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Top Remaining Draft Prospects, Second Day MLB Draft: Josh Bell, Daniel Norris, Dillon Howard

The first day of the 2011 MLB Draft is in the books, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be paying attention to the rest of the Draft. There have only been 60 players drafted, which means that there will be another 1,440 players drafted before it's all said and done. So let's take a look at some of the best prospects left on the board, keeping in mind that the Nationals will have the sixth overall pick in each of the next (brace yourself) 49 rounds.

Josh Bell, OF:

University of Texas commitment. Big draw here is switch-hitting power. Other tools will probably make him a left fielder, but scouts really love the bat and most project him as a mid-first-round talent. Might slip a little lower, given the depth of the draft, depending on what he wants to skip the Longhorns, but I doubt he gets out of the first round.

Daniel Norris, LHP:

Glowing scouting reports this spring, was already a certain first-rounder and his stock has only risen. Mid-90s heat, has shown better consistency with plus curveball, changeup, and command this spring. Can't see him lasting past 20 and could be in top ten.

Dillon Howard,RHP:

Certain first round pick in most drafts, but might go a bit lower this year given the depth in power arms. 92-94 MPH fastball, good slider and an excellent changeup, smooth delivery when it is going well but there are reports of some mechanical inconsistency. Won't last past supplemental round.

All three of these guys lasted this long purely because of signability issues. If they were certain signs, they would have definitely been off the board by now. Having said that, I wouldn't be surprised if the Nationals took a chance on one of these three guys with their next pick. They already got some solid value in this draft, they could decide to take a chance on a guy they might not get, and try to pay out of pocket to secure him.