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    High School

    Archie Bradley, RHP, Muskogee HS, OK: With a smooth delivery, Bradley shows a plus fastball at times, but sits around 90-92 mph. He throws a curve and a slider, and commands the ball fairly well. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, he's got the build and projectability that scouts love.

    Dylan Bundy, RHP, Owasso HS, OK: The 6-foot-1 righty can run his fastball up into the mid-90s with plenty of life. He complements it with a curve and slider, and even shows a changeup which will only get better.

    Travis Harrison, OF, Tustin HS, CA: A strong right-handed hitter, Harrison has a quick bat, and can really hit the fastball. He's got some power, which should develop to allow him to hit more than his fair share of homers. He runs well for his size, and could play a corner outfield spot or perhaps first base.

    Daniel Norris, LHP, Science Hill HS, TN
    : He's a lefty with a quick arm who can run it up to 94 mph, sitting comfortably at 93 mph. That's enough to garner plenty of interest. He's also got a curve that's a work in progess, but he knows how to spin it. He's got a changeup, though he doesn't use it much. At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, the lefty has some room to grow and add strength, which could make him even more interesting as he matures.

    Henry Owens, LHP, Edison HS, CA: The 2010 Draft class was a little light on lefty high school prospects, but Owens joins Norris to make 2011 more interesting in that regard. Owens is 6-foot-5 with plenty of projection. Owens has an advanced feel for pitching, especially for a high schooler. His fastball might just be average, but there's room for added velocity as he matures. He's got a good curve and a deceptive changeup, all of which he commands very well.

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    Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA: A 2008 first-round pick of the New York Yankees, Cole went on to UCLA and has continued to impress with his pure stuff. He might have the best fastball in the class, and can run it up into the upper-90s with movement. He complements that with a power slider that has nasty bite to it. He doesn't use it much, but he's shown a changeup that could give him three above-average to plus pitches in the future.

    Sonny Gray, RHP, Vanderbilt: Gray was a very good high school prospect who didn't get drafted early because of his commitment to Vandy, which he honored. He's not the biggest guy in the world, but his arm is more than big enough. He runs his fastball up to 95 mph, sitting comfortably at 92-93. Along with the heater, he's got a slider with power curve action that has the chance to be above-average, and while his changeup is behind those two, he's got a pretty good feel for it.

    Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Texas: The 6-foot-6 right-hander has been part of a very deep starting staff as a sophomore, and he'll be the undeniable leader of it in 2011. He throws his fastball comfortably in the 92-94 mph range, topping out at 96 mph, and it comes out of his hand with ease. He throws a hard breaking ball that's a little slurvy, but when he stays on top of it, it's got good slider action. He also shows a good feel for his changeup, giving him the chance to have three at least above-average pitches.

    Matt Purke, LHP, TCU: The first-round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2009, one of the reasons he wouldn't come down from bonus demands is likely because he knew he'd be eligible again in two years as a sophomore. The lefty has an above-average fastball he cranks up to 94 mph with a lot of sink. He has two breaking balls, a curve and a slider, and both have the chance to be above-average pitches. His changeup lags behind, but he doesn't throw it much. But with three outstanding pitches already to go along with excellent command and competitiveness, that likely won't matter.

    Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice: Rendon heads into the summer as the best bat in the Class of 2011. He should hit for average and plenty of power. He's got great discipline at the plate and the ball just jumps off of his bat. He gets good marks for his defense at third as well, with excellent range, hands, and arm strength from the hot corner. He has the chance to be a true impact player in the big leagues.

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    Please Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice: Rendon heads into the summer as the best bat in the Class of 2011. He should hit for average and plenty of power. He's got great discipline at the plate and the ball just jumps off of his bat. He gets good marks for his defense at third as well, with excellent range, hands, and arm strength from the hot corner. He has the chance to be a true impact player in the big leagues.

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    Having said that, I want Anthony Rendon #1. Trade Doumit, Dotel, Duke and Maholm. Release or trade I guess 2 of 3 Aki, Church, and Crosby. Bring up Alvarez. Sign Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie, Nick Kingham (#186), Jason Hursh (#173), Austin Kubitza (#153), and Zachary Weiss (#132), Mel Rojas Jr. (#135). Dace Kime (Louisville), Ryan Hafner (Missouri State), and Kent Emanuel (UNC) and Drew Maggi could be attained for slot money probably. I would also like them to make a serious run at Dale Carey, Taylor Waldron, and Jared LaKind. (very good article at BuccoFans.com on this subject A Draft That Could Change a Franchise.)
    In two years, this whole organization could be completely turned around. We could be stock full of prospects and become the NL Tampa Bay Rays. ****, it's exciting.

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    Please Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice: Rendon heads into the summer as the best bat in the Class of 2011. He should hit for average and plenty of power. He's got great discipline at the plate and the ball just jumps off of his bat. He gets good marks for his defense at third as well, with excellent range, hands, and arm strength from the hot corner. He has the chance to be a true impact player in the big leagues.
    No, he isn't a RHP.

    Actually, I figure the focus next year will be on position players, based on the overwhelming number of pitchers who could be signed from 2010 draft.

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    A Draft That Could Change a Franchise, that was a great article. The future looks bright. it helped ansered my chain reaction questions and I didnt know anything about the latin kids that should go to A ball next month

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    High School

    Archie Bradley, RHP, Muskogee HS, OK: With a smooth delivery, Bradley shows a plus fastball at times, but sits around 90-92 mph. He throws a curve and a slider, and commands the ball fairly well. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, he's got the build and projectability that scouts love.

    Dylan Bundy, RHP, Owasso HS, OK: The 6-foot-1 righty can run his fastball up into the mid-90s with plenty of life. He complements it with a curve and slider, and even shows a changeup which will only get better.

    Travis Harrison, OF, Tustin HS, CA: A strong right-handed hitter, Harrison has a quick bat, and can really hit the fastball. He's got some power, which should develop to allow him to hit more than his fair share of homers. He runs well for his size, and could play a corner outfield spot or perhaps first base.

    Daniel Norris, LHP, Science Hill HS, TN
    : He's a lefty with a quick arm who can run it up to 94 mph, sitting comfortably at 93 mph. That's enough to garner plenty of interest. He's also got a curve that's a work in progess, but he knows how to spin it. He's got a changeup, though he doesn't use it much. At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, the lefty has some room to grow and add strength, which could make him even more interesting as he matures.

    Henry Owens, LHP, Edison HS, CA: The 2010 Draft class was a little light on lefty high school prospects, but Owens joins Norris to make 2011 more interesting in that regard. Owens is 6-foot-5 with plenty of projection. Owens has an advanced feel for pitching, especially for a high schooler. His fastball might just be average, but there's room for added velocity as he matures. He's got a good curve and a deceptive changeup, all of which he commands very well.

    College

    Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA: A 2008 first-round pick of the New York Yankees, Cole went on to UCLA and has continued to impress with his pure stuff. He might have the best fastball in the class, and can run it up into the upper-90s with movement. He complements that with a power slider that has nasty bite to it. He doesn't use it much, but he's shown a changeup that could give him three above-average to plus pitches in the future.

    Sonny Gray, RHP, Vanderbilt: Gray was a very good high school prospect who didn't get drafted early because of his commitment to Vandy, which he honored. He's not the biggest guy in the world, but his arm is more than big enough. He runs his fastball up to 95 mph, sitting comfortably at 92-93. Along with the heater, he's got a slider with power curve action that has the chance to be above-average, and while his changeup is behind those two, he's got a pretty good feel for it.

    Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Texas: The 6-foot-6 right-hander has been part of a very deep starting staff as a sophomore, and he'll be the undeniable leader of it in 2011. He throws his fastball comfortably in the 92-94 mph range, topping out at 96 mph, and it comes out of his hand with ease. He throws a hard breaking ball that's a little slurvy, but when he stays on top of it, it's got good slider action. He also shows a good feel for his changeup, giving him the chance to have three at least above-average pitches.

    Matt Purke, LHP, TCU: The first-round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2009, one of the reasons he wouldn't come down from bonus demands is likely because he knew he'd be eligible again in two years as a sophomore. The lefty has an above-average fastball he cranks up to 94 mph with a lot of sink. He has two breaking balls, a curve and a slider, and both have the chance to be above-average pitches. His changeup lags behind, but he doesn't throw it much. But with three outstanding pitches already to go along with excellent command and competitiveness, that likely won't matter.

    Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice: Rendon heads into the summer as the best bat in the Class of 2011. He should hit for average and plenty of power. He's got great discipline at the plate and the ball just jumps off of his bat. He gets good marks for his defense at third as well, with excellent range, hands, and arm strength from the hot corner. He has the chance to be a true impact player in the big leagues.
    2011 is all about the college guys at the top...If you're in the top 5 you're getting a stud.

    After this years' draft you certainly would want Rendon...but Purke, Jungmann, Gray (who I know personally), and Cole are all dynamic and you certainly would take them even with the pitcher heavy draft this year.

    We will NEED to have the #1 overall pick to get Rendon I believe...if Baltimore picks #1 they will likely go with the bat...We're down 7 games on them...but I'd really like to see us get the #1 and select Rendon.........

    The future with Rendon would see him playing 3B and Alvarez moving to 1B--Rendon is a better fielding 3B. It'd be a dynamic duo that's for sure...but I'll be happy anywhere in the top 5.
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    Next year's draft is interesting. It's one of the deeper drafts in recent years, but beyond Rendon it still lacks high impact college bats. It's really loaded on college pitching. I think the trend in the last few years has been for the majority of the better HS hitting prospects to go pro. 2008 was loaded with college hitters, but in '09 there wasn't a big time prospect beyond Ackley, and in 2010 there really wasn't anything (Harper technically was a college hitter, but should have been a HS player in the 2011 draft). Pitchers have been much more likely to try to prove themselves in college and earn a higher draft slot.

    Things will obviously change after the Cape Cod League, then the full season, but the other college hitters I see possibly in the top 15 (who knows how high):

    Third baseman Ricky Oropesa from USC - .353 BA with 20 HR as a sophomore
    Catcher CJ Crohn from Utah - .431 BA with 20 HR as a sophomore (huge for a catcher, though)

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    Next year's draft is interesting. It's one of the deeper drafts in recent years, but beyond Rendon it still lacks high impact college bats. It's really loaded on college pitching. I think the trend in the last few years has been for the majority of the better HS hitting prospects to go pro. 2008 was loaded with college hitters, but in '09 there wasn't a big time prospect beyond Ackley, and in 2010 there really wasn't anything (Harper technically was a college hitter, but should have been a HS player in the 2011 draft). Pitchers have been much more likely to try to prove themselves in college and earn a higher draft slot.

    Things will obviously change after the Cape Cod League, then the full season, but the other college hitters I see possibly in the top 15 (who knows how high):

    Third baseman Ricky Oropesa from USC - .353 BA with 20 HR as a sophomore
    Catcher CJ Crohn from Utah - .431 BA with 20 HR as a sophomore (huge for a catcher, though)
    Oropesa and Crohn are both outstanding prospects as well...by far behind Rendon as overall packages though...

    I agree with you that its a college pitcher friendly draft...and I am OK with that. The Pirates showed this draft that they are going to stay true to the board...and if they dont have the #1 pick next year I would expect them to again stay true to the board and take one of the college pitchers.

    There is a ton of time between now and next years draft...last year at this time it was Harper and Ranaudo.....and now Ranaudo lasted until the late 30s. So alot can change, but if things hold NEXT years' draft is a draft a little more like the draft that Kip has liked before...like the 2008 draft...deep on elite talent at the top and its headed by the 5 guys mentioned: Rendon, Cole, Jungmann, Purke, and Gray.

    Speaking of Gray, honestly he's a really good kid...smart, funny, and a hell of a pitcher-makeup. I hope he performs well again next year and goes at the top of the first round...its a dream I hope he can live out.
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    First and foremost, they GOTTA HAVE TO sign Taillon and Allie.

    Then, thats OK. I agree with Benny. I would LOVE to have the #1 pick next year. However, if we land in the (for me) top 4 I would be very happy to take 1 of those top pitchers also Cole, Gray or Purke. In that case, we are adding another top of the rotation stud pitcher.

    We can use some of our pitching depth to acquire big time bats already in AA to supplement.

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    First and foremost, they GOTTA HAVE TO sign Taillon and Allie.

    Then, thats OK. I agree with Benny. I would LOVE to have the #1 pick next year. However, if we land in the (for me) top 4 I would be very happy to take 1 of those top pitchers also Cole, Gray or Purke. In that case, we are adding another top of the rotation stud pitcher.

    We can use some of our pitching depth to acquire big time bats already in AA to supplement.
    Yeah, I mean, to have a chance at Rendon would be awesome...it really would be something that coupled with THIS draft (IF we sign Taillon+Allie+some others) could really be completely franchise altering. However, if we do not get that shot at Rendon I am certainly not going to be upset about being "forced" to take one of the other pitchers.
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    The chances of our Buccos ending up with a top 5 pick are sizable. When you consider that our lineup, by the end of the season, will include Cutch, Walker, Tabata, Alvarez, Jones with Lincoln in the rotation, you can't help but get excited about the future. As for this draft, I don't believe that NH would have taken both Taillon and Allie if he didn't intend to get them BOTH signed, which is what is going to happen. When it does, people are going to start paying attention to what's happening with the organization.
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