Could Gerrit Cole Make a Run at Number One?

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,...

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2011 Draft Prospects Rundown: 2/28

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 started off the season on a slow note last week, hitting for a .250/.250/.250 line in his first 12 at-bats.  He did a complete 180 this week, catching fire at the plate, despite playing with a sore shoulder, which limited him to DH duties this week.  He went 6-for-9 with a walk...

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The More Important Topic That Coonelly Discussed

A week ago we posted our interview with Frank Coonelly, discussing a wide variety of topics relating to the Pittsburgh Pirates.  However, it seems that only one topic received attention, and it wasn’t even one of the interesting topics. The discussion about payroll and attendance has been repeated many times.  The comments made by Coonelly weren’t new.  They’re also not anything shocking.  As I pointed out last week,...

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Weekend Draft Prospects Preview 2/25-2/27

A few 2011 draft prospect notes heading in to the weekend: -Anthony Rendon will probably DH in this weekend’s series against USC, according to MK Bower of Fox Sports Houston.  Rendon has been dealing with a shoulder strain lately. -For Rendon coverage, check out the Rendon Watch blog by Joseph Duarte at the Houston Chronicle. -Joe Lemire of Sports Illustrated has a look at Rendon, Gerrit Cole, and Matthew Purke in their battle...

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2011 Draft Prospects Rundown: 2/21

Here is a recap of how each of the top 2011 draft prospects did this weekend.  Click on their names to go to their tracker pages. ANTHONY RENDON If you were hoping for a big start to the 2011 season for Rendon, you didn’t get your wish this weekend.  Rendon combined to go 3-for-12 over the weekend, with all three hits going for singles.  One of the hits on Sunday was arguably an error on the center fielder, and none of them were...

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