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The 2011 MLB Draft: Recap of the Results, 1st Round Picks and Future Stars

Monday June 6, 2011

MLB reports:  After months of speculation, the 2011 MLB Draft arrived.  One of the most debated drafts in years, many of the players were known but where they would be drafted remained a mystery right up until today.  After Washington drafted Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper the last two years with the top overall pick, who would go #1 this year was shrouded in secrecy.  Rumors had the Pirates grabbing Gerrit Cole going #1 by most outlets.  However, Rendon, Hultzen and even Bundy were getting a great deal of hype.

We have prepared below a list of the First Round picks in the 2011 MLB Draft.  We have listed the players by position, school, draft position and team.  We have also provided our analysis and opinions.  Time will tell which players end up justifying their draft positions.  Some players got drafted according to talent skills.  Others according to team needs and even signability played a large part for many.  This was definitely one of the most exciting drafts that I have ever covered.  The amount of talent available played a huge part as did the buzz generated before the draft due to the explosion of the internet and social media.  Compared to the pre-draft predictions and mock drafts, the final results ended up surprising and shocking many.  We definitely look forward to revisiting this draft list over the next few years and analyze which picks worked out and the ones that bombed.  Half of the fun is predicting the draft and the rest is second guessing it.

The Results of the First Round of the 2011 MLB Draft are as follows:

1.  Pittsburgh Pirates:  Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA

The consensus top choice of the draft ended up going in the top spot.  The top arm of the draft, teams love drafting big power arms.  With Jameson Taillon, Pittsburgh will have a scary 1-2 punch and will have their future all-star catcher Tony Sanchez to handle the staff.  The Yankees loss in 2008 is the Pirates gain.  Cole can hit 102 mph on the radar gun.  It will be interesting to see who will end up being the better starter between Cole, Hultzen and Bundy.  Cole has battled some command issues this season but the ceiling is very high on this future star.  A solid pick overall.  I would have gone with Rendon but this was a pick that the Pirates almost had to make.

2.  Seattle Mariners:  Danny Hultzen, LHP, Virginia

Widely expected Anthony Rendon starts his drop.  After not going #1, many expected the Mariners to take Rendon.  Hultzen goes up all the way to #2 as the Mariners continue to stock up on pitching.  Hultzen has three strong pitches and had a huge season for Virginia this year.  The kid will look for big bucks and the Mariners will open up their wallet.  The surprises have already begun to start the draft and shows that mock drafts can simply be thrown out the window once the real show begins.  If the goal of teams is to build strong rotations a la the Giants and Rays, then the Mariners are well on their way to building a contender.  King Felix, Prince Pineda and Hultzen should give the Mariners one of the top rotations in the AL West, if not all of baseball one day.  The irony is that the Diamondbacks were picking next and had taken Hultzen out of high school in 2008.  Arizona lost out on him again.

3.  Arizona Diamondbacks:  Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA

Many mock drafts got this one correctly.  Only 6’0″, Bauer is drawing Lincecum comparisons.  He may be one of the quicker climbs to the majors and was part of the reason why he was drafted.  Diamondbacks also wanted him and didn’t think he would last until the 7th pick.  So far in the year of the pitcher, all top 3 picks are starters.  As the Rendon drop continues, I see him going no later than #6 to Washington who would love to add another strong bat.

4.  Baltimore Orioles:  Dylan Bundy, RHP, Owasso (Okla.) HS

Four picks.  Four starting pitchers.  Orioles love their young pitchers and Bundy will be a big addition.  Bundy was expected to possibly go as high as #2 and some had him pegged at #1.  He throws 100+ mph and is looking for a big contract.  Joe Bundy, the brother of Dylan is also an Oriole and we may see the brothers on the field together one day.  Known to have a great work ethic and should be a great addition for the Orioles.  Some reports had the Royals hoping that Bundy would fall next to #5 but his potential was too much for the Orioles to pass up on.

5.  Kansas City Royals:  Bubba Starling, OF, Gardner Edgerton (Kan.) HS

This is the case of the local boy who made good.  Starling is considered one of the best athletes in the draft and will excel in his hometown for years to come.  What a scary offense he will form with Myers, Moustakas and Hosmer.  Another multi-sport star, Starling will have to choose between football and baseball.  The hometown advantage should win out and we will see Starling patrolling the Royals outfield one day soon.  A solid pick and even better for the Nationals, who grab the former lock #1 pick going into the season, Anthony Rendon at #6.

6.  Washington Nationals:  Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice

My pick to go first overall, Rendon falls all the way to #6.  Not that the Nationals will complain.  With injury concerns including shoulder, Rendon was seen by many as the top bat of the draft.  I cannot believe that 5 other teams could pass him up and Washington fans should be dancing in the streets.  Washington in 3-4 years will be a huge powerhouse team with the Royals.  Perhaps a World Series matchup one day?

7.  Arizona Diamondbacks (for unsigned 2010 first rounder Barret Loux):  Archie Bradley, RHP, Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS

The year of the pitcher continues.  Another two-sport player, Bradley will also have to pick baseball over football.  A huge price tag and expected to fall into the teens, the Diamondbacks targeted their player and grabbed him.  On a rebuilding team, a solid pick with a high ceiling.

8.  Cleveland Indians:  Francisco Lindor, SS, Montverde (Fla.) Academy

A shortstop with pop, the Indians found the future replacement for Asdrubal Cabrera.  A safe pick, many expected the Indians to go with a starting pitcher here.

9.  Chicago Cubs:  Javier Baez, SS, Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day School

Another hugely talented player out of Florida.  A-Rod comparisons anyone?  Baez is seen to have a strong bat.  He may not stay at shortstop but Baez should be a solid bat for a team in dire need of offense.  With Castro entrenched at short, it will be interesting to see where Baez plays on the diamond.

10.  San Diego Padres (for unsigned 2010 first rounder Karsten Whitson):  Cory Spangenberg, 2B, Indian River (Fla.) JC

A versatile player, Spagenberg also plays shortstop and outfield.  The next Chone Figgins or Ben Zobrist?  One of the top athletes of the draft, signability issues had led to experts pegging him as a late first rounder.  Despite failing to sign last year’s pick, the Padres were not afraid to go with another high-risk, high-reward player.  This may be the future center fielder of the Padres, with great defense and plus speed to go along with a solid bat.

11.  Houston Astros:  George Springer, OF, UConn

Great bat speed and huge upside.  There are doubts if the kid will be a superstar but the Astros like him and grabbed him early.  Not sure how well his bat will translate to the majors but has drawn Grady Sizemore comparisons.  A great outfielder who will likely stay in center field, the upside was too high for the Astros to pass up on him.  He will be compared to fellow draftee Bubba Starling and who will become the better player.  I can’t say that I am particularly happy with this selection as Taylor Jungmann should have gone to Houston at this slot.

12.  Milwaukee Brewers:  Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Texas

Jungmann is a 6’6″ pitcher and considered a very advanced pitcher.  I thought he might go in the top-5 and would not fall past Houston.  But the Brewers got lucky and grabbed one of the best pitchers still available at #12.  As a local product, Jungmann was a great fit for Houston.  But as a team that needs to restock its prospects cupboard, the Brewers got one of the “can’t miss” kids.  We may be looking at the future Brewers ace.

13.  New York Mets:  Brandon Nimmo, OF Cheyenne East (Wyo.) HS

The Mets…the Mets….what are they thinking?  He did not play high school ball and was projected by some as a 2nd rounder.  Lots of talents, but the comparisons to Rocco Baldelli do not get me very excited.  High reward and high risk player.  If he does project into a future Andy Van Slyke, the Mets will be pleased.  But for a team in dire need of talent in its system, I would have gone with more certainty.  Playing its home game in a pitcher’s park, I expected a pitcher here.  But as this draft is showing us, you never know what will happen.  Mets fans tomorrow morning will probably be angry in what is shaping as the roughest season in team history.

14.  Florida Marlins:  Jose Fernandez, RHP, Tampa Alonso (Fla.) HS

A local product, Fernandez is 6’4″ and 220 pounds.  The Marlins love their upside pitchers and Fernandez has one of the best arms in the draft.  Concerns over legal issues may have led him to fall and some expected him to go later in the 1st round.  But the Marlins took the best available arm and with the need to sell seats in their new ballpark, Fernandez could not be passed up.  Questions on maturity also dog him and we may be seeing another Matt Garza scenario.  But if Fernandez comes close to matching Garza’s numbers in the majors, the Marlins will be pleased.  A good pick that makes sense.

15.  Milwaukee Brewers (for unsigned 2010 first rounder Dylan Covey):  Jed Bradley, LHP, Georgia Tech

Combined with Jungmann, the Brewers are the big winners thus far.  A very advanced pitcher, Bradley was a top-10 pick for me going into the draft.  The Brewers always have strong scouting and it doesn’t surprise me that they did not pass up on this kid.  Congrats to Milwaukee, well done.

16.  Los Angeles Dodgers:  Chris Reed, LHP, Stanford

A closer at Stanford, Reed is a big boy at 6’4″, 195 lbs.  Reports indicate that he may move to the rotation, although at this point I see him staying in the pen.  A nice pick, I had him going in the 2nd round and not drafted early by the Dodgers.  I suspect signability had a lot to do with this one as the Dodgers do not likely have the money available to go with a high-profile prospect.  I have never approved a selection based on money considerations and thus would label this one as likely a failure in the making.

17.  Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim:  C.J. Cron, 1B, Utah

The Angels were smart with this pick, as they need bats in the system and Cron had one of the biggest bats in the country.  Cron was projected to be a late first-rounder but the Angels did not let him slip.  Cron comes from a baseball family, as his father is a manager at AA and his brother will likely be drafted this year as well.  For a team that usually goes with pitching, I’m impressed that Anaheim broke away from its mold and went with a college bat.  Kudos to the Angels on their choice.

18.  Oakland Athletics:  Sonny Gray, RHP, Vanderbilt

Projected by some as a top-10 selection, the A’s got Gray with the 18th pick.  Great stuff and despite standing at only 5’11”, the Athletics could not pass on his potential.  I think that Gray will end up in the bullpen and Oakland likely sees him as a future closer.  The A’s do not do many things traditionally and they obviously saw enough in Gray to take him in the 1st round.  I am sitting on the fence with this pick but my guts says a strong starter would have better served the team long-term.

19.  Boston Red Sox (from Tigers for Type-A Victor Martinez):  Matt Barnes, RHP, UConn

Another projected top-10 pick, the Red Sox nab Barnes at #19.  At 6’4″ 205 lbs, the Red Sox get themselves a great arm.  Lively stuff with a smooth delivery, Red Sox nation has to be pleased with this choice.  This teams knows how to draft, plain and simple.  Some mock drafts had Barnes as high as #5.  Somehow the Red Sox always seem to walk away with winners from the draft, despite drafting late.  Strong scouting and deep pockets always help.

20.  Colorado Rockies:  Tyler, Anderson, LHP, Oregon

The greatest pitcher in Oregon history, Anderson is seen very close to the majors.  An advanced pitcher that should do really well in Colorado.  After growing up in Vegas, Anderson will be ready for the weather conditions of Colorado.   A relatively safe pick, Anderson went a little higher than I expected.  But with Cron and Barnes off the board, the Rockies went with their next highest rated player.

21.  Toronto Blue Jays:  Tyler Beede, RHP, Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy

The Red Sox were hoping to land this kid at #26 but the Jays nabbed the Mass. product early.  I would have gone with Bell or Purke with this pick, but the Jays clearly saw a lot in this kid to make this surprise pick.  Beede is planning to go to Vanderbilt but with a strong offer, he will likely sign.  Theo Epstein is likely not happy after losing out on him, but the Jays should be pleased with their choice.  If they are able to sign him.  With a debate on signability, the Jays went high-risk and high-reward with this pick.

22.  St. Louis Cardinals:  Kolten Wong, 2B, Hawaii

A strong hitter and seen as a good defender, the Cardinals did really well for themselves here.  Kolten Wong was seen as a late first-rounder, with average speed and power.  He will be more of a project, but the Cardinals are seen as getting a kid with good makeup.  It is hard to get many superstars this late, but a good solid second baseman should be seen as a nice selection if he pans out.  Guerrieri, Bell and Swihart are still on the board, as is Purke who would have been higher ceiling picks.  The Cardinals went safe here, but a guaranteed return has value sometimes as well.

23.  Washington Nationals (from White Sox for Type-A Adam Dunn):  Alex Meyer, LHP, Kentucky

Standing 6’9″, the Nationals went for a big time pitcher, literally.  There is a chance that Meyer could be a starter and might be the next Randy Johnson.  Or he could become the next Andrew Brackman or maybe a future closer.  These types of picks are hard to project and Meyer like many tall pitchers will need to find control if he is to succeed in the majors.  Still many good players on the board but after going with the safe Rendon, the Nationals went with the high ceiling project here.  Future hall-of-famer or bust?  We won’t know on Meyer for a few years.

24.  Tampa Bay Rays (from Red Sox for Type-A Carl Crawford):  Taylor Guerrieri, RHP, Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley HS

This was a top-12 pick on many boards, but maturity issues dogged Guerrieri to drop this low.  One of the best arms in the draft, the Rays have done it again.  On pure talent, Guerrieri can compete with almost any pitcher in the draft.  He has a very strong fastball and pitching in the Rays system, he could develop in a hurry.  Clearly makeup did not scare the team and the Rays made a strong selection.  After losing Carl Crawford, the Rays got back a big piece today for their organization.

25.  San Diego Padres:  Joe Ross, RHP, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd HS

The younger brother of Oakland A’s pitcher Tyson Ross, the Padres get a 6’2″, 180 lbs pitcher.  Ross was expected to perhaps go to the A’s or Giants, but he still stays local and goes to San Diego.  Pitching in San Diego, Ross should do very well in a pitcher’s park.  I have read good reports on the kid and he should be a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter.  Nice pick for the Padres.

26.  Boston Red Sox (from Rangers for Type-A Adrian Beltre):  Blake Swihart, C, Rio Rancho (N.M.) Cleveland HS

The Red Sox continue to clean up as they draft the strongest hitting catcher of the draft.  His bat compares to Chase Utley, which is a nice comparison.  The Red Sox were supposed to take Swihart at #19 but were able to nab Barnes and still get their man at #26.  A win-win night for the strong drafting Red Sox.

27.  Cincinnati Reds:  Robert Stephenson, RHP, Martinez CA, Alhambra HS

Stephenson had back-to-back no-hitters in high-school and was seen as going to the Giants possibly at #29.  This kid has huge upside and for a team that drafts exceptionally every year, the Reds have likely found themselves another winner.  Especially if the Giants were looking at him as a possible choice, Stephenson will be a prospect to keep an eye on.

28.  Atlanta Braves:   Sean Gilmartin, LHP, Florida State

The Braves grab a college lefty late in the draft and they have gone with a more ready arm in Gilmartin.  Considered a safe pick, the Braves went with a winner with a good selection of pitches and fluid delivery.  Gilmartin continues the trend of the “pitcher’s draft”.

29.  San Francisco Giants:  Joe Panik, SS, St. John’s

A New York native, Derek Jeter is his favorite player.  Not on many boards, the Giants went a little high on Panik.  Did they “Panik” with this pick?  Yes.  With such deep pitching, the Giants had to get some bats into their system.  A player who is seen as very intense and playing the game the right way, Panik could be a decent bat, strong glove for the Giants.  But since he would have likely been there for them in the 2nd round, I think they reached early.  I would have gone for Bell or Purke and taken my chances with a risky signing with this pick and having a higher ceiling.

30.  Minnesota Twins:  Levi Michael, SS, North Carolina

A switch-hitting shortstop, not a bad pick for the Twins.  Some experts had him in the early 20s, but playing hurt his numbers were average.  Michael plays hard and is seen as a solid defender.  A Twins-type player according to Gammons, we could be looked at the future shortstop of the Twins.  While Michael does not have much power, he should hit for average and should be a good gritty ballplayer.  Personally, I still like the higher upside players but with budgetary concerns, the Twins like safer type picks that are signable.  Michael fits the bill.

31.  Tampa Bay Rays (from Yankeesfor Type-A Rafael Soriano):  Mikie Mahtook, OF, LSU

A top-15 pick who falls to #31, the Rays nab a fairly strong prospect.  A really strong defender, Mahtook will be a great center fielder.  He can hit for average, some power and will steal many bases.  Many experts will be happy with this pick and with a strong scouting staff, the Rays grabbed themselves another good one.  A hard worker with lots of talent, we could see the next Carl Crawford here.  The Brewers, Red Sox, Nationals and Rays are my big winners thus far.

32.  Tampa Bay Rays:  Jake Hager, SS, Sierra Vista HS (NV)

The Rays go with a project here but with 3 picks in the 1st round, they could afford to take an easy sign with tools.  As more of a late 2nd round type selection, this pick was financially driven and not my preference.  With stronger players on the board, I would have liked to see the Rays to go for more of a proven commodity.

33.  Texas Rangers (from Phillies for Type-A Cliff Lee):  Kevin Matthews, LHP, Richmond Hill HS (GA)

The Rangers go with pitching with the last pick of the 1st round.  He is apparently destined to go to Virginia but the Rangers went for the high-risk, high-reward pick.  The Rangers have all of a sudden becoming a breeding ground for pitching and Matthews fits the mold of what Texas looks for in a pitcher.  Signability aside, Matthews is an extremely talented pitcher and will be a huge success if signed by the team.  Otherwise, with the last pick of the first round, the Rangers were not taking a huge chance but tried to score big.

Still sitting on the board at this point were expected first round picks Larry Greene, Daniel Norris, Josh Bell, Matt Purke and Henry Owens.  It goes to show you that no matter how well we try to project these drafts, surprises will always result.  For curiosity, check out our recent articles in the past few days on the draft and see how our inside scouts did.  You might be surprised.  While it takes skill and knowledge to try to predict these drafts, it is far from an exact science.  But when projections do turn into reality, it is always a great feeling. 

Updating the 2011 MLB Draft:  Baseball Prospects and Draft Projections

The 2011 MLB Draft: The Report and Inside Scoops

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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

The 2011 MLB Draft: The Report and Inside Scoops

Saturday May 28, 2011

MLB reports:  For all the baseball fans, observers and analysts, one of the happiest events in the year is almost upon us.  The 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.  All the standout players that we have all been tracking on-line and reading about in publications like Baseball America are about to be drafted by major league teams and hopefully signing their first professional contracts in hopes of one day making the big leagues.  The draft is scheduled to run between June 6th – June 8th and will be broadcast live on

The talk around baseball is that changes could be in store for the MLB draft, as early as the 2012 draft year.  With the expected potential of increased restrictions on entry player salaries, the word is that players will be more likely to sign this year under the current system.  It will be interesting to see what percentage of drafted players sign with their teams and how many decide to re-enter the draft.  With the MLB draft system in transition, the 2011 draft should turn out to be one of the most interesting baseball events in some time.

Once upon a time the MLB draft was conducted secretly over the telephone with little to no media coverage.  But in our golden age of internet and instant media, the draft has become a featured event.  After the Nationals recently drafted Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper in consecutive years, the topic of the top picks in the MLB draft has become a heated debated among baseball observers.  With the high talent level this year, the discussions are raging louder than ever.

Considered to be a very deep draft pool, the 2011 class is heavy with pitching prospects.  Names like Gerrit Cole, Dylan Bundy and Trevor Bauer are on the lips of all baseball analysts.  Although not as strong in the hitting department, the media has worked overtime in profiling the likes of Anthony Rendon and Bubba Starling, among others.  Looking at the early predictions of the “experts”, it appears that the expected draft results are literally all over the map.  With the draft a little over a week away, the anxiety over the results of the draft continues to increase.

With so much talent in the 2011 draft, there appears to be a range of debate as to which team each players will be drafted by and in what draft position.  Thanks to our inside scouts, MLB reports will shed some light for you today as to some of the expected results.  We have compiled our list of rising and falling prospects and which teams have been linked to certain players.  Are you ready for the inside scoops on the 2011 MLB draft?  Let’s jump right into it and see what our scouts had to say about many of the players in the 2011 draft class (noted draft ranking by beside each player and position):


Dylan Bundy RHP (4) – Owassa HS (Okla.), Senior 

It’s not much of a rise when you are a top 5 pick, but with his strong on-field demeanor and stuff being among the best in the draft, he may end up with the best career of any 2011 draft member.”

Taylor Jungmann RHP (7) – Texas, Junior

“Looking like a great fit for #8 Indians.  Cleveland has shown they have the bats in the system to compete and have stock piled arms lately.  If they think they could compete in the next 3-4 years, then a college arm who could move quickly up their system is exactly what they will be looking for.”

Brandon Nimmo OF (30) – Cheyenne East HS (Wyo.), Sr.

“Big time bat that projects to move quick in nearly any system and the draft.  This kid is loved by the New York Yankees but shouldn’t get past the Toronto Blue Jays or Milwaukee Brewers.”

Joshua Bell OF (23) – Jesuit College Prep (Texas), Senior

“One of the best true bats available.  The Angels have outfielders spread throughout the organization, but the Angels must see a Trout/Bell outfield if he is available at #17.”


Taylor Guerrieri RHP (13) – Spring Valley HS (S.C.), Senior

“Multiple legal issues (had to switch high schools) and off-field issues could have Guerrieri slip.  He is one of the top prep arms in the draft so someone will take a flyer high.  If he gets by the #7 pick (Arizona), he could get into the teens.”

Kolten Wong 2B (25) – Hawaii, Junior

“Once a projected top 15 pick, many believe Wong may not go into the 1st round.  The falling is for no-fault of his own.  Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays amongst most interested.”

Anthony Meo RHP (26) – Coastal Carolina, Junior 

“Threw a no-hitter in Big South opener.  Big time success at college level and should have a nice pro career (think Blake Cooper with more upside) but there are some concerns with his delivery.  Some teams see Meo as a future reliever which could see him slip.  Meo was drafted previously in the 43rd round in 2008 out of High School by the Nationals.”

Jake Eliopoulos LHP (N/A)

“Once taken in the 2nd round by the Blue Jays in 2009 (higher than Jake Marisnick), he decided to turn down the Jays offer of $525,000+ to go to school.  Eliopoulos then attended two schools and was drafted again, this time by the Dodgers.   With an ERA above 10.00 at junior college, he is currently pitching for the Jet Box Baseball Club and went 2 IP with 10 BB and was hitting 85-86 mph as per Bob Elliot (Twitter).  I would expect the Jays or even Seattle to draft him in the late 40’s with little to no signing bonus just because of his past.”

What we are hearing:  Players that Teams are Considering

Oakland Athletics:   Daniel Norris, Alex Meyer, George Springer

New York Mets:  Brandon Nimmo, Matt Barnes, Cory Spangenberg, Jed Bradley

Toronto Blue Jays:  Sean Gilmartin, Josh Bell, Daniel Norris

Kansas City Royals:  Dylan Bundy, Gerrit Cole, Bubba Starling

Where the Players are Likely to Land

Nick Ahmed – SS – University of Connecticut – Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals

Peter O’Brien (40) – C – Bethune-Cookman – Florida Marlins, New York Mets

Aaron Brown – OF – Chatsworth HS – Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres

Michael Reed – OF – Leander HS – Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros

Matthew Purke (27) – TCU – Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers

Andrew Chafin (39) – Kent State – Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves

Tyler Beede (50) – Lawrence Academy HS – Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds

Tom Robson – Lander, BC – Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets

Kevin Matthews – Richmond Hill HS – Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers

Carter Capps – Mount Olive – Milwaukee Brewers

Mike Wright – East Carolina – Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins

Steven Proscia – University of Virginia – Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies

Andrew Faulkner – South Aiken HS – Atlanta Braves, New York Mets

Carlos Rodon – Holly Springs HS – Kansas City Royals, Washington Nationals

Chuck Ghysels – University of Maryland – Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves

Justin Atkinson – North Surrey, BC – Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros

Trevor Gretzky (son of Wayne Gretzky) – Oaks Christen HS – Los Angeles Angels

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