2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Logan Shore

By: Burke Granger

Logan Shore – RHP – Florida.  6’2″ 215.  Class: Junior.  DOB:  December 28, 1994.  Last Drafted:  2013 (Minnesota Twins – 29th Round).

Scouted:  University of Florida @ University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.  March 25, 2016.

With A.J. Puk from Iowa and Buddy Reed from Rhode Island,  Florida clearly demonstrates a wide recruiting footprint.  That’s what 4 trips to Omaha in 6 years will do for a program.  They’ve further peacocked their reach by nabbing Logan Shore from Coon Rapids, Minnesota.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Anthony Kay

By: Burke Granger

Anthony Kay – LHP – Connecticut.  6’0″ 187.  Class: Junior.  DOB:  March 21, 1995.  Last Drafted:  2013 (New York Mets – 29th Round).

Scouted: University of Connecticut @ University of Cincinnati.  Cincinnati, Ohio.  4.8.16.

Kay hails from Ward Melville High School in Long Island, the same school that produced Steven Matz.  Like Matz, Kay was selected by the New York Mets out of high school, though Kay followed through on his college commitment and attended UConn.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: A.J. Puk

By: Burke Granger

A.J. Puk – LHP – Florida.  6’7″ 230.  Class: Junior.  DOB:  April 25, 1995.  Last Drafted:  2013 (Detroit Tigers – 35th Round).

Scouted:  University of Florida @ University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.  March 26, 2016.

Baseball America ranked A.J. Puk as the 85th best prospect in the 2013 draft and the top prospect from the state of Iowa.  After a slow start in the cold Midwest spring, Puk slid to the 35th round where the Detroit Tigers took a flier on him.  Puk was joined by future Florida teammate Buddy Reed (Rangers), who was picked just 5 spots later in the same round.  The duo will likely be picked in the same round again this year, though it’ll be about 34 rounds higher than it was last time.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Mickey Moniak



La Costa Canyon outfielder Mickey Moniak figures to be a first round selection in the June MLB Draft.  (Photo courtesy of the San Diego Union Tribune)

By: Mario Phillips

Mickey Moniak – OF– La Costa Canyon (CA), 6’2″ 190.  Bats: Left.  Throws: Right.  DOB:  May 13, 1998.  College Commitment:  UCLA

Scouted:  2015 Area Code Games (Blair Field, CA) August 4 and 5, 2015; March 29, 2016, at 2016 Boras Baseball Classic (Junipero Serra Catholic HS, CA).

A highly touted OF from Southern California, Moniak rose to elite prospect status during last year’s national showcase circuit.  Moniak is ranked by MLB.com as the #13 prospect heading into the 2016 draft, although he is not the top player nor even the top OF in CA!  The prospect who holds that distinction will be covered in the next west coast post.  Moniak was selected as the Rawlings-Perfect Game 1st Team All American California, All Region First Team.     Moniak is a gifted hitter with off the chart baseball instincts.

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Beyond Compare: Corey Ray v. Buddy Reed

By: Burke Granger

While this draft class is lacking a premier 1:1 frontrunner, there is significant depth at a number of positions; perhaps none greater than the class of college outfielders, which offers power, speed, and defense.  Of the deep class of college outfielders, none entered the season with higher expectations than Louisville’s Corey Ray and Florida’s Buddy Reed.

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College Prospect Roundup: Week 7


Georgia righty Robert Tyler came within one out of a no-hitter on Friday.  (Photo courtesy of Emily Selby and GeorgiaDogs.com)

By: Burke Granger

Robert Tyler was brilliant on Friday night.  Hosting Alabama in Athens, Tyler took a no-hitter into the 9th inning before losing it and his shutout with two outs when pinch hitter Georgie Salem (who’s hitting .174) homered.  Tyler would eventually finish out the 7-1 victory for his 3rd win of the season.  Tyler’s line was 9IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 9K.

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