The Major League Baseball draft does not get the level of attention by the media or the public that the NFL and NBA drafts receive. However, unlike those drafts, this year the Bruins have a pair of players will be at the top of most teams draft boards as two of the most desirable prospects available. Yahoo Sports recently published a mock draft of first round selections for next month's draft, with Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer comfortably among the top-10 overall selections.
2. Mariners: Gerrit Cole, SP, UCLA: Although not the best college performance of ’11, he has an arsenal that best translates to the major leagues. Should move quickly through the Mariners organization, possibly debuting by 2012. A notch below Strasburg, as far as stuff goes.
Ever since the end of last season, Gerrit Cole has been considered to be the top pitching prospect eligible to be selected in 2011, and arguably one of the top two prospects predicted to be available in this spring's draft - along with Rice 3B Anthony Rendon.
6. Nationals: Trevor Bauer, SP, UCLA: He’s been arguably the most dominant pitcher in college this year, and his performance has moved him into the top 10. His polished arm should help quicker than one of the top prep pitching prospects (Bundy, Bradley).
Trevor Bauer made a name for himself last season, leading the NCAA in strikeouts while helping lead the Bruins to the CWS's Championship series. While he was considered a likely 1st round selection entering this season, his performance over the past few months has catapulted him into the upper tier of MLB prospects.
We have been blessed with a special pair of pitchers these last three years; who knows if we will ever see another pair of arms as talented wearing the blue and gold together. It may now be too late to see them pitch in person, but let's appreciate what we have over the final couple weeks left in this season.