2012 MLB Draft Signing Deadline: Day Two

Utah!! Gimme Two!! It’s day two of the signing period and we have some new names trickling into the professional ranks. This isn’t a list of top prospects or top draftees. Just walk through the league as players sign with their respective teams. We’ll be updating this all night as the news comes in. So stay tuned and refresh once in awhile. While you’re at it head over to Facebook and join the Instinct page.

Milwaukee BrewersWhile Coulter didn’t slot into the Top 75 at Instinct I knew well enough that someone would reach for him early and had the breakdown ready. He’s going to get $1.675 which is the recommended slot. He’s a long ways off and his development will take time. And with time comes issues. This is a risky pick and to need slot money to sign him is not what the Brewers had in mind. But use it or lose it under the new CBA. Remember that the Brewers also signed Coulter’s back to back pick partner Victor Roache yesterday. So far so good for the Brew Crew. Here’s the pre-draft breakdown on Coulter:

Clint Coulter C Union HS, Camas, Wash. – Considered one of the top catching prospects in the draft class, Coulter is more of a rough draft than a finished piece. He’s a big kid and has hit .402 this high school season but that’s just 42 AB worth of data. He’s 6’3″ and 200 lbs but athletic for his size. His bat has shown above average power but it hasn’t translated into a lot of production.

Our Instinct – He may be a better overall prospect with a few years of college experience under his belt. I’m not sold on the bat and he’s not a finished product behind the plate. He may go within the first few rounds, but this isn’t the player profile I go for.

Cincinatti RedsThe Reds inked Jesse Winker to a $1mm deal. He was committed to the Florida Gators but instead will head to Arizona.This is a great signing. Winker has baseball skill to spare and while it will take some time he should develop some real man power in time and put it to use on the baseball field. Here’s a look at the pre-draft thoughts on Winker.

54. Jesse Winker OF Olympia HS, Orlando – Winker is one of the most refined hitters in the high school draft class. His left-handed swing produces line drives to all fields and pull power. He’s a CF but will move to a corner spot as a pro.

Our Instinct – Winker is going to hit for average and should have all fields power in the future good for at least 15-20 HR power and possibly more. The bat is what will get him to the show and how much power he develops will determine just how good he can be. We think more of that doubles power will turn into HR power.

Colorado RockiesThe Rockies were able to ink David Dahl OF earlier today. Slot for the 10th selection is $2.7mm but the total for the deal has not yet been disclosed. We like this signing by the Rockies and had Dahl as our #10 prospect. Here is the pre-draft outlook:

10. David Dahl OF Oak Mountain HS, Birmingham – The Auburn commit is a solid hitter from the left side with a compact swing that keeps the bat in the zone a long time. He uses the whole field to his advantage showing power from left-center to right currently. His arm will play in RF if he’s forced to move from CF.

Our Instinct – The rare pro ready swing path is on Dahl’s side as he enters the draft. His power could become above average and have him a 20+ HR threat. His speed is average and doesn’t project out as more than that. He’s going to hit a lot of doubles as he’s coming up through a system but eventually he’ll come into his power and should be a solid all around hitter and defender.

Rumors also swirling that the Jays may have stolen Anthony Alford with the 112th pick. They are giving the football stud the chance to head to Southern Miss and play football while playing professional baseball in the summer with the Jays. Rumor is around double slot at $900k. But so far, not confirmed. We’ll touch on it when it’s done and done.

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I was born and raised in NYC. My father was a diehard Yankees fan but not biased and raised me to love the game more than any one team. For that I'm truly thankful to him. My love for the game runs deep, and after crunching numbers all day long, I tend to spend my nights at the FSL ballparks.


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