2016 MLB Draft Roundup: Toronto Blue Jays

By: Burke Granger

Three times in the preceding five years leading up to the 2016 draft, the Blue Jays have failed to sign a high draft pick.  The unsigned club consists of Tyler Beede (1st) in 2011, Phil Bickford (1st) in 2013, and Brady Singer (2nd) in 2015.  This past draft was more successful however, as the Blue Jays signed each of their first thirteen picks.

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2016 MLB Draft Roundup: Boston Red Sox

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Regarded as the top talent in the draft for much of the spring, prep lefty Jason Groome slid to Red Sox with the 12th pick.  Photo courtesy of News 12 New Jersey.

By: Burke Granger

A year ago, the Red Sox landed Golden Spikes Award winner Andrew Benintendi with the 7th overall pick. In his first full season, Benintendi hit .312/.378/.532 between Hi A and AA in route to a call up to Boston where he was a key contributor on the Red Sox postseason run.  While Benintendi met, and often exceeded expectations across the board, he may not even be the best prospect in Red Sox system.  Signed from Cuba in 2015, infielder Yoan Moncada earned Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year.  Benintendi and Moncada headline a system that Boston bolstered with a strong 2016 draft.

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Prospect Roundup: Trade Deadline

 

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Clint Frazier was one of the better prospects on the move during the trade deadline. (Photo courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal)

By: Burke Granger

If you follow baseball prospects with at least a moderate level of enthusiasm, and if you’re reading this article you probably do, there are a few milestones throughout the calendar year about which to get excited.  Along with the First-Year Player Draft, the All-Star Futures Game, and September call-ups, the trade deadline is one of those moments.

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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: 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: Kyle Funkhouser

Kyle Funkhouser – RHP – Louisville. 6’3″ 225. Class: Senior. DOB: 3.16.94. Last Drafted: 2015 – Los Angeles Dodgers (35th Overall).

By: Burke Granger

SCOUTED:

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

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

Regarded as the 360th best draft prospect in the 2012 draft by Baseball America as a prep star at Oak Forest (Ill.), Funkhouser went undrafted and followed through on his commitment to Louisville.

While working primarily in relief as a freshman, Funkhouser still managed 6 starts and accounted for Louisville’s only shutout that season (against Villanova).  Funkhouser got his first taste of Omaha as a freshman, but it wouldn’t be his last.  The Cardinals 2013 trip to the College World Series was their first since 2007.  While Louisville went two and out in 2013, Funkhouser saw relief action in an 11-4 loss to Oregon State putting together a 2.1IP, 2H 0R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K line.

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