Commentary

Top 100: Draft rankings v. 5.0

Top four prospects remain the same, but lots of movement elsewhere on the board

Updated: June 4, 2011, 6:54 PM ET
By Keith Law | ESPN.com

This is the final top 100 update for this year's Rule 4 draft. The top four remain unchanged but I've moved a lot of guys around based on recent reports, more conversations with scouts, a few games I saw recently and a fair amount of video I've received from contacts in the game.

This is my ranking of these players, roughly the order in which I would take them if signability was not a factor. This is not, however, a projection of where these players will be selected. The most recent projection went up on Friday, June 3, and I'll post one more on Monday morning before the draft begins.


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1
RHP
6-4
220
Gardner H.S.

Analysis: His fastball grades out as an 80 on the 20-80 scouting scale, and his change grades as a 70. He also has an above-average slider and a good delivery, but he needs a different pitching plan. He's a potential No. 1 starter. Previous Rankings: 3 | 1 | 1 | 1

2
3B
6-0
190

Analysis: Tough spring with sore shoulder limiting him, but plus bat speed and plus defender at third is a rare combo. Previous Rankings: 1 | 2 | 2 | 2

3
CF
6-5
195

Analysis: Best all-around athlete in the draft, five-tool centerfielder with explosiveness in every facet of the game. Previous Rankings: 4 | 3 | 3 | 3

4
RHP
6-1
205
Owasso H.S.

Analysis: One of the top high school pitchers in recent memory, maybe the best since Beckett, up to 99 with an insane work ethic, a knockout cutter and makeup that scouts love. Previous Rankings: 13 | 6 | 4 | 4

10
RHP
6-3
215
Broken Arrow H.S.

Analysis: Two-sport commit to Oklahoma, but his future is on a mound, where he's up to 98 with the draft's best curveball. Previous Rankings: 9 | 13 | 10 | 10


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