2011 MLB Draft Grades: Rating Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon & Each 1st-Round Pick

Joseph MerkelSenior Analyst IIIJune 6, 2011

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28:  Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole #12 of the UCLA Bruins pitches against the South Carolina Gamecocks during Game 1 of the men's 2010 NCAA College Baseball World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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After months of expert speculation and mock drafts, the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft is upon us. While the names of over 1,500 kids will be called over the next few days, tonight we figure out where the stars of tomorrow will wind up.

It has already been leaked that UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole will be the Pittsburgh Pirates' selection with the No. 1 pick, but the rest of the draft is wide open. Cole was the Yankees' first-round pick in 2008 but refused to negotiate as he was committed to attending college.

Looks like his decision will earn him a considerably higher signing bonus.

Other top draft prospects include Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon, Cole's teammate Trevor Bauer, and top prep pitcher Dylan Bundy. All will likely go in the top 10. However, contract demands could change all of that.

Which teams will draft for signability, and who will take a risk on the two-sport players committed to football powerhouses? Follow along here to find out whether your favorite team passed or failed its first-round test.


First-round results:

1. Pirates: Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA
2. Mariners: Danny Hultzen, LHP, Virginia
3. D-backs: Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA
4. Orioles: Dylan Bundy, RHP, Owasso (Okla.) High School
5. Royals: Bubba Starling, CF, Gardner-Edgerton (Kan.) High School
6. Nationals: Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice
7. D-backs: Archie Bradley, RHP, Broken Arrow (Okla.) High
8. Indians: Francisco Lindor, SS, Montverde (Fla.) Academy
9. Cubs: Javier Baez, SS, Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day
10. Padres: Cory Spangenberg, SS, Indian Rivers Junior College
11. Astros: George Springer, OF, Connecticut
12. Brewers: Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Texas
13. Mets: Brandon Nimmo, RF, Cheyenne (Wyo.) East
14. Marlins: Jose Fernandez, RHP, Tampa (Fla.) Alonso
15. Brewers: Jed Bradley, LHP, Georgia Tech
16. Dodgers: Chris Reed, LHP, Stanford
17. Angels: C.J. Cron, 1B, Utah
18. Athletics: Sonny Gray, RHP, Vanderbilt
19. Red Sox: Matt Barnes, RHP, Connecticut
20. Rockies: Tyler Anderson, LHP, Oregon
21. Blue Jays: Tyler Beede, RHP, Auburn (Mass.) Lawrence Academy
22. Cardinals: Kolten Wong, 2B, Hawaii
23. Nationals: Alex Meyer, RHP, Kentucky
24. Rays: Taylor Guerrieri, RHP, North Augusta (S.C.) Spring Valley
25. Padres: Joe Ross, RHP, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd
26. Red Sox: Blake Swihart, C, Rio Rancho (N.M.) Cleveland
27. Reds: Robert Stephenson, RHP, Martinez (Calif.) Alhambra
28. Braves: Sean Gilmartin, LHP, Florida State
29. Giants: Joe Panik, SS, St. John's
30. Twins: Levi Michael, SS, North Carolina
31. Rays: Mikie Mahtook, OF, LSU
32. Rays: Jake Hager, SS, Las Vegas (Nev.) Sierra Vista
33. Rangers: Kevin Matthews, LHP, Richmond Hill (Ga.) High