2011 MLB Draft Results: Report Card for Every Single MLB Team After Day 1

Robert Knapel@@RobertKnapel_BRCorrespondent IJune 7, 2011

2011 MLB Draft Results: Report Card for Every Single MLB Team After Day 1

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    OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28:  Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole #12 of the UCLA Bruins pitches against the South Carolina Gamecocks during Game 1 of the men's 2010 NCAA College Baseball World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by
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    Players who get drafted in any sport, especially baseball, are always surrounded by questions. In the MLB draft, these questions are endless.

    How will high school and college numbers translate to the pro game? Will a player sign, or does he want to go to college? How much do two-sport athletes actually want to play baseball?

    Each team asks these questions and many more when they make a draft pick. Each selection is a carefully selected risk. Some teams take good risks, others take bad ones and every pick will be evaluated and graded.

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    With two picks in the top 10, the Arizona Diamonbacks did a great job of trying to shape their rotation for years to come. They arguably had the best draft of any team.

    With the No. 3 overall pick, the Diamondbacks selected UCLA righty Trevor Bauer. While No. 1 pick and UCLA teammate Gerrit Cole received more of the hype in Los Angeles, Bauer put up better numbers this year. He has drawn Tim Lincecum comparisons.

    The Diamondbacks selected again at No. 7. With this pick, they went for another right-handed pitcher, this time selecting Archie Bradley out of Broken Arrow High School (OK). The projectable young righty has three potential plus pitches and should develop solid control.

    Andrew Chafin was the Diamondbacks' last pick of the day when they selected him 43rd overall. Chafin underwent Tommy John surgery and missed all of 2010 at Kent State. He recovered and performed well in 2011. His fastball is a plus pitch, and his curveball is continuing to develop.

    Grade: A

    Photo Credit: LA Times

Atlanta Braves

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    The Atlanta Braves only had one pick, 28th overall, on the first day of the draft. They have had a strong track record with international free agents (see Teheran, Delgado), but they have also been able to build through the draft.

    This year, the Braves decided to go with a safe pick. They selected Sean Gilmartin, a left-handed starter out of Florida State. Gilmartin was ranked as Baseball America's 47th-best prospect in this year's draft. Scouts believe that Gilmartin is a control lefty and has drawn Mike Minor comparisons. He is expected to sign quickly and for around slot value.

    Grade: B

    Photo Credit: Florida State University

Baltimore Orioles

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    Last season, the Orioles made one of the best picks in the draft when they selected Manny Machado. This year, the Orioles were looking to once again make a solid pick early in the draft.

    Baltimore selected the top high school pitcher in this year's draft with the No. 4 overall pick. Dylan Bundy, brother of O's prospect Robert "Bobby" Bundy, has three plus pitches including a fastball which has touched 98 mph. He has a very athletic frame and fluid delivery which should help him improve his already solid control in the future. 

    Grade: A

    Photo Credit: Perfect Game USA

Boston Red Sox

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    The Boston Red Sox were lucky enough to have four picks in the first and supplemental round of this year's draft. This provided them with an outstanding opportunity to replenish their farm system.

    Connecticut right-hander Matt Barnes was selected by the Red Sox with the 19th overall pick. Barnes has the potential to have a strong three-pitch mix, but there is still a need for development. He should have excellent command, and he has the potential to be a frontline starter.

    Seven picks later, the Red Sox selected Cleveland High School (NM) catcher Black Swihart. The Red Sox are looking for a catcher of the future and may have found one in Swihart. He should hit for average while possessing above-average power. There is talk that Swihart might need to change positions.

    With their next pick, the Red Sox chose Edison High School (CA) lefty Henry Owens. This is a pick that could be one of the best steals of the first day. Owens has a fastball that sits in the low 90's while he also mixes in a curve that comes in between 69-74 mph. He is very polished for a high school pitcher.

    The Red Sox' final pick of the day (40th overall) was University of South Carolina outfielder Jackie Bradley. It had appeared that Bradley would be a first-round pick this year, but he fell into the sandwich round after his struggles at the plate and a wrist injury. He is still a fine defensive player, and the offense should still be there. 

    Grade: A-

    Photo Credit: Perfect Game USA

Chicago Cubs

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    The Chicago Cubs found themselves in a position to improve their farm system when they selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft. Their selection certainly did that.

    Javier Baez, out of Arlington Country Day School (FL), was considered one of the top shortstop prospects in this year's draft. Baez has outstanding power for a shortstop and hit 22 home runs during his senior year. He also put up an absurd .771 batting average during the year.

    Starlin Castro does seem to be entrenched at short for the Cubs, so a positional switch may be in the works for Baez.

    Grade: B+

    Photo Credit: Perfect Game USA

Chicago White Sox

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    The White Sox had to wait until the 47th overall pick to make their first and only pick of the draft.

    With their pick, the White Sox selected Central Arizona Community College outfielder Keenyn Walker. He was previously selected in the 38th round by the Phillies in 2010. The switch-hitter is very athletic and has good speed. Walker's bat is not as developed as his defensive game.

    Grade: C+

    Photo Credit: Perfect Game USA

Cincinnati Reds

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    The Cincinnati Reds have developed a few great prospects after the past few years' drafts, and they hope to do the same this year. They had only one pick on the draft's first day.

    It is said that teams can never have too much pitching, and the Reds must agree with that as they selected Alhambra High School (CA) righty Robert Stephenson with the 27th overall pick. He features a fastball that has reached 97 mph, but his secondary pitches are lagging at the moment. His curve has shown flashes of being a plus pitch, and his change, like that of most high school pitchers, is slightly lacking.

    Grade: B+

    Photo Credit: Perfect Game USA

Cleveland Indians

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    The Cleveland Indians were yet another team with just one pick on the first day of the MLB draft, so there was a bit of added pressure to make sure they got it right. With the eighth overall pick, the Indians were in a good spot.

    Indians selection Francisco Lindor, from Montverde Academy (FL), was considered to be the top shortstop prospect in the draft, and the second-best high school positional prospect behind Bubba Starling. He is just 17 years old, and he has room for development. He should hit for a good average and has shown power potential.

    Grade: B+

    Photo Credit: Pro Draft Central

Colorado Rockies

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    The Colorado Rockies recently called up prospect Charlie Blackmon. They hoped that in this year's draft they would select other players that could reach the majors and be prepared to contribute.

    With the 20th overall pick in the draft, the Rockies selected University of Oregon lefty Tyler Anderson. His pitches are all either average or slightly above-average, but Anderson is very polished. He could be one of the first players from this year's draft to reach the majors.

    The Rockies selected Irving High School (TX) shortstop Trevor Story with their second draft pick. He is a defensive shortstop who is still waiting for his bat to develop. The Rockies don't currently have a need at shortstop, so that will allow Story time to develop.

    Grade: B-

    Photo Credit: College Baseball Daily

Detroit Tigers

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 06:  Joaquin Benoit #53 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Tigers beat the Rangers 13-7.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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    The Tigers did not have a pick on the first day of the draft. They will look to pick up some prospects in the later rounds.

    Grade: Inc.

Florida Marlins

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    The Florida Marlins have always been a small-market team, which means that the draft has been of extra importance to them. They cannot go out and sign big-name free agents, so they need to develop players.

    With the 14th overall pick, the Marlins chose to take a local kid. The Marlins selected Jose Fernandez, a right-handed pitcher from Braulio Alonso High School (FL). The Cuban native has a fastball that tops out at 98 mph and was known for his strikeout ability.

    Grade: B+

    Photo Credit: Perfect Game USA

Houston Astros

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    The Houston Astros have struggled mightily over the past few years. With the No. 11 pick in the 2011 MLB draft, the Astros were looking for a player who could help turn the team around.

    George Springer, an outfielder from the University of Connecticut, is a rare five-tool player. He is the type of player that could be a player that the Astros eventually try to build around. He has the range and arm to play in any outfield position.

    Grade: B+

    Photo Credit: Easton Baseball

Kansas City Royals

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    The Royals already have the best farm system in baseball. They have seen players such as Eric Hosmer and Danny Duffy reach the MLB just a few years after being drafted. The Royals added to their loaded system with the 2011 MLB draft.

    Kansas City picked a local talent when they selected Gardner Edgerton High School (KS) outfielder Bubba Starling. He is considered to be the best high school outfielder in the draft, and the sky is the limit for his potential. Starling is a five-tool player, but a football scholarship to the University of Nebraska may make it difficult for the Royals to sign him.

    Grade: A

    Photo Credit: Pro Draft Central

Los Angeles Angels

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    As with many other teams in this year's draft, the Los Angeles Angels had just one pick in the first round.

    The Angels selected University of Utah catcher/first baseman CJ Cron. He is a slugger who should be able to hit for both average and power in the majors. He hails from strong baseball bloodlines which is always a plus.

    It seems likely that Cron will become a first baseman or a DH by the time he reaches the majors. He has been described as one of the best power hitters in this year's draft, but he struggles with the glove.

    Grade: B

    Photo Credit: University of Utah

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    It was believed that the Los Angeles Dodgers' draft would be impacted by the team's financial situation. By looking at their first-round pick, that statement certainly looks true.

    The Dodgers selected Stanford closer Chris Reed with the 16th overall pick. He has three pitches, so Reed may eventually become a starter, but this was a very puzzling pick by the Dodgers. It is clear that their finances are impacting their baseball decisions.

    Grade: D

    Photo Credit: Stanford University

Milwaukee Brewers

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    OMAHA, NE - JUNE 23:  Taylor Jungmann #26 of the Texas Longhorns delivers a pitch against the Louisiana State University Tigers during Game 2 of the 2009 NCAA College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 23, 2009 in Omaha, Nebraska. The Longhorns de
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    The Brew Crew were lucky enough to receive two picks in the top 15 of this year's draft. The Milwaukee Brewers decided to focus on pitching with those picks to help replenish their farm system.

    With the No. 12 pick, the Brewers selected University of Texas righty Taylor Jungmann. He was one of the most consistently effective pitchers in the college ranks this year. Jungmann features fantastic control and is able to keep his velocity late in games.

    Three picks later, the Brewers selected another college pitcher. This time they chose Georgia Tech lefty Jed Bradley. He was considered to be the second-best college lefty in the draft behind Danny Hultzen. Bradley does not have any plus pitches, but he does have a solid four-pitch mix.

    Grade: A-

Minnesota Twins

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    Although the Minnesota Twins did not pick until the 30th pick in this year's draft, they had three selections on the first day.

    With their first choice, the Twins chose University of North Carolina shortstop Michael Levi. He is a switch hitter with gap power. Levi struggles a bit with his range defensively and only has an average arm. He will likely need to move to second base.

    Travis Harrison, a third baseman out of Tustin High School in California, has shown some outstanding power. When he was younger, he used to compete against Bryce Harper, and he was often compared to him. While Harrison has not developed into the player Harper is, he still has the potential to be a good major leaguer.

    The Twins' final pick on the first day of the draft was Hudson Boyd, a right-handed pitcher from Bishop Verot High School (FL). He has committed to play at the University of Florida next year, and he may choose to go there to continue to develop his pitches.

    Grade: B-

    Photo Credit: Wall Street Journal

New York Mets

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    The Mets, like the Dodgers, are a team whose draft was likely impacted by the owner's financial problems. The Mets' first pick was certainly a head-scratcher.

    With the 13th overall pick, the New York Mets selected Wyoming high schooler Brandon Nimmo. He had never played any high school ball and only played in an American Legion League. This is obviously a very risky pick, but Nimmo is supposed to have a lot of upside. However, the Mets reached big-time with this pick.

    With the 44th overall selection in the draft, the Mets took Deer Creek High School (OK) right-hander Michael Fulmer. He was absolutely dominant during his senior year as he had a 0.72 ERA and struck out nearly two batters per inning.

    Grade: C+

    Photo Credit: The Oklahoman

New York Yankees

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    The Yankees did not have a first-round pick, but they did receive a compensation pick for losing Javier Vazquez.

    With that pick, the New York Yankees selected Dante Bichete Jr., from Orangewood Christian High School (FL), 51st overall. If the third baseman's name sounds familiar, it is because he had a father of the same name who played for the Rockies. He has showed good power so far, and it appears that he will be able to hit for average as well.

    Grade: B

    Photo Credit: Baseball Factory

Oakland Athletics

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    The Athletics, whose Moneyball draft strategy was made famous years ago, have been very successful during the draft. They hope that trend continues this year.

    With the 18th overall pick in this year's draft, the Athletics selected University of Vanderbilt righty Sonny Gray. One of the reasons why Gray fell all the way to the Athletics is because of the fact that he is just 5'11", but the A's certainly aren't complaining. Gray knows how to pitch and has great raw stuff.

    Grade: B+

    Photo Credit: University of Vanderbilt

Philadelphia Phillies

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    The Phillies' only pick of the first day came as a compensation pick for losing Jayson Werth to the Washington Nationals.

    With the 39th overall pick, the Phillies selected Berrien County High School (GA) outfielder Larry Greene. He was rated as Baseball America's 75th draft prospect. However, there is one reason why the Phillies like Greene, and it's his raw power. He is a big kid at 235 lbs., and he has been compared to a young Ryan Howard.

    Grade: C+

    Photo Credit: Baseball Clearinghouse

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    OMAHA, NE - JUNE 28:  Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole #12 of the UCLA Bruins pitches against the South Carolina Gamecocks during game 1 of the men's 2010 NCAA College Baseball World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by
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    The Pirates had the choice of any player in the draft when they selected the first overall pick in this year's draft. Pittsburgh's choice came as no surprise.

    The Pirates made UCLA righty Gerrit Cole this year's No. 1 pick. Cole is supposed to have the potential to be the ace of the Pirates staff. He has three plus power pitches and solid control. The team should hope it develops him better than former No. 1 pick Bryan Bullington.

    Grade: A

San Diego Padres

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    The Padres were loaded with five picks in this year's draft.

    San Diego reached big with its first pick. They selected Indian River State second baseman Cory Spangenberg. He is a community college prospect who showed he could hit with a wood bat. His position is not certain, but he is a player who should hit for average, regardless of where he plays.

    The Padres then selected Tyson Ross' little brother, Bishop O'Dowd School (CA) righty Joe Ross. The younger Ross profiles to be a better pitcher than his brother. Ross has a plus fastball and a plus power curve.

    With their third pick of the day, the Padres chose right-handed pitcher Michael Kelly from Boca Raton High School (FL). He is an inconsistent power arm with a great frame and a plus fastball.

    The Padres then picked switch-hitting catcher Brett Austin from Providence Senior High School (NC) with the 54h overall pick. Austin is a little small for the catcher position, and his best skill is his bat.

    Jace Peterson, a shortstop from McNeese State, was the Padres' last pick of day one. He was a two-sport athlete as he also played football. He is very athletic and should hit for a good average.

    Grade: B-

    Photo Credit: NV Daily

San Francisco Giants

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    The defending World Series champion Giants still have needs they must fill. However, the team "Panik'ed" with their first pick in this year's draft.

    San Francisco selected Saint Johns shortstop Joe Panik with the 29th overall pick. Panik has just one plus tool: his bat. He had a good summer in the Cape Cod League, which helped his draft stock. This pick could be the biggest reach of the first round.

    The Giants then selected Sherman High School (TX) right-handed pitcher Kyle Crick with the 49th overall pick. He is a big kid with a lot of athleticism who should get stronger. Crick doesn't throw that hard, and he also does not have any plus pitches.

    Grade: D

    Photo Credit: St. Johns University

Seattle Mariners

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    It is hard to argue with the Mariners' first-round pick, but they did pass on Anthony Rendon.

    With the second overall pick, the Seattle Mariners instead decided to choose University of Virginia lefty Danny Hultzen. He was considered to be the best lefty and second-best pitcher in the draft. Hultzen has a few plus pitches in addition to plus control and should be a front-of-the-rotation starter somewhere down the line.

    Grade: A-

    Photo Credit: University of Virginia

St. Louis Cardinals

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    The biggest issue in St. Louis right now does not concern the Cardinals draft. However, the Cardinals must draft talent that could eventually help replace Albert Pujols' production if he signs elsewhere.

    With the 22nd overall pick, the Cardinals selected University of Hawaii second baseman Kolten Wong. He is often overlooked because of his size, but Wong has a great approach at the plate. Wong also has above-average speed and is good defensively. He is an all-around player, something that is very hard to find in a second baseman. Wong was last season's Cape Cod League MVP.

    Grade: B+

    Photo Credit: Perfect Game USA

Tampa Bay Rays

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    The Rays were lucky enough to have three picks at the end of the first round of the 2011 MLB draft. They also had seven picks in the sandwich round.

    With the 24th overall pick, the Rays selected Spring Valley High School (SC) righty Taylor Guerrieri. He was able to light up the radar gun as high as 97 mph this year and was considered to be one of the better prep pitchers in this year's draft. Guerrieri also has average command and a good pitcher's body.

    Then, with the 31st overall pick, the Tampa Bay Rays selected LSU outfielder Mike Mahtook. He had a strong offensive year and has great bat speed and hitting mechanics. He should have major league average power and should be able to play any outfield position.

    Two picks later, at 33rd overall, the Rays selected Sierra Vista High School (NV) shortstop Jake Hager. He is a big reach for the Rays. Hager was rated as the 122nd-best prospect in this draft by Baseball America. With so many picks, the Rays can afford a reach like this, though.

    The Rays' sandwich round picks included Santiago High School (CA) shortstop Brandon Martin, St. Francis High School (CA) third baseman Tyler Goeddel, Lower Columbia College righty Jeff Ames, Shorewood High School (WA) lefty Blake Snell, Western Kentucky outfielder Kes Carter, Vanderbilt lefty Grayson Garvin and finally Oakland Tech Senior High School (CA) outfielder James Harris.

    Grade: A-

    Photo Credit: Baseball Clearinghouse

Texas Rangers

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    The Texas Rangers had two picks on the first day of this year's MLB draft.

    With their first selection, the Rangers chose Richmond Hill High School (GA) lefty Kevin Matthews. He has a well paced delivery and good arm action. Matthews also has a good feel for his pitches and knows how to locate them.

    With the 37th overall pick, the Rangers chose University of Georgia outfielder Zach Cone. The physically gifted outfielder has shown great power in college and is one of the best power hitters in this year's draft class. He also can play all three outfield positions.

    Grade: C+

    Photo Credit: Perfect Game USA

Toronto Blue Jays

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    The Blue Jays had one pick in the first round and four supplemental-round picks.

    With their first selection, Toronto chose Lawrence Academy (MA) righty Tyler Beede. He is said to have the best mechanics of any high school pitcher, but he also reportedly will be hard to sign.

    The Blue Jays' first supplemental pick was Chino High School (CA) outfielder Jacob Anderson. He has a tall, lanky build, but if the power comes he could be a great hitter.

    Next the Jays selected Grossmont High School (CA) righty Joe Musgrove. He is a big pitcher who has committed to San Deigo State and may be hard to sign.

    Outfielder Dwight Smith from McIntosh High School was selected with the 53rd overall pick. He had a dad who played in the majors, which helped him develop his professional approach at the plate. Smith will likely be a corner outfielder.

    The Blue Jays' final pick, No. 57 overall, was Kevin Comer, a righty from Seneca High School (NJ). He was New Jersey's top prep prospect and features a fastball that reaches into the mid-90's.

    Grade: B

    Photo Credit: ESPN

Washington Nationals

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    The Nationals got very lucky with their first pick in this draft. A player who some scouts considered to be No. 1 overall fell to the No. 6 spot.

    With that pick, the Washington Nationals selected Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon. Had it not been for an injury problem, Rendon would have been this year's No. 1 pick. He has plus power and can hit for average. He is also a good defender.

    The Nationals then selected University of Kentucky right-hander Alex Meyer. He is not yet a finished product, but Meyer has a lot of raw talent. He has two plus pitches, a fastball and a slider, and his changeup has continued to develop. He could be a top-of-the-rotation starter if everything breaks right.

    The Nationals' final pick was Miami Dade Community College South outfielder Brian Goodwin. He has above-average power to all fields and also should be a base stealer. Goodwin has shown glimpses of being a five-tool player over the years.

    Grade: A-

    Photo Credit: Rice University