2011 MLB Draft Results: Grading All of the AL First-Round Picks

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2011 MLB Draft Results: Grading All of the AL First-Round Picks
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As the First Round unfolded (including the compensation round), it became clear that this day belonged to three teams: The Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays.

Combined, these three clubs possessed 19 of the first 60 picks, almost a full third.

It also proved incredibly difficult to grade these drafts as there is so much uncertainty this early in the process.  Therefore, I tried to look at team needs, likelihood of signing drafted players and obvious reaches.

This draft has been touted as the deepest in years and as such, there was some serious talent that fell a lot farther than expected, including Anthony Rendon from potential first pick to Washington at sixth overall.

So without further ado, here are my very early draft grades for all American League Teams after the first 60 picks.

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