2011 MLB Mock Draft: Will Kolten Wong Shine As The Rays’ First Pick?
2011 MLB Mock Draft Gives Tampa Bay Rays 2B Kolten Wong With 24th Overall Pick
Tampa Bay’s farm system is the envy of Major League Baseball. They have impact players at all levels of the minors, and they are only going to get better with 12 of the first 89 picks in a draft that is loaded with talent.
With that said, the Rays are going to have to spend a lot of money to sign all these picks and are going to go with a safe pick at No. 24 while going for upside and projection later on.
Kolten Wong is the only true second base prospect worthy of being taken in the first-round of this draft. He is a very good hitter and projects to hit for average and some power despite his small frame – he is only 5-foot-9, 180 pounds – and, according to Baseball America could be a Chone Figgins type player when he reaches The Show.
The floodgates will open for the Rays after they make their first pick as they have 10 of the next 26 picks.
|1. Pittsburgh - Gerrit Cole, RHP||18. Oakland - George Springer, CF|
|2. Seattle - Anthony Rendon, 3B||19. Boston - Alex Meyer, RHP|
|3. Arizona - Dylan Bundy, RHP||20. Colorado - C.J. Cron, 1B|
|4. Baltimore - Danny Hultzen, LHP||21. Toronto - Levi Michael, SS|
|5. Kansas City - Trevor Bauer, RHP||22. St. Louis - Jose Fernandez, RHP|
|6. Washington - Bubba Starling, CF||23. Washington - Tyler Anderson, LHP|
|7. Arizona - Sonny Gray, RHP||24. Tampa Bay - Kolten Wong, 2B|
|8. Cleveland - Jed Bradley, LHP||25. San Diego - Dillon Howard, RHP|
|9. Chicago Cubs - Mikie Mahtook, CF||26. Boston - Blake Swihart, C|
|10. San Diego - Matt Barnes, RHP||27. Cincinnati - Sean Gilmartin, LHP|
|11. Houston - Archie Bradley, RHP||28. Atlanta - Henry Owens, LHP|
|12. Milwaukee - Taylor Jungmann, RHP||29. San Francisco - Joe Ross, RHP|
|13. New York Mets - Taylor Guerreri, RHP||30. Minnesota - Brian Goodwin, CF|
|14. Florida Marlins - Cory Spangenberg, 3B||31. Tampa Bay - Brandon Nimmo, RF|
|15. Milwaukee - Javier Baez, 3B||32. Tampa Bay - Tyler Beede, RHP|
|16. Los Angeles Dodgers - Robert Stephenson, RHP||33. Texas - Travis Harrison, 3B|
|17. Los Angeles Angels - Francisco Lindor, SS|
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