Baseball America released their midseason top 50 2011 MLB draft prospects this week, and it's packed with six players from Texas. Leading the way is Rice's Anthony Rendon who continues to narrowly hold off UCLA righty Gerrit Cole as the draft's top prospect. Longhorn Taylor Jungmann has slipped a bit from six on their preseason rankings to 13. Texas A&M's Jon Stilson hangs in the first round range at 30, building off of a stellar college season. Jungmann faces Texas Tech this weekend, while Stilson squares off against Baylor.â†µ
Three Dallas-Fort Worth players are featured, led by TCU's Matthew Purke dipping from the top three before the season to 15. He's struggled with blisters and seen his stuff fall off a bit this season but still has time to recover his top ten status. His 12th ranked Frogs are visiting San Siego St. this weekend. Rangers fans will watch with interest as Purke looks to better his signing bonus offer from the Rangers two years ago.
Dallas Jesuit's Josh Bell, a switch-hitting outfielder with big power potential, continues to hold a top 20 ranking. He signed with Texas in case he decides to pursue the college route. The Longhorns have also signed Dylan Bundy, the draft's No. 9 prospect out of Oklahoma.â†µ
Irving's Trevor Story, a shortstop-pitching prospect who BA says has hit 96 mph on the mound, joins the list as his stock continues to rise. Story has a scholarship from LSU waiting for him.â†µ