Updating the 2011 MLB Draft: Baseball Prospects and Draft Projections


Friday June 3, 2011


MLB reports:  We are merely 72 hours or so away from one of the biggest baseball events of the year, the 2011 MLB Draft.  As the draft slowly develops into a prime time event, the hype surrounding the draft is increasing year-by-year.  2011 has probably been the most promoted and talked about draft in my recent memory.  With such a large pool of talented players available in the draft, people are started their countdowns to Monday night at 6:00p.m. when the fun begins.

Here at MLB reports, we posted a recent feature on the MLB draft, which you can view by clicking here.  Given that we have received hundreds of e-mails per day requesting additional information, we went back to our insider scouts to get the last final tidbits of information before the draft.  Our readers have been asking which players are rising and falling and where players are expected to land.  For the inside scoops, here is the latest information from our scouts and what they had to say about key prospects and their draft projections.  We have also included below the complete list of the order of selections for the first round of the draft and a top-100 prospects list.




Gerrit Cole, UCLA RHP

“One scout said that Rendon and Starling are the best two players in the draft. However, Cole will hear his name when the Pirates are on the clock, just a hunch.”

Daniel Norris, Science Hill HS, TN LHP

“A once projected top-5 talent, Norris has every tool to be a special pitcher at the big league level.  His commitment to Clemson may come with a price tag, but a LHP with a 92-95mph fastball will be worth every penny.  Norris could go as high as #7 to the Diamondbacks, but I expect him to land somewhere in the top 15 selections.”

Robert Stephenson, Alhambra HS, CA RHP

“One scout told me that he might end up being the 3rd High School RHP off the boards with Bundy, Bradley and Howard ahead of him.  If that’s the case, he may end up sneaking into the late teens. I can see a good fit with Oakland (18th) or Washington (23rd).”

Bubba Starling, Gardner-Edgerton HS, KS OF

“The best player in this draft.  The only question is can the team that drafts him then sign him?  With Scott Boras as his “advisor”, one would believe that this signing would go down to the wire.  If Starling signs, you will be looking at a 5-tool star that an organization can build around.  Another scout told me that there is “no chance” if Bubba is there that the Royals pass on him.  But then again, if Dylan Bundy is available, he could be tempting as well.”




Taylor Guerrieri, Spring Valley HS, SC RHP

“Second week on the list, rumors are swirling about the gifted RHP.  He has top- 10 talent and one team may gamble early (NY Mets).  The newly rumored team to be considering Guerrieri could be the Blue Jays at #21.  His potential is there but many teams are still concerned with the lack of communication from his camp and many of his questionable off-field decisions.  Only reason why he made this list two weeks in a row is because for someone who has frontline starter written all over him, he should be going in the top 5-7 picks.”

Nick Delmonico, Farragut HS, TN C/3B

“I hate saying he will slip because I like everything about him.  A weak catcher draft could have him being selected in the Supplemental 1st round.   More likely thought, Delmonico is to be a 2nd round pick.  He is athletic (can also play SS) and is good size for a High School senior (6’3”).”

Logan Verrett, Baylor RHP

“A projected top-100 talent by Baseball America.  Multiple scouts have said that they wouldn’t expect to hear his name until the 4th or 5th round.  Verrett had a good career at Baylor but is a bit undersized at 6’2” and 185 lbs.  He may put wear and tear on his arm by the time it’s all said and done.”



What we are hearing:  Players that Teams are Considering

Toronto Blue Jays

Levi Michael, Blake Swihart, Matt Skole, Trevor Gretzky, Nick Tropeano, Chris Marlowe

Minnesota Twins

PrestonTucker, Travis Harrison, Ronnie Richardson

San Diego Padres

Sonny Gray, George Springer, Dillon Maples, John Stilson, Dillion Peters

St. Louis Cardinals

Cory Spangenberg, Daniel Norris

Kansas City Royals

Grayson Geiner, Carlos Rodon

Milwaukee Brewers

Mikie Mahtook, John Stilson

Chicago Cubs

Bubba Starling, Chris Marlowe, Matt Maronde

Cincinnati Reds

Tyler Beede, Andrew Chafin, Zeke Devoss

Seattle Mariners

Anthony Rendon, Tyler Greene, Mason Robbins, Trevor Podratz



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Here is the Order for the 1st Round of the 2011 MLB Draft:

First Round

    1. Pirates
    2. Mariners
    3. Diamondbacks
    4. Orioles
    5. Royals
    6. Nationals
    7. Diamondbacks (for unsigned 2010 first rounder Barret Loux)
    8. Indians
    9. Cubs
    10. Padres (for unsigned 2010 first rounder Karsten Whitson)
    11. Astros
    12. Brewers
    13. Mets
    14. Marlins
    15. Brewers (for unsigned 2010 first rounder Dylan Covey)
    16. Dodgers
    17. Angels
    18. Athletics
    19. Red Sox (from Tigers for Type-A Victor Martinez)
    20. Rockies
    21. Blue Jays
    22. Cardinals
    23. Nationals (from White Sox for Type-A Adam Dunn)
    24. Rays (from Red Sox for Type-A Carl Crawford)
    25. Padres
    26. Red Sox (from Rangers for Type-A Adrian Beltre)
    27. Reds
    28. Braves
    29. Giants
    30. Twins
    31. Rays (from Yankees for Type-A Rafael Soriano)
    32. Rays
    33. Rangers (from Phillies for Type-A Cliff Lee)

Supplemental First Round

  1. Nationals (for Type-A Adam Dunn)
  2. Blue Jays (for Type-A Scott Downs)
  3. Red Sox (for Type-A Victor Martinez)
  4. Rangers (for Type-A Cliff Lee)
  5. Rays (for Type-A Carl Crawford)
  6. Phillies (for Type-A Jayson Werth)
  7. Red Sox (for Type-A Adrian Beltre)
  8. Rays (for Type-A Grant Balfour)
  9. Rays (for Type-A Rafael Soriano)
  10. Diamondbacks (for Type-B Adam LaRoche)
  11. Mets (for Type-B Pedro Feliciano)
  12. Rockies (for Type-B Octavio Dotel)
  13. Blue Jays (for Type-B John Buck)
  14. White Sox (for Type-B J.J. Putz)
  15. Padres (for Type-B Jon Garland)
  16. Giants (for Type-B Juan Uribe)
  17. Twins (for Type-B Jesse Crain)
  18. Yankees (for Type-B Javy Vazquez)
  19. Rays (for Type-B Joaquin Benoit)
  20. Blue Jays (for Type-B Miguel Olivo)
  21. Padres (for Type-B Yorvit Torrealba)
  22. Twins (for Type-B Orlando Hudson)
  23. Rays (for Type-B Randy Choate)
  24. Blue Jays (for Type-B Kevin Gregg)
  25. Padres (for Type-B Kevin Correia)
  26. Rays (for Type-B Brad Hawpe)
  27. Rays (for Type-B Chad Qualls)

Here is the top 100 Draft Prospects as presented by MLB Draft Guide:

Rank Player Position School
1 Dylan Bundy RHP Owasso HS, OK
2 Anthony Rendon 3B Rice
3 Trevor Bauer RHP UCLA
4 Gerrit Cole RHP UCLA
5 Bubba Starling OF Gardner-Edgerton HS, KS
6 Danny Hultzen LHP Virginia
7 Archie Bradley RHP Broken Arrow HS, OK
8 Matt Barnes RHP UConn
9 Sonny Gray RHP Vanderbilt
10 Taylor Jungmann RHP Texas
11 Francisco Lindor SS Montverde Academy, FL
12 Jed Bradley LHP Georgia Tech
13 Taylor Guerrieri RHP Spring Valley HS, SC
14 Josh Bell OF Dallas-Jesuit HS, TX
15 Matt Purke LHP TCU
16 George Springer OF UConn
17 Jose Fernandez RHP Alonso HS, FL
18 Daniel Norris LHP Science Hill HS, TN
19 Blake Swihart C Cleveland HS, NM
20 Mikie Mahtook OF LSU
21 Javier Baez 3B/SS Arlington Country Day School, FL
22 Alex Meyer RHP Kentucky
23 Tyler Beede RHP Lawrence Academy, MA
24 Austin Hedges C JSerra HS, CA
25 Henry Owens LHP Edison HS, CA
26 C.J. Cron 1B Utah
27 Kolten Wong 2B Hawaii
28 Robert Stephenson RHP Alhambra HS, CA
29 Derek Fisher OF Cedar Crest HS, PA
30 Trevor Story SS Irving HS, TX
31 Dillon Maples RHP Pinecrest HS, NC
32 Jackie Bradley Jr OF South Carolina
33 Daniel Vogelbach 1B Bishop Verot HS, FL
34 Levi Michael SS/2B North Carolina
35 Brian Goodwin OF Miami-Dade JC
36 Dillon Howard RHP Searcy HS, Ark
37 Tyler Anderson LHP Oregon
38 Dante Bichette Jr 3B Orangewood Christian HS, FL
39 John Stilson RHP Texas A&M
40 Joe Ross RHP Bishop O’Dowd HS, CA
41 Sean Gilmartin LHP Florida State
42 Cory Spangenberg 3B Indian River JC
43 Larry Greene OF Berrien County HS, GA
44 Dwight Smith Jr OF McIntosh HS, GA
45 Andrew Susac C Oregon State
46 Brandon Nimmo OF East HS, WY
47 Travis Harrison 3B Tustin HS, CA
48 Josh Osich LHP Oregon State
49 Matt Dean 3B The Colony HS, TX
50 Connor Barron SS Sumrall HS, MS
51 Aaron Westlake 1B Vanderbilt
52 Kyle Winkler RHP TCU
53 Anthony Meo RHP Coastal Carolina
54 Tyler Marlette C Hagerty HS, FL
55 Nicky Delmonico C/3B Farragut HS, TN
56 Andrew Chafin LHP Kent State
57 Tony Zych RHP Louisville
58 Brett Austin C Providence HS, NC
59 Grayson Garvin LHP Vanderbilt
60 Joe Panik SS St John’s
61 Bryan Brickhouse RHP The Woodlands HS, TX
62 hudson Boyd RHP Bishop Verot HS, FL
63 Kevin Cron C/1B Mountain Pointe HS, AZ
64 Chris Reed LHP Stanford
65 Michael Fullmer RHP Deer Creek HS, Ok
66 Alex Dickerson OF Indiana
67 Jason Esposito 3B Vanderbilt
68 Noe Ramirez RHP Cal State Fullerton
69 Brad Miller SS Clemson
70 Charlie Tilson OF New Trier HS, IL
71 Ricky Oropesa 1B USC
72 B.A. Vollmuth 3B/SS Southern Miss
73 Keenyn Walker OF Central Arizona JC
74 Logan Verrett RHP Baylor
75 Ryan Wright 2B Louisville
76 Jake Hager SS Sierra Vista HS, NV
77 Tyler Greene SS West Boca raton HS, FL
78 Kyle Crick RHP Sherman HS, TX
79 Johnny Eierman OF Warsaw HS, MO
80 Andrew Gagnon RHP Long Beach State
81 Tommy LaStella 2B Coastal Carolina
82 Williams Jerez OF Grand Street HS, NY
83 Tyler Gibson OF Stratford Academy, GA
84 Michael Kelly RHP West Boca Raton HS, FL
85 Cameron Gallagher C Manheim Township HS, PA
86 Roman Quinn OF Port St Joe HS, FL
87 Zach Cone OF Georgia
88 Burch Smith RHP Oklahoma
89 Phillip Evans 2B/SS La Costa Canyon HS, CA
90 Mark Pope RHP Georgia Tech
91 Grandon Goetzman OF Palmetto HS, FL
92 Peter O’Brien C Bethune-Cookman
93 Cody Kukuk LHP Free State HS, KS
94 Brandon Loy SS Texas
95 Jace Peterson SS McNeese St
96 Gerrett Buechele 3B Oklahoma
97 Kes Carter OF Western Kentucky
98 Daniel Camarena LHP/OF Cathedral Catholic HS, CA
99 James McCann C Arkansas
100 Cody Asche 3B Nebraska

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