2011 Draft: Updated Top 60





Three weeks before the big day, here's how the Top 60 prospects (first round and supplemental first round) stack up. . .

RANK PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1 Anthony Rendon 3B Rice Injuries not long-term concern—will be a special defender with 20-30 HR power
2 Gerrit Cole RHP UCLA Struggling lately, but still has a fastball that sits 94-98, plus slider and changeup
3 Danny Hultzen LHP Virginia Has always pitched well for a good team and stuff is up a tick this spring
4 Trevor Bauer RHP UCLA Leading the country in innings pitched, complete games and strikeouts
5 Dylan Bundy RHP Owasso (Okla.) HS Sticks the plant foot in his delivery as well as anyone, leading to great command of his impressive arsenal
6 Bubba Starling OF Gardner-Edgerton HS, Gardner, Kan. Committed to Nebraska for football and baseball, profiles as a five-tool center fielder
7 Jed Bradley LHP Georgia Tech Fastball up to 94, above-average slider and changeup from a durable-bodied lefty
8 Francisco Lindor SS Montverde (Fla.) Academy Slick-fielding shortstop has some pop as a switch-hitter, a strong arm and excellent makeup
9 Sonny Gray RHP Vanderbilt Undersized bulldog shows an above-average fastball/curveball combination with an improving changeup
10 Taylor Jungmann RHP Texas Sits 91-93, touching 95 with a hard breaking ball; delivery is a little stiff, but has an excellent track record
11 George Springer OF Connecticut Every tool in the book and cut down strikeouts significantly this year, but walks are also way down
12 Taylor Guerrieri RHP Spring Valley HS, Columbia, S.C. Great frame, athletic delivery and the chance for four plus pitches
13 Archie Bradley RHP Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS Two-sport star was inconsistent this spring, but back to normal lately—helped Broken Arrow win state title
14 Matt Barnes RHP Connecticut Sitting 92-96 with a hard curveball and an above-average changeup
15 Josh Bell OF Dallas Jesuit HS Probably won't stay in center field but has plenty of power for a corner
16 Blake Swihart C Cleveland HS, Rio Rancho, N.M. New to switch-hitting, new to catching, very high upside for both
17 Daniel Norris LHP Science Hill HS, Johnson City, Tenn. Sits 90-93 from the left side but can get it up to 96 with a good curveball and great makeup
18 Javier Baez SS Arlington Country Day School, Jacksonville, Fla. Loaded with tools but plays with a chip on his shoulder—similar in both regards to Brett Lawrie
19 Jose Fernandez RHP Alonso HS, Tampa Physical Cuban has a fastball that touches 98 along with a hammer curveball
20 Mikie Mahtook OF Louisiana State Hitting a ton this year but future value really depends on whether or not he can stay in center field
21 Alex Meyer RHP Kentucky No questioning the stuff, finally putting things together this season
22 Levi Michael SS North Carolina Solid track record as a switch-hitter and enough tools to stay at shortstop
23 John Stilson RHP Texas A&M Flashes three plus pitches (fastball, changeup and curveball); could stick as a starter or move quickly in relief
24 Tyler Anderson LHP Oregon Hasn't shown the arm strength of Jed Bradley, but has a deeper arsenal with more polish
25 Robert Stephenson RHP Alhambra HS, Martinez, Calif. Lanky, projectable righthander has been up to 97 mph this season
26 C.J. Cron 1B Utah Has 80 raw power on the 20-80 scouting scale and can hit for average, too
27 Kolten Wong 2B Hawaii Undersized sparkplug is one of the draft's best pure bats
28 Austin Hedges C Jserra HS, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Outstanding catch-and-throw skills, but questions with the bat and signability
29 Andrew Susac C Oregon State Returned to catching this weekend after being out a month following hamate surgery
30 Dillon Howard RHP Searcy (Ark.) HS Physical righthander has a heavy fastball and improving secondary stuff; hasn't been helped by poor weather
31 Cory Spangenberg 3B Indian River State (Fla.) JC Above-average runner and one of the draft's best pure hitters earns Chris Coghlan comparisons
32 Matt Purke LHP Texas Christian Entered the year as the No. 3 prospect, but big concerns about the health of his shoulder have him slipping
33 Henry Owens LHP Edison HS, Huntington Beach, Calif. Tall and projectable, already touching 94 mph, lots of experience against good competition
34 Jackie Bradley OF South Carolina Hurt wrist means he won't be able to answer questions about his hitting approach, other tools all play up
35 Tyler Beede RHP Lawrence Academy, Groton, Mass. Sits 88-93 but can touch 95, shows an above-average changeup and improving curveball; Vanderbilt commit
36 Joe Ross RHP Bishop O'Dowd HS, Oakland More fluid than his brother, Tyson, sitting 92-93 this spring, touching 96, some questions about his health
37 Andrew Chafin LHP Kent State Another lefthanded Tommy John guy, not as overpowering as Oregon State's Josh Osich: 90-92, touches 95; tiring lately
38 Jorge Lopez RHP Academia de Milagrosa, Cayey, P.R. Projectable body with present stuff—up to 93 with a good breaking ball and a feel for pitching for his age
39 Trevor Story SS Irving (Texas) HS Power is his weakest tool, but has a chance to be five-tool shortstop that plays with a lot of energy
40 Josh Osich LHP Oregon State Missed last year with Tommy John surgery, but back to 97 mph this spring, slowly mixing in secondary stuff
41 Brandon Nimmo OF East HS, Cheyenne, Wyo. Athletic outfielder with a pure, lefthanded swing—a bit of a wild card with no high school baseball in Wyoming
42 Alex Dickerson OF Indiana Above-average bat with the chance for above-average power, but probably moves to 1B
43 Kyle Winkler RHP Texas Christian Short, stocky righthander picking up the slack after Purke got hurt—sits 91-94 with a much-improved slider
44 Brian Goodwin OF Miami-Dade JC Toolsy outfielder earning Jacque Jones comparisons is draft-eligible a year early after leaving North Carolina
45 Michael Fulmer RHP Deer Creek HS, Edmond, Okla. The third wheel after Bundy and Bradley, impressive in his own right (up to 96 mph)
46 Dillon Maples RHP Pinecrest HS, Southern Pines, N.C. Shows big velocity and flashes a plus curveball, but questions about stiffness in delivery
47 Kyle Crick RHP Sherman (Texas) HS Huge frame with lots of sink on mid-90s fastball, stock is on the rise
48 Sean Gilmartin LHP Florida State Fastball is up a tick from last year (now sitting 88-91) to go along with a plus changeup and improving slider
49 Dwight Smith Jr. OF McIntosh HS, Peachtree City, Ga. Polished bat from the left side, but the rest of his tools are fringe-average
50 Tony Zych RHP Louisville Sits 95-97 and touches 99 consistently; slider is solid but has some funk to his delivery
51 Kes Carter OF Western Kentucky Impressive athlete with tools to stay in center field, some pop from the left side and hard-nosed play
52 Granden Goetzman OF Palmetto (Fla.) HS Great combination of above-average speed and power, lots of helium this spring
53 Williams Jerez OF Grand Street HS, Brooklyn Moved to New York from the Dominican and shows an impressive package of tools
54 Matt Dean 3B The Colony (Texas) HS Redeemed himself after a so-so summer; has the quickness, arm and power to play third base
55 Anthony Meo RHP Coastal Carolina Big velocity (93-94, touches 96), but the ball flattens out—projects more as a reliever
56 Ricky Oropessa 1B/3B Southern California Probably moves to first base, but has easy plus power as a lefthanded hitter
57 Hudson Boyd RHP Bishop Verot HS, Fort Myers, Fla. Thick, mature body but big stuff—sitting low 90s and bumping 96 with a tight, 12-6 curveball
58 Aaron Westlake 1B Vanderbilt Performed well on the Cape and impressive lefthanded power continues to show this spring
59 Chris Reed LHP Stanford Sits 92-94 out of Stanford's bullpen with good secondary stuff—could start as a pro
60 Adam Conley LHP Washington State Has a power sinker and changeup but slider needs to be sharper