2011 Draft

Could Gerrit Cole Make a Run at Number One?

Could Gerrit Cole Make a Run at Number One?

Could Cole be a candidate for the top overall pick in the 2011 draft?

The consensus top prospect in the 2011 draft is Anthony Rendon, the third baseman from Rice who was the college player of the year last year, and a favorite to win the award again this year.  In 2010, Rendon hit for a .394/.539/.801 line, with 26 homers in 226 at-bats, or a homer every 8.69 at-bats.

Questions have been raised about Rendon's health potentially hurting his value.  Last Summer he suffered a serious ankle injury, his second major ankle injury in the last two years, and while he has fully recovered, there are concerns about how the ankle could hold up long term.  He is currently dealing with a shoulder injury, which has kept him off the field, limited to designated hitter duties.  Part of that is because Rice head coach Wayne Graham is being cautious about putting Rendon back on the field.  Rice has won five of their last six games, and while the infield defense has suffered, they're not feeling Ren...

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2011 Draft
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