Here is a recap of how each of the top 2011 draft prospects did this past week. Click on their names to go to their tracker pages.
Rendon did well in the Conference USA tournament, combining to go 6-for-16 with a homer and two doubles. He was also playing second base during the tournament, in an attempt to show that his shoulder is fine. However, he served as the designated hitter in the final game, so I guess there are still some issues that prevent him from playing every day.
Cole pitched eight innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, with four walks and nine strikeouts. He ended up throwing 126 pitches, which makes you wonder why he went out to pitch the 8th inning. At the time, UCLA had a 9-3 lead.
Hultzen allowed two runs on six hits in six innings, with a walk and five strikeouts. He needed 96 pitches to get through six innings. It was only the second time this season that he failed to strike out over a batter an inning.
OTHER PROSPECT NOTES
-Matt Purke pitched four innings, allowing a run on four hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.
–Keith Law mentioned that the Pirates were narrowing their choices, mentioning that they’re deciding between Hultzen, Cole, and Bubba Starling, and have Anthony Rendon still in the picture.
-I pointed out why drafting for need is a mistake.