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2011 MLB Draft – Top 50 Snapshot

Love how two labor-intensive numbers-based activities — taxes and report cards — seem to pop up seemingly out of nowhere every year around the same time, yet I somehow always find a way to sleep on both just long enough to give myself one hectic early April. With both out of the way, comments (i.e. Justin Gominsky time) and emails will be addressed by Wednesday night. In the meantime, in anticipation of Baseball America’s revised top 50 2011 draft prospects, here’s a list of my own top 50. Their list will be better, but what the heck. Should probably point out that this isn’t a true top 50 because I prefer to separate pitchers and hitters until the last possible second, but 25 + 25 = 50 so I think I’m in the clear. It was a pain in the neck figuring out how to place the pitchers…

1. RHP Gerrit Cole

2. LHP Jed Bradley

3. RHP Taylor Jungmann

4. RHP Trevor Bauer

5. LHP Matt Purke

6. RHP Sonny Gray

7. RHP Archie Bradley

8. LHP Danny Hultzen

9. RHP Dylan Bundy

10. LHP Daniel Norris

11. LHP Henry Owens

12. RHP Matt Barnes

13. RHP Kyle Smith

14. RHP Taylor Guerrieri

15. LHP Tyler Anderson

16. LHP Andrew Chafin

17. RHP Michael Kelly

18. RHP Dillon Howard

19. LHP Jake Cave

20. RHP Nick Burdi

21. RHP John Stilson

22. LHP Josh Osich

23. RHP Carson Smith

24. LHP Sam Stafford

25. RHP Scott McGough


1. 3B Anthony Rendon

2. OF Bubba Starling

3. OF George Springer

4. C Blake Swihart

5. OF/3B/1B Travis Harrison

6. OF Josh Bell

7. C Andrew Susac

8. OF Jackie Bradley

9. SS Francisco Lindor

10. C/1B CJ Cron

11. 2B Kolten Wong

12. 3B Javier Baez

13. OF Brian Goodwin

14. OF Mikie Mahtook

15. OF Josh Tobias

16. OF Billy Flamion

17. 2B Levi Michael

18. C Austin Hedges

19. SS Phil Evans

20. 3B Chris McFarland

21. OF Brandon Nimmo

22. C Tyler Marlette

23. OF Jacob Anderson

24. SS Tyler Greene

25. 3B BA Vollmuth


1 Comment

  1. Spock says:

    Lots of great players….also lots of the same big names from the showcase circuit.

    I really like how you have gone deeper than the vast majority of other raters out there and provide more sleepers and categorical talent; nice touch and value add.

    In the category of developing 5 tools with good makeup, there’s one kid that’s been missed but was rated by pro scouts as the “top sleeper” during the Area Code Games tryouts:

    Alex Newman – CF/OF – Gahr H.S. – Cerritos, CA

    He’s a gap hitter with speed and line drive power who also plays lock down defense in CF/RF.

    The most immediate comp which comes to mind for this kid is Andrew McCutchen:

    So, while some “big name” prospects have slipped lately, this kid has come out of virtual obscurity with momentum that’s forcing many SoCal area scouts to re-evaluate their stack ranking for OF prospects.

    This Newman kid is an exciting player on the rise.

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