2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Sean Murphy

By: Burke Granger

Sean Murphy – C – Wright State.  Bats: R. Throws: R. DOB: October 4, 1994.  Last Drafted: Never.

SCOUTED:  Toledo Rockets @ Wright State Raiders.  April 15, 2016.  Dayton, Ohio.

Sean Murphy is from Centerville, Ohio.  Elk Pride!  Undrafted before heading to Wright State, Murphy contributed right away for the Raiders.  Murphy earned Horizon League Freshman of the Year honors in 2014 after he hit .301/.390/.442 with 4 home runs and 10 stolen bases.

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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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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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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Buddy Reed

Buddy Reed – Outfielder – Florida.  Bats: B.  Throws: R.  6’4″ 210.  DOB:  April 27, 1995.  Last Drafted:  2013 – Texas Rangers (35th Round).

Scouted:

Three Game Series:  Florida Gators @ Kentucky Wildcats, March 25-27, 2016, Lexington, KY.

The major leagues are full players who were multi-sport athletes in high school and Reed looks to have his name added to that list.  While most of these athletes excelled in football and/or basketball (in addition to baseball), Reed’s other sports were soccer and hockey.  Playing for St. George’s School in Middleton, Rhode Island, Reed was the soccer team’s leading scorer, while holding down first line duties on the ice.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Corey Ray

Corey Ray – Outfielder – Louisville.  Bats: L, Throws: L.  5’11” 185.  DOB: Sept. 22, 1994.  Last Drafted:  2013 – Seattle Mariners (33rd Round).

Scouted:

Xavier Musketeers @ Louisville Cardinals.  February 28, 2015, Louisville, KY (DH)

Louisville Cardinals @ Ohio State Buckeyes – April 14, 2015. Columbus, Ohio.

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

From Kyle Funkhouser to the Brothers Burdi, Louisville dominates the Chicagoland recruiting territory.  Corey Ray played his high school ball at the Simeon Career Academy in Chicago’s South Side.  Cracking the Baseball America top 500 draft rankings in 2013 (480th), Ray slid to the Mariners in the 33rd round, chose not to sign and followed through on his commitment to Louisville.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Will Proctor

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Mira Costa shortstop Will Proctor, a Georgia commit, impresses with the glove and the bat.

By: Mario Phillips

Will Proctor – SS– Mira Costa (CA), 6’2″ 175.  Bats: Right.  Throws: Right.  College Commitment:  Georgia

Scouted:  2015 Area Code Games (Blair Field, CA) August 4 and 5, 2015; February 27, 2016, at West Torrance HS (CA).

A highly scouted, toolsy SS from the Southern California baseball hotbed,  Proctor has had an opportunity to put his talent on display at various national showcases, to include the Area Code Games and several Perfect Game Tournaments.  Proctor was selected as the Rawlings-Perfect Game 2nd Team All American California, All Region First Team.     Proctor’s athleticism and baseball instincts stand out the most when first seen.  Proctor entered the year as the 77th ranked high school senior by Perfect Game.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Zack Burdi

By: Burke Granger

Zack Burdi – RHP – Louisville. 6’3″ 205. Class: Junior. DOB: 3.9.95. Last Drafted: Never.

Scouted:

Louisville Cardinals @ Ohio State Buckeyes – April 14, 2015. Columbus, Ohio.

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

In speaking with a scout last season, I mentioned that I hadn’t yet seen Zack Burdi pitch.  His reply was, “if you’ve seen his brother, then you’ve seen Zack because they’re the same guy.”

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