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2012 MLB Draft: Keith Law Lists Kevin Gausman As Top Pitcher In Class

Every year, resident scouting guru Keith Law does some exceptional work over at ESPN covering the draft, and this year has been no exception. His latest list of the top 100 players available in the draft is up over at, and it features three Colorado natives that all happen to be college pitchers.

The biggest name is LSU's Kevin Gausman, a native of Centennial, Colo., that's rated by Law as the best pitcher in the entire draft. While Law notes that Stanford's Mark Appel or USF's Kyle Zimmer could ultimately emerge as the highest-rated pitcher on the board, Gausman is seeing the most hype right now.

The other two Colorado natives listed by Law are Missouri State's Pierce Johnson (Arvada, Colo.) and St. Edward's Stephen Johnson (Boulder, Colo.). Neither is remotely as well-regarded as Gausman, with Pierce ranked No. 59 overall and Stephen ranked No. 62.

For more on the Colorado Rockies, check out the Rockies blog Purple Row. And to learn more about the latest MLB prospect news and ratings, drop by Minor League Ball with John Sickels.