MLB Draft 2011: Looking At Teams That Had The Best First-Round Picks
MLB Draft 2011 Takes A Look At Winners From The First-Round
The first-round and sandwich-round of the 2011 MLB Draft are in the books and only 49 more rounds to go. There were a lot of surprises in the first-round with some guys going higher than predicted and others slipping well below where anyone thought they would.
Here are the winners first-round of the MLB Draft.
Kansas City: The Royals wanted Trevor Bauer badly. When he was taken by Arizona with the third pick, they scrapped their plan of going with a college pitcher who could join that wave of talent coming through the system right now and drafted the best player available. Bubba Starling will need time to develop, but he will be a superstar.
Arizona: The Diamondbacks wanted two premium pitchers and they got exactly what they wanted. Trevor Bauer is a horse and should be the first player from this draft to reach the majors. Archie Bradley has No. 1 starter stuff, he just has to develop consistent command of his pitches.
Boston: The Red Sox were lying in the weeds waiting for someone to fall to them with the 19th pick, and that’s exactly what happened as they were able to grab Matt Barnes. He is a top-10 talent and should be a No. 2 starter in the big leagues.
Blake Swihart gives them a catching prospect that they desperately need, though, I don’t think his position was the reason he was drafted. He was just the best player on their board with the 26th pick.
Washington: Anthony Rendon was supposed to be the No. 2 pick to Seattle. Instead, the Mariners went with Danny Hultzen. The Nationals saw all these college pitchers coming off the board, while the best college hitter sat waiting to hear his name called.
People like to ask questions like “Why do they want him when they have Ryan Zimmerman?” In baseball, you don’t draft based on need – at least you shouldn’t. You draft the best available player regardless of position. That’s exactly what the Nationals did.
Plus, Alex Meyer, the team’s second selection, has the best pure stuff of any college pitcher in this draft after Gerrit Cole. At worst, he will be a dominant reliever. At best, he could be a top of the rotation starter.
It’s hard to argue with any pick because we haven’t seen these guys in pro ball yet, but these are the teams that really stood out after the first day of drafting.
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