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Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft 2011

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Storylines from the first day of the 2011 MLB Draft

Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft 2011

The Major League Baseball draft certainly does not get the attention that the NFL and NBA drafts do. Most players take years to get through the minors; unlike in the other leagues, you do not get an immediate return on your investment. Nevertheless, the draft is critical to the long term success of a franchise. Recent first overall picks include Joe Mauer, Justin Upton, David Price, and Stephen Strasburg. Let's take a look at how the first day of the 2011 draft went yesterday.

Pirates select Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA, with first overall pick. According to MLB.com, the 6'4" 220 lb starter has an incredibly high ceiling.

Not only does his fastball sit consistently in the mid-90s deep into starts, but it has touched 100 mph a number of times. His slider and changeup are also already advanced pitches, too, which suggests Cole could be on the fast track to the big leagues.

Diamondbacks select two pitchers in top 10.

Arizona selected Cole's UCLA teammate Trevor Bauer with the number 3 overall pick. At one point this year, Bauer threw 9 straight complete game shutouts. With the number 7 overall pick, the Diamondbacks took high school right hander Archie Bradley. Signability is an issue with Bradley, who is committed to play football for his hometown Oklahoma Sooners.  Via MLB.com, the Diamondbacks are optimistic that it won't be an issue.

"I've always seen baseball as my future," Bradley said. "I'm looking forward to talking to the owner, talking to the GM, talking to those guys and seeing what they have to offer, and then I'll base my decision off that. I love football with a passion and I would love to go play at OU, but at the same time, the frontrunner has always been baseball."

Rays pick 10 players on first day.

Tampa Bay has been very successful in the draft recently. Top picks like Evan Longoria, Delmon Young, and David Price have turned them from basement dwellers to yearly contenders in the brutal American League East. On Monday, high school pitcher Taylor Guerrieri was their first pick. They were far from done.  Via MLB.com:

At the end of the day, Tampa Bay had selected two left-handed pitchers, two right-handers, two shortstops, three outfielders and a third baseman.

Mets take 18 year old outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who has never played high school ball.

It's not as crazy as it sounds. Wyoming does not have high school baseball, and Nimmo played this year for American Legion Post 6, hitting .569. Allow Brandon Tierney to shed some more light on the situation, as he so often does.

The 2011 MLB Draft continues Tuesday with rounds 2-30 and Wednesday with rounds 31-50.

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