2011 MLB Draft Grades: Grading Gerrit Cole and All the 1st-Round Picks

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2011 MLB Draft Grades: Grading Gerrit Cole and All the 1st-Round Picks
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The 2011 MLB draft is finally upon us, and all die-hard baseball fans want to know is who will be this year’s Bryce Harper—as well as how their individual teams will do with their top picks.

More than any of the other major professional sports, the MLB draft is both unpredictable and full of risk.

Will the No. 1 pick become the next David Price or Bryan Bullington? Is it worth taking a chance on a top high school talent who may choose to forgo signing a contract in favor of NCAA experience?

All fans worry about “signability” of top talent—as the Yankees found out the hard way in losing out on expected No. 1 overall pick Gerrit Cole—and this piece will grade each pick accordingly (in real time).

The grades and reaction for every pick of the first round will be based on how the player fits into the organization, his upside, risk, signability, body type and other factors.

From the first pick to the 33rd, we will track and grade how your favorite team (or rival) did with their selection—highlighting why you should or should not be ecstatic about your latest prospect addition(s).

For more 2011 MLB draft coverage, including updated MLB draft results and MLB draft grades, stay tuned to Bleacher Report.

(Special thanks to our excellent MLB writers Joel Reuter and Asher Chancey for their help in grading all of these round one picks)

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