MLB Draft 2011: Ranking the 25 Prospects Who Are Closest to MLB-Ready

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MLB Draft 2011: Ranking the 25 Prospects Who Are Closest to MLB-Ready

We've now reached the halfway point of the college baseball season, meaning the buildup to the 2011 MLB draft has officially started.

The usual suspects are still out in the forefront.

Guys like Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Sonny Gray are still top-five picks, while there's been some incredible movement by players like Taylor Jungmann and Danny Hultzen, who have catapulted themselves into top 10 or even top-five consideration.

In case you hadn't noticed, high school ball is also heating up. 

Pitchers Archie Bradley, Dylan Bundy and Taylor Guerrieri are securing their statuses with fine seasons, while Bubba Starling and Tyler Beede are just kicking off their seasons.

Regardless of what you think of the MLB draft, whether you love it or hate it (stupid compensation picks), the one thing that everyone wants to know is when their favorite team's top pick will make an impact on the big-league roster.

If you're a Giants or Reds fan, you probably care more about this than most, since you've benefited from the additions of Buster Posey and Mike Leake. Those are two players who sped through the minors, or in Leake's case, never even set foot on a minor league field, arriving in the majors just in time to make a huge impact on a team destined for the playoffs.

No matter who you root for, check it out, and when your favorite team selects Matt Barnes from UConn, you'll know when to expect him to join your team's big-league rotation.

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