2016 MLB Draft: First Round Snapshot

 

                1           Phillies  Phillies Logo

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

Yankees

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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.

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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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Prospect Roundup: Week 11

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Virginia ace Connor Jones tossed a complete game four-hitter against Pittsburgh on Saturday in ACC action.

By: Burke Granger

As the June 9th MLB draft approaches, Florida’s A.J. Puk is solidifying his spot as the top arm in this class.  After exiting a start earlier this month with back spasms and then sitting out the following weekend, Puk has looked like the 1:1 candidate he is since his return.

This weekend against Georgia, Puk struck out 10 over 6 innings, while surrendering just 4 hits, a run, and 3 walks.  Puk did leave this start with what coach Kevin O’Sullivan later called a hand cramp so that will be something to monitor this weekend to determine if it’s something more serious.

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Prospect Roundup: Week 9

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Jason Groome, the possible top overall pick in the June draft, has been declared ineligible for violating transfer rules.  (Photo courtesy of Mark Brown, B51 Photography)

By: Burke Granger

While we normally reserve this weekly installment for our college draft prospects, we’d be remiss if we didn’t at least touch on the Jason Groome situation.  Groome is currently looking like the top player on the board in this draft class.  A Vanderbilt commit, there are few who think Groome will end up in Nashville.  A 17-year old, 6’5″ 210 pound lefty who can bump it up to 97 mph, Groom is obviously going to be an attractive commodity this June.

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