2016 MLB Draft: First Round Snapshot

 

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Mickey Moniak, OF, La Costa Canyon (Calif.)

Scouting Report Here.

2

Reds

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Nick Senzel, 3B, Tennessee

Not a sexy pick, but advanced hit tool, solid glove.  High floor.

3

Braves

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Ian Anderson, RHP, Shenendehowa HS (NY)

Stock elevated this spring.  6’4″ 180 w/ 3 average or better pitches.

4

Rockies

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Riley Pint, RHP, St. Thomas Aquinas HS

Obscene velo.  102 mph at showcase.  Head whack.  FB/CH will play at any altitude.

5

Brewers

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Corey Ray, OF, Louisville

Tooled up!  Scouting Report w/ video here.

6

Athletics

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A.J. Puk, LHP, Florida

Best player I saw this spring.  Scouting report w/ video here.

7

Marlins

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Braxton Garrett, LHP, Florence (Ala.) HS.

Vanderbilt commit, up to 94 mph w/ one of the best HS curveballs in class.

8

Padres

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Cal Quantrill, RHP, Stanford

Hasn’t pitched in nearly two 2 recovering from TJ.

9

Tigers

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Matt Manning, RHP, Sheldon HS (Calif.)

Son of ex-NBA player.  Rumored to have floated out $5MM price tag.   2 sport commit to Loyola Marymount.

10

White Sox

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Zack Collins, C, Miami

Great balance in weight transfer in swing.  Likely not a catcher.

11

Mariners

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Kyle Lewis, OF, Mercer

Huge value here.  Big time power, ditch the leg kick though.  Scouting report w/ video here.

12

Red Sox

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Jason Groome, LHP, Barnegat HS (N.J.)

6’6″ Lefty.  FB/CB both plus.  Elite talent, makeup concerns.  No longer committed to Vanderbilt.

13

Rays

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Josh Lowe, 3B, Pope HS (Ga.)

Two way player, 95 mph off mound.  6’4″ with + raw power.

14

Indians

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Will Benson, OF, The Westminster Schools (Ga.)

LH hitter with monster power.  6’5″ with long swing.  Compared to Jason Heyward.

15

Twins

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Alex Kirilloff, OF, Plum HS (PA)

LH hitter with plus power.  Cold weather HS impressed on showcase circuit.  Committed to Liberty.

16

Angels 

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Matt Thaiss, C, Virginia

Rakes at the plate but might not stick behind it.  Scouting report w/ video here.

17

Astros

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Forrest Whitley, RHP, Alamo Heights HS (TX)

6’7 250 big body who touches 97 mph.

18

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Blake Rutherford, OF, Chaminade College Prep (CA).

UCLA Commit.  Scouting report here.  Old for his HS class (19).

19

Mets

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Justin Dunn, RHP, Boston College

Stock improved significantly over spring.  Moved from pen to rotation. 92-95 mph FB.

20

Dodgers

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Gavin Lux, SS, Indian Trail Academy (Wis.)

First SS off the board.  ASU commit.  Loved the fluid movements at Super 60 Showcase.  Report here.

21

Blue Jays

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T.J. Zeuch, RHP, Pittsburgh

6’7 RHP.  Just 20 years old.  Scouting Report w/ video here.

22

Pirates

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Will Craig, 3B, Wake Forest 

Big bodied RH power.  Will likely need to move to 1B.

23

Cardinals

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Delvin Perez, SS, International Baseball Academy, Puerto Rico

The top ranked SS in this class slid after failing a pre-draft drug test for PED.  Won’t be 18 until November.

24

Padres

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Hudson Sanchez, SS, Carroll Cenior HS (TX)

First real shocker of the draft based on the published lists from industry.  Ranked as a 3rd/4th round guy.  Likely cost saving move.

25

Padres

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Eric Lauer, LHP, Kent State

0.69 ERA in 2016.  Polished strike throwing LHP.  Scouting report with video here.

26

White Sox

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Zack Burdi, RHP, Louisville

Could be first guy from this draft in majors. 96-99 w/ power slider.  Scouting report with video here.

27

Orioles

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Cody Sedlock, RHP, Illinois

Joins Tyler Jay as 1st rounders from Illinois.

28

Nationals

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Carter Kieboom, SS/3B, Walton HS (Ga.)

Committed to Clemson.  Has brother playing for Georgia and another in Nats system.

29

Nationals

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Dane Dunning, RHP, Florida

Reliever at stacked Florida would be a Friday starter for 90% of colleges. Report w/ video here.

30

Rangers

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Cole Ragans, LHP, North Florida Christian HS (Fla.)

6’4″ 190 FSU commit.  FB sits in low 90s.  CB and CH could be average or better.

31

Mets

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Anthony Kay, LHP, UConn

Scouting report here.  Long Island kid and Yankee fan.  Mets took him in 2013 as well (29th round).  Scouting report with video here.

32

Dodgers

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Will Smith, C, Louisville

Fastest riser of the season.  Class of catchers are either all bat or all glove.  Smith has more balance.  Report here.

33

Cardinals

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Dillon Carlson, OF, Elk Grove (Ca.)

Switch hitting 17 year old committed to Fullerton.

34

Cardinals

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Dakota Hudson, RHP, Mississipi State

Once considered the second best college pitcher in this class.  Lasted much longer than I thought he would.

2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Peter Alonso

Peter Alonso – 1B – Florida.  Bats: R.  Throws: R.  6’2″ 225.  DOB:  December 7, 1994.  Last Drafted:  Never.

Scouted:

Three Game Series:  Florida Gators @ Kentucky Wildcats, March 25-27, 2016, Lexington, KY.

Undrafted out of Plant High School (Fla.), Alonso was part of a banner recruiting crop for the Gators and started 58 games as a freshman on his way to being named to the SEC All-Freshman team.

Alonso missed a month of his sophomore season with a  broken foot, but returned in time to hit the two longest home runs in TD Ameritrade Park history in the College World Series.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Will Smith

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Perhaps no player is moving up draft boards quicker than Louisville catcher Will Smith (Photo Courtesy of GoCards.com).

By: Burke Granger

Will Smith – C – Louisville.  6’0″ 192.  Bats: R.  Throws: R.  DOB: March 28, 1995.  Last Drafted:  Never.  

SCOUTED:

Xavier Musketeers @ Louisville Cardinals.  February 28, 2015, Louisville, KY.

Louisville Cardinals @ Ohio State Buckeyes – April 14, 2015. Columbus, Ohio.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Louisville Cardinals.  March 11, 2016, Louisville, KY.

The Cardinals didn’t need to go far to recruit Will Smith, who went to nearby Kentucky Country Day in Louisville where he was a two time all-state performer.  After managing 77  at bats in 39 games as a freshman, Smith opened this 2015 season batting cleanup behind Corey Ray.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Nolan Martinez

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Culver City righty Nolan Martinez, a San Diego State commit, may not make it on campus. (Photo Courtesy of Prospect Pipeline)

By: Mario Phillips

Nolan Martinez – RHP – Culver City High School (CA), 6’2, 175.  Bats: Right.  Throws: Right.  College Commitment: San Diego State

Scouted:  4/21/16- El Segundo HS at Culver City HS; 5/20/16- Elsinore HS at Culver City HS (First Round Playoff)

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Nick Solak

By: Burke Granger

Nick Solak – 2B – Louisville.  5’11” 175.  Bats: R.  Throws: R.  DOB: January 11, 1995.  Last Drafted:  Never.  

SCOUTED:

Xavier Musketeers @ Louisville Cardinals.  February 28, 2015, Louisville, KY (DH)

Louisville Cardinals @ Ohio State Buckeyes – April 14, 2015. Columbus, Ohio.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Louisville Cardinals.  March 11, 2016, Louisville, KY (DH).

No school recruits the Chicagoland area better than Louisville.  Having gone to that well with Kyle Funkhouser and Corey Ray, the Cardinals added Nick Solak; giving them a third 2016 draft prospect from that area.

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Mock Drafts: Baseball America & MLB Pipeline

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Tis the season for Mock Drafts, and late last week Baseball America and MLB Pipeline released their latest iterations.

By: Burke Granger

As mentioned a couple weeks ago, Prospect Junkies won’t be doing a Mock Draft this season. As we lead up to first day of the MLB Draft on June 9th, however, we want to use this site as forum to analyze Mock Drafts released by some of the industry leaders to see where we can gain some consensus and where we can examine some deviation.

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