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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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Eric Lauer

By: Burke Granger

Eric Lauer – LHP – Kent State. 6’3″ 205.  Class: Junior.  DOB:  June 3, 1995.  Last Drafted:  2013 (Toronto Blue Jays – 17th Round).

Scouted:  Buffalo @ Kent State, May 6, 2016.  Kent, Ohio.

Lauer was a top 5 round talent coming out of Midview HS in Grafton, Ohio.  A good athlete, Lauer was a second team All-Ohio selection as a receiver in football.  Baseball America had him ranked as the top prep player in Ohio and 125th overall in the 2013 draft.  Due in part to his strong college commitment to Kent State, Lauer slid to the 17th round and was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays.  Lauer followed through with his intention to attend college, and the move has paid off as Lauer could find himself being selected in the first round three years later.

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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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