The 2016 MLB Draft gets started this evening at 7 PM Eastern, 6 Central time. MLB Network's draft preview show goes live an hour before that. We'll be watching and live-blogging the draft as it happens of course, but rumors are already flying and here's a central location to discuss what's going on until the draft itself begins in three hours.
John Manuel at Baseball America this morning quoted two scouts to the effect that this is the most unpredictable draft in years.
A few weeks ago it appeared that high school lefty Jason Groome and University of Florida southpaw A.J. Puk had separated themselves from the pack of pitchers and could go first overall but that no longer appears to be the case. Puk hasn't thrived in quite the way scouts wanted to see, while Groome is now hampered by all sorts of doubts from his level of high school competition to his bonus demands to a switch from Vanderbilt to Chipola JC as his college commit to vague rumors about his makeup. It now appears that the Phillies will go with a bat, which depending on what rumor you want to believe may be Mickey Moniak, or Kyle Lewis, or Corey Ray, or even Blake Rutherford as a dark horse.
This afternoon rumors are flying that the Atlanta Braves at number three overall have a pre-draft deal worked out with Ian Anderson, high school pitcher from New York. That's about 15 spots higher than he was projected less than a week ago. Meanwhile, Wisconsin prep Gavin Lux could end up in the top ten picks after looking like a second rounder last month.
Whatever happens early will have massive ripple effects, of course.
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