MLB draft: Day 2 AL team reports
A close look at the picks of American League teams on Day of the 2011 MLB draft
Day 2 of the 2011 MLB draft is drawing to a close as I write this. So focusing on just the first 15 rounds, here's a recap of interesting or noteworthy picks by clubs in the American League. The number next to each player indicates in which round that player was selected.
For National League team reports, go here.
Baltimore Orioles: After nabbing Dylan Bundy (Round 1), the Orioles took preseason first-round candidate Jason Esposito (2) of Vanderbilt, a bet that his power and defensive ability at third might overshadow the slider-speed bat. Baltimore's draft was conservative after that, with a number of projected relievers, including Mike Wright (3), sidearmer Kyle Simon (4) and Trent Howard (7). The Orioles took a shot at probably unsignable infielder Nick Delmonico in the sixth, and if they can sign Jason Coats in the 12th, that's good value for a college bat with a great swing but poor plate discipline.
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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