2011 MLB Draft Prospects: Francisco Lindor Heads Solid Shortstop Class
Florida High Schooler Likely To Be First SS Taken In 2011 MLB Mock Draft
High-school position players in any draft class frequently boast top-notch athleticism. It’s no surprise, then, to find a position like shortstop, where speed and quickness are at a premium, heavy on prep talent.
The prize of this year’s crop looks to be Francisco Lindor out of Florida, but another Floridian, Javier Baez, is close behind him. Both prospects are highly regarded for their hitting as well as their defense, and Baez has enough of a bat that some analysts think he could make it as a third baseman if his glove doesn’t hold up at short.
The prep talent pool isn’t the only source of potential first-rounders at short. North Carolina’s Levi Michael is one of the top hitters among college prospects at any position, and he’s another good bet to come off the board early.
A wild card here could be Missouri high schooler Johnny Eierman. He’s a borderline first-round prospect with experience at both SS and OF, and could be projected at either position as a pro.
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