George Springer shows flashes of being the best power bat in the class with the ability to man center field. In any draft, those two key factors makes him an intriguing prospect.
On stuff alone, few prospects match Bauer’s ability on the hill and he should be on the Orioles’ short list of players to select at #4.
Sonny Gray’s stuff, including a 93-96 mph fastball, has him as one of the best arms in the 2011 draft class, but many are divided on his role as a professional.
Francisco Lindor is a high school shortstop from Montverde Academy HS (Fla) and is considered a top 15 overall talent in this year’s draft class.
Both players fit the mold of a Joe Jordan pet pick: advanced college left-handers with a good feel for pitching, a nice ceiling and the potential to rocket through the minor league system
With the help of Baseball Reference’s draft database, I have compiled a spreadsheet of every first-round (and first supplemental round) pick ever (June regular draft when applicable). First, some rudimentary data regarding first-round picks: Percentage of first-round picks that reached the majors: 59 (914/1547) — this includes picks from 2009 and 2010, for whom it […]
In 2010, Rendon would have been the first choice for many teams and could have made Mike Rizzo sleepless between selecting him over Bryce Harper.
Cole is easily the best pitcher in the 2011 draft class, a potential ace in a major league rotation, and an All-Star in the making.
If there is a way to describe Jed Bradley, it is prototypical: a left hander with natural sink on everything and a solid ground ball pitcher. He is one of the few college pitchers that can continue to see projection in the future and has only scratched the surface with his abilities.