2011 MLB Mock Draft Preview

2011 MLB Mock Draft Preview

The following is an early prediction of the 2011 draft.  I am creating this way too early considering the draft order and supplemental picks will not be decided for at least another six months.   There is no way to make any kind of accurate prediction regarding who teams will actually pick at this point (or on draft day, usually), so rather than a mock draft, the following is just a ranking of the draft’s top players appearing alongside an early prediction of next year’s draft order excluding supplemental picks.

In other words, this might the last time you read several of these names.  Nevertheless, I had so much fun creating the 2010 profiles that I wanted to provide a quick overview of some of the top players in the 2011 draft.   This draft class looks to be RIDICULOUSLY deep, especially with pitching.  I really like Jackie Bradley, and to a lesser degree, B.A. Vollmuth, but it should be noted Bradley is generally seen as a mid-first rounder and Vollmuth at #6 might be a little high.  We’ll create a “2011 mock draft” tab after signing day, and at some point, we’ll start creating profiles earlier to cover next year’s draft in greater detail.  

1. Baltimore Orioles                Anthony Rendon          3B, Rice University
2. Pittsburgh Pirates                Jackie Bradley, Jr.        OF, South Carolina  
3. Houston Astros                   Gerrit Cole                    P, UCLA
4. Seattle Mariners                  Matthew Purke             P, TCU
5. Arizona Diamondbacks      Travis Harrison             1B, Orange County, CA
6. Cleveland Indians               B.A. Vollmuth              SS, Southern Mississippi
7. Kansas City Royals             Daniel Norris                P, Johnson City, Tennessee
8. Milwaukee Brewers            Sonny Gray                  P, Vanderbilt University
9. Chicago Cubs                      Taylor Jungmann          P, University of Texas
10. Chicago White Sox           Dylan Bundy                P/IF, Tulsa, Oklahoma
11.Washington Nationals        Levi Michael                 INF, Univ. of North Carolina
12. Florida Marlins                  Alex Meyer                   P, Univ. of Kentucky
13. Oakland Athletics             Archie Bradley             P, Muskogee, Oklahoma
14.  Colorado Rockies            Dwight Smith               OF, Peachtree City, Georgia
15.  Detroit Tigers                   Jack Armstrong            P, Vanderbilt University
16.  Toronto Blue Jays            Danny Hultzen             P, Univ. of Virginia
17.  New York Mets               Preston Tucker              1B, Univ. of Florida
18.  Philadelphia Phillies         Jett Bandy                    C, University of Arizona
19.  Los Angeles Angels         Ryan Carpenter            P, Gonzaga
20.  San Francisco Giants       Logan Verrett               P, Baylor
21.  Texas Rangers                  Nick Delmonico           C, Knoxville, Tennessee
22.  Los Angeles Dodgers      Mickie Mahtook           OF, LSU
23.  St. Louis Cardinals          Deshorn Lake               P, Mechville, Virginia
24.  Cincinnati Reds               Zach Cone                    OF, University of Georgia
25.  San Diego Padres             Zack MacPhee              2B, Arizona State
26.  Boston Red Sox               Trevor Bauer                 P, UCLA
27.  Minnesota Twins              Deion Williams             SS, Stone Mountain, GA
28.  Tampa Bay Rays              Matt Barnes                  P, Connecticut
29.  Atlanta Braves                 Dante Bichette             3B, Orlando Florida
30.  New York Yankees         Chase Davidson           1B, Georgia