As the 2016 MLB draft approaches, Mock Drafts will proliferate like, well, I was going to say mosquitoes except mosquitoes suck and Mock Drafts are cool. So let's say they proliferate like something that you love. Or let's just get past this awkward analogy and move on.
We will have our own Mock Drafts of course, the huge Community Mock draft upcoming on June 4th, more Mocks from Cookiedabookie, and at least one of my own. We'll also be pointing out other Mocks, including this one published yesterday by Jim Callis at MLB.com.
Notable selections by Jim:
***Phillies picking A.J. Puk of the University of Florida at Number One overall.
Puk has been inconsistent this spring, but at his best, he's still a hulking lefty with a mid-90s fastball and a wipeout slider. He has pitched well three of the past four weekends, and he seems to be Philadelphia's guy if he can stay on that roll.
Callis has Nick Senzel from Tennessee going to the Reds at Number Two and Kyle Lewis of Mercer going to the Braves at Number Three.
2. Reds: Nick Senzel, 3B, Tennessee
Cincinnati would be very interested in Puk if the Phillies pass. If not, the Reds likely would choose between Senzel, the best pure hitter in the college ranks, and flashy Puerto Rican shortstop Delvin Perez, who has the highest ceiling in this prep crop.
3. Braves: Kyle Lewis, OF, Mercer
Atlanta is the first team in play on a high school pitcher and prefers Pint to Groome. But with a shortage of college bats and a $12.4 million bonus pool that will allow the Braves to spend big on someone who drops to picks Nos. 40 and 44, the better play could be to grab Lewis here and pounce on a prep arm who drops.
Other notable choices include California high school outfielder Blake Rutherford to the White Sox at 10, University of Miami catcher Zack Collins to the Red Sox at 12 (which makes perfect sense), and Mississippi State's Dakota Hudson to the Astros at 17.
Go read the whole thing. Where do you think Jim is right, and where do you think he is wrong?