2011 MLB Draft Preview

2011 MLB Draft Preview

Below is our first version of a “mock draft” for 2011.   It’s worth noting it’s way too early to create a mock draft because most teams have not yet begun considering who they will pick and the draft order has not even been finalized.  Therefore, the list really reads like a very preliminary list of the “top 50” players to help keeper league teams taking advantage of a deep 2011 draft class.   I still haven’t done much research, so I am sure many deserving players are not listed.  Feedback is appreciated regarding who should (or should not) be here.  Special thanks to Rivera Blues, which has been updating the draft-order, and Mack’s Mets, which does a terrific job compiling various draft-related information from across the web.

First Round
1.  Pittsburgh Pirates              Anthony Rendon—3B, Rice Univ.
2.  Seattle Mariners                Gerrit Cole—P, UCLA
3.  Arizona D’backs                 Matthew Purke—P, TCU
4.  Baltimore Orioles              Bubba Starling—OF, HS (Kan)
5.  Kansas City Royals           Jackie Bradley, Jr.—OF, Univ. of South Carolina
6.  Washington Nationals       Sonny Gray—P, Vanderbilt
7.  Arizona Diamondbacks     Archie Bradley—P, HS (Ok.)
8.  Cleveland Indians              George Springer—OF, Univ. of Connecticut
9.  Chicago Cubs                     Daniel Norris—P, HS (Tenn)
10. San Diego Padres             Matt Barnes—P, Univ. of Connecticut
11.  Houston Astros                 Taylor Jungmann—P, Univ. of Texas
12.  Milwaukee Brewers          Travis Harrison—OF, HS (Cal)
13.  New York Mets                  Jack Armstrong—P, Vanderbilt
14.  Florida Marlins                   Dylan Bundy—P, HS (Ok.)
15.  Milwaukee Brewers          Phil Evans—SS, HS (Cal.)
16.  Los Angeles Dodgers       Blake Swihart—C, HS (N.M.)
17.  Los Angeles Angels          Trevor Bauer—P, UCLA
18.  Oakland Athletics               Ricky Oporesa—1B, USC
19.  Boston Red Sox                  Michael Kelly—P, HS (Fla.)
20.  Colorado Rockies               Josh Tobias—2B/OF, HS (S.C.)
21.  Toronto Blue Jays               Preston Tucker—1B, Univ. of Florida
22.  St. Louis Cardinals             Christian Lopes—SS, HS (Cal.)
23.  Washington Nationals        Mickie Mahtook—OF, LSU
24.  Tampa Bay Rays                 Francisco Linder—SS, HS (Fla.)
25.  San Diego Padres               Henry Owens—P, HS (Cal.)
26.  Texas Rangers                    Levi Michael—INF, Univ. of North Carolina
27.  Cincinnati Reds                   Harold Martinez—3B, Univ. of Miami
28.  Atlanta Braves                      Jason Esposito—INF, Vanderbilt
29.  San Francisco Giants         Austin Woods—P, USC
30.  Minnesota Twins                 Dillon Howard—P, HS (Ark.)
31.  New York Yankees              Zach Cone—OF, Univ. of Georgia
32.  Tampa Bay Rays                 Jose Fernandez—P, HS (Fla.)
33.  Texas Rangers                     Matt Skole—3B, HS (Ga.)

First Round (Supplemental)
34.  Washington Nationals        Dwight Smith—OF, HS (Ga.)
35.  Toronto Blue Jays              Jed Bradley—P, Georgia Tech
36.  Boston Red Sox                 Tyler Beede—P, HS (Mass.)
37.  Texas Rangers                   Danny Hultzen—P, Univ. of Virginia
38.  Tampa Bay Rays                Alex Dickerson—OF, Univ. of Indiana
39.  Philadelphia Phillies          Austin Hedges—C, HS (Cal.)
40.  Toronto Blue Jays              Brett Mooneyham—P, Stanford
41.  Chicago White Sox            Alex Meyer—P, Univ. of Kentucky
42.  San Diego Padres             Dylan Maples—P, HS (N.C.)
43.  San Francisco Giants       Shawon Dunston, Jr.—OF, HS (Cal.)
44.  Minnesota Twins               Will Lamb—P, Clemson Univ.
45.  New York Yankees            Phillip Pfeifer—P, HS (Tn.)
46.  Tampa Bay Rays                Ryan Carpenter—P, Gonzaga Univ.
47.  San Diego Padres             Jake Cave—OF, HS (Va.)
48.  Minnesota Twins               Zach McPhee—2B, Arizona State
49.  Tampa Bay Rays                BA Vollmuth—SS, Southern Miss
50.  San Diego Padres             Peter O’Brien—C, Bethune-Cookman Univ.