2011 Draft Prospects Rundown: 5/30

Rendon went 6-for-16 with a homer last week.

Here is a recap of how each of the top 2011 draft prospects did this past week.  Click on their names to go to their tracker pages.

ANTHONY RENDON

Rendon did well in the Conference USA tournament, combining to go 6-for-16 with a homer and two doubles.  He was also playing second base during the tournament, in an attempt to show that his shoulder is fine.  However, he served as the designated hitter in the final game, so I guess there are still some issues that prevent him from playing every day.

GERRIT COLE

Cole pitched eight innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, with four walks and nine strikeouts.  He ended up throwing 126 pitches, which makes you wonder why he went out to pitch the 8th inning.  At the time, UCLA had a 9-3 lead.

DANNY HULTZEN

Hultzen allowed two runs on six hits in six innings, with a walk and five strikeouts.  He needed 96 pitches to get through six innings.  It was only the second time this season that he failed to strike out over a batter an inning.

OTHER PROSPECT NOTES

-Matt Purke pitched four innings, allowing a run on four hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.

-Baseball America released their top 200 draft prospects this past week.  They also released their best tools list.

-Keith Law mentioned that the Pirates were narrowing their choices, mentioning that they’re deciding between Hultzen, Cole, and Bubba Starling, and have Anthony Rendon still in the picture.

-I pointed out why drafting for need is a mistake.

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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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