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A Pick-by-Pick Look At Round 1 Of The 2011 MLB Draft

The first round of the 2011 Major League draft was completed last night in New Jersey, with a total of 60 picks being taken.

Those 60 picks included 33 "regular" picks and 27 "supplemental" picks due to free-agent signings.

The Indians had only their one pick in all of that activity, taking high school shortstop Francisco Lindor. On the other hand, the Tampa Bay Rays had ten of the sixty players chosen, as compensation for numerous free-agent losses.

Rather than list all 60 picks, I will provide you with this link, via Yahoo Sports and Rivals.com. Here you will be given a brief thumbnail sketch for each pick, as well as expert analysis of said picks, and the circumstances under which a team like the Rays can garner 16% of the choices all for themselves.

By way of example, here is what the article has to say about Cleveland's pick of Lindor.:

The Pick: Francisco Lindor, SS, Montverde (Fla.) Montverde Academy
The Buzz: This was the only pick the Indians could have made at this spot. The farm system has been barren of shortstop talent and Lindor was the No. 1 high school prospect overall this season. He has been drawing comparisons to Omar Vizquel, both with his range and his batting. He will likely need three or four years in the minors but, at only 17, that is not a problem.

The article is a good read, and might be handy to bookmark, and look back on in a couple of years, to see which picks have panned out, or are on the way to panning out, and which will leave you shaking your head and wondering "What ever happened to that guy?".

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.