Early 2011 Top 50 Draft Prospects





It's early and a lot can change between now and June 2011, but here's an early look at the top 50 draft-eligible players for next year's draft. Compared to the 2010 class, the 2011 crop features a couple things the 2010 draft class is light on—college bats and high school lefthanders. It's also rare to see a class that features one former first-rounder, let alone two, but that's exactly what this class has with UCLA righthander Gerrit Cole (Yankees, 2008) and Matt Purke (Rangers, 2009). For the 2011 Top 100 list and a 2012 Top 50, visit baseballamerica.com/prospectsplus

Rk. PLAYER POS SCHOOL
1. Anthony Rendon 3B Rice
2. Gerrit Cole RHP UCLA
3. *Matt Purke LHP Texas Christian
4. Daniel Norris LHP Science Hill HS, Johnson City, Tenn.
5. Taylor Jungmann RHP Texas
6. Sonny Gray RHP Vanderbilt
7. Alex Meyer RHP Kentucky
8. Jack Armstrong RHP Vanderbilt
9. Dylan Bundy RHP Owasso (Okla.) HS
10. Dwight Smith OF McIntosh HS, Peachtree City, Ga.
11. Archie Bradley RHP Muskogee (Okla.) HS
12. Jackie Bradley OF South Carolina
13. Preston Tucker 1B Florida
14. Ryan Carpenter LHP Gonzaga
15. Andrew Suarez LHP Columbus HS, Miami
16. Travis Harrison 3B Tustin (Calif.) HS
17. Zach Cone OF Georgia
18. Nick Delmonico SS/C Farragut HS, Knoxville, Tenn.
19. Matthew Dean 3B The Colony (Texas) HS
20. Henry Owens LHP Edison HS, Huntington Beach, Calif.
21. Max Homick OF Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego
22. Mikie Mahtook OF Louisiana State
23. B.A. Vollmuth SS Southern Mississippi
24. Logan Verrett RHP Baylor
25. Brett Mooneyham LHP Stanford
26. George Springer OF Connecticut
27. Christian Montgomery RHP Lawrence Central HS, Indianapolis
28. Francisco Lindor SS Montverde (Fla.) Academy
29. Danny Hultzen LHP/1B Virginia
30. Cecil Tanner RHP Georgia
31. Deshorn Lake RHP Menchville HS, Newport News, Va.
32. Dillon Howard RHP Searcy (Ark.) HS
33. Tyler Greene SS Roswell (Ga.) HS
34. Steven Proscia 3B Virginia
35. Nick Maronde LHP Florida
36. Ricky Oropesa 3B Southern California
37. Christian Lopes SS Edison HS, Huntington Beach, Calif.
38. Dillon Maples RHP Pinecrest HS, Southern Pines, N.C.
39. Adam Griffin RHP Forsyth Country Day HS, Lewisville, N.C.
40. Larry Green OF Berrien County HS, Nashville, Ga.
41. Jose Cardona RHP El Camino Real HS, Woodland Hills, Calif.
42. Bubba Starling RHP Gardner Edgerton HS, Gardner, Kan.
43. Jason Esposito SS Vanderbilt
44. Benton Moss RHP Rocky Mount (N.C.) HS
45. Randy McCurry SS/RHP Oklahoma State
46. Austin Dicharry RHP Texas
47. Ryan Harris RHP Jupiter (Fla.) HS
48. Austin Slater SS The Bolles HS, Jacksonville, Fla.
49. John Stilson RHP Texas A&M
50. Joshua Bell OF Jesuit HS, Dallas