MLB Draft 2011: The 5 Best College Players Taken On Day 1
2011 MLB Draft Looks At The 5 Best College Players Who Were Taken In The First-Round
The first-round of the 2011 MLB Draft featured a number of surprises with college players, particularly pitchers, falling lower than expected.
The pitching in this draft class looks to be outstanding, particularly from the college ranks, led by UCLA teammates Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer.
There were some good college bats available in round 1, led by Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon, though they did fall lower than most expected because the pitching was so deep.
Here are the five best college players taken in the first-round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
1) Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh - He has the best pure stuff of any pitcher in the draft. He has a big fastball and a fantastic changeup. His slider is coming along and the command will get better with coaching. He is a true No. 1 starter in the making. He will need a year in the minors, but he will be a star.
2) Anthony Rendon, Washington - The Nationals had to be drooling when Rendon made it all the way to them with the sixth pick. He has a great approach at the plate and projects to hit for 25 homeruns in the majors. His glove will be plus at third base. He was the best college hitter available in this draft.
3) Trevor Bauer, Arizona - Bauer was the best performing college pitcher this season having set a new Pac-10 record with 203 strikeouts. He has a plus fastball and plus breaking ball. His command is already above average and could get better with development. He could be the first player taken in the draft to arrive in the majors.
4) Matt Barnes, Boston - The Red Sox always seem to fall into these players who have top-10 talent, but slide for one reason or another. Barnes struggled with his command this season, which likely hurt him, but his stuff is electric. He can be a top-of-the-rotation starter in the big leagues if he finds average command.
5) Mikie Mahtook, Tampa Bay - The second-best college bat in this draft, after Rendon, Mahtook fell to the Rays because of concerns that he might not be a center fielder. He has the potential to be a five-tool player, and to get someone like that at No. 31 is something that was too good for the Rays to pass up.
These are the five best college players taken, relative to the position where they are drafted. These guys could all arrive in the big leagues within a year, but some will likely need more development time.
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