MLB Draft 2011: Which First Round Teams Dropped the Ball?
Who Were the Losers of the 2011 MLB Draft?
The 2011 MLB Draft had a few surprises as well as some possible steals. It will be awhile before we know how well these players turn out, but one thing we know for sure is that some teams could have done better.
There are winners and losers in every draft of every sport. However, losing in the MLB Draft is far worse than losing in any other draft.
Most baseball teams like to build their team through the draft and use their farm system to continue their success. A few bad picks in the early rounds could set a team back, or it could force them to spend a lot of money on a big time free agent.
So with that said, which teams dropped the ball in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft?
Atlanta Braves: The Braves had only one pick last night. They went with left handed pitcher Sean Gilmartin from Florida State. He's a strong guy, very athletic, and a big plus that he's a lefty. However, there were plenty of guys still on the board with a much higher ceiling. The Braves could use a lefty, but Gilmartin doesn't have a ton of upside and is projected as a back end starter, which isn't what the Braves truly need.
Texas Rangers: The Rangers drafted high school left handed pitcher Kevin Matthews who has verbally committed to Virginia. Despite a hefty signing bonus he may skip out on the Rangers and go to college. Matthews has above average velocity and is likely a future reliever.
Zach Cone of Georgia was the Rangers second pick. He's an OK pick because of his athleticism in the outfield and at the plate. However, he doesn't have a ton of experience with a wooden bat, and the times he did use them it was obvious that he was struggling. That could be a bad sign for the future.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Like the Braves, the Dodgers only had one pick yesterday. They went with Chris Reed at No. 16. The left handed pitcher from Stanford doesn't have as much upside as a few of the other players that were still on the board. Reed is likely to be a reliever in the majors.
The Dodgers are having a ton of financial problems, which is why the MLB has stepped in to attempt to fix things. The Dodgers pick of Reed was a reach.
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