MLB Draft 2011: Looking At The 5 Best High School Players Still On The Board
MLB Draft 2011 Saw A Number Of High School Players Taken In Round 1, But Who Are The Best Prep Players Remaining?
The first-round of the 2011 MLB Draft is in the books, and there were a number of quality high school players taken in the first 60 picks. But there are some guys who fell out of the first-round because of signing demands.
Here are the five best high school players remaining in the 2011 MLB Draft.
1) Josh Bell - Bell has the best high school bat in this draft class. He projects to hit for average and a ton of power thanks to tremendous bat speed that allows him to get through the zone. He sent out a letter two weeks ago telling teams not to draft him because he was going to college.
2) Dillon Howard - Another guy who is demanding big money, Howard has good stuff but hasn't shown consistency commanding any of his pitches right now.
3) Daniel Norris - He is one of the best high school left handers available in the draft. He hasn't always shown consistent command or velocity with his pitches, which no doubt scared some teams off. If he can hold the velocity throughout the course of the season, he could develop into a No. 2 starter.
4) Charles Tilson - He has the potential for five-tools in the big leagues. ESPN's Keith Law says that one thing that could hurt him is lack of elite competition. He has tools and is very projectable.
5) Austin Hedges - Hedges is a great defensive catching prospect, and should be able to hold his own with professional experience behind the plate. His bat needs some work, but even a mediocre hitting catcher that plays outstanding defense has a ton of value.
These are the five best high school players that weren't selected in the first-round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
Update: Bell was taken by the Pirates with the first pick of the second-round, 61st overall. Howard was taken by the Indians with the seventh pick of the second round, 67th overall. Norris was taken with the 14th pick of the second-round, 74th overall.
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