2011 Draft: Pirates clinch first overall pick


With last night’s Mariners win, the Pirates have officially clinched the first overall pick in the 2011 draft. Pittsburgh and Seattle could still finish with identical records, but the Bucs would be awarded the top pick in that case because they had a worse record last season. Next year’s draft class is absurdly deep with high-end elite talent, offering no fewer than five players that would be legitimate first overall talents in a normal draft class and about 15 or 20 that would be top ten picks (at this point, these things always change in the spring).

As for the Yankees, they are currently unable to pick any higher than 27th overall and no lower than 33rd overall. Of course everyone and their mother expects them to sign some kind of Type-A free agent this winter, so that first round pick is probably moot anyway. It’s not an ideal class to forfeit a high pick, but you always take Cliff Lee over the prospect. Always.

Categories : Asides, Draft


  1. 28 this year says:

    what do we get the 33rd overall pick for?

  2. Januz says:

    It is a near certainity the Bucs are taking Rendon (They have a ton of young pitchers in the system). I also pray Cole does not go there (The Pirates are the only NL club I like). The probability is that Cole & Purke are going to Seattle & Baltimore. Cole is a perfect fit for Seattle, a laid back, non-pressurized environment, with a rotten GM (Think he regrets the Cliff Lee trade?), and a near certainity of not winning a title (This team once won 116 games, had Griffey jr, Arod, Edgar Martinez, and Randy Johnson and still did not do it). ps. I really dislike the Mariners, the only teams I dislike more than them are the Red Sox & the Mutts. If Cole pitches in Seattle, and Paplebon leaves Boston, and K-Rod leaves the Mutts, Seattle might even surpass those two teams on my s–t list (Needless to say, those two guys and Ray Lewis are my bottom feeders in sports).

  3. bonestock94 says:

    Is there gonna be some serious star power left in the 2nd round? Is it gonna matter with the way the Yankees conduct their drafts?

  4. Mister Delaware says:

    “you always take Cliff Lee over the prospect. Always.”

    What if that prospect is Casey Kelly?

  5. Amol says:

    This draft class makes Javy’s struggles this year all the more painful. I would’ve loved for the Yankees to get some compensation picks.

    • Yeah, honestly, if Javy had even a decent year, this would have worked out exactly the way Cashman wanted it to. Get a decent 200 innings from Javy to take the pressure off everyone else, and come away with 2 picks no matter what. It didn’t work out, but it sure seemed like a good idea at the time.

    • Captain Jack says:

      I’d say the replacement level pitching and the though of heading into the playoff roster with only one reliable pitcher makes Javy’s year the worst. Oh, also all the idiots saying they were right and they knew Javy just couldn’t handle the pressure.

  6. Reggie C. says:

    Boston is going to load up on another set of multiple first rounders. Boston is already picking somewhere between 20-27, and both V-Mart and Beltre project to be Type A free agents. I could see V-Mart re-sign, but all i’ve read indicates to Beltre hitting free agency and landing a 3 year deal.

    Not sure how deep the draft class is in “elite” players, but Boston could have 3 picks in the top 33.

    • Captain Jack says:

      Depends on the teams that sign each player…say V-Mart goes home to Cleveland (he cried when he was traded)or the Angels, and they’re out of luck. There’s nothing that says these players have to sign with good teams. As to Boston, I think they’ll try to get Werth too…just a hunch.

    • Januz says:

      I am not sure there will be that big of a market for either one of those guys. Lets use Beltre as in example: I will break down the teams into these categories. Can Afford Him/Needs Him. Can Afford Him/Doesn’t Need Him. Can’t Afford Him/Needs Him/. Can’t Afford Him/Doesn’t Need Him. CAN/NEEDS: Boston, Los Angeles (Both), Chicago (Cubs), Minnesota, San Francisco. CAN/DOESN’T NEED: Yankees, Mutts, Cincinnati, Detroit, Philadelphis, Texas, Washington. CANT/DOESN’T NEED: Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay. CAN’T/NEEDS: Everyone else: Gut feeling: The Angels will probably go after Crawford instead. The Dodgers are a mess, so they won’t sign him (Cubs also). Minnesota does not operate in this fashion, so it is almost a sure fire no. I think it will be Boston or San Francisco (Likely back to Boston).

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