Reviewing the 2012 MLB draft

What happened in 2012? Who did Houston take and where are they now?

Ask and ye shall receive. It may be a day late, but here's the review of Jeff Luhnow's first draft in 2012. Most of these names will be familiar to you, so I didn't rehash a bunch of statistics in the top 10 round guys. It's hard to predict at this point, but it appears this class could end up providing very good value for Houston in the future.

Top 10 rounds

1) Carlos Correa - That's Captain Correa to you, mister. He's very, very, very good at baseball.

1A) Lance McCullers - Slowly moving up the system. Having a decent year in Lancaster, avoiding getting pummeled.

2) Nolan Fontana - Having a surprisingly strong season in Double-A. His future role defensively is still up in the air, but his on-base skills are still ridiculous and he's making enough contact to become an offensive force.

3) Brady Rodgers - Not exciting, but showing a solid mix of skills. He's also got very good control, which should carry him at the higher levels.

4) Rio Ruiz - Coming around with the bat, plays well enough at third to stick there for a few more years. Gets overshadowed by Correa, but still mashing.

5) Andrew Aplin - One of my favorite players from this class. Mainly for the bat flip video. Great defender, solid at the plate with a little speed. Could fill a Jon Jay-type role for Houston soon.

6) Brett Phillips - A project out of high school who signed for over slot. Taking more time than his more high-profile brethren, but a lot of potential still here.

7) Preston Tucker - Starting left fielder by August?

8) Tyler Heineman - One of many in Houston's assembly line of catchers in the minors right now. Very solid defensively but his bat has regressed at Corpus. Still plenty of potential to be a big league backup soon.

9) Daniel Minor - Pitching well for Lancaster in relief. Just adds to Houston's pitching depth.

10) Joe Bircher - Released after last season. Currently pitching for Sioux Falls in the independent leagues.

Best of the rest

Can anyone top Aaron West on this list? He's won the past two TCB March Madness pools and has been very good in the minors. Some injury troubles have scuttled his season so far, but Houston still looks to have found some value in the 17th round. ... 14th rounder Joe Sclafani may not have prospect cred, but he's already played in Triple-A and done solidly at Corpus. He may never play in the majors, but has a chance to carve out a utility role if everything breaks right. ... 23rd round pick Travis Ballew is proving Houston can develop relief prospects. Ballow struck out 78 in 53 innings at Lancaster last year and has 21 in 25 innings this year at Corpus. ... 27th round pick Tanner Mathis may not present mind-blowing statistics, but he's an on-base monster who's slowly working his way through the system. Before a promotion to Lancaster, Mathis was hitting .261/.371/.353 at Quad Cities. ... Don't forget the Daily Dose of Coke. 31st round pick M.P. Cokinos has fallen on hard times with the bat at Corpus. If he can rebound to his 2013 form, though, he could still provide value. ... 33rd round pick Mike Hauschild is proving just how good Luhnow has been at layering depth into the system. Hauschild gets a big boost from the tandem system, as he's been able to showcase his game both in relief and as a starter. He's currently with Corpus Christi, where he's got a 2.67 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 27 innings. ... 34th round pick Jordan Jankowski is also a product of that depth. The 25-year-old may not be a "prospect," but he's struck out 45 in 42 innings for the Hooks and can start in a pinch.

The ones that got away

11th round pick Hunter Virant did not sign with Houston, instead chose to attend UCLA. He appeared in five games in relief in 2013 but missed this past season due to an injury. ... 20th round pick Michael Clark elected to return to Kent State for his senior season. Injuries wiped out his 2013 campaign, but he rebounded in 2014 to throw 50 innings with a 1.07 ERA and 44 strikeouts. He was not drafted last weekend. ... 24th round pick Pat Blair chose to go back to Wake Forest for his senior season. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays last year and is a career .230/.342/.326 hitter in 337 plate appearances. He's currently with Tampa Bay's Midwest League affiliate. ... 26th round pick C.J. Hinojosa chose to attend the University of Texas instead of signing with the Astros. He has since performed baseball-related activities there. ... 32nd round pick Tyler Manez went to Elon University instead of pitching for the Astros. Manez threw 19 innings with a 6.52 ERA and seven strikeouts for the Phoenix. ... 38th round pick Zach Remillard attended Coastal Carolina. In 2014, the sophomore hit .259/.318/.368 with 12 doubles. ... 39th round pick Mitchell Traver went to TCU, but had to sit out a year for a medical redshirt. In 2014, he appeared in just one game, throwing 1/3 of an inning and giving up five hits and four runs. ... 40th round pick Joe Shaw went to Dallas Baptist. He helped his team get to the Fort Worth Regional in 2014, going 4-4 with a 2.96 ERA in 54 innings with 49 strikeouts.

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