The draft is a little less than two full days away, and everybody is on their toes to see who goes number one overall, whether or not Kansas City pops local product Bubba Starling, and whether or not Josh Bell will be drafted in the first-round…or at all, after issuing a statement asking teams not to draft him.

We appear to have gotten a little clarification in the past few hours, with the report from CBS Sports that the Pirates appear to have settled on Gerrit Cole as their selection. That very well may be the case, and will now allow the Mariners to start talks with Anthony Rendon, but we’ve all see this type of thing before, including last year when the Royals supposedly had a pre-draft deal in place with Yasmani Grandal. They ended up taking Christian Colon instead.

So here’s the latest scoop from around the web, including some recent mock draft news from both Baseball America and’s Jonathan Mayo.

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