MLB Draft 2011: The 3 Most Overrated First-Round Draft Picks
MLB Draft 2011 Got Underway With Round 1 On Monday, But Which Player Were Taken Before They Should Have Been
The 2011 MLB Draft began with the first-round on Monday night. Gerrit Cole was the top pick for the Pittsburgh Pirates, as expected, and was arguably the top talent available in the draft.
But there are some picks that left a little something to be desired. We know that these scouting teams do hard work all year long and know these players really well by the time they make the pick. But that doesn't mean that the pick always makes sense.
Here are the three first-round selections that are overrated based on where they were taken in the draft and the tools that they have.
1) Chris Reed, Los Angeles - I understand that the Dodgers had to make a pick that would be an easy sign, but they could have gone with an actual first-round talent with the pick. He could be a starter in the big leagues despite being a reliever at Stanford. But they could have gotten him in the second-round.
2) Jed Bradley, Milwaukee - He is a big lefty that throws in the mid-90's, so you can see the value with this pick. The problem, at least for me, is that he is probably going to be a mid-rotation guy because he doesn't have a viable third pitch. There were better options on the board - Sonny Gray, Alex Meyer, Matt Barnes - at the time he was picked.
3) C.J. Cron, Los Angeles Angels - The Angels made this pick because they are worried about what kind of player Kendrys Morales will be when he comes back. He is most likely a DH in the big leagues and doesn't project to do a lot more than hit for power. Mikie Mahtook would have been a much better selection for this team at this point.
These guys could turn into all-stars for all we know, but right now they look like serious reaches especially considering the guys that were left on the board when these teams made their respective picks.
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