Top 100: Draft rankings v. 5.0
Top four prospects remain the same, but lots of movement elsewhere on the board
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.
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
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
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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