An early, early look at the Class of 2011

Sorry, folks, I meant to get this up here on Friday and just didn’t get it done. But here it is, a very early look at the top names at the Draft class of 2011. I thought it would be a nice respite from all the World Series talk (really, who can get tired of that?). But seriously, all 30 teams are working behind the scenes on next year’s Draft, so why not me? OK, so maybe right now there’s not a ton to do — some fall workouts are about it — but especially for the 28 teams no longer competing in 2010, thoughts of the future are important.

So I polled some scouts to get a sense of what the industry thought of the class after all the summer leagues and showcases were over. This is by no means scientific (what about the Draft is, after all?) and this list could very well look completely different once we get into the spring and Draft season. So I’ll try to update it as the year goes on, especially once the 2011 season is set to begin.

Without further ado, then, an early look at the top 10 in the Draft class of 2011:

  1. Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice Universityrendon_anthony_2.JPG
  2. Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA
  3. Matthew Purke, LHP, TCU
  4. George Springer, OF, University of Connecticut
  5. Sonny Gray, RHP, Vanderbilt University
  6. Dylan Bundy, RHP, Owasso HS, Oklahoma
  7. Taylor Jungmann, RHP, University of Texas
  8. Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, University of South Carolina
  9. Matt Barnes, RHP, University of Connecticut
  10. Archie Bradley, RHP, Broken Arrow Senior HS, Oklahoma

Others to watch (in alphabetical order):

Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA; Jed Bradley, LHP, Georgia Tech; Dillon Howard, RHP, Searcy HS, Ark.; Danny Hultzen, LHP, U of Virginia; Michael Kelly, SS/RHP, West Boca HS, Fla.; Francisco Lindor, SS, Montverde HS, Fla.; Alex Meyer, RHP, U of Kentucky; Daniel Norris, LHP, Science Hill HS, Tenn.; Joseph Ross, RHP, Bishop O’Dowd HS, Calif.; John Smith, OF, McIntosh HS, Ga.;  Derek Starling, OF/RHP, Gardner Edgerton HS, Kansas; Robert Stephenson, RHP, Alhambra HS, Calif.; Blake Swihart, C, Cleveland HS, Texas; Kolten Wong, 2B, U of Hawaii; Tony Zych, RHP U of Louisville

As you can see, the top of the list is college heavy and there are some very good college arms for the taking. The two Oklahoma high school right-handers will create a buzz all spring. The next 10-20 names are a little more high-school dominant and it’s quite possible many of those prep players will move up the ranks as 2011 gets going.

So, there you have it. I’ll be back a little later today with some stuff to watch from the Arizona Fall League.

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