There is clearly a critical mass that believes the Washington Nationals will pick outfielder Bubba Starling with the No. 6 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft on Monday night. In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Keith Law writes simply that Starling isn't falling any further than the Nationals.
I'm told that if he gets here, he stops here.
That would certainly make sense, given everything that is out there right now. At this point, it appears that it would be a major upset if Starling isn't the pick.
In the process, the Nationals will be passing on several pitchers, including local product Danny Hultzen of Bethesda, Md, who Law has going No. 7 to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Pitching is certainly a need for the Nationals, but with two other picks in the first 35 (No. 23 and No. 34), they can find pitching there.