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2011 MLB Draft – picks 6-10: Anthony Rendon slips to Nationals at No. 6

Jun 6, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

Anthony Rendon - Rice AP

Nationals picked Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon sixth in the draft.

Rendon didn’t slip too far after all. There are concerns that he might need shoulder surgery and he’s battled ankle injuries, but he had the most polished bat in the draft. He’s an interesting fit with the Nationals, who already have Ryan Zimmerman at third. It’s possible he’ll move to second. Rendon hit .327/.520/.523 for Rice this year. His power production was down, but the hope is that he’ll be a 20- or 25-homer per year guy down the line.

Diamondbacks selected high school right-hander Archie Bradley seventh overall.

Bradley is a quarterback prospect headed to Oklahoma, so it’s a bit of an interesting choice for the Diamondbacks here. Since this the compensation pick for them not signing Barrett Loux last year, they won’t get another selection next year if they fail to get Bradley signed. On talent, Bradley deserved to go somewhere in this neighborhood. He has a great build at 6’4″, 225 pounds, and he throws 93-96 mph with a strong curve.

Indians selected high school infielder Francisco Lindor with the eighth pick in the draft.

There was speculation that Lindor might go to the Mariners second overall, but it’s Cleveland instead. The 17-year-old is a legitimate shortstop with good speed. Whether he’ll develop much in the way of power remains to be seen. The Indians would likely be happy if he just turns out to be a nice .280-batting, top-of-the-order hitter. Don’t expect to see him in the majors for five years or so.

The Cubs took high school infielder Javier Baez ninth.

It’s hard not to wonder if the Cubs were disappointed to see Lindor go one pick earlier. Baez may have at least as much upside, but he’s more of a project with his subpar plate discipline. He should have the power to play third if he’s never able to push Starlin Castro off shortstop. The Cubs, though, surely will develop him at short for now.

Padres took juco infielder Cory Spangenberg with the 10th pick.

Spangenberger can put his bat on just about anything, and he should be good for plenty of singles and doubles as he climbs through the San Diego system. His power is something of a question mark, and it’s doubtful he’ll be strong enough to hit many balls out of Petco. The bigger issue is his lack of a position. The Padres will try him at either second or third, but he might end up in an outfield corner.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 6, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    Rendon is represented by Boras, and he has withheld his medical file. If he is healthy and stays that way the Nationals should have a great young core of Strasburg (if he comes back %100), Harper, and Rendon.

    • jwbiii - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:10 PM

      “Rendon has released his medical records regarding his shoulder and ankle to the MLB Scouting Bureau to distribute to all 30 MLB teams to review before the draft.”

      From the Houston Chronicle

      • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:31 PM

        Hadnt seen that. Guess i was wrong.

    • seeingwhatsticks - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:20 PM

      I think there are 2 issues with Strasburg:

      1. Can he return fully healthy? Given how many successful Tommy John surgeries we’ve seen I think he should be fine eventually.

      2. Can he keep his velocity and stuff while changing his mechanics in order to stay healthy? From what I read (I think Verducci had a piece on this last year) Strasburg has some mechanical issues which, if not fixed, could leave him perpetually injured. To me this is the bigger question for his long term development. Assuming he gets healthy, can he stay healthy without sacrificing the stuff that makes him so lethal?

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Jun 6, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Zimmerman/Harper/Rendon/Strasburg/Storen/Zimmermann/Ramos + Espinosa/Desmond/Morse/Etc…

    There’s a solid foundation and some good role-players. It’s scary to think that a Nats/Royals World Series could be a legit possibility in a couple of years here…

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