The First-Year Player Draft starts Monday, June 6 at 7PM ET and this year’s crop of prospects is rated as being extremely strong. With its sheer enormity (50 rounds plus sandwich picks between rounds 1 and 2) it is one of the more difficult drafts to research and follow. Here are some links to some comprehensive draft coverage sites leading up to and during the draft.
MLB.com’s Draft Central page is loaded with info in its Headlines and Video sections and features regular input from draft expert Jonathan Mayo. There are Twitter feeds for the draft and also for Mayo, a list of top 50 prospects, the draft order, etc.
ESPN has much of the same coverage on their 2011 MLB Draft page. Their experts include Jerry Crasnick and Keith Law and they have a nice Draft Rewind feature for a look back at previous years.
And Baseball America, of course, is all over it. The Draft Tab on the front page takes you to an absolute landslide of resources for this and previous drafts. Many of these features require a subscription and if you really want the lowdown, it’s money well-spent. You can check prospects state-by-state, watch videos of high school and college players, see high school players ranked by position, and much more.
With less than a week till the draft, that’s a lot of info. Everybody knows Anthony Rendon and Gerritt Cole are coming off the board pretty quick. Frequent these sites to get the inside track on the rest of the field.