The Seattle Mariners fans are already looking forward to the 2011 MLB Draft as they are currently one game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates in the loss column and 5.5 games behind Baltimore for the worst record in the league. Larry Stone of the Seattle Times recently took a look at some of the best prospects for the 2011 MLB Draft and the consensus a couple of weeks ago was that Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon was the clear cut number 1 pick. (Full Player Profile on Rendon available here) Rendon went down injured on July 14th with multiple fractures in his right ankle which was his second straight year of having a major right ankle injury.
Both Jim Callis of Baseball America and Keith Law are both saying that teams could be scared away from Rendon with his recent ankle injuries. I personally spoke with a national scout at the 2010 Cape Cod All-Star Game that he would rank UConn’s George Springer just slightly behind Rendon right now. The other names mentioned in the article are UCLA RHP Gerrit Cole, Texas RHP Taylor Jungmann, TCU LHP Matt Purke, Vanderbilt RHP Sonny Gray, South Carolina OF Jackie Bradley Jr., and UConn RHP Matt Barnes.
The full article from The Seattle Times is available by clicking here.