Before we get down to the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Prospects Preview, let's take a look back at the 2010 preview, to retrieve the following message that was intended for us:
Next there's Anthony Ranaudo, the consensus top pitching prospect at the college level. Just like Alex White in 2009, Ranaudo is coming in to the season viewed as a future ace, fresh off a breakout sophomore season. I'm not going to say that Ranaudo will follow the same path as White and see his stock fall this season, because there wouldn't be any reason to think that. Right now Ranaudo is considered the next best thing to Harper, and there's a good chance that he goes at the top of the draft once June rolls around.
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