Monday, June 6, 2011

First Round Draft Picks for 2011

1 Gerrit Cole RHP Pirates UCLA
2 Danny Hultzen LHP Mariners Virginia
3 Trevor Bauer RHP D-backs UCLA
4 Dylan Bundy RHP Orioles Owasso (Okla.) HS
5 Bubba Starling OF Royals Gardner Edgerton (Kan.) HS
6 Anthony Rendon 3B Nationals Rice
7 Archie Bradley RHP D-backs Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS
8 Francisco Lindor SS Indians Montverde Academy (Fla.)
7 Archie Bradley RHP D-backs Broken Arrow (Okla.) HS
8 Francisco Lindor SS Indians Montverde Academy (Fla.)
9 Javier Baez SS Cubs Arlington (Tex.) Country Day School
10 Corey Spangenberg 2B Padres Indian River (Fla.) State College
11 George Springer OF Astros UConn
12 Taylor Jungmann RHP Brewers University of Texas
13 Brandon Nimmo OF Mets Cheyenne East (Wy.) HS
14 Jose Fernandez RHP Marlins Braulio Alson (Fla.) HS
15 Jed Bradley LHP Brewers Georgia Tech
16 Chris Reed LHP Dodgers Stanford
17 C.J. Cron 1B Angels Utah
18 Sonny Gray RHP Athletics Vanderbilt
19 Matt Barnes RHP Red Sox UConn
20 Tyler Anderson LHP Rockies Oregon
21 Tyler Beede RHP Blue Jays Lawrence Academy (Mass.)
22 Kolten Wong 2B Cardinals Hawai'i
23 Alex Meyer RHP Nationals Kentucky
24 Taylor Guerrieri RHP Rays Spring Valley (S.C.) HS
25 Joe Ross RHP Padres Bishop O'Dowd (Calif.)
26 Blake Swihart C Red Sox V. Sue Cleveland (N.M.) HS
27 Robert Stephenson RHP Reds Alhambra (Calif.) HS
28 Sean Gilmartin LHP Braves Florida State
29 Joe Panik SS Giants St. John's
30 Levi Michael SS Twins UNC
31 Mikie Mahtook OF Rays LSU
32 Jake Hager SS Rays Sierra Vista (Nev.) HS
33 Kevin Matthews LHP Rangers Richmond Hill (Ga.) HS

St.Louis Cardinals 1st Round 22 pick-Kolten Wong

The Cardinals selected University of Hawaii second baseman Kolten Wong with their first pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Wong is the third college infielder selected by the Cardinals in the first round in the past four years. Kolten is known as one of the best pure hitters in the draft. Wong is also compared to Fernando Vina when it comes to the style of play he exhibits.

In 57 games, Wong batted .378 with a .492 on-base percentage and a .560 slugging percentage. He scored 48 runs, drove in 53 and stole 23 bases in 30 tries. He's considered a polished hitter with a chance to move quickly through the Cardinals' system. 

I consider this a great pick. Kolten is not a home run hitter but can drive in a lot of runs with doubles and singles. I give this pick an A. Next pick for the Cards are round 2 pick 79.

Kyle's Great Uncle Eddie Gaedele

Valparaiso University own Kyle Gaedele is projected to be picked in the 4th round, you probably asking "Who in the world is Kyle Gaedele". Well Kyle happens to be related to a St.Louis Brown player Eddie Gaedele. Eddie Gaedele had only one appearance at bat in which he took four balls for a walk against the Tigers in 1951. Here is an article that talks more about Kyle and his Uncle Eddie:

Kyle Gaedele still only can dream of viewing baseball from the vantage point of his late great-uncle, Eddie Gaedel.
First, Gaedel (the final "e" dropped for business purposes), took four pitches for a walk in his only plate appearance in the major leagues in 1951. Second, Gaedel saw those quartet of serves from Tigers lefty Bob Cain in a crouch only three feet off the ground.
Kyle Gaedele is just a sophomore, albeit a promising one, playing right field in the new season at Valparaiso University. The majors are still a long way off. But to watch pitches from his uncle's perspective, Gaedele would have to be sitting -- or lying -- down. He's 6-foot-4. His great-uncle was just 3-foot-7, a mascot and entertainer employed by master baseball showman Bill Veeck in his greatest stunt.
"When I was younger, I never thought I'd have the connection or be interviewed," Gaedele said. "It's kind of cool to bring back the history of the family. It's pretty cool he played in the major leagues."
A significant heirloom
Veeck tried to juice up sagging attendance for the woeful St. Louis Browns by sending the tiny Gaedel up to bat in top of the first in the second game of a doubleheader at old Sportsman's Park on Aug. 19, 1951. Before the American League could void Gaedel's contract, he was allowed to take his plate appearance.
The Gaedele family possesses the chief memento of that hilarious event -- the mini-bat Gaedel used. The bat was brought to Valparaiso's campus recently from the Gaedele home in northwest suburban Arlington Heights.
"When I was a little boy, I always knew my dad had the bat and he'd tell stories," Gaedele said.
But he didn't really realize the significance of the heirloom until the Hall of Fame invited the family for a 50th anniversary re-enactment in 2001 in Cooperstown.
"I've held it a bunch of times especially since the recognition has come out some more," Gaedele said. "There are a lot of people who never believed us 'till they've seen the bat. It's in a secure bag. We've kept it in a closet.
"I'd compare it to one of those souvenir bats you buy at a ballgame -- it's like that, maybe a little smaller."
Gaedel, a Chicago South Side resident who died at age 36 in 1961 after being mugged, gave the bat to his brother Bob. In turn, his son, also named Bob, got possession of the bat around age 12.
"I just saved it," Bob Gaedele said. "Anything I got trophy-wise, I put it with them.
"I packed it away with all my trophies and it went with me every time I moved."
Choosing Crusaders over pros
Bob Gaedele, 52, has one dim childhood memory of his uncle. They played Wiffleball in a back yard not long before Gaedel died.
Size-wise, the cameo-appearance Brownie and Crusader batsman are exceptions to the family's physical stature.
"I'm not sure where I get my height from," Kyle Gaedele said. "My dad's not very tall, he's 5-foot-11. My mom is 5-foot-7. I was always one of the taller kids growing up. I was 6-foot-4 as a junior in high school (Rolling Meadows)."
Valparaiso coach Tracy Woodson projects Kyle Gaedele to blossom as a hitter who can drive the ball. He has an added bonus of speed, running well for a big man at 230 pounds. Gaedele hit .278 as a VU freshman last season.
The Tampa Bay Rays drafted Gaedele in the 32nd round in 2008, but he opted to attend college instead.
"After his junior year, I definitely see him drafted again, hopefully real, real high," Woodson said. "He does a lot and works hard."
If the spirit of Veeck could whisper in the ear of former Cubs president Andy MacPhail, now running the Orioles, the circle could be complete if Baltimore drafts Gaedele. The Orioles are the descendent team of the Browns.
"It's kind of funny, kind of ironic," Bob Gaedele said of the possibility.  George Castle