For the first time in his career, Neal Huntington will have the first overall pick in the Amateur Draft in 2011.

Is Anthony Rendon Really That Good?

 The Pittsburgh Pirates have the first pick in the 2011 Amateur Baseball Draft.  Based on history some Pirates fans just took a large breath. Gulp. 

The last time the Pirates were in such an unfortunately fortunate situation Pirates GM David Littlefield and Ed Creech were working their first Amateur Draft.  By the time the big day rolled around it was evident the pick would be either B.J. Upton or Bryan Bullington.  Upton was a standout high school shortstop.  Bullington was an effective pitcher at Ball State University. 

The last time the Pirates picked first was in 1996 and they selected RHP Kris Benson. Benson was probably best known for his average pitching ability and being outshined in the headlines by his eccentric wife Anna.  He recently retired from baseball perhaps to spend more time with Anna who once told Howard Stern that this is the message she told her husband “cheat on me all you want. If you get caught, I’m going to screw everybody on your entire team — coaches, trainers, players. I would do everybody on his whole team.”

When the Bucs picked Bullington over Upton many fans were beside themselves with questions.  The Pirates expected Bullington to help the big league club quicker than Upton.  It never happened. So where is Bullington now you ask?  In what is one of the most glaring tributes to the utter failings of the Pirates organization over the past nineteen years, Bullington will be pitching for the Hiroshima Carp.  He is now 30 and Bullington has thrown 81.2 innings in the majors.

So how much pressure will be on Neil Huntington and crew this summer?  With lingering doubts from 1-1’s before, it’s a tough place to be.  Your team sucked so bad last year that you get the first overall pick….go get what you like.  Everyone is watching. 

As it stands now, just draft Rendon.   And while we are getting whatever we want….could you make it enticing enough for him so that he doesn’t piss around waiting to sign either? Cool. Thanks.

Anthony Rendon has been considered the top pick in the 2011 Amateur Baseball Draft for over a year.  But why would so much praise be placed upon one player? 

Apparently watching Rendon play in person is magical.   Check out this great paragraph from the story:

(Rendon is) The kind of hitter who decides on a whim to bat left-handed in a game in high-school, something he’d never done before, only to hit the first pitch 375-feet and out of the stadium. Or who in an audition for the Braves after being drafted in the 27th round back in 2008, hit safely in 12-of-13 at-bats with wooden bats, something he’d never used before.

After I read the article from Pro Draft Central, I can’t wait to see Rendon play.  And maybe he has a hot girlfriend too, that couldn’t hurt could it?

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