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MLB Draft Grades 2011: The Boston Red Sox and 5 Drafts No One Is Talking About

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MLB Draft Grades 2011: The Boston Red Sox and 5 Drafts No One Is Talking About
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After Day 1 of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, we heard all about Gerrit Cole, the first-overall pick who cashed in on his decision to attend UCLA after he was drafted 28th overall out of high school by the New York Yankees in 2008. 

We saw the biggest surprise of the day when third baseman Anthony Rendon dropped to sixth overall to the Washington Nationals, after many had him pegged to go to the Seattle Mariners with the second pick.

We even enjoyed some cross-sport entertainment when the Kansas City Royals selected Bubba Starling with the fifth-overall pick.  Starling, who has committed to play quarterback at the University of Nebraska, doubles as an outfielder and must now decide whether to forgo his scholarship to play for his hometown team.  (Starling grew up about 30 minutes away from Kansas City.) 

But what players and teams went under the radar?

As is the case often, the selections that received less fanfare are those from teams with higher pedigrees and/or payrolls.  It is understandable to read article after article about Cole, now another piece of the Pittsburgh Pirates' rebuilding system, or Bryce Harper, last year's first-overall draft pick by the Washington Nationals. 

Every mediocre or poor team needs a savior.  The better ones can usually buy the pieces they need or don't have as many glaring deficiencies to begin with.

So here are the drafts that no one is talking about—you'll find many teams that are currently at or near the top of their divisions. 

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