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The top 10 pitchers in the draft class

Updated: April 3, 2010, 5:26 PM ET
By Jason A. Churchill

I am constantly asking talent evaluators to grade players, pit one versus another and even rank the players in their area. Sometimes they reply with something I can share here in the blog; sometimes they ask that it be kept off the record.

But despite the anonymity and withholding of certain levels of information, there's always enough data to put together an educated guess. This time we'll use such hypotheses in ranking the greatest depth in this year's class -- the pitching.

With the assistance of common sense, intel shared by more than a half-dozen scouts and the absence of a clear-cut top college pitcher in the class, we follow up an early shot at the Top 5 from Friday with a glance at how the top pitchers in the class might rank based on talent and value, not where I necessarily see them being selected in June.

Keep in mind, it's April 3 and things can and will change, possibly even drastically. The following is not a mock draft of any kind, and many of the names below, as well as those that came up short this time, could make a significant leap toward the top. One assistant scouting director even went as far as to say, "Often times, our No. 10 is so close to our No. 1, we have to use our gut to come to a decision because the tools and performance balance is quite equal."

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