2011 MLB Draft: WAGs and Sports Hottie Edition
With the draft looming, now's the time to review each team's hottest dream.
From WAGS and cheerleaders to vivacious fans and cheering hotties, these women surround baseball with their flair and sex appeal.
Some franchises will be looking for a light at the end of the tunnel, while others will continue to infuse their system with hot commodities.
Only time will tell who comes out a winner.
For now, the fans will win as they get to hope and dream for a future star.
In the meantime, let's run the draft our way.
1. Pittsburgh Pirates: Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA
With the Pirates' 18 consecutive losing seasons, it's no wonder fans continue to bicker.
The Pirates are expected to take UCLA starter Gerrit Cole, despite having not had the greatest luck with taking a pitcher first overall—Kris Benson in 1996 and Bryan Bullington in 2002.
While Benson was average, Bullington is still carving out a career in Nippon Professional Baseball, a Japanese league.
However, it's time to go back to the roots and reminisce about the times when Anna Benson roamed the stadium as her husband attempted to change the Pirates' fortunes.
Unsuccessful, yet beautiful times.
2. Seattle Mariners: Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice
How could the Mariners crush this fan's dreams?
As they continue counting on first baseman Justin Smoak to mature into a star and Dustin Ackley to reach the big leagues, taking Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon second overall only adds significant promise to their future infield.
This apprehensive smile will soon brighten with the proper drafting.
3. Arizona Diamondbacks: Danny Hultzen, LHP, Virginia
This girl may have a physical pass to get on the field but the only way into her heart is with an infusion of youth into the Arizona minor league system.
Expected to draft Virginia lefty Danny Hultzen third overall, the Diamondbacks will focus on their future pitching rotation.
She can only bring fans to the stadium for so long.
4. Baltimore Orioles: Dylan Bundy, RHP, Owasso HS
While Brian Roberts has given the Orioles his whole career and 274 stolen bases at the top of the lineup, his wife, Diana, may have done more in pleasing the fanbase.
This year, Baltimore will focus on pitching and take Owasso High School righty Dylan Bundy with the fourth pick.
With Brian Matusz and Jeremy Guthrie showing immense potential, they see a rise to the top of the AL East as imminent.
So does Diana.
5. Kansas City Royals: Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA
Not only do the Royals miss Zach Greinke and his jaw-dropping curveball but they miss his WAG, Emily Kuchar.
Hopefully the former Cowboys cheerleader and Miss Daytona Beach still roots for Kansas City, as they are looking towards the future for their next ace.
They will most likely put their faith in the second UCLA pitcher drafted in the top five, fireballer Trevor Bauer.
He'll need her cheers for motivation.
6. Washington Nationals: Bubba Starling, OF, Gardner-Edgerton HS
After drafting phenom Bryce Harper last year, the Nationals will take another stellar offensive high school prospect this year in Gardner-Edgerton's Bubba Starling.
Once seen as the future quarterback of the Nebraska Huskers, Starling will take his talents to Washington instead, choosing baseball over football.
It has to be the guaranteed money that sways these athletes.
Unfortunately, Starling will miss out on a plethora of beautiful Husker fans.
7. Arizona Diamondbacks: Francisco Lindor, SS, Montverde Academy
Meet Lauren Thacker, the wife of second baseman Kelly Johnson, who stands by her man through thick and thin, through losing and winning.
Expected to take Montverde Academy shortstop Francisco Lindor with their second pick in the top 10, the Diamondbacks continue to add talented prospects to their system.
Justin Upton and Stephen Drew are already paying off with the big league club and Kelly Johnson continues to be an important role model for these youngsters.
His wife looks good by his side.
8. Cleveland Indians: Archie Bradley, RHP, Broken Arrow HS
Known as Grady Sizemore's girl, Brittany Binger is one of the main reasons the Indians are in first place in the AL Central at 33-24.
After finishing last year unsuccessfully, the Indians will look to take Archie Bradley, a 6'4" pitcher out of Broken Arrow High School.
Since losing Cliff Lee and C.C. Sabathia, the Indians have been in desperate need of an ace.
9. Chicago Cubs: George Springer, OF, Connecticut
While the Steve Bartman incident continues to haunt Cubs fans, it is clearly time to move on and look towards the future.
The Cubs are hoping that UConn outfielder George Springer can alleviate the pain and entrench himself in the outfield for good.
It's safe to say he has plenty of motivation to please these fans.
10. San Diego Padres: Matt Barnes, RHP, Connecticut
Despite being in last place, the Padres are optimistic about the future, thanks to pitching stud Mat Latos.
UConn righty Matt Barnes will look to garner similar attention as he is expected to be drafted by San Diego.
He isn't looking forward to leaving this sexy fan behind.
11. Houston Astros: Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Texas
The may be in last place in the NL Central but all the Astros need is some strong power pitchers to prevent hitters from pulling the ball over the left field wall that basically sits on third base.
Lanky right-hander Taylor Jungmann out of Texas might be that guy.
He must be praying that he can come to Houston to impress this girl.
12. Milwaukee Brewers: Mikie Mahtook, OF, LSU
The official spokesperson for Remington, third baseman Ryan Braun shot a commercial for their new ShortCut clipper with model Marisa Miller.
Getting her in Wisconsin is easily one of his greatest accomplishments despite being a potent offensive force every season.
With an increased sex appeal, the Brewers hope that LSU outfielder Mikie Mahtook will be excited to explode through the minors after they take him with the 12th overall pick.
13. New York Mets: Taylor Guerrieri, RHP, Spring Valley HS
While Mets fans continue to mourn the loss of Anna Benson (surely not Kris), only one WAG can truly turn heads.
Jason Pridie's girlfriend, former Arizona softball player Bianca Cruz, seems like the ideal prospect to be taken with this pick.
However, given the fact she is already part of the "team," the Mets will settle for Spring Valley High School pitcher Taylor Guerrieri.
14. Florida Marlins: Cory Spangenberg, 3B, River St. Junior College
The Marlins are tired of letting their Mermaids down every season.
Clearly, they put in all their effort and get nothing in return. It's time for change.
Florida hopes that Indian River St. Junior College third baseman Cory Spangenberg can help change their fortunes.
Hanley can't carry this team forever.
The cheerleaders, however, certainly can.
15. Milwaukee Brewers: Sonny Gray, RHP, Vanderbilt
These Vanderbilt fans may be smiling now but they'll be crying when the ace of their pitching staff, Sonny Gray, is drafted by the Brewers in this slot.
He may go on to have a great MLB career but he will always remember his best times being at Vanderbilt with his loyal followers.
Until the next star comes along.
16. Los Angeles Dodgers: Tyler Anderson, LHP, Oregon
With two young pitching stars in lefty Clayton Kershaw and righty Chad Billingsley, the Dodgers seem ready to stick with hurlers in the 2011 draft.
This fan is more than excited for the future as she is confident in the Dodgers' decision-making.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti is hoping Oregon pitcher Tyler Anderson can make him a smart man.
He's already a smart man for attracting these fans.
17. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Jose Fernandez, RHP, Alonso HS
The Angels are planning to have this girl in the dugout for every minor league game that their first-round prospect plays in.
Expected to take Alonso High School pitcher Jose Fernandez with the 17th pick, the Angels are looking to significantly improve their future rotation.
They are hoping Fernandez can erase the memories of John Lackey.
18. Oakland Athletics: Levi Michael, SS, UNC
This is the quality of loyalty that UNC shortstop Levi Michael will leave when he turns pro.
With Cliff Pennington not becoming what the Athletics had hoped, it is time for them to move on to the next option.
On the other hand, they might have to wait three or four years to see Michael in an Oakland uniform.
19. Boston Red Sox: Jed Bradley, RHP, Georgia Tech
After a slow start, the Sox continue to climb towards the top of the AL East, with their sexy fanbase rooting them on.
While they are expected to take Georgia Tech righty Jed Bradley with the 19th pick, they don't have to look far for comfort in case his career doesn't pan out.
Reaching the major leagues equates to seeing these fans so it's no wonder they have so many prospects darting through the system.
20. Colorado Rockies: C.J. Cron, 1B, Utah
It's clear that the only way the Rockies can convince pitchers to come to Coors Field is to occupy the stands with sexy babes.
On the other hand, with an aging Todd Helton, the Rockies will look to draft Utah first baseman C.J. Cron to take over future responsibilities.
With young stars Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez leading the squad, top prospects will have an easier time making the transition.
21. Toronto Blue Jays: Josh Bell, OF, Jesuit College Prep
Holly Madison clearly has a technically sound stance and the power to crush the baseball.
While she seems like the obvious prospect to draft, she just misses the cut.
Instead, the Blue Jays will decide to take outfielder Josh Bell out of Jesuit College Prep.
He has more time to focus on baseball, while Holly is searching for the camera.
22. St. Louis Cardinals: Daniel Norris, LHP, Johnson City
The Cardinals will count on their sexy fans to keep Albert Pujols in town and happy.
In the meantime, they will look to draft Daniel Norris, a pitcher out of Johnson City (TN).
He can learn under the tutelage of unheralded pitching star Jaime Garcia.
23. Washington Nationals: Alex Meyer, RHP, Kentucky
After going offense with their first pick, look for the Nationals to take gargantuan pitcher Alex Meyer out of Kentucky.
The 6'9" righty will be leaving his sexy fans behind but it's doubtful he could even see them as his head was often in another atmosphere.
These buildings seem to have the same problem.
24. Tampa Bay Rays: Javier Baez, SS/3B, Arlington Country Day HS
Known as Evan Longoria's girlfriend, the Buccaneers cheerleader, Jamie Hanna, is expected to root for any team in Florida.
The Rays will need her more than ever to excite their top draft pick.
Expected to take the hometown product, infielder Javier Baez, out Arlington Country Day HS, the Rays are hoping he can team up with 2008 first overall pick Tim Beckham to help solidify a potent infield already led by superstar Evan Longoria at third base.
A lot of promise in Tampa Bay.
25. San Diego Padres: Dillon Howard, RHP, Searcy HS
Life is good for Padres star Mat Latos.
He continues to shine amidst his team's struggles, and his girlfriend looks like this.
His life could only improve if the Padres brought in support for the pitching staff.
Having drafted Matt Barnes at 10th overall, they decide to stick with pitching and take Searcy High School hurler Dillon Howard.
26. Boston Red Sox: Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy
Another Sox pick is just one more chance to look at their sexy fans.
After taking left-handed starter Jed Bradley out of Georgia Tech at No. 19, they will draft a righty, Lawrence Academy's Tyler Beede, with this pick.
The rich get richer.
27. Cincinnati Reds: Robert Stephenson, RHP, Alhambra HS
While they may be 5.5 games out of first in the NL Central at 30-30, they have a team that knows how to win and a loyal fanbase willing to root as hard as it takes to make things happen.
Aside from Johnny Cueto, the pitching rotation has been struggling and the offense can only do so much.
The Reds will need to shore up that rotation and realize they should take righty Robert Stephenson out of Alhambra High School in California.
With a young and potent offense, it's time to focus more on pitching.
28. Atlanta Braves: Henry Owens, LHP, Edison HS
The Braves were expecting a big year, with promising star Jason Heyward coming off a stellar rookie season and first base prospect Freddie Freeman ready to make noise in the pros.
Unfortunately, with injuries and inconsistent play, the Braves rest in the middle of the NL East but have yet to define their season, which might be a good thing.
They will take a chance on a high school pitching prospect, drafting 6'5" California lefty Henry Owens.
Don't these fans deserve the best?
29. San Francisco Giants: Joe Ross, RHP, Bishop O'Dowd HS
Coming off their World Series last year, the Giants felt pretty good about themselves this year—that is, until Buster Posey got derailed at home plate.
While he will recover and come back strong next year, the Giants need to bring in more prospects into the minors who will one day throw to their star backstop.
With Zach Wheeler's name ubiquitously involved in trade rumors and Madison Bumgarner already helping the big league club, another young pitching prospect could only make the future better.
Bishop O'Dowd High School pitcher Joe Ross could be that guy.
Never distrust the Giants when drafting pitchers; they rarely fail.
30. Minnesota Twins: Kolten Wong, 2B, Hawaii
If the Twins are anything like their fans, they are ready for business and don't play around.
In last place in the AL Central and with Joe Mauer on the 60-day DL, the Twins haven't started the year as they predicted but realize they still need some work at the top of the lineup.
They will most likely take Hawaii second baseman Kolten Wong with the 30th overall pick to add some energy to the front of the lineup.
They don't want to let this fan down.
31. Tampa Bay Rays: Brandon Nimmo, OF, East HS
That girl to our left looks very familiar (Brett Favre is blushing).
Either way, this is the first of back-to-back picks for the Rays and they will decide to go with offense first and pitching second.
East High School outfielder Brandon Nimmo is the choice as the Rays continue to add youth to their outfield.
Prospect Desmond Jennings hasn't yet panned out but they will look to add promise to a potentially star-studded outfield.
After a recent tease, the Rays are looking to reach the upper echelon of the AL East once again.
32. Tampa Bay Rays: Anthony Meo, RHP, Coastal Carolina
We just can't get enough of these Florida fans.
Expect Coastal Carolina pitcher Anthony Meo to be the next pick and the third first-round pick for the Rays in this hefty draft.
Taking two pitchers and one outfielder, the Rays continue to build their system through the draft.
Now it's time to hold onto these players once they reach stardom.
33. Texas Rangers: Josh Osich, LHP, Oregon State
The Rangers are hot right now and in first place in the AL West.
Their fans also know what it takes to win.
Alexi Ogando is 6-0 with a 2.20 earned run average and making it clear that pitching wins championships.
They were so close last year but just fell short to the Giants, who were rich with pitchers.
The Rangers will stick with the pitching philosophy and take Josh Osich, a lanky 6'5" lefty from Oregon State.
He'll be anxious to please these fans.