2011 MLB Draft Prospects: Gerrit Cole and 7 Potential Busts from Round 1
The MLB Draft is underway and with it comes promise—and failure.
While many teams are excited for their new prospects, there are a few who may have expectations that are too high and not enough production.
These guys were drafted anywhere from the 29th overall pick to the first, but they all still need to prove themselves to eventually get a chance in the majors.
These are the first round draft picks that could end up as complete busts.
Joe Panik (29th Pick): SS to the Giants
Brian Sabean tends to know what he’s doing.
He and the scouting crew for the Giants have picked the likes of Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey, but Panik surprised everyone.
He has a below-average arm and is not anticipated to improve much more offensively. He was picked ahead of several players ranked much higher than he was, so it’s really hard to tell just what the scouting crew had in mind with him.
Alex Meyer (23rd Pick): RHP to the Nationals
Alex Meyer has a good fastball-slider combo, but has some command issues.
He may end up as a closer with his velocity, but if he can’t correct the inconsistencies with his control, he won’t be able to produce.
His build has some scouts worried as well: The 6'9" pitcher could break down easily as a result of his height.
Brandon Nimmo (13th Pick): O.F. to the Mets
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This Wyoming native has a high upside, but it’s hard to tell how good Nimmo will be based on a workout.
He didn’t play high school baseball, so he hasn’t seen enough competition to have a full understanding of his skill.
This guy is a gamble. If he comes through, the Mets will have a great new addition to their lineup very soon. If not, it will just be a waste of a first-round pick.
George Springer (11th Pick): O.F. to the Astros
The No. 11 pick was originally projected to be in the Top Five.
His mechanics have serious issues and, as Jason A. Churchill and Keith Law mention, “have scouts concerned that his swing is not sound and will delay his path to the big leagues.”
While he has a good arm that will work in both center and right field, Springer’s swing could stop him from reaching the majors altogether unless he is able to correct himself.
Francisco Lindor (8th Pick): SS to the Indians
Francisco Lindor is a switch hitter who won the home run derby at the Aflac All-American Game as a 16-year-old.
While he is exceptionally talented, it’s hard to tell how real his talent is at this time.
Lindor is not even 18 yet and he needs to grow—physically and emotionally—before we can see just how much power he really has.
At his age, Lindor is still physically weak and he might not be able to develop into the ballplayer the Indians are hoping for.
Anthony Rendon (6th Pick): 3B to the Nationals
Anthony Rendon has an advanced swing and may have the best college bat in the draft.
He hit 26 home runs during his sophomore year, but that diminished to a depressing six this year. This is probably a result of Rendon’s past injuries.
Rendon could have been higher in the draft without all of his trips to the hospital.
In his last two seasons he’s had two ankle surgeries and a shoulder injury, leading him to mainly serve as a DH this season.
Rendon says he’s 100 percent now, but those past injuries could be a bad preview of what might be to come for the sixth overall pick.
Gerrit Cole (1st Pick): RHP to the Pirates
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The Pirates have a history of bad No. 1 picks; hopefully for them this isn't another poor choice.
It wasn’t much of a surprise that they chose Cole as the No. 1 overall pick.
The UCLA product could see the majors soon with his promising pitches, but his overall command has been a problem.
This past year, Cole was 6-8 and his pitches sometimes came in flat. That’s an issue in college, when batters can get a good look, but guys at the professional level will capitalize on it even more.
If Cole can’t get control, he won’t be very productive in the big leagues.