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MLB Mock Draft 2012: Dodgers Go With A Shortstop in Latest Projection

With the MLB Draft just around the corner, set to take place June 4th - 6th, analyst mock draft projections are a great way to get an idea of which players should go in the first round. The Dodgers hold the 18th pick in the draft, and according to Through the Fence Baseball's Dan Kirby, a shortstop from Arizona State should be on LA fans' minds. Says Kirby:

18. Los Angeles Dodgers - Deven Marrero, SS, Arizona State

The Dodgers would be thrilled to find Marrero still on the board as they would be getting the best defensive shortstop in the draft who also can handle the bat. Through 54 games, he is hitting .284 with 20 extra-base hits, 33 RBI and 11 stolen bases. He also has a great approach at the plate as he has only struck out 17 times all season. Over 146 career games, he is hitting .326 with 37 doubles, 11 triples, 12 home runs, 95 RBI, 33 stolen bases and just 71 strikeouts.

An interesting selection for LA, as many believe the Dodgers may go with pitching in round one. Here's what BaseballProspectNation had to say about Marrero:

True baseball rat. Incredible instincts in the field and on the bases. Grinder type with better tools than you'd expect. Has tools to play shortstop at the MLB level. Needs to improve hitting approach and pitch recognition. With said improvements, could be a .280 hitter that can handle the bat and drive the ball into the gaps. Potential #2 hitter with a touch of speed and pop in his game. Overall profile plays up because of long term defensive projection and value at a premium defensive position. Excellent makeup. Potential average to slightly above-average Major League regular.

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