With the Seattle Mariners 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers tonight clinched something that everyone pretty much already knew but it was just made official. The Pirates clinched the top pick in the 2011 draft. I could say the Pirates just clinched Anthony Rendon, but that is something that is still up in the air and something that will only play out with time, but right now for all intensive purposes it will be Anthony Rendon.
Rendon is a third baseman from Rice and is a pretty complete player if you beleive in what the "experts" say. Some say that he might have been taken over Bryce Harper if he was in this years draft class and other think he could fall to second in the 2011 draft. What will affect this immensley will be the status of his college season in 2011 and how his ankle rebounds from being broken some months ago.
Last season Rendon put up a .388 batting average in 61 games played as a freshman. He 94 hits, 14 doubles, 20 home runs and 72 RBI. Not a bad line that will get you the National Freshman of the Year award last season.
Again Rendon did break his ankle, but from all reports he is going to be more than ready for the 2011 college season and he said the rehab is going along very well.
Another thing to think about is if Rendon has a bad college season. Outside of falling off the face of the Earth I doubt that that this will happen but you never know and you have to be ready for that.
Outside of Rendon there are a few good arms in the draft in TCU's Matt Purke and Gerrit Cole from UCLA. For my money Purke is the better pick of those two. I have seen him pitch and he is a bulldog. He can get up to 95 from the left hand side and has a very good slider. I mean I wouldn't be disapointed with Purke and I would be shocked if the Pirates didn't have Purke or Rendon at the draft.
The only downside about this whole situtation is having to listen to "Are the Pirates goign to take him" "The Pirates are cheap" "The Piraets will not spend the money for a top pick". I can handle not hearing that, but whatever. If Rendon can live up to the stock then this can be a very good lineup in as early as 2013.
I will have much more on this later as we have a lot of time to discuss about it. It will be fun to watch these guys in the college season.
If there is a silver lining for this season then this post might be it. I will take what I can get.