The biggest failures of the 2012 MLB draft, from Kyle Zimmer to Ty Hensley

The 2012 MLB Draft produced some superstars, but overall it wasn’t just a great draft class, and 10 years later that view hasn’t changed. at First round rework Of that draft, there were 20 players who didn’t make the cut.

Some of them really get it wrong, while a few have had credible jobs in the Major League that just didn’t quite live up to what other players in the class put in.

Kyle Zimmer, RHP

Coined: No. 5 by Kansas City
0.0 war

what it might be. The Zimmer was one of the best promotion opportunities I’ve ever seen in person, but I also caught it in a couple of rare moments of health. He basically missed him all of 2014 and 2016 with an arm problem, and more than half of 2015 and 2017. The royal family gave him so many chances, and finally let him go after 2021. He’s in Triple A for reds 18 hitters walked in 12.2 runs. It was really electric when it worked.

Albert Almora Jr.from

Coined: No. 6 by Chicago Cubs
2.8 War

The Cubs bet heavily on Almora’s make-up, but I wonder if he would have gone that far in the draft if we had better exit speed data in 2012, as one of Almora’s biggest problems in pro ball was that he didn’t make a hard enough connection. He’s also never been a very patient hitter, so all he really had to give was some defensive value, making him a little better than an extra.

Mark Appel, RHP

Coined: No. 8 by Pittsburgh
did not sign

The Buccaneers never spoke to Appel prior to the draft, and negotiations did not go well, especially with pre-season expectations for Appel to be number one overall. It seems that the two sides were never close. The Pirates made the compensatory choice in 2013, by choice Austin Meadowswhile Appel returned to Stanford and did, in fact, advance 1-1 in 2013 to Astrosalthough he has not yet reached the majors.

David Dahl

Coined: No. 10 by Colorado
0.6 war

Typical of the Rockies’ draft pick at the time, Dahl was very helpful and offers an upside down position higher in the middle, but his tenure there was marred by injuries, including a ruptured spleen, a broken foot, shoulder surgery and an ankle injury. The Rockies Simply Shocked Dahl’s No-Bid After 2020 On Just A Few Million Dollars, But It Was Shocking For Notice It’s 2021, so the Rockies’ decision looks good in hindsight. He is currently in Triple A for Brewerhit .297/ .386/ .432, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see it return to the majors at some point.

Addison Russell, SS

Coined: No. 11 by Auckland
11.3 The war

His field production was worth including in the rework, but now he’s out of baseball – he was Suspended for 40 matches in 2018 under Major League BaseballCommon Domestic Violence Policy – which is a pretty clear sign that MLB teams aren’t going to jump in to recruit him today.

Gavin Sitchini, SS

Coined: No. 12 by New York Mets
-0.5 war

Cecchini did not live up to expectations, but the biggest problem was throwing problems that kept him short and gave him trouble even in a second. If he was a competent defender anywhere on Earth, he would have had a chance at a career as an extra.


Gavin Cecchini (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Courtney Hawkins,

Coined: #13 by Chicago White Sox
Specialties have not arrived

Hawkins was a very thoughtful high school player from Corpus Christi, with a football body but a very tough approach to the board, so of course the White Sox sent him straight to the First Division in his first full professional season. He hit .179/.249/.384 there with 160 strokes in 425 board appearances (38 percent), and I don’t think he ever recovered from it. He needed a slow development path, not a fast one. He reached Triple A in just 16 games for the Reds and has played independent ball in the past four seasons. Chicago’s second pick, Keon Barnum (No. 48 overall), also failed to make it into the majors, topping out first in Double A with massive strike rates as well.

Nick Travieso, RHP

Formulated: #14 by Cincinnati
Specialties have not arrived

Travieso had shoulder surgery in 2017 and only threw three rounds after that before the Reds fired him.

Tyler Nakenfrom

Coined: #15 by Cleveland
4.0 war

Naquin is still in the major leagues with the Reds and his defensive skills, including a plus-arm, should keep him in place for a while, but he’s not offering anything in attack – his 19th squad last year was a Reds product. “A family friendly garden, not a new skill level.

DJ Davis, OF

Coined: No. 17 by Toronto
Specialties have not arrived

A Mississippi high school player with over-speed and less-than-great swing, Davis never got off the A-ball and failed to shoot a 0.400 or spread a 0.350 on a percentage basis anywhere he played.

Chris StrattonRHP

Coined: #20 by San Francisco
1.0 war

Stratton had a slither with a plus-limit in Mississippi and had a rookie year, but his stuff was backed up almost immediately in pro ball and couldn’t miss enough bats at the upper echelons to be more than an emergency start or mid-year loyalist, which he was With pirates for the past four years.

Lucas SimsRHP

Coined: #21 by Atlanta
0.9 war

Sims was the local kid, training at Brookwood High School in nearby Snellville, but he only threw 67 runs for Atlanta before trading it off with Cincinnati Matt Whistler and Preston Tucker for Adam Duval. The Sims have been a replacement level dump for the Reds ever since. He never had the drive and control needed to start even in the top minors, at one point walking 92 hitters in 141 rounds in Triple A.

James Ramsay, OF

Coined: #23 by Saint Louis
Specialties have not arrived

Ramsey was the first player selected and not in my top 100 before enlisting, a college student in Florida who could run but a swing that was custom-made for tin rackets used in college. Rumor has it that the Cardinals were about to take Marcus Strowman With that choice, but when Jays took him one choice before their turn, Cards panicked and ended up with Ramsay. He spent parts of six seasons in Triple A, mostly with Cleveland, but he didn’t get base or hit for any power and has been out of baseball since 2018.

Devin Marrero, SS

Coined: #24 by Boston
-0.2 War

I was pretty ecstatic on Marrero, thinking he’d stay short and hit average, but he didn’t do any of the pro ball. His disappointing rookie season in Arizona The condition wasn’t just a moment, but a sign that he peaked at the age of 19 or 20. By the time he was 24, the speed he had was pretty much gone, he wasn’t able to play short term, and he wasn’t. Don’t hit the ball with enough power to form a profile elsewhere.


Devin Marrero (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports)

Richie Shaffer, 3 B

Coined: #25 by Tampa Bay
0.0 war

Shaffer scored .213/ .310/ .410 in 142 Major League games between 2015 and 2016, and that was the only chance he got, as Rays replaced him with Seattle After the last season. After two poor years in the minors in the Cleveland system, it’s over. It’s Twitch Streamer now.

Stryker Trahan, C

Coined: No. 26 of Arizona
Specialties have not arrived

Trahan was a strong hitting player from a Louisiana high school, never hitting the pro ball and leading the number one spot, posting a .203/.266/.381 compound in the full season championships. He was fired by D-Backs in March 2017 and has never been played again.

Clint Coulter, C/OF

Coined: #27 by Milwaukee
Specialties have not arrived

The Brewers had two first-round picks in 2012, neither of which had ever played in the majors. Coulter was in high school and could hit but couldn’t catch up, and had a great year in minors, hitting .287/.410/.520 in Low A in 2014, at the age of 20. That was it. He’d never hit anywhere near that at any other level, and he was a bad defender in an outside corner, so that was the case. He’s actually still playing, for Cardinals’ affiliate Triple-A, and he’s picking up a bit, but he’s just an organizing guy.

Victor Roche, OF

Coined: #28 by Milwaukee
Specialties have not arrived

A massive overdraft, Roach was a very strong player with a massive backside collapse in his swing and no real defensive pieces. He also broke his wrist and missed most of spring 2012, when his shortcomings could have been exposed when the scouts were squeezing him. He made it to Triple A for only five games and was out of organized baseball after 2018.

Louis Brinson, OF

Coined: No. 29 by Texas
-3.4 War

He definitely had his chances – Marlins He made Brinson over 1,000 board appearances, but hit just .203/.248/.325 before letting him go after 2021. His story is simple: He couldn’t hit the broken ball, and once bowlers figured it out, he couldn’t hit anything else either. Before hitting the Triple-A list in Houston, he went from Rangers to Milwaukee in the Jonathan Lucroy trade, then to the Marlins in Christian Willich trade.

Ty Hensley, RHP

Coined: #30 by New York Yankees
Specialties have not arrived

Hensley only threw 42.2 runs into the Yankees system, lost 2013 to hip surgery, suffered serious injuries in a pre-2015 brawl, and then underwent two Tommy John surgeries. He has fielded the ball independently for parts of three years but has not played since 2020.

(Zimmer top photo: Rick Scuteri/USA Today Sports)

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