With the 2011 MLB Draft (June 6-8) just a month away, the question still remains: Who will the Pirates take with the first overall pick?
Anthony Rendon (Rice) was the clear-cut favorite after last year's draft concluded. However, ankle and shoulder injuries combined with Gerrit Cole's (UCLA) phenomenal season this year, have had people second guessing. Keith Law from ESPN lists Gerrit Cole as the number one pick in his mock draft and blames Rendon's "poor play" as the reason.
The Pirates have the first pick for the first time since 2002, when they took Bryan Bullington based on his signing ability and passed on names such as Upton, Fielder, Swisher, Hamels, Saunders and Greinke. Pittsburgh will not make the same mistake twice—at least not from a monetary aspect.
Both Rendon and Cole are represented by Scott Boras, a money shark who will jack the prices of both players up after the draft. This year, it simply comes down to who the Pirates project to be more successful and beneficial to their franchise as they try to become a winning ball club in the near future.
On draft day, the first name called in the 2011 MLB Draft should be Anthony Rendon and these are the five reasons why.