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The 2012 First Year Player Draft was the forty-eighth Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. It took place from June 4-6, 2012.

The rules governing the draft were altered as the result of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement reached the previous off-season. Among the changes, teams now had a set pool of money from which to pay all signing bonuses to players drafted in the first 10 rounds, with teams higher in the drafting order receiving more money from the pool; bonuses for players drafted later were capped at $100,000. Also, the deadline for signing players was moved up from August 15th to July 13th. Additionally, the draft shrunk from 50 rounds to 40 rounds.

The move in the signing deadline paid immediate dividends, as top pick Carlos Correa signed with the Houston Astros within two days, as did two other first rounders, something that had been unheard of in recent years. Only one first rounder failed to sign by the deadline, and overall spending on top picks dropped from $233.6 million to $203.7 million, an 11% reduction compared to the 2011 draft; the drop on spending on first rounders was even more pronounced, from $89.5 milion to $74.3 million, or 17% less. 10 teams exceeded their bonus pool and were levied a combined $1.5 million in luxury tax penalties, but no team went so far overboard as to lose its top pick in the next year's draft, something that was now possible as a result of the changes. "We think that the system performed well in its initial year," said Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball's executive vice president of economics and league affairs, after the conclusion of the signing period. But critics argued that the drop in spending was more a function of a relatively weak talent pool than because of the new rules.

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[edit] Draft Order

[edit] First Round

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 Houston Astros Carlos Correa SS Puerto Rican Baseball Academy High School
2 Minnesota Twins Byron Buxton OF Appling County High School (HS)
3 Seattle Mariners Mike Zunino C University of Florida (Col.)
4 Baltimore Orioles Kevin Gausman P Louisiana State University (Col.)
5 Kansas City Royals Kyle Zimmer P University of San Francisco (Col.)
6 Chicago Cubs Albert Almora OF Mater Academy Charter School (HS)
7 San Diego Padres Max Fried P Harvard-Westlake School (HS)
8 Pittsburgh Pirates Mark Appel P Stanford University (Col.) Did not sign
9 Miami Marlins Andrew Heaney P Oklahoma State University (Col.)
10 Colorado Rockies David Dahl OF Oak Mountain High School (HS)
11 Oakland Athletics Addison Russell SS Pace (FL) High School (HS)
12 New York Mets Gavin Cecchini SS Alfred M. Barbe High School (HS)
13 Chicago White Sox Courtney Hawkins OF Carroll Senior High School (Southlake) (HS)
14 Cincinnati Reds Nick Travieso P Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School (HS)
15 Cleveland Indians Tyler Naquin OF Texas A&M University (Col.)
16 Washington Nationals Lucas Giolito P Harvard-Westlake School (HS)
17 Toronto Blue Jays D.J. Davis OF Wiggins High School (HS)
18 Los Angeles Dodgers Corey Seager 3B Northwest Cabarrus High School (HS)
19 St. Louis Cardinals Michael Wacha P Texas A&M University (Col.) Compensation from Los Angeles Angels for Albert Pujols
20 San Francisco Giants Chris Stratton P Mississippi State University (Col.)
21 Atlanta Braves Lucas Sims P Brookwood High School (Snellville) (HS)
22 Toronto Blue Jays Marcus Stroman P Duke University (Col.) Compensation for failure to sign 2011 Pick Tyler Beede
23 St. Louis Cardinals James Ramsey OF Florida State University (Col.)
24 Boston Red Sox Deven Marrero SS Arizona State University (Col.)
25 Tampa Bay Rays Richie Shaffer 3B Clemson University (Col.)
26 Arizona Diamondbacks Stryker Trahan C Acadiana High School (HS)
27 Milwaukee Brewers Clint Coulter C Union High School (Camas) (HS) Compensation from Detroit Tigers for Prince Fielder
28 Milwaukee Brewers Victor Roache OF Georgia Southern University (Col.)
29 Texas Rangers Lewis Brinson OF Coral Springs High School (HS)
30 New York Yankees Ty Hensley P Edmond Santa Fe High School (HS)
31 Boston Red Sox Brian Johnson P University of Florida (Col.) Compensation from Philadelphia Phillies for Jonathan Papelbon

[edit] Supplemental First Round

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
32 Minnesota Twins Orlando Berrios P Papa Juan XXIII High School (HS) Compensation for Michael Cuddyer
33 San Diego Padres Zach Eflin P Paul J. Hagerty High School (HS) Compensation for Heath Bell
34 Oakland Athletics Daniel Robertson SS Upland High School (HS) Compensation for Josh Willingham
35 New York Mets Kevin Plawecki C Purdue University (Col.) Compensation for Jose Reyes
36 St. Louis Cardinals Stephen Piscotty 3B Stanford University (Col.) Compensation for Albert Pujols
37 Boston Red Sox Pat Light P Monmouth University (Col.) Compensation for Jonathan Papelbon
38 Milwaukee Brewers Mitch Haniger OF California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo (Col.) Compensation for Prince Fielder
39 Texas Rangers Joey Gallo 3B Bishop Gorman High School (HS) Compensation for C.J. Wilson
40 Philadelphia Phillies Shane Watson P Lakewood (CA) High School (HS) Compensation for Ryan Madson
41 Houston Astros Lance McCullers Jr. P Jesuit High School (Tampa) (HS) Compensation for Clint Barmes
42 Minnesota Twins Luke Bard P Georgia Institute of Technology (Col.) Compensation for Jason Kubel
43 Chicago Cubs Pierce Johnson P Missouri State University (Col.) Compensation for Aramis Ramirez
44 San Diego Padres Travis Jankowski OF Stony Brook University (Col.) Compensation for Aaron Harang
45 Pittsburgh Pirates Barrett Barnes OF Texas Tech University (Col.) Compensation for Ryan Doumit
46 Colorado Rockies Eddie Butler P Radford University (Col.) Compensation for Mark Ellis
47 Oakland Athletics Matt Olson 1B Parkview High School (Lilburn) (HS) Compensation for David DeJesus
48 Chicago White Sox Keon Barnum 1B C. Leon King High School Compensation for Mark Buehrle
49 Cincinnati Reds Jesse Winker OF Olympia High School (HS) Compensation for Ramon Hernandez
50 Toronto Blue Jays Matt Smoral P Solon High School Compensation for Frank Francisco
51 Los Angeles Dodgers Jesmuel Valentin SS Puerto Rican Baseball Academy High School (HS) Compensation for Rod Barajas
52 St. Louis Cardinals Patrick Wisdom 3B Saint Mary's College of California (Col.) Compensation for Octavio Dotel
53 Texas Rangers Collin Wiles P Blue Valley West High School (HS) Compensation for Darren Oliver
54 Philadelphia Phillies Mitch Gueller P W. F. West High School (HS) Compensation for Raul Ibanez
55 San Diego Padres Walker Weickel P Olympia High School Compensation for failure to sign 2011 Pick Brett Austin
56 Chicago Cubs Paul Blackburn P Heritage High School (HS) Compensation for Carlos Pena
57 Cincinnati Reds Jeff Gelalich OF University of California, Los Angeles (Col.) Compensation for Francisco Cordero
58 Toronto Blue Jays Mitch Nay 3B Hamilton High School (Chandler) (HS) Compensation for Jon Rauch
59 St. Louis Cardinals Steve Bean C Rockwall High School Compensation for Edwin Jackson
60 Toronto Blue Jays Tyler Gonzales P James Madison High School (San Antonio) (HS) Compensation for Jose Molina

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