The Pirates have clinched the number one pick and the opportunity to draft Anthony Rendon.

The Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 tonight, which means that the Pittsburgh Pirates have clinched the number one pick in the 2011 draft.  The Pirates now get first dibs on third base prospect Anthony Rendon, the consensus top draft talent in the 2011 draft.  I talked about Rendon in my early 2011 draft preview and pointed out that he draws comparisons from Baseball America to Ryan Zimmerman.

There are no guarantees here.  There's no guarantee that Rendon will be drafted by the Pirates, although I'd say the chances are very strong, especially if he shows no ill effects from his ankle injury.  There's no guarantee Rendon will make the majors and live up to his hype, although college ...

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