2011 Draft: KLaw’s Top 50 Prospects


Keith Law posted his list of the top 50 draft prospects today (Insider req’d), which is unsurprisingly led by Rice 3B Anthony Rendon. UConn OF George Springer and that Gerrit Cole kid round out the top three. I’m a sucker for big high school arms, so the 48th ranked RHP Taylor Guerrieri (“Up to 96 in the fall and in early workouts,” listed at 6-foot-3, 180 lbs.) intrigues me. If you’re into college pitchers, RHP Scott Lyman of UC Davis (“will sit 93-95 with a hammer curveball and some feel for a changeup”) is ranked 47th and could be in the mix for the Yankees with the 51st overall pick.

That gives you an idea of how deep this draft class is. A college kid that sits 93-95 with a hammer curve is usually ranked top ten or top fifteen, not almost 50th.

Categories : Asides, Draft


  1. Springer, ftw. Dude’s been a beast for the Huskies. UConn baseball is taking over.

  2. Jesus Montero's Brain says:

    When is our first pick? Is it before #50?

    • Chris A says:

      The Yankees’ first pick is at 51. They would have had the 31st overall pick had they not forfeited it in the Soriano signing.

  3. Jeff Levy says:

    I don’t think these rankings are that important since the college baseball season hasn’t even started. We really need more information on these players from the season to know enough.

    • Rick in Boston says:

      I’d disagree a bit. Most of these guys have two years of playing time under their belts, combined with at least one, if not more, summers of playing in wood bat leagues. It’s not like a high school senior where you’re not sure about opponent talent levels or height/weight projections. These are 20/21/22 year olds who have played at a high level for three or four years.

      • whozat says:

        Lots of these kids are in high school. Someone gets hurt or breaks out and things could move around a good bit.

        As for college guys…once you get past the top 20 or so, you’re looking at guys who maybe had one good year and one bad year after showing HS promise, and another good couple months (or bad) could move them up or down the board a bunch.

  4. Avi says:

    I’m hoping a top 20 guy is around for us at #51 due to sign-ability.

  5. icebird753 says:

    I agree, but there’s not much else to talk about. It’S like how sportscenter has its “experts” decide who will win the Superbowl-before the season has been played.

  6. icebird753 says:

    that was a reply to jeff btw

  7. felixbanuelos says:

    hopefully when the new CBA is signed in December we will finally be able to trade for draft picks in the 2012 draft

    • cano is the bro says:

      yeah but no hard slotting system or international draft

      • felixbanuelos says:

        international would make it more competitive and instead of being a crapshoot after about the 5th round, there would actually be visible talent remaining

        • Esteban says:

          But it would destroy baseball in those countries, such as what happened when Puerto Rico was included in the draft. Klaw has mentioned it quite a few times.

  8. cano is the bro says:

    I guess there’s no chance of a guy like Trevor Bauer of UCLA to fall to the yanks, right? Although the fact that we could possibly get a hard throwing high school pitcher with our first pick is encouraging

  9. Griffey's Grotesquely Swollen Jaw says:

    what type of player should the yankees target? besides the obvious answer of the best that’s on the board, high upside high schooler, polished college player? will the new CBA play a role?
    also wished we still had a higher pick. but I guess thank Vazquez for something, sucking enough to drop to type B, not accepting arb and signing somewhere.

    • Rick in Boston says:

      Yanks should target best on the board. At 51, there’s no idea who will be available.

    • felixbanuelos says:

      I wouldve rather resigned him than be stuck with Freddy Garcia. ok fine, he had a bad start and bad ending, but had a streak of like 9 games where he went 7 innings giving up 2 ER or less. He’s probably going to have himself another 200K season but unfortunately, the Yankees front office lacks patience

      • Zack says:

        Give me Garcia on a minor league contract over Vazquez for 7m. At least Freddy showed he can hang in the AL with diminished stuff.

      • Ted Nelson says:

        “ok fine, he had a bad start and bad ending, but had a streak of like 9 games where he went 7 innings giving up 2 ER or less.”

        In 21 of his 28 starts last season Garcia gave up 3 or less runs, and he had 8 starts on the season of 7 IP and 2 or less ERs (one 7 IP 1 ER against the Yankees)… He pitched better than Javy last season and is guaranteed $7 mill less.

        “unfortunately, the Yankees front office lacks patience”

        Vazquez was this thing called a “free agent.” That means he could choose where he wanted to sign. He made it pretty clear he didn’t want to sign with the Yankees by declining arb, which would have gotten him way more than $7 mill.

      • Ted Nelson says:

        ” but had a streak of like 9 games where he went 7 innings giving up 2 ER or less.”

        By that do you mean 7 games scattered throughout the season? Garcia had more of those kind of starts than Javy.


        Javy had 12 of 26 starts where he pitched more than 4 innings and gave up 3 or fewer ERs. Garcia had 21 of 28.

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