2011 Draft

Pirates’ Draft Is An Impossible Situation

Pirates’ Draft Is An Impossible Situation

70% of you said that you'd take Rendon first overall.

In less than three weeks, the Pittsburgh Pirates will make the important choice of who they want with the first overall pick in the MLB draft.  Normally, the number one pick is a gift for a team in need.  This time last year, if the Pirates had the number one overall pick, they'd be set to take one of the best young talents in the history of the draft: Bryce Harper.  If they had the pick two years ago, they would be in position to take Stephen Strasburg, one of the best college pitchers ever.  In fact, when the Pirates "clinched" the 2011 number one pick, they were in prime position to take Anthony Rendon, a sure bet to win the NCAA Player of the Year award in back to back years.

Instead, the first overall pick seems to be a curse.  There's no consensus top talent in the draft, which is on June 6th.  Unfortunately, the circumstances surrounding the draft, and the pressure to take a guaranteed future star player with the fi...

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2011 Draft
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