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2012 MLB Draft Signing Deadline: Under the Radar – NL East

With the draft signing deadline here and gone, we have taken to the final signings and are looking to see which of our draft tracker prospects fell to a zone that could make them absolute steals. Keep in mind that we are going way deep into the prospect and draft world here. Deep to the point that some of these players could become names the average fan will never ever here uttered. But we’re going to take a look at the NL East now and make it through the 6 leagues over the next few days because this is what makes this interesting. Here is the AL West.

Anyone can tell you that Joey Gallo is a powerhouse bat for the Rangers or that Mike Zunino has a shot at being a full time catcher with an excellent power/contact bat. As a matter of fact, we’ve already been there and done that. So now, you decide… “You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” -Morpheus

Atlanta BravesAtlanta Braves

Fernelys Sanchez OF 3/1/1994 - Sanchez has the plus plus speed and size that don’t just grow on the tools tree. He’s a rangy CF despite a 6’4″ 200 lbs frame. But he’s certainly a raw player as most players from New York City tend to be coming out of High School. He’s a switch hitter and certainly has the ability to become a serious prospect, but there is a lot of development needed here.

Miami Marlins

David Cruz C 1/23/1992 - Cruz was drafted last year and did not sign. He then pretty much fell of the scouting scene. But the Marlins apparently kept tabs on the South Florida native who played HS ball at SouthWest. He a solid defensive catcher with a good arm and offensively he he has a line drive all fields approach. With a year of lost development he’s a mystery prospect that could pay early dividends.

New York MetsNew York Mets

Chris Flexen RHP 7/1/1994 – The Mets got more than a few excellent late round picks in 2012 with RHP Logan Taylor and RHP Chris Flexen along with C/OF Stefan Sabol and RHP Andrew Massie. But Flexen in the 17th round is still just 17, has a big frame already with room to grow and a low 90s fastball with a near plus slider. He’s raw, though polish could make him the steal of the Mets draft.

Andrew Massie RHP 1/24/1994 – Massie was a near unknown and the Mets found him through an area scout in his senior season when Massie took to the mound and had what was a low 80s fastball as a soph righty uptick to the low 90s as a senior. He didn’t really pitch his junior year and during that time he matured into a solid arm. He’s just 6’1″ but has some room to fill out a 170 lbs frame. As a 24th round pick he has plenty of room to outperform his draft slot.

Washington NationalsWashington Nationals

It’s not often a team gets to steal a player with their first round pick, but the Nationals got #1 talent Lucas Giolito. But they also went 0-3 in the 24-26th rounds with Freddy Avis, Skye Bolt and Cody Poteet, all excellent HS talents. But we’re not here to talk about the first round or the players that were the ones to get away. Call it an even game due to nabbing Giolito.

Ronald Pena RHP 9/19/1991 – Pena is a big 6’4″ and 195. Great pitchers frame and he has a low 90s fastball with a curve/CU combo. He’s far from a finished product and wasn’t dominant at Palm Beach State College, but has the upside to blossom under the right guidance. He’ll start in the GCL and as a 16th rounder he went later than the masses expected.

Philadelphia PhilliesPhiladelphia Phillies

Jeb Stefan RHP 4/25/1990 – A NASA intern, the righty is a 4th year Junior who will almost certainly finish up his degree, but the Phillies were able to get him signed as a 22nd round pick. He has a good frame at 6’4″ and 225 lbs but wasn’t dominant at Louisiana Tech despite good stuff with a low 90s fastball and slider/CU combo. He’ll need time to develop, but if his intelligence is indeed as high as his resume indicates he could play above his stuff and refine well with time.

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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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