Dearth of college catchers after Zunino

Updated: May 7, 2012, 10:33 AM ET
By Jason A. Churchill

As clubs continue to move names around their draft boards, those names are jockeying for position, including those expected to be selected in the first round. Whether or not the Houston Astros, owners of the No. 1 overall pick, ultimately call the name of a college starting pitchers or a prep player with superstar upside will remain unclear until the moment it is announced, but there appear to be some battles under way amongst the college bats.

Florida catcher Mike Zunino, despite some recent struggles, remains the No. 1 college position player in the class and is by far the No. 1 catcher available. Prep backstops Stryker Trahan (Acadania High School, La.) and Calallen High School (Texas) star Wyatt Mathieson are next in line, but at the college level, the drop-off is quite large.

Senior Peter O'Brien, a third-round pick last June, has had a big year at the plate -- .354/.465/.677 with 18 homers and a plus-two walk-to-strikeout ratio -- but questions remain whether the Miami Hurricane can stick behind the dish.