Here’s a quick look at the top three picks from the 2012 First-Year Player Draft and how they did in their minor league assignments. These are small sample sizes with most of the numbers coming in short season leagues, but it is a first indicator as to how they adjusted to the pro game.
1. CARLOS CORREA, SS, ASTROS
2012 top overall draft pick SS Carlos Correa played in 50 minor league games this season between the Astros’ Gulf Coast League and Appalachian League teams. 39 of those games were in the GCL where he posted a line of .232/.270/.355 with 2 homers and 9 RBI. The move up to the advanced-R Appalachian League went even better for the then-17 year old as he hit .371/.450/.600 over 11 games. Everything improved over the brief 35-AB stint at advanced-R, including his BB/K rate which went from 7/36 to 5/8.
Overall, before he turned 18 years old on September 22, Carlos Correa had put up a combined line of .258/.305/.400 with 3 homeruns and 12 RBI as a professional.
2. BYRON BUXTON, OF, TWINS
Buxton had roughly the same number of games over the two leagues as Correa did, but spent a little more time in the Appalachian League, finishing very hot at the plate. After 27 games in the GCL (.216/.324/.466), Buxton got into 21 games in the Appalachian League and hit .286/.368/.429. Between the two leagues he walked 19 times against 41 strikeouts in 165 ABs.
Over his last 10 games for Elizabethtown, Buxton went 15-for-38 with a homer, 10 runs scored and six steals against 0 CS.
3. MIKE ZUNINO, C, MARINERS
When drafted out of Florida, Zunino was thought by many to be the closest to major-league ready and he finished his season in the AA Southern League. He blew through a 29-game stay in the Northern League with a .373/.474/.736 line and 10 homeruns while scoring 29 runs and driving in 35. He also earned player-of-the-week honors three times.
The numbers dropped off a bit in 15 games at AA, but not much. In 51 ABs there, Zunino hit .333/.386/.588 at AA Jackson. In 40 games a professional, Zunino had an OPS of 1.137.