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A first look at the 2011 MLB draft

Anthony Rendon projects as No. 1; there's also a 'young Ryan Howard'

Originally Published: June 11, 2010
By Keith Law | ESPN Insider
Anthony RendonMark J. Rebilas/US PresswireAnthony Rendon jacked three home runs in an Austin Regional game last Saturday.

Next year's draft class looks much stronger and deeper than this year's in almost every area, with high school right-handers possibly the lone exception. There's one premium college bat, a number of top-flight college arms -- and a strong mix of prep talent across the board. While this year's draft only offered maybe eight to 10 true first-rounders -- players who'd be picked in the top 30 in almost any year -- the 2011 class could very easily see first-round talents squeezed out of that range because there's just so much talent in the country.

Let's dive into it.