2016 MLB Draft Special

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In just a few weeks we will soon find out who will drafted for this yearly event. I have pt together some information that might be helpful for all you baseball fans.

Schedule (All Times ET)

June 9
Day 1
Round 1 through Lottery Round B
Live on MLB Network & MLB.com
Preview show begins at 6 p.m. ET
Round 1 begins at 7 p.m. ET
June 10
Day 2
Rounds 3-10
Live on MLB.com
Preview show begins at 12:30 p.m. ET
Round 3 begins at 1 p.m.
June 11
Day 3
Rounds 11-40
Live on MLB.com
Round 11 begins at noon ET

First-round and compensatory round Draft order for 2016
Draft order is based on the reverse order of 2015 regular-season standings, with 2014 records used to break ties.

1. Phillies (63-99, .389)
2. Reds (64-98, .395)
3. Braves (67-95, .414)
4. Rockies (68-94, .420)
5. Brewers (68-94, .420)
6. Athletics (68-94, .420)
7. Marlins (71-91, .438)
8. Padres (74-88, .457)
9. Tigers (74-87, .460)
10. White Sox (76-86, .469)
11. Mariners (76-86, .469)
12. Red Sox (78-84, .481)
13. D-backs (79-83, .488)
14. Rays (80-82, .494)
15. Orioles (81-81, .500)
16. Indians (81-80, .503)
17. Twins (83-79, .512)
18. Nationals (83-79, .512)
19. Giants (84-78, .519)
20. Angels (85-77, .525)
21. Astros (86-76, .531)
22. Yankees (87-75, .537)
23. Rangers (88-74, .543)
24. Mets (90-72, .556)
25. Dodgers (92-70, .568)
26. Blue Jays (93-69, .574)
27. Royals (95-67, .586)
28. Cubs (97-65, .599)
29. Pirates (98-64, .605)
30. Cardinals (100-62, .617)

Qualifying offers reshape 2016 Draft

Compensatory round

31. Ian Kennedy, Padres
32. Justin Upton, Padres
33. Jeff Samardzija, White Sox
34. Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners
35. Wei-Yin Chen, Orioles
36. Chris Davis, Orioles
37. Ian Desmond, Nationals
38. Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals
39. Yovani Gallardo, Rangers
40. Daniel Murphy, Mets
41. Zack Greinke, Dodgers
42. Howie Kendrick, Dodgers
43. Alex Gordon, Royals
44. Dexter Fowler, Cubs
45. Jason Heyward, Cardinals
46. John Lackey, Cardinals

My Top 3 Prospects

Jason Groome

A New Jersey native, Groome moved to Florida to attend the IMG Academy in Bradenton for his junior season. After a very strong summer on the showcase circuit, Groome is back in the Garden State and could be the highest-drafted player ever from that state. Two weeks into his senior season, and a week after a 19-strikeout no-hitter, he was ruled ineligible for 30 days because he’d violated a New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association transfer rule despite returning to his parents’ home and former school.

Groome has everything to be a top-of-the-rotation left-handed starting pitcher, from his 6-foot-6 frame to the potential to have three above-average to plus offerings. The fastball is already there, up to 96 mph and sitting 92-93 mph over the summer, and in the 90-94 mph range in the early stages of the spring. Groome features a nasty curve as well, with tight rotation and bite. He doesn’t throw his changeup often, but he’s shown some feel for it, with some sink. Groome is generally around the plate and has clean mechanics, with a pretty good overall feel for pitching.

The highest a player from New Jersey has gone in the June Draft is No. 3 (Jeff Kunkel, 1983; Willie Banks, 1987). Groome, a Vanderbilt commit, could break that record, though some some teams have concerns about his makeup.

Corey Ray

Ray ranked as the Draft’s top position prospect entering 2016 because he offers the best combination of hitting and athletic ability. He should become the highest pick in Louisville history, surpassing current teammate Kyle Funkhouser, who declined to sign with the Dodgers as the 35th overall choice in 2015.

A 33rd-round pick by the Mariners as an Illinois high schooler in 2013, Ray broke out as a sophomore last spring and continued to star during the summer, leading the U.S. collegiate national team in OPS (.971), extra-base hits (nine) and steals (11). He has a quick left-handed bat and makes consistent hard contact, giving him the potential to hit for both power and average. Ray uses the entire field well and has done a better job of managing the strike zone and making consistent contact this spring.

Ray has plus speed and knows how to use it well on the bases. Though he has spent most of his career at Louisville in right field, he runs well enough to play center field. Ray has the offensive production and arm to profile at all three outfield positions, and obviously he’d offer the most value if he can play in the middle.

A.J. Puk

The hope, especially for the Phillies with the No. 1 overall pick, was that Puk would use his frontline rotation stuff and separate himself from the rest of the class, making him the slam-dunk choice for being taken 1-1. Inconsistency, which has plagued him for much of his career at Florida, not to mention some time on the shelf with back spasms, made Puk more of a wild card than hoped.

Big and strong, Puk arguably has the best raw stuff of any arm in the class, with the chance to have three plus pitches. He’s capable of touching 96-97 mph with his fastball regulary. Ironically, he might have been at his best in the one inning he threw before his back acted up, showing a 96-99 mph fastball and a plus slider at 88-90 mph. He can maintain his velocity deep into starts and while his changeup is his third pitch, it should be Major League average in the future.

Puk’s biggest stumbling block has been his control and command, something that has kept him from dominating college competition consistently. Puk returned after skipping a start and if he finishes his Gators career off well, he still could be a top-of-the-Draft selection.

Source: MLB /Baseball America

 

 

 

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