2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Dane Dunning

By: Burke Granger

Dane Dunning – RHP – Florida. 6’3″ 205. Class: Junior. DOB: 12.20.94. Last Drafted: 2013 – Toronto Blue Jays (34th Round).

Scouted:

Florida Gators @ Kentucky Wildcats – March 25, 2016.  Lexington, Kentucky.

Florida Gators @ Kentucky Wildcats – March 27, 2016.  Lexington, Kentucky.

In previous write ups, I’ve mentioned how Florida plucked A.J. Puk from Iowa, and Buddy Reed from Rhode Island.  They didn’t need to go as far to recruit Dane Dunning.  Pitching for Clay High School, just 50 miles away from Gainesville, Dunning earned All-State honors and was ranked as the 490th best player in the 2013 draft by Baseball America.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: T.J. Zeuch

By: Burke Granger

T.J. Zeuch – RHP – Pittsburgh. 6’7″ 225.  Class: Junior.  DOB:  August 1, 1995.  Last Drafted:  2013 (Kansas City Royals – 31th Round).

Scouted:  Virginia Cavaliers @ Pittsburgh Panthers, April 30, 2016.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

2014 was a big year for the University of Pittsburgh.  It was their first in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and it’s when big T.J. Zeuch arrived on campus.  A Mason, Ohio product, Zeuch considered Kentucky, Louisville, and Cincinnati as options to further his eduction before ultimately choosing Pittsburgh.  “When I first came up to Pitt, I kinda just fell in love with the place,” said Zeuch.  “Everything; the coaches, the conference – it’s kind of a home away from home.  I love it here!”

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Connor Jones

By: Burke Granger

Connor Jones – RHP – Virginia  6’3″ 200.  Class: Junior.  DOB:  October 10, 1994.  Last Drafted:  2013 (San Diego Padres – 21th Round).

Scouted:  Virginia Cavaliers @ Pittsburgh Panthers, April 30, 2016.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

A product of Great Bridge HS in Chesapeake Va., Baseball America ranked Jones as the 34th best prospect in the 2013 draft, making him a borderline first round pick.  Jones’ commitment to Virginia was so strong however, that he wrote a letter to all 30 teams informing them of his intention to follow through on his commitment to go to college.  This letter obviously caused Jones to slide in the draft and though the Padres took a flier on him in the 21st round, he chose to put professional ball on the back burner and attend school.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Zack Brown

By: Burke Granger

Zack Brown – RHP – Kentucky.  6’2″ 200.  Class: Junior.  DOB:  December 15, 1994.  Last Drafted:  2013 (Chicago Cubs- 38th Round).

Scouted:

Vanderbilt Commodores @ Kentucky Wildcats, May 1, 2015.  Lexington, Kentucky.

Florida Gators @ Kentucky Wildcats, March 25, 2016.  Lexington, Kentucky.

Baseball America ranked Zack Brown as the 385th best prospect in the 2013 draft out of Seymour (Ind.) High School.  Brown slid to the Cubs in the 38th round, due in in part because of his strong college commitment to Kentucky.  As expected, the Cubs were unable to sign Brown as he ended up in Lexington.

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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: Alec Hansen

By Burke Granger

Alec Hansen – RHP – Oklahoma.  6’7″ 235.  Class: Junior.  DOB: October 10, 1994.  Last Drafted:  2013 – Colorado (25th Round).

Scouted:  The University of Oklahoma @ West Virginia University on 4/18/2015.

In 2013, the same year the Colorado Rockies popped flame throwing righthander Jonathan Gray from the University of Oklahoma at #3 overall, they selected Hansen from nearby Loveland (Colo.) High School in the 25th Round.  Baseball America ranked Hansen as top draft prospect in the state of Colorado that year and the 136th best overall prospect.  The Rockies were unable to dissuade Hansen from his college commitment, so it was onward to Norman.

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