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2011 WSL Mock Draft 1.0

Peter Gammons has been hard at work going over scouting reports, talking to coaches, general managers and has come up with a rough edition of what the 2011 Draft may look like.

Pick # Team Needs Pick Analysis
1 Atlanta C, 3B, OF, SP, RP Mike Trout, OF Trout is the clear #1 pick. He offers a once-in-a-generation package that includes all five tools. Atlanta has to be falling over themselves in joy here.
2 Colorado SS, 3B, SP, RP Michael Pineda, SP If Trout is 1A, Pineda is 1B. He's the best pitcher in the draft by a wide margin.
3 St. Louis 1B, 3B, OF, SP, RP Eric Hosmer, 1B Hosmer draws comparisons to Mark Teixiera from the left side of the plate. At his peak, he'll hit 30 HR annually. The Roid Rage will take that, gladly.
4 New York NL 1B, 2B, SS Jacob Turner, SP Another year, another big time SP prospect comes to the New York ACs. Turner's young and raw, but he has as high of an upside as any SP in this year's draft.
5 Texas C, 1B, SS, RP Dustin Ackley, 2B Texas goes with the best player left on the board. After screwing the pooch with Gordon Beckham. it's time to draft another 2B. Ackley is as pure a hitter as they come; his poor glove will fit right in with the Honkballers too.
6 Arizona 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, OF, SP, RP Julio Teheran, SP What do you give the team that needs everything? The best pitcher left on the board, of course! Teheran joins John Danks and Jake Arrieta to form a solid SP core for an Arizona team that hasn't had much to feel good about lately.
7 Milwaukee C, 2B, SS, 3B, OF, SP, RP Mike Moustakas, 3B With Aramis Ramirez on the downswing of his career, the Alchys solidify the hot corner for the next 10 years with Moustakas. The lefty is a legit .300 hitter one he gets going.
8 New York AL C, 3B, OF, RP Brett Lawrie, 3B The Narcs have been looking for a 3B for years. They finally get one with Brett Lawrie. The young Canadian is a smooth hitter; though his glove leaves something to be desired.
9 Pittsburgh C, 2B, SS, SP, RP Zack Cozart, SS Pittsburgh gets their SS of the future to replace Derek Jeter in a few years. Cozart is easily the best SS in a weak class.
10 Detroit 2B, 3B, OF, SP, RP Jason Kipnis, 2B Detroit fans give a cheer as the Mike Fontenot/Jayson Nix era at 2B comes to a close. Kipnis has major power potential, adding to arguably the best infield in WSL with Hanley, Teixiera and Adrian Beltre.
11 Florida 1B, 2B, 3B, OF, SP, RP Zach Britton, SP The southpaw should be ready to start right away for a Florida staff that clearly needs him. Britton's wicked curveball should buckle a few knees before long.
12 Seattle C, 1B, 3B, OF, SP, RP Brandon Belt, 1B The 777's must have a clock counting down when Carlos Pena's albatross contract ends. When it does, they'll be ready now that big Brandon Belt is in the system.
13 Anaheim 1B, 3B, OF, SP, RP Anthony Rizzo, 1B Let's face it: Paul Konerko can't play forever, right? Rizzo will be ready when that day comes. He's an OBP machine, though he won't hit for a ton of power. With Anaheim's lineup, he won't need to.
14 Chicago NL C, 2B, SS, OF, SP, RP Josh Collmenter, SP The Juice scouting staff finds a hidden gem from THE Central Michigan University. Collmenter is the classic pitcher rather than thrower.
15 Philadelphia C, SS, 3B, OF, SP, RP Dee Gordon, SS Gordon has been compared to Juan Pierre. He's a legit threat to lead the league in stolen bases every year. If his plate patience develops, he'll be dangerous.
16 Kansas City 1B, 2B, 3B, OF, SP Jemile Weeks, 2B Weeks is neither Japanese, nor a reliever, so he doesn't fit the KC mold very well. However, like his brother Rickie, he's a plus bat at a scarce position.
17 San Diego 1B, 2B, SS, SP, RP Paul Goldschmidt, 1B For a team that is annually in the bottom 5 in HR, San Diego takes the biggest power prospect left on the board. Scouts say Goldschmidt could hit 40 HR if everything pans out; but that's a big IF.
18 San Francisco C, 1B, 3B, SP, RP Jordan Lyles, SP San Francisco has quite a few holes to fill, so when in doubt, take the best SP left on the board. Lyles will never be confused with an ace, but you could do a lot worse as your 3rd starter.
19 Baltimore 2B, SS, OF, SP, RP Jose Iglesias, SS Baltimore gets bold here. If Iglesias can hit his weight, he could have the gold glove locked up for a decade. Oh and he's next to Ryan Zimmerman? Good luck squeezing a hit through them, National League.
20 Toronto C, 2B, 3B, SP, RP Tyler Chatwood, SP While it's easy to think Toronto's farm teams are any new owners that come in, they actually draft players sometimes too. Chatwood is an innings eater with some upside.
21 Chicago AL C, 3B, OF Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B Chisenhall is a tough guy to figure. Could he be an annual all-star and hit 30 HR? Absolutely. Could he be Russell Branyan and bounce around to every team in the league? Unfortunately, yes. Chicago takes the risk this late in the 1st round.
22 Boston 2B, SS, 3B, OF, RP Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B The Chowds have glaring holes at 2B and SS. Luckily, the Japanese import Nishioka can play both spots in a pinch. He's a slap hitter with a fine glove, which is more than enough at this point.
23 Cleveland C, 2B, SS, OF, SP Zach Stewart, SP Cleveland has a desperately major hole at SP. They add another innings eater to the rotation in Stewart.
24 So Cal 1B, 2B, 3B, OF, SP, RP Danny Duffy, SP So Cal's rotation leaves a bit to be desired. They go with the best SP left on the board in the southpaw Duffy.

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