Baseball America held an early 2011 draft chat today, touching on a lot of topics pertaining to the top three players in the 2011 draft: Anthony Rendon, Gerrit Cole, and Matt Purke. While the draft order is not settled yet, the Pittsburgh Pirates have pretty much locked up the number one pick. The Pirates have a magic number of nine, which means that any combination of nine Pirates losses or Seattle Mariners wins will clinch the first overall pick for the Pirates. The Pirates have 16 games remaining, and even if they go 8-8, the only way they wouldn't get the number one pick is if Seattle also went 0-16 to finish off the year.
Right now the top prospect in the draft is Anthony Rendon. There are concerns with Rendon, who suffered a serious ankle injury for the second straig...
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