2011 MLB Draft: Ranking the 25 Best High School Prospects

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2011 MLB Draft: Ranking the 25 Best High School Prospects
Blake Swihart is the top high-school catcher, and could be a top-15 pick.

Last year's high-school draft crop was pretty good, but it doesn't hold a candle to this year's class, which is the best, and deepest, since at least 2009.

That class included Zack Wheeler (No. 6 pick), Jacob Turner (9), Tyler Matzek (11), Matt Purke (14-unsigned), Chad James (18), Shelby Miller (19), Mike Trout (25), Nick Franklin (27), Reymond Fuentes (28), Slade Heathcott (29) and Levon Washington (30-unsigned).

And that was just in the first-round.

In the later rounds, gems like Tyler Skaggs (40), Chris Owings (41), Mychal Givens (54), Tommy Joseph (55), Billy Hamilton (57), Nolan Arenado (59), J.R. Murphy (76), Wil Myers (91), and Robbie Erlin (93) were found.

Prospects available in this draft include multiple top-of-the-rotation pitchers such as Dylan Bundy, Archie Bradley and Taylor Guerrieri.

It also has several hitters worthy of middle-of-the-lineup placement, like Bubba Starling, Dante Bichette Jr. and Travis Harrison. It has Gold Glove caliber defenders like Francisco Lindor and Javier Baez, as well as a collection of potential five-tool talent that hasn't been seen since the 2005 draft.

It all adds up to an amazingly impressive crop, and one that could leave a lasting impact on the 2011 draft.

So, without further ado, let's get to know the top-25 draft prospects a little bit better, starting with... 

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