posted their latest mock and this time they have a new name for Mets fans to consider. Check it out:

You can see the rest of their mock here.

MLB Draft Guide has the following scouting report on Piscotty:

Player:  Stephen Piscotty
Position:  3B
School:  Stanford
Date of Birth:  1/14/1991
Height/Weight:  6’3/195
Bats/Throws:  R/R

Stephen Piscotty is one of the better pure hitters eligible for the 2012 draft.  He has topped .300 in both of his seasons at Stanford and captured the batting crown at the Cape in 2011.

Piscotty brings a good approach to the plate.  He has a smooth swing and good bat speed.  Power is where, to this point, Piscotty has fallen short as a batting prospect.

Defense is an area where Piscotty still needs improvement.  There were some encouraging reports on his defense from the Cape League.  He has plenty of arm to play third at the next level.

Piscotty should be able to hit at the next level.  The question is whether he will hit with enough power to be an every day player at a corner infield spot, particularly if his defense does not play at third.

So far this season, Piscotty is batting .348/.419/.621 in 66 at-bats with five doubles and three homers for Stanford.

Want to talk about run production?

Piscotty drove in seven runs for the second time this season as Stanford clobbered Cal St. 19-6 on Monday. Not once, but twice!

There’s always a lot of debate regarding the draft as to whether your top picks should be expended to fill organizational needs rather than selecting the best players available when you’re on the clock. I definitely lean towards the latter myself. Give me the best player on the board and I’ll figure out where they fit in later.

I bring this up because I think many of these mocks are done base on perceived organizational need, but I still think they’re fun to read.

I’m going to leave you with this gem regarding Mark Appel’s last start on Friday:

Mark Appel: 9 IP: 10 H, 1 ER, 2 BB’s, 13 K’s — Here’s the good from Appel’s start, he was 97-99 early, and he missed bats. Wonderful. Here’s the disgusting part of Appel’s start; He threw 149 pitches. Yes, you read that right. A 21 year-old in a college baseball game threw 149 pitches. You all know how I feel about these type of pitch counts now, and hopefully I don’t need to explain my position as to why this is reprehensible.

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