Weekend Draft Prospects Preview 3/25-3/27

Rendon returned to third base on Wednesday.

A few 2011 draft prospect notes heading in to the weekend:

-Anthony Rendon returned to third base on Wednesday against Houston.  Fox Sports Houston’s MK Bower looks at how this return to the field could help Rendon at the plate.

-The Rice Owls web site has an interview with Rendon after Wednesday’s game.

-Patrick Ebert of Perfect Game looks at the battle for number one between Rendon and Gerrit Cole.

-Keith Law has his updated top 50 rankings, and puts Cole ahead of Rendon.

-Jim Callis held at chat at Baseball America, talking about the draft and other topics.  Among the highlights, he mentions that he doesn’t see the Pirates backing away from Cole and Rendon due to Scott Boras being their advisor, and he would bet on Cole being the pick if the draft was today.

The schedule for Rendon and Cole this weekend:

FRIDAY

7:30 PM EST – Rice (Rendon) vs UCF

9:00 PM EST – UCLA (Cole) at USC

SATURDAY

3:00 PM EST – Rice (Rendon) vs UCF

SUNDAY

2:00 PM EST – Rice (Rendon) vs UCF

People to follow on Twitter for updates:

Rendon: @Chronicle_Owls @FSH_Owls @RiceOwlsdotcom

Cole: @DBSports @RyeUCLAbaseball

And of course you can follow me @pirateprospects.

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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