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 for Player of the Year and for the number one overall pick.
–Jim Callis of Baseball America said that he would rank Cole ahead of Jameson Taillon. Makes sense, since Cole is playing at a level that is equivalent to high-A, while Taillon has yet to throw a professional pitch, but it also really speaks to the talent level for Cole.
-Matt Purke will have his start held back until Sunday to give a blister on his index finger extra time to heal, according to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America.
The schedule for the top three draft prospects this weekend:
4:00 PM EST – UCLA (Cole) vs San Jose State
5:30 PM EST – Rice (Rendon) vs USC
3:00 PM EST – Rice (Rendon) vs USC
2:00 PM EST – Rice (Rendon) vs USC
2:00 PM EST – TCU (Purke) vs CS Fullerton
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