Rice's All Everything 3B Anthony Rendon is expected by almost everyone to be the #1 overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the upcoming MLB draft. In 2009 he was named National Freshman of the Year and in 2010 he was awarded the Dick Howser Award and the Baseball America National Player of the year. According the prodraftcentral.com:
Anyone who’s seen Rendon play has witnessed a complete player, one of the best hitters to come along in nearly a decade, and a Gold Glove caliber third-baseman.
With a sad recent history of bad draft picks, the pressure is on the Pirates. The last time the Pirates had the #1 overall pick was in 1996 -- when they selected a right handed pitcher from Clemson named Kris Benson. That did not work out so well for the Buccos. He spent 5 years with them in the majors before going onto the Mets, Orioles, Rangers, and D-Backs. His career was highlighted by mediocre performances and the antics of his outrageous wife. He retired with a 70-75 record and a career ERA of 4.42.