2011 MLB Draft Results: The 6 Biggest Surprises of the First Round

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2011 MLB Draft Results: The 6 Biggest Surprises of the First Round
Pittsburgh made UCLA's Gerritt Cole the No. 1 pick (UCLA photo)

The first round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft is officially in the books, and in its wake comes the range of emotions fans always feel after watching their teams plan for the future.  Did your club get value?  Did it reach?  Whom did it pass on that may one day make the brain trust regret the move?

As always there were surprises and disappointments, winners and losers.  This was a deep and talented draft class with valuable players at a variety of positions, and while you might think that that would make the draft process easier for MLB franchises, it appeared that more than a few times, the opposite was true.

Perhaps teams were overwhelmed by the choices or simply letting finances dictate their decisions.  But there were some questionable moves made on Day 1.  At the same time, some clubs swooped in to get stunning value late.

Here then are my Top Six surprises from Round 1.

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