Banner year for prep pitchers

Updated: March 25, 2011, 12:14 PM ET
By Jason A. Churchill

When the amateur season began in earnest about five weeks ago, college pitching was the strength of the draft, followed by a strong crop of prep talent all over the field. The temperature of the class hasn't changed significantly, but the high school pitchers have gained on their college brethren and the same can be said for the bats at the respective levels.

Bundy and Bradley and Guerrieri, oh my!

Oklahoma prep right-handers Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley started the season as probable top 20 picks with a chance at the top 10. That possibility still remains, but Taylor Guerrieri of Spring Valley High School (S.C.) has caught and passed Bradley and it may take more blue chip efforts from Bundy -- like his outing Thursday night -- to hold off Guerrieri as the top prep arm in the class.

The group as a whole could go as many as 12 deep in the first round, which would be the most prep pitchers in the round since 2004. There were eight prep pitchers selected in round one a year ago, seven in 2009 and just three in 2008.