Found October 02, 2013 on Obstructed View:
Ednel Javier Baez was drafted by the Cubs in the 2011 draft with the 9th pick. History is going to look at that draft as an incredible one. Here's a sampling of players taken in that round: 1.1 Gerrit Cole (ace potential) 1.3 Trevor Bauer (20 makeup, but #2 potential) 1.4 Dylan Bundy (pre-TJS, was consensus #1 prospect, ace potential) 1.6 Anthony Rendon (1st-division 3B) 1.7 Archie Bradley (top 4 or 5 pitching prospect in baseball right now, #2 potential) 1.8 Francisco Lindor (Jason Parks' personal panty-melter) 1.11 George Springer (big-time OF prospect, could be ROY next year) 1.14 Jose Fernandez (ace already) 1.18 Sonny Gray (#2 ceiling, lights-out closer floor) 1.22 Kolten Wong (1st-division 2B)   That's 10 people who could ALL be downballot MVP/Cy Young candidates as early as 2015. What's crazy is that with the exception of Cole or Fernandez, Javier Baez could be better than all of them. The comp early on was to Gary Sheffield, and that was built prima...
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