Daily Update (2011 MLB Mock Draft Feature Edition)

April 29, 2011

 

Written By James Kennedy of

Mock Draft by James Kennedy, Colin Speartmint, Dennis Sisstiem, and Horace Fulke Jr.

 

Tonight, 3 of my closest baseball amigos met up in the great city of  Burlington ,  Vermont , to compose our 1st mock draft of 2011.  The four of us talked (like giddy school kids) for a bit, then retreated to our hotel rooms to compose our individual mock drafts.  We met back up 2 hours later, and shared our lists.  Below is not 1 person’s opinion, but the average of all 4 of our mock drafts.

I’m excited to share the results with you on AtlantaSportsCards.com, because some of these kids already have their own Bowman Chrome (and numerous other sets) autographs.  Until the actual draft, many of these players’ cards will continue to sell at low levels, mainly because college baseball remains an enigma to even the most diehard , and is extremely hard to follow.  By all accounts, this will be one of the deepest, and hard to forecast drafts.

Of the 33 1st round picks, only 5 were “unanimous” as to where we all thought they would be drafted.  62 names total were given.  Enjoy the list, and keep your eyes out for some of these player’s mainstream releases.  Here is the 1st 20:picks, with their top investment-grade card underneath, if available:


1-  Pittsburgh , Gerrit Cole, RHP,

2010 Topps Chrome  USA Autograph SP

2- Seattle, Anthony Rendon, 3B,  Rice  University

2010 Topps  USA Base Set Rookie

3-  Arizona , Sonny Gray, RHP,  Vanderbilt  University

2010 Bowman Platinum Patch Auto /740

4- Baltimore, Matt Purke, LHP, UCLA*

2008 Upper Deck  USA Auto Red /50

5-  Kansas City , Bubba Starling, RHP    Gardner  High School (KS)

2010 Bowman Chrome  USA Autograph SP

6-  Washington , Danny Hultzen, LHP,  University of  Virginia

7-  Arizona , Francisco Lindor, SS,  Montverde  Academy (KS)

2010 Bowman Chrome  USA Autograph SP

8- Cleveland, Dylan Bundy RHP,  Owasso  High School (OK)

2010 Topps AFLAC, Non-Autographed Card

9-  Chicago NL, Blake Swihart, C, Cleveland HS (NM).

2010 Bowman Chrome  USA Autograph SP

10-  San Diego , Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA

2009 Upper Deck Future Watch SP Auto  Jersey

11-  Houston , Taylor Guerrieri RHP    North  Augusta  High School (SC) 6′ 3″ 180

12-  Milwaukee , George Springer, OF,  University of  Connecticut

2010 Bowman Platinum Patch Auto /740

13- NY Mets, Mikie Mahtook, OF, LSU

2010 Bowman Platinum Patch Auto /740

14-  Florida , Taylor Jungmann RHP,  University of  Texas

2010 Bowman Chrome  USA SP

15-  Milwaukee , Jackie Bradley Jr, OF,  University of  South

2010 Bowman Platinum Patch Auto /740

16- LA Dodgers, Jed Bradley, LHP, Georgia Tech

17- LA Angels, Andrew Susac, C,  Oregon  State  University

18-  Oakland , Danny Norris, LHP,  Johnson City  School District (TN)

19-  Boston ,  Austin Hedges, C,  Junipero  Serra  High School (CA)

20-  Colorado , Levi Michael, SS,  University of  North Carolina

*This pick supposes that Purke is not seriously injured

On the bubble:

Josh Bell

Archie Bradley

Anthony Meo (my personal favorite)

Kolten Wong

Mike Kelly

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