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    Lets rock the discussions with the draft in here. plus i need a place to follow. i have to head out during the start
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    im heading out for a few. please keeps me updated and some!
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    What time does it start?

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    Final Draft projection: Rendon to follow Cole
    Rice third baseman looks like Seattle's choice over pitchers
    By Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com | 06/06/11 10:00 AM ET

    What follows is the final mock Draft on MLB.com, a projection of the first round hours before the action begins on Monday.

    Live coverage of the actual 2011 First-Year Player Draft begins with a one-hour preview show on Monday at 6 p.m. ET on MLB.com and MLB Network, followed by the first round and supplemental compensation round. MLB.com will provide exclusive coverage of Day 2 and 3, featuring a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player. You can also keep up to date at Draft Central and by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.

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    2011 Draft: Gerrit Cole, P
    2011 Draft: Anthony Rendon, 3B
    2011 Draft: Trevor Bauer, PQuestions, especially regarding signability, abounded late Sunday night, leaving many things up in the air. I'll be doing a final, names-only projection on my blog Monday afternoon as things become clearer.

    1. Pittsburgh Pirates: Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA
    After carefully discussing Virginia's Danny Hultzen and Rice's Anthony Rendon as well, the Pirates have settled on taking the UCLA right-hander, a baseball source told MLB.com on Monday.

    2. Seattle Mariners: Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice
    There's still some question about his shoulder, but there wasn't enough to move him off here. High school shortstop Francisco Lindor is a possibility.

    3. Arizona Diamondbacks: Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA
    Hultzen is a possibility, but there was some buzz about him getting past this spot. Arizona also likes high school right-hander Dylan Bundy.

    4. Baltimore Orioles: Danny Hultzen, LHP, University of Virginia
    The O's were looking hard at Bundy, but there might be some issues with bonus demands there. If Bauer gets past Arizona, he could be the pick and there was late word that Oklahoma high schooler Archie Bradley had entered the picture.

    5. Kansas City Royals: Bubba Starling, OF, Gardner-Edgerton HS, KS
    The Royals are still looking at college arms like Bauer or Cole if they drop here. Bundy will get a long look, too. Starling and Lindor are the hitters being considered, with the two-sport toolsy outfielder in their own backyard making almost too much sense.

    6. Washington Nationals: Dylan Bundy, RHP, Oswasso HS, Okla.
    The top high school arm -- some say best arm, period -- shouldn't drop too far. Fellow Oklahoman Archie Bradley could get a look as well and the college arms above would be welcome should any of them drop to this spot.

    7. Arizona Diamondbacks: Matt Barnes, RHP, Connecticut
    This one had some buzz behind it late. Barnes had always been in the top-10 conversation, so it's not a big stretch for Arizona and its unprotected pick. Lindor could still find a home here.

    8. Cleveland Indians: Archie Bradley, RHP, Broken Arrow HS, Okla.
    Bradley came on strong after a slow start and the Indians have always liked the big right-hander. If it doesn't work, they could consider a number of college arms.

    9. Chicago Cubs: Francisco Lindor, SS, Montverde Academy, Fla.
    Lindor is a premium talent who plays a premium position. The Cubs would love to get a bat here and Lindor would be the best on the board, and they'll worry about what to do with a Lindor/Starlin Castro infield later on. Anyone listed above who slides, especially Starling, would get consideration.

    10. San Diego Padres: Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Texas
    It's certainly no guarantee that the Padres will go the college route with this unprotected pick, but there are some awfully good arms to choose from among that group.

    11. Houston Astros: Jed Bradley, LHP, Georgia Tech
    This could be a good spot for Lindor should he make it out of the top 10, though the best college pitcher still on the board has always made sense.

    12. Milwaukee Brewers: Sonny Gray, RHP, Vanderbilt
    With two picks in four selections, there's a lot the Brewers could do here. Starting with a college pitcher is a strong possibility.

    13. New York Mets: Javier Baez, SS, Arlington Country Day HS, Fla.
    Baez will likely have to move to third base, but he has enough tools to profile very well at the hot corner. North Carolina shortstop Levi Michael has been another hitter mentioned and the Mets were looking hard at the host of college pitching available.

    14. Florida Marlins: Cory Spangenberg, 3B, Indian River State (Fla.)
    Spangenberg gets comps to Chris Coghlan. That's worked out well, so why not go that route again? Mike Mahtook has been mentioned here by some and the Marlins might love to see Bradley get here.

    15. Milwaukee Brewers: Tyler Anderson, LHP, Oregon
    He's the quintessential advanced college lefty who could get to Milwaukee pretty quickly. Taylor Guerrieri's name has been mentioned here should they decide to go for a high school pitcher.

    16. Los Angeles Dodgers: Robert Stephenson, RHP, Alhambra HS, Calif.
    Sometimes you hear a name associated so often with a team that you're a little wary of putting him there. But Stephenson is definitely in the mix and with other options like Anderson gone, the Dodgers could go this route. High schooler Joe Ross is another possibility.

    17. Los Angeles Angels: Daniel Norris, LHP, Science Hill HS, Tenn.
    The top high school lefty has reportedly thrown out a big price tag, but that won't make some teams shy away. The Angels could look at a number of projectable high school pitchers, like Stephenson, Ross or Dillon Howard.

    18. Oakland A's: George Springer, OF, Connecticut
    Another one that's been mentioned too much for comfort. The A's would have interest if Spangenberg got here and would look at Michael or Mahtook as well. They've got some high school arms on the list, with Ross -- brother of Oakland pitcher Tyson Ross -- perhaps being one of them.

    19. Boston Red Sox: Alex Meyer, RHP, Kentucky
    After two years of struggling, things really started to work for the big right-hander this year. Good timing, as it's moved him to the top two-thirds of the first round.

    20. Colorado Rockies: CJ Cron, 1B, Utah
    There's been a lot of talk about a college hitter here and while teams normally don't draft for need, there will be an opening at this position in Colorado before long and Cron flat-out raked this year. UNC's Levi Michael and Hawaii's Kolten Wong could be choices here as well.

    21. Toronto Blue Jays: Taylor Guerrieri, RHP, Spring Valley HS. S.C.
    There's still a chance the Blue Jays could go the college route with a guy like Michael, but there certainly has been a lot discussed about the Jays and projectable high-school pitching.

    22. St. Louis Cardinals: Kolten Wong, 2B, Hawaii
    An advanced college hitter who can run, it won't take Wong too long to be big-league ready.

    23. Washington Nationals: Mike Mahtook, OF, Louisiana State
    Mahtook would give the Nationals a high school pitcher and a college hitter with their first two picks. They could also see who drops here because of signability if they so chose.

    24. Tampa Bay Rays: Brandon Nimmo, OF, Cheyenne East HS, Wyo.
    The Wyoming kid without a high school team has some serious tools and lit it up in front of a lot of scouts as the Draft approached. He's not expected to be an easy sign, but the Rays won't shy away from taking chances even with all the picks they own.

    25. San Diego Padres: Levi Michael, SS, North Carolina
    There's a good chance Michael goes before things get this far, but the Padres would likely pounce if he did. If Mahtook was still around, he'd probably get a look as well.

    26. Boston Red Sox: Blake Swihart, C, Cleveland HS, N.M.
    Swihart's one of the better high school hitters in the class, but word is he comes with a big price tag. So, naturally, everyone thinks he'll land with the Red Sox.

    27. Cincinnati Reds: Chris Reed, LHP, Stanford
    College pitching has been mentioned prominently here and many teams believe Reed, Stanford's closer, can start at the next level. Kent State's Andrew Chafin or Florida State's Sean Gilmartin could be in the mix.

    28. Atlanta Braves: Jose Fernandez, RHP, Alonso HS, Fla.
    A live arm with a good feel for pitching might have Fernandez gone before this point, but the Braves like developing young pitching.

    29. San Francisco Giants: Brian Goodwin, OF, Miami Dade College
    The Giants took Gary Brown a year ago and so far, so good. Nabbing a toolsy outfielder to join him might make sense. The Giants also might be a team that nabs someone projected higher who ends up sliding.

    30. Minnesota Twins: Andrew Chafin, LHP, Kent State
    Chafin bounced back from a stretch of what appeared to be minor injuries that forced him to miss a couple of starts and he could figure into the mix of a few teams -- ahead of the Twins -- that are looking at college pitching.

    31. Tampa Bay Rays: Henry Owens, LHP, Edison HS, Calif.
    Some believe Owens will slide out of the first round, but the prep lefty has some pretty good stuff.

    32. Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Ross, RHP, Bishop O'Dowd HS, Calif.
    There's the chance the Rays will let this high school pitcher slide and pick up a bunch of them with their seven sandwich-round picks, but a projectable right-hander like Ross could be a fit.

    33. Texas Rangers: Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy, Mass.
    The Rangers might want to wait to try and nab Beede with their supplemental pick, but if they fear he won't make it to No. 37, they could step up. If a player like Nimmo gets here, that could generate some interest

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    UCLA getting knocked out yesterday is probably a good thing. They look likely to have 2 of the top 3 picks in the draft coming from their pitching staff and it got them nowhere this year. I'm sure the Pirates and Diamondbacks (at least from the latest mocks) aren't too upset about that.

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    DK on the Fan @ 300 PM said that it's better than 95% that the Pirates will take Cole and he is still on board with the pick.

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    Source: Bucs will take Cole with No. 1 Draft pick

    Power right-hander from UCLA eyed as durable, front-line starter

    By Jonathan Mayo / MLB.com | 06/06/11 7:59 AM ET

    The Pirates will take UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole with the No. 1 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft on Monday, a baseball source told MLB.com.

    There wasn't previously a clear-cut choice for the top pick, with the Pirates considering as many as five players over the course of the spring. Recently, though, that list had seemingly been whittled down to three: Cole, University of Virginia lefty Danny Hultzen and Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon.

    There's no question why a team would consider Cole, a power pitcher, for the top spot. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder has the look of a strong, durable front-line starter and the pure stuff to match. He's been clocked as high as 102 mph on radar guns and routinely hits triple digits. He maintains his velocity deep into games, sitting comfortably at 95-96 mph throughout a start. His slider is a plus pitch when it's working, an 88-90 mph nasty breaking ball. Even his changeup is hard, at 88-90 mph, and can also be a plus offering at times.



    Gerrit Cole has a fastball that can touch the upper 90s, a hard slider and a power changeup that he can throw for strikes

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    One of the more puzzling things with Cole this spring was that, despite no dropoff in velocity, he was more hittable than he should have been. Cole has gone 6-8 with a 3.31 ERA, including an NCAA Regional loss this past weekend.

    Scouts think there are two reasons for the less-stellar results. One was a mechanical flaw in his delivery, in which he was opening up his front side too soon. His release point was right down the middle, meaning his stuff was getting too much of home plate, especially when he tried to come inside to a right-handed hitter. His slider often flattened out, as well. Control wasn't a problem -- he doesn't walk many -- but command within the strike zone was.

    The good news is that since there wasn't a drop in velocity, there wasn't a fear of injury, and mechanical flaws can be corrected. Cole has been dominant at times -- he struck out 119 while walking 24 over 114 1/3 innings -- was virtually unhittable for large stretches of his collegiate career. He was unhittable for Team USA, with a 0.72 ERA in 25 innings playing internationally in 2010 and a 1.06 ERA in 34 innings in 2009.

    A look at the First-Year Player Draft's No. 1 overall picks since 1990:
    YearPlayer, PositionTeam
    2010Bryce Harper, OFNationals
    2009Stephen Strasburg, RHPNationals
    2008Tim Beckham, SSRays
    2007David Price, LHPRays
    2006Luke Hochevar, RHPRoyals
    2005Justin Upton, SSD-backs
    2004Matthew Bush, SSPadres
    2003Delmon Young, OFDevil Rays
    2002Bryan Bullington, RHPPirates
    2001Joe Mauer, CTwins
    2000Adrian Gonzalez, 1BMarlins
    1999Josh Hamilton, OFDevil Rays
    1998Pat Burrell, INFPhillies
    1997Matt Anderson, RHPTigers
    1996Kris Benson, RHPPirates
    1995Darin Erstad, OF/LHPAngels
    1994Paul Wilson, RHPMets
    1993Alex Rodriguez, SSMariners
    1992Phil Nevin, 3BAstros
    1991Brien Taylor, LHPYankees
    1990Chipper Jones, SSBraves


    The Southern California product was a first-round selection once before, taken by the Yankees with the 28th overall selection in 2008. His UCLA rotation-mate Trevor Bauer is expected to be taken in the top 10 on Monday as well. Cole is advised by the Scott Boras Corporation, a group that is no stranger to the Pirates. Pedro Alvarez, the No. 2 overall pick in 2008, is represented by Boras, and their contentious negotiations went down to the signing deadline in August of that year. But the Pirates have shown the willingness to take whomever they believed was the top player available and will do so again on Monday night.

    Rendon was once thought to be the front-runner for the top pick, but concerns about his shoulder, a dip in his power production and the fact the Pirates have Alvarez at third base may have all contributed to Pittsburgh deciding that Cole was a better fit. Rendon could go as high as No. 2 to the Mariners.

    Hultzen pitched his way into consideration for the top spot this spring, being one of the best performers on the mound in the country for one of the best college teams. The left-hander's name has been mentioned all over the top five or so picks and shouldn't have to wait too long to hear his name called.

    The last time the Pirates selected No. 1 overall -- in 2002 -- they took Ball State pitcher Bryan Bullington. The right-hander pitched in 26 Major League games -- six of them for the Pirates -- and is currently playing overseas.

    Live coverage of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft begins with a one-hour preview show on Monday at 6 p.m. ET on MLB.com and MLB Network, followed by the first round and supplemental compensation round. MLB.com will provide exclusive coverage of Days 2 and 3, featuring a live pick-by-pick stream, expert commentary and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every Draft-eligible player. You can also keep up to date at Draft Central and by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.

    Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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    UCLA getting knocked out yesterday is probably a good thing. They look likely to have 2 of the top 3 picks in the draft coming from their pitching staff and it got them nowhere this year. I'm sure the Pirates and Diamondbacks (at least from the latest mocks) aren't too upset about that.
    That can only be good news for their arms and... a big AND, if we can get Cole signed in a decent amount of time, perhaps he can throw a little this year? What's the chances?
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    This is a terrible choice and I am not on board at all. This is a DL type decision. Mind bogglingly bad decision here. When Cole is on the DL with Tommy-John Rendon will be an all-star 3B. Terrible.
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    How many pitchers have we taken with our #1 pick............and more importantly,how many have actually panned out???

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    There have even been some who were pretty decent. Remember Lincoln prior to his surgery.
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    That can only be good news for their arms and... a big AND, if we can get Cole signed in a decent amount of time, perhaps he can throw a little this year? [HIGH-LIGHT]What's the chances[/HIGH-LIGHT]?
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    Cole isn't going to pitch this year.
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    Since neither Rendon or Cole are gonna play ball this summer, Rendon will have plenty of time to rehab and loses no playing time so the lose nothing and risk little drafting him. Don't know if I want the Buccos wasting #1 pick on a guy who couldn't dominate his conference. If not Rendon then Bubba Starling?
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