2011 Mock Draft 3.0 - Cole's Number One

Cole's the man for Pittsburgh.

The MLB Draft is on Monday and things are really getting interesting. The rumor mill is working overtime and teams narrowing their options in the first round. With that, here's Scout.com's third 2011 Mock Draft. (FREE PREVIEW)

Pick
1
Pittsburgh Pirates
Player: Gerrit Cole
Height: 6-4
Weight: 220
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
Current Team: UCLA
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Neal Huntington
Scouting Director: Greg Smith

ANALYSIS: The Pirates reportedly have settled on the hard-throwing UCLA righty. I'm not prepared to rule out Danny Hultzen in this spot but we do have the beginnings of some clarity at number one.

Pick
2
Seattle Mariners
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
Hometown: Houston, TX
Current Team: Rice
Position: 3B
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Jack Zduriencik
Scouting Director: Tom McNamara

ANALYSIS: Francisco Lindor reportedly impressed in a private workout, but Rendon still looks like the overwhelming frontrunner in this spot. Danny Hultzen could surprise here but it appears Seattle wants bats.

Pick
3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Height: 6-3
Weight: 200
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
Current Team: Virginia
Position: P
Bats: L
Throws: L

General Manager: Kevin Towers
Scouting Director: Ray Montgomery

ANALYSIS: It's a true three-horse race at number three, but sources indicate that ultimately Arizona wants a college arm and it will take either Trevor Bauer or Hultzen over Dylan Bundy. Neither of these three names would be a surprise here but Hultzen has led the pack since the beginning.

Pick
4
Baltimore Orioles
Player: Dylan Bundy
Height: 6-1
Weight: 200
Hometown: Sperry, OK
Current Team: Owasso HS
Position: P
Bats: B
Throws: R

General Manager: Andy MacPhail
Scouting Director: Joe Jordan

ANALYSIS: It's been no secret how much the O's covet Dylan Bundy. Anthony Rendon has a shot to still be available here, however, and it will be interesting to see if that influences their decision. Ultimately they view the high-schooler Bundy, like many teams do, as being on par with a college pitcher and don't see him as much of a gamble.

Pick
5
Kansas City Royals
Player: Trevor Bauer
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
Hometown: Valencia,  CA
Current Team: UCLA
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Dayton Moore
Scouting Director: Lonnie Goldberg

ANALYSIS: Kansas City had been laying in the weeds for Anthony Rendon or Gerrit Cole and would jump at the chance to take either one. Rendon still has a chance to slide but it looks like Kansas City will either take a college arm like Bauer or perhaps Bubba Starling. The information out there about KC ruling out Bauer because of his throwing program is not true. They would gladly take him here.

Pick
6
Washington Nationals
Height: 6-5
Weight: 190
Hometown: Gardner, KS
Current Team: Gardner-Edgerton HS
Position: OF
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Mike Rizzo
Scouting Director: Kris Kline

ANALYSIS: Bubba Starling is Washington's guy. If he's still here, seemingly regardless of the scenario, this looks like the direction they're headed in, particularly given their working history with Scott Boras.

Pick
7
Arizona Diamondbacks
Player: Matt Barnes
Height: 6-4
Weight: 205
Hometown: Bethel, CT
Current Team: Connecticut
Position: SP
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Kevin Towers
Scouting Director: Ray Montgomery

ANALYSIS: The industry has had a tough time getting a handle on what Arizona has in mind for this pick. Logic says they'll be leaning towards someone signable. Matt Barnes leads their wish list but their dream scenario is getting another crack at Trevor Bauer. Javier Baez, Francisco Lindor, Sonny Gray, and even Archie Bradley are in play here.

Pick
8
Cleveland Indians
Player: Sonny Gray
Height: 6-11
Weight: 180
Hometown: Smyrna, TN
Current Team: Vanderbilt
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Chris Antonetti
Scouting Director: Brad Grant

ANALYSIS: Plenty of rumors have been out there about Cleveland, but ultimately I bank on them sticking to the game plan and taking a college arm. Sonny Gray and Jed Bradley have topped their list for awhile now.

Pick
9
Chicago Cubs
Height: 6-3
Weight: 220
Hometown: Broken Arrow, OK
Current Team: Broken Arrow HS
Position: SP
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Jim Hendry
Scouting Director: Tim Wilken

ANALYSIS: The Cubs may not even be settled on their top choice yet. Archie Bradley rumors persist, and with their top pick, Bradley may be their man. They wanted a bat, but Bradley would be difficult to resist.

Pick
10
San Diego Padres
Height: 6-3
Weight: 200
Hometown: New Britain, CT
Current Team: Connecticut
Position: OF
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Jed Hoyer
Scouting Director: Jaron Madison

ANALYSIS: Chicago might pass on Springer, but late word on Saturday night was that the Padres wouldn't. While they love Cory Spangenberg, they might like Springer just a little more in this spot. Sonny Gray, Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez, and, of course, Spangenberg are all possibilities here.

Pick
11
Houston Astros
Player: Jed Bradley
Height: 6-4
Weight: 224
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Current Team: Georgia Tech
Position: P
Bats: L
Throws: L

General Manager: Ed Wade
Scouting Director: Bobby Heck

ANALYSIS: Rumors swirled on Saturday about Houston considering Stanford lefty Chris Reed in this spot. Word is they are locked into taking a college lefty so if they took Reed it would probably be because Bradley is off the board. Again, they may not take him but it is a fact that Reed is under consideration at the very least. It's also too soon to rule out Taylor Jungmann here either, or Sonny Gray if he's still around. Archie Bradley rumors persist and he could be an option as well.

Pick
12
Milwaukee Brewers
Player: Javier Baez
Height: 6-1
Weight: 205
Hometown: Toa Baja, PR
Position: SS
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Doug Melvin
Scouting Director: Bruce Seid

ANALYSIS: Milwaukee has been linked to a boatload of names, and Baez sits near the top. They'll wait on taking an arm most likely with their next pick. Taylor Jungmann is also high on their list, as is Francisco Lindor.

Pick
13
New York Mets
Height: 7-6
Weight: 195
Hometown: Georgetown, TX
Current Team: Texas
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Sandy Alderson
Scouting Director: Chad MacDonald

ANALYSIS: The Mets would love a crack at Sonny Gray, but that seems unrealistic. Otherwise, it's as close as it gets to a lock that the Mets will take take either Jungmann or Jed Bradley, whoever is still available. And it seems very likely that at least one of them will be. If both are available, Jungmann is their preference. No team is on the Texas righty more than New York.

Pick
14
Florida Marlins
Height: 6-1
Weight: 195
Hometown: Lafayette, LA
Current Team: Louisiana State
Position: OF
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Larry Beinfest
Scouting Director: Stan Meek

ANALYSIS: With the Mets clearly leaning toward college pitching, the Marlins could go after the LSU outfielder. Levi Michael and Cory Spangenberg are also options, but it appears the Marlins prefer Mahtook at this point.

Pick
15
Milwaukee Brewers
Height: 6-3
Weight: 180
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Current Team: Spring Valley HS
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Doug Melvin
Scouting Director: Bruce Seid

ANALYSIS: This seems like a possible floor for Guerrieri. If he slides further, it won't take long for someone to pop him. I expect them to stick with the prep side on this pick unless Mikie Mahtook or someone like Taylor Jungmann somehow remain on the board.

Pick
16
Los Angeles Dodgers
Height: 6-3
Weight: 185
Hometown: Martinez, CA
Current Team: Alhambra HS
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Ned Colletti
Scouting Director: Logan White

ANALYSIS: Stephenson is projectable and has outstanding present stuff. And, best of all for Los Angeles, he's going to be affordable. This connection continues to grow stronger as the draft approaches.

Pick
17
Los Angeles Angels
Height: 6-11
Weight: 180
Hometown: Caguas, PR
Current Team: Montverde Academy
Position: SS
Bats: B
Throws: R

General Manager: Tony Reagins
Scouting Director: Ric Wilson

ANALYSIS: The Angels are banking on one of the top prep players falling into their lap. And it's pretty safe to say one of them will. Lindor may go much higher than this, but it's also as far as he'll fall. The Angels would not pass him up.

Pick
18
Oakland Athletics
Height: 6-0
Weight: 175
Hometown: Clarks Summit, PA
Current Team: Indian River College
Position: 3B
Bats: L
Throws: L

General Manager: Billy Beane
Scouting Director: Eric Kubota

ANALYSIS: Spangenberg still gets mentioned all over the first round. He still may go as high as 10 to the Padres. Oakland appears poised to take the best bat available and he would appear to be that in this spot.

Pick
19
Boston Red Sox
Height: 6-1
Weight: 175
Hometown: Rio Rancho, NM
Current Team: Cleveland HS
Position: C
Bats: B
Throws: R

General Manager: Theo Epstein
Scouting Director: Amiel Sawdaye

ANALYSIS: I'd be shocked to see Swihart's signability questions knock him out of the first round. He's one of the elite talents in the class, and Boston is a club potentially willing to pay him what he wants.

Pick
20
Colorado Rockies
Player: Kolten Wong
Height: 6-9
Weight: 175
Hometown: Hilo, HI
Current Team: Hawaii
Position: 2B
Bats: L
Throws: R

General Manager: Dan O'Dowd
Scouting Director: Jon Weil

ANALYSIS: The rumors have been that Colorado prefers bats and that seems accurate according to most sources. In this scenario, Wong and Levi Michael are the best collegiate bats on the board.

Pick
21
Toronto Blue Jays
Player: Levi Michael
Height: 6-10
Weight: 180
Hometown: Welcome, NC
Current Team: North Carolina
Position: SS
Bats: B
Throws: R

General Manager: Alex Anthopoulos
Scouting Director: Andrew Tinnish

ANALYSIS: The Blue Jays are considering all options. They may consider a prep arm like Norris, or one of the signability question marks. Ultimately I expect them to go with a bat. That bat could even be Josh Bell.

Pick
22
St. Louis Cardinals
Height: 6-2
Weight: 180
Hometown: Johnson City, TN
Current Team: Science Hill HS
Position: P
Bats: L
Throws: L

General Manager: John Mozeliak
Scouting Director: Jeff Luhnow

ANALYSIS: St. Louis has been all over Henry Owens. They've given looks to Larry Greene and a surprising number of prep arms. They love Owens' projection, but of late they are starting to believe Norris will still be available. If he's here it seems they prefer Norris to Owens.

Pick
23
Washington Nationals
Player: Alex Meyer
Height: 7-9
Weight: 220
Hometown: Greensburg, IN
Current Team: Kentucky
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Mike Rizzo
Scouting Director: Kris Kline

ANALYSIS: There's been consistent buzz about Meyer and the Nats. Taking him sixth is a bit risky and picking him here would be much more logical.

Pick
24
Tampa Bay Rays
Player: Joe Ross
Height: 6-2
Weight: 190
Hometown: Oakland,  CA
Current Team: Bishop O'Dowd HS
Position: P
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Andrew Friedman
Scouting Director: R.J. Harrison

ANALYSIS: Tampa Bay is very likely to grab a prep arm with this pick and they could have a number of options besides Ross, including Taylor Guerrieri, Jose Fernandez, and others. They are ruling nothing out with all of their picks.

Pick
25
San Diego Padres
Player: Andrew Susac
Height: 6-1
Weight: 205
Hometown: Roseville, CA
Current Team: Oregon State
Position: C
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Jed Hoyer
Scouting Director: Jaron Madison

ANALYSIS: San Diego is not likely to get their second crack at Javier Baez. They still look to be leaning towards a college player with this pick and Susac is someone they covet, in spite of his injury this spring. Henry Owens is one of the prep arms that San Diego really likes as well.

Pick
26
Boston Red Sox
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
Hometown: Cheyenne, WY
Current Team: East HS
Position: CF
Bats: L
Throws: R

General Manager: Theo Epstein
Scouting Director: Amiel Sawdaye

ANALYSIS: Recently sources have had the Red Sox all over Nimmo. Surprisingly he is finding a number of takers for his supposed high price tag, with Boston leading that charge. Josh Bell, as well as a number of other high-price tag players, will be in play in this spot.

Pick
27
Cincinnati Reds
Height: 6-2
Weight: 195
Hometown: Moorpark, CA
Current Team: Florida State
Position: P
Bats: L
Throws: L

General Manager: Walt Jocketty
Scouting Director: Chris Buckley

ANALYSIS: Cincinnati's scouting department had a large presence at the ACC tournament, and primarily were checking out Gilmartin and Levi Michael. In this scenario, Michael will be off the board. That scenario is looking much more likely as the UNC standout has a number of takers from the Mets and Marlins on down through the teens and 20s. They like signable and they like college arms. Gilmartin was solid in the ACC tournament and may have put himself atop their list.

Pick
28
Atlanta Braves
Player: Henry Owens
Height: 7-6
Weight: 195
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Current Team: Edison HS
Position: P
Bats: L
Throws: L

General Manager: Frank Wren
Scouting Director: Tony DeMacio

ANALYSIS: Word is that Atlanta would prefer to take the best high school arm that falls into their lap. In this case, that arm is Owens. Joe Ross, Michael Kelly, Robert Stephenson, Jose Fernandez could all be in play here. When we're talking about the Braves, we also can't rule out Georgia natives Dwight Smith Jr., Julius Gaines, or Larry Greene. Prep lefty Kevin Matthews has gotten interest from the Braves as well, but that's a big stretch for the first round.

Pick
29
San Francisco Giants
Player: Josh Osich
Height: 6-3
Weight: 225
Hometown: Boise,  ID
Current Team: Oregon State
Position: P
Bats: L
Throws: L

General Manager: Brian Sabean
Scouting Director: John Barr

ANALYSIS: This one makes a ton of sense on a lot of levels. Osich is a power lefty, and the Giants had high-ranking scouts in attendance for his no-hitter at UCLA. They will let things play out and likely take the best arm available here.

Pick
30
Minnesota Twins
Height: 6-4
Weight: 215
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Current Team: Oregon
Position: P
Bats: L
Throws: L

General Manager: Bill Smith
Scouting Director: Deron Johnson

ANALYSIS: The Twins are open to just about anything in this spot, but aren't likely to go over slot. There is plenty available for a reasonable price, and they've been high on Anderson throughout the spring.

Pick
31
Tampa Bay Rays
Height: 6-1
Weight: 190
Hometown: Rocky Mount, NC
Current Team: Miami Dade College
Position: OF
Bats: L
Throws: R

General Manager: Andrew Friedman
Scouting Director: R.J. Harrison

ANALYSIS: Tampa is going to do their best to get a diverse crop from this huge haul of picks. Goodwin fits their profile well, as he's a good athlete with a big upside. Just about every prep name out there has been associated with the Rays as well.

Pick
32
Tampa Bay Rays
Height: 6-0
Weight: 240
Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
Current Team: Bishop Verot HS
Position: 1B
Bats: L
Throws: R

General Manager: Andrew Friedman
Scouting Director: R.J. Harrison

ANALYSIS: Somewhere amongst all these Rays' picks they are going to cut some deals. This could happen with Daniel Vogelbach, a burly, powerful left-handed high school hitter. The Rays love the bat, despite his bad body, and according to sources would grab him in the right scenario at this spot.

Pick
33
Texas Rangers
Height: 6-2
Weight: 215
Hometown: Aliso Viejo, CA
Current Team: Tustin HS
Position: OF
Bats: R
Throws: R

General Manager: Jon Daniels
Scouting Director: Kip Fagg

ANALYSIS: Harrison fits everything the Rangers' scouting department is about. He's big, strong and athletic. And of late he's been on the rise on many boards. Texas doesn't have a short list here because, quite frankly, there's no way to predict what will be available.

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