Five in mix for top spot
When the spring began the top two talents in the class of 2011 were Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon and UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole. A month out that is still the case. But as Keith Law wrote in February, the top pick is not nearly the slam dunk it's been the past two seasons.
Based on discussions with a handful of senior talent evaluators, there are a couple of other names in the conversation, including Virginia southpaw Danny Hultzen, UCLA's Trevor Bauer and Bubba Starling, the top prep bat in the draft out of Gardner-Edgerton High School in Kansas. One assistant GM even suggested that Owasso HS (Okla.) right-hander Dylan Bundy was the best talent in the entire class and should be the No. 1 pick.
When I polled the group of eight personnel executives and upper-level scouts about who the No. 1 pick would be if the draft were today, here were the results:
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