Cole still No. 1 in final 2011 mock
UCLA righty goes to Pirates; Nationals are poised to add another potential superstar
Note: I will add periodic updates throughout Monday as new information comes in.
I'll call this the "final" first-round projection, but I'm hoping to update this throughout the day on Monday. Many high-level sources are telling me they're not finalizing the tops of their boards until Monday morning after they better establish signability on the players in their mix. As of Monday morning, here's my best estimate of the first round -- as always, based on information from industry sources.
I know they did their due diligence on several alternatives here, but Cole appears to be the choice.
Although I've heard Bubba Starling here as well as Francisco Lindor, individual sources and overall industry consensus have them on Rendon. Starling is a favorite of GM Jack Zduriencik, though.
This seems solid now after they looked at a number of options, including Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley.
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2011 MLB Draft Content
The Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off the 2011 MLB Draft by taking UCLA SP Gerrit Cole. Insider's Keith Law leads the coverage from Cole through the first round and beyond.
2011 MLB Draft6/7: Churchill: Analyzing Rounds 6-25
6/7: Law's Best of Day 2: American | National
6/7: Churchill: Analyzing Rounds 3-5
6/7: Churchill: Highlights of the second round
6/6: Law: Best and worst of Day 1
6/6: Churchill: Sandwich round analysis
6/6: Law/Churchill: First round analysis
MLB Draft Essentials6/6: Final mock: Nats add more star power
6/4: Law's Top 100: Setting up the draft
6/3: Mock 3.0: Starling on the rise
6/3: Churchill: Best tools in the draft
6/1: Sackmann: Statistical red flags
5/30: Mock 2.0: Gerrit Cole to Pirates
5/28: Churchill: 2010 NL Draft in review
5/27: Churchill: 2010 AL Draft in review
5/17: First full mock: Hultzen goes No. 1
5/12: Top 100: Movement in top 10
5/12: Cole goes first in modified mock draft
4/29: Future Fifty 3.0: Purke falls out
3/22: Future Fifty 2.0: Cole takes the top spot
3/22: Law: The Draft is not a crapshoot
2/17: Future Fifty: Rendon tops season's first ranking
2/17: Draft Order: How the teams will pick in the first and supplemental round