2011 Draft: Baseball America’s Updated Top 60 ProspectsBy
Baseball America posted it’s updated list of the top 60 draft prospects yesterday (subs. req’d), and they’ve still got Rice 3B Anthony Rendon in the top spot. I give them credit for sticking to their guns. UCLA RHP Gerrit Cole ranks second, Virginia LHP Danny Hultzen third, and Cole’s teammate RHP Trevor Bauer fourth. The Yankees’ first pick is 51st overall, and BA’s 51st ranked prospect is Western Kentucky OF Kes Carter. They call him an “impressive athlete with [the] tools to stay in center field” and “some pop from the left side” to go with “hard-nosed play.” Remember it’s not a mock draft, I’m just lining up spots. Personal fave Hudson Boyd ranks 57th.
In some other draft-related news, Jim Callis says that high school right-handers Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley are telling teams that they want six-year, $30M and five-year, $20M contracts to turn pro, respectively. That’s LOL-worthy, those would easily be the largest contracts in draft history. The first would be double Stephen Strasburg’s record deal. Those kids are good (Bundy ranks fifth, Bradley 13th on BA’s list), but not that good. However, if those two are really floating demands like that, they would probably fall pretty hard since there are so many quality alternatives in the form of college pitching. I doubt either Bundy or Bradley would get to the Yankees at 51, but stranger things have happened.