Posted Jun. 6, 2011 7:14 pm by Conor Glassey
Filed under: Draft Day
We linked the Brewers to a Taylor, but it was Guerrieri, not Jungmann, the unanimous Big-12 pitcher of the year. Jungmann, a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award had one of the best track records of success.
On a recent Baseball America XM Radio show, Texas head coach Augie Garrido compared Jungmann to Jered Weaver.
The Astros take George Springer at No. 11 overall, so after four pitchers to start the draft, six of the last eight selections have been hitters.
Springer just got compared to Hunter Pence on MLB Network by John Hart, but Springer has been considered the Best Athlete in the draft among college players, and he’s a center fielder, not a right fielder. Springer has big power and speed but also has had some swing and miss. He had an up-and-down season this year but cut down on his strikeouts and was hitting .350/.458/.628 with 35 walks and 38 strikeouts entering Monday’s regional final at Clemson. He also had 31 stolen bases.
Springer fits the Astros’ template of middle-of-the-diamond athletes, but was thought to have been sliding later in the first round. He wound up going ahead of teammate Matt Barnes, who is still on the board.
The Padres were linked to Spangenberg for the past few weeks, but we thought they would get him further down in the draft. With an unprotected pick at 10, the team reached a little bit to make sure they got one of the best pure hitters in this year’s draft.
Spangenberg was drafted as a second baseman, which would be a new position for him—he mostly played third base at Indian River (Fla.) JC.
The Cubs took Florida prep infielder Javier Baez at No. 9. That’s back-to-back picks spent on Florida’s top high school prospects in Francisco Lindor and Baez. Both are originally from Puerto Rico.
Baez has as much offensive potential as anyone in the draft. BA ranked him as the Best Hitter in the high school class, and he has impressive raw power as well.
With the eighth-overall pick, the Indians selected Montverde (Fla.) HS shortstop Francisco Lindor. Lindor is the best defensive shortstop in this year’s draft, but his tools don’t stop there—he has the potential for average or better tools across the board.
The last time the Indians chose a high school position player in the first round was in 2000, when the team picked another prep shortstop in Corey Smith from Piscataway (N.J.) High.
Arizona became the first team in draft history with two of the first seven selections. In a draft dominated by pitching and pitchers with velocity, the Diamondbacks came away with two big arms. At No. 3, they selected Trevor Bauer out of UCLA.
With pick No. 7 overall, the Diamondbacks select Oklahoma prep righthander Archie Bradley. That picks the pocket of the Indians, who would have loved Bradley at No. 8. Bradley becomes the second Oklahoma high school righthander to go in the first eight selections, and he was an Oklahoma football recruit (though he signed a baseball letter of intent). So even though this pick is not protected—the Diamondbacks don’t get compensation if they don’t sign Bradley—it makes sense. Arizona can spread out his bonus payments over five years thanks to the football possibility.
Arizona general manager Kevin Towers now gets two premium arms into a farm system short on power arms and longer on changeup artists such as Josh Collmenter and Barry Enright. As anticipated, it’s a strong night for the Diamondbacks.
Anthony Rendon’s slide ended at pick No. 6. The Rice third baseman had been expected to go to number two to the Mariners. For the third year in a row, the Nationals have selected Baseball America’s top-ranked player, joining Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. Likewise, the Nationals have been successful negotiation with Rendon’s adviser, Scott Boras.
Today is Rendon’s 21st birthday.
The Royals had the hometown kid staring them in the face with Bubba Starling, and they had Anthony Rendon fall into their lap too, while the four pitchers at the top of the draft board in Gerrit Cole, Danny Hultzen, Trevor Bauer and Dylan Bundy all went in front of them.
So the Royals went in the direction their fans wanted them to take—taking Starling fifth overall. Starling ranked No. 1 on BA’s high school draft list to start the season, and the Royals couldn’t keep themselves from taking him. They had denied strong interest in Starling this spring, indicating they were going to take a college pitcher, but the way the draft shook out, Starling was the highest-ceiling player on the board, along with Rendon.
They went for the hometown talent. Now they have to buy him out of his football commitment to Nebraska.
With the fourth-overall pick, Owasso (Okla.) HS righthander Dylan Bundy will join his brother, Bobby, as an Orioles’ farmhand. Bundy emerged as the top high school pitcher in the country and many scouts viewed him more as a college-level arm because of his four-pitch mix, smooth mechanics and composure on the mound. Because of those elements, Bundy could move relatively quickly for a high school pitcher.
UCLA becomes the second team to have two players picked in the first three overall selections as the Diamondbacks take Trevor Bauer No. 3 overall. Bauer has led the nation in strikeouts the last two seasons, with 165 in 2010 and 203 in 2011.
Bauer is infamous for his unique long-toss and training regimen, as well as his Tim Lincecum-esque delivery. Buaer went 25-5 the last two seasons and was 13-2, 1.25 this year with 10 complete games, as well as the 203-36 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 136.2 innings. Bauer wanted to go to Arizona as detailed in this story.
This leaves Anthony Rendon for the Orioles at No. 4, but early indications are they will not go in that direction. Where will Rendon fall? That’s the question of the night so far.
The Mariners had been linked to hitters for several weeks and, despite 2011 being a great year for pitchers, Seattle picking Virginia lefthander Danny Hultzen was a bit of a shock.
After working mostly at 88-91 mph his first two college seasons, Hultzen now sits around 93 and touches 96. His changeup is his best secondary pitch, and he commands it well and gets good fade thanks to a low three-quarters arm slot. His slider also shows flashes of being an above-average pitch. His arm slot can make it difficult to find consistency in the pitch, but scouts say he’s now closer to the higher arm slot he showed in high school than the low three-quarters he had the last two years at UVa.
The 2011 First-Year player draft is underway. The Pirates take Gerrit Cole with the first overall pick. He went 6-8, 3.31 for UCLA this season with 119 strikeouts in 114.1 innings pitched while walking just 24. Cole actually got more swings and misses in 2010 while helping lead the Bruins to the College World Series, going 11-4, 3.37 with 153 strikeouts in 123 innings.
We’re also being told by scouts that Cuban lefthander Onelkis Garcia Speck is now NOT eligible for the draft. We’ll have more on Garcia as the night progresses.