Pitching is the name of the game as June's First-Year Player Draft approaches.
In 2011, the first four picks were pitchers and seven-straight were taken after Matt Bush went No. 1 overall in 2004. Jim Callis writes that this year could set a new record for pitchers drafted in the first round. The current standard is 20, which came in 2001.
"There could be eight or nine pitchers taken in the top 10," a scouting director with an American League team said. "How many can go in the top 15? Twelve? Thirteen? There are so many arms. This is a deeper pool of players than last year, especially with pitchers."
The consensus top four prospects in the Draft, to be held June 5-7, are all pitchers.