Top pick question remains open

Updated: May 20, 2011, 10:00 AM ET
By Jason A. Churchill

It's as wide open a race as it's been in years. Last June the world knew Bryce Harper was going No. 1 overall and Stephen Strasburg held the same title in 2009. Three years ago in 2008 it was between Florida State's Buster Posey and prep shortstop Tim Beckham, and Vanderbilt southpaw David Price was king four years ago. Not since 2006 has it been a mystery this late in the spring. That year, right-hander Luke Hochevar went to Kansas City despite the general belief that North Carolina's Andrew Miller was the top overall talent.

In a few weeks it will all come to fruition, but the race for No. 1 may not be over as most prep players have ended or are ending their seasons this week and D-1 colleges have one or two weeks of regular season games remaining.

In his first mock draft, Keith Law projected Virginia's Danny Hultzen as the next to wear the crown, but there are a handful of players in the mix, including UCLA right-handers Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer, and Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon.