High-SchoolBaseball: Mitchell Traver

Top 10 Class of 2012 right-handed pitchers

January, 27, 2012
Lucas GiolitoScott Kurtz/ESPNHSHarvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) senior Lucas Giolito is the nation's top right-hander and a likely top 10 pick in June's MLB Draft.

The top Class of 2012 high school baseball players are just weeks away from starting their seasons. It will also be the time when those elite prospects will begin jockeying for draft position.

Each week from now until early March, we’ll take a look at those elite prospects by ranking our Top 10 players by position. This week, we kick it off with a look at right-handed pitchers.

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Mitchell Traver highlights 2012 Texas class

January, 13, 2012
Mitchell TraverCourtesy of Traver FamilyHouston Christian (Houston) senior right-hander Mitchell Traver struck out 61 batters in 42.1 innings last season.

Texas, much like California and Florida, traditionally produces big-time baseball prospects for both the college and pro ranks. Top prospects such as Sherman (Texas) right-hander Kyle Crick (No. 49 overall in 2011), The Woodlands (Texas) right-hander Jameson Taillon (No. 2 overall in 2010), McKinney (Texas) right-hander Zach Lee (No. 28 overall in 2010) and Brownwood (Texas) right-hander Shelby Miller (No. 19 overall in 2009) highlight the recent top talent from the state.

The list of current and former MLB stars from the Lone Star State is extensive. There’s pitching legend Nolan Ryan, this year’s National Cy Young winner, Clayton Kershaw, and Red Sox ace Josh Beckett, to name a few.

While it’s way too early to tell if anyone from this year’s high school senior class is bound for Cooperstown, there’s no doubt that the group is talented.

Here’s a list of the Top 10 Texas high school baseball prospects from the Class of 2012.

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