Top pick Cole leads USAB Draftees
17 total alums taken on the first day of MLB Draft
Cole has been with USA Baseball for the past two summers as part of the 2009 and the 2010 Collegiate National Teams. In 2009, he went 4-0 for Team USA with a 1.06 ERA in 34 innings to lead the red, white and blue to a gold medal at the World Baseball Challenge in British Columbia. In his 34 innings of work Cole dominated on the mound only giving up four earned runs while strike out 46 batters. In 2010, he continued his international dominance with a 0.72 ERA in his five appearances. In his gold medal start against Cuba, the dominant righty went seven strong innings giving up no runs and only walking one batter. Team USA ultimately fell to Cuba in extra innings 3-4.
The rest of the 2010 CNT was well represented Monday at the 2011 MLB Draft. Eight more of Cole's teammates heard their names called in the first round. Rounding out the 2010 CNT selections were Anthony Rendon (6th), George Springer (11th), Sonny Gray (18th), Matt Barnes (19th), Tyler Anderson (20th), Sean Gilmartin (28th), Mikie Mahtook (31st) and Jackie Bradley (40th).
The 2010 18U National Team was also well represented in the first round with two taken in the top 10 and four players selected overall. Those picks included Bubba Starling (5th), Francisco Lindor (8th), Blake Swihart (26th) and Henry Owens (36th).
Joe Ross made history on Monday as he was the first ever player selected from the 14U National Team program. Ross was on the first ever 14U Team in 2007 as they tried to qualify for the Pan American Tournament later that year. Ross hit .750 at the plate while driving in one RBI in his four plate appearances. In his one inning of work on the mound he allowed no hits as he struck out one batter.
The 16U National Team was represented by Francisco Lindor (8th) and Michael Kelly (48th) who went to the Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres, respectively. Lindor played for the 2009 16U National Team while Kelly played on the 2008 16U Team.
USA Baseball alumni notes from Day 1 of the MLB First-Year Player Draft:
Two of the top three picks were USAB alums
Three of the top five picks were USAB alums
Five of top 10 were all USAB alums
Nine of top 20 were all USAB alums
Nine players were members of the 2010 CNT
Four players were members of the 2010 18U National Team
Five players played for USAB in 2009
Of the 17 USA Baseball picks, there are nine pitchers, one catcher, four outfielders and three infielders
The first ever 14U National Team alum was selected
Below is a list of the USA Baseball alumni selected among the first round and first-compensation round of the 2011 MLB First Year Player Draft:
|Pos||Name||Rd.||#||School||MLB||USA Baseball Team(s)|
|RHP||Gerrit Cole||1||1||UCLA||PIT||CNT ('09-'10)|
|RHP||Trevor Bauer||1||3||UCLA||ARI||CNT ('09)|
|OF||Bubba Starling||1||5||Gardner Edgerton HS (Kan.)||KC||18U ('10)|
|IF||Anthony Rendon||1||6||Rice||WAS||CNT ('10)|
|IF||Francisco Lindor||1||8||Montverde Academy HS (Fla.)||CLE||16U ('09), 18U ('10)|
|OF||George Springer||1||11||Connecticut||HOU||CNT ('10)|
|RHP||Sonny Gray||1||18||Vanderbilt||OAK||CNT ('09-'10)|
|RHP||Matt Barnes||1||19||Connecticut||BOS||CNT ('10)|
|LHP||Tyler Anderson||1||20||Oregon||COL||CNT ('10)|
|IF||Kolten Wong||1||22||Hawaii||STL||CNT ('09)|
|RHP||Joe Ross||1||25||Bishop O'Dowd HS (Calif.)||SD||14U ('07)|
|IF||Blake Swihart||1||26||V Sue Cleveland HS (N.M.)||BOS||18U ('10)|
|LHP||Sean Gilmartin||1||28||Florida State||ATL||CNT ('10)|
|OF||Mikie Mahtook||1||31||Louisiana State||TB||CNT ('10)|
|LHP||Henry Owens||1A||36||Edison HS (Calif.)||BOS||18U ('10)|
|OF||Jackie Bradley||1A||40||South Carolina||BOS||CNT ('10)|
|RHP||Michael Kelly||1A||48||West Boca Raton Community HS (Fla.)||SD||16U ('08)|