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2011 MLB Mock Draft Sends Brian Goodwin To Braves, Jed Bradley To Orioles

The 2011 MLB Draft is scheduled to begin June 6 and last until June 8 in Secaucus, New Jersey, so one month out is probably right around time to start writing about it. The ordeal lasts 50 rounds, making NFL fans look like mortals who hate sports.

John Sickels of Minor League Ball has compiled his first 2011 MLB mock draft; even though it's just an introductory exercise, it's still a reasonable guide to what we might expect to happen.

The Atlanta Braves have pick No. 28, taking Miami-Dade Community College OF Brian Goodwin here. Sickels describes him as "Very toolsy, fast, has power, slots well here on talent and the Braves could use an outfield prospect." He's also been compared to Andrew McCutchen or Kenny Lofton. Goodwin had to leave the North Carolina Tar Heels program before the 2011 season after violating school rules.

Also, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets pitcher Jed Bradley heads off the board at No. 4 to the Baltimore Orioles, which would mark the second straight year a Jackets pitcher went near the top after Deck McGuire was taken No. 11 by the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.