Follow along with the 2016 MLB Draft. We will be updating each pick with quick analysis and links to scouting information.
1) Phillies: Mickey Moniak, OF, Carlsbad, California: From La Costa Canyon High school in Carlsbad, Moniak jumped up draft boards this spring due to his line drive hitting, speed, excellent instincts, strong makeup, and superior glove. His bat is very advanced for a high school pick and he showed more power this spring. Click here for more details.
3) Braves: Ian Anderson, RHP, Shenendehowa, New York: Although he missed part of the spring season with an illness and then a strained oblique, Anderson showed scouts enough to push him up draft boards rapidly after opening the season in the compensation round range. The projectable 6-3 right-hander already hits 94 MPH and shows good potential with his breaking ball and change-up. Click here for more details.
4) Rockies: Riley Pint, RHP, Overland Park, Kansas: From Thomas Aquinas High School in the Kansas City suburbs, Pint is an extremely hard thrower clocked over 100 MPH at his best. The Rockies have to develop their own pitching; Pint will need some time to refine his control but he has the upside of a number one starter. Click here for more details.
5) Brewers: Corey Ray, OF, University of Louisville: Hailing from the Chicago area, Ray had an outstanding season for Louisville, hitting .319/.396/.562 with 15 homers and 44 steals this year, with 35 walks and 39 strikeouts in 260 at-bats. He has broad physical tools including speed and power. His upside as a multi-category contributor is quite high. For more details, click here.
6) Athletics: A.J. Puk, LHP, University of Florida: In the mix for number one overall, Puk saw his stock slip with some inconsistent performances late in the spring. We're still talking about a 6-6 lefty with blistering stuff who posted a 3.21 ERA with a 95/31 K/BB in 70 innings. He'll need more time than the typical college arm but could develop into a top-of-the-rotation starter. Click here for more details.
7) Marlins: Braxton Garrett, LHP, Florence, Alabama: Long linked to the Marlins in mock drafts, the selection of Garrett is no surprise. He is a smooth lefty committed to Vanderbilt but should certainly be signable in this spot. He had an outstanding curveball and a heater who can hit 93-94. He throws strikes, too. Click here for more details.
8) Padres: Cal Quantrill, RHP, Stanford University: Another long-rumored pick, Quantrill missed the entire season recovering from Tommy John surgery but has been linked to the Padres for weeks. A healthy Quantrill might have been the top pick in the draft. Private workouts before the draft reportedly went well. Click here for more details.
9) Tigers: Matt Manning, RHP, Sacramento, California: Son of a former NBA player, Manning offers tremendous physical upside from a 6-6 frame, can already hit the mid-90s plus; his breaking ball, change-up, and command all need some work but this is another arm with top-of-the-rotation potential. He's something of a project but could hit 100 in time. Click here for more details.
10) White Sox: Zack Collins, C, University of Miami-Florida: Another rumored pick that came true, Collins is one of the best bats available this year, featuring power and strike zone judgment, hitting .358/.534/.631 with 13 homers, 69 walks, and 48 strikeouts this spring. The main question is defense but many observers (including the White Sox obviously) think his glove can be decent. The bat is outstanding. Click here for more details.
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13) Rays: 14) Will Benson, OF, Atlanta, Georgia: The first real surprise in the first round, Benson has outstanding tools but his bat is considered a bit raw. He's a 6-6, 225 pounder with 20/20 potential if he can iron out some swing issues. His makeup is also excellent and at this point in the draft his Duke University commitment shouldn't be a problem. He was mocked in the 20s and 30s but has the upside to go here if they are confident in his hitting. Click here for more details.
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18) Blake Rutherford, OF, Canoga Park, California: Once rumored as a top five pick, Rutherford fell mostly due to circumstances and could be a huge steal here, perhaps a victim of over-exposure. He can hit for at least moderate power, runs well, throws well, and has few weaknesses. Click here for more details.
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22) Pirates: Will Craig, 3B, Wake Forest University: A monster bat, Craig hit .392/.537/.766 with 16 homers, 47 walks, and 33 strikeouts in 171 at-bats. He has plate discipline and excellent power; his arm is strong too (he has pitching experience) but may wind up at first base in the long run. Click here for more details.
23) Cardinals: 4) Padres: Hudson Sanchez, SS, Carroll, Texas: A surprise choice, Sanchez was seen as a second round talent until two minutes ago by most sources. He has a long track record of successful hitting but questions about his defense persist; he may end up as an outfielder. The 6-3, 195 pounder is committed to Texas A&M but it is hard to see the Padres picking him unless they were sure he would sign.
25) Padres: Eric Lauer, LHP, Kent State University: A smooth lefty with four quality pitches, Lauer posted insane numbers this spring: 10-2, 0.69 ERA, 125/28 K/BB in 104 innings with a mere 49 hits allowed; he blew through the Cape Cod League last summer so this isn't just a mediocre competition fluke. Click here for more details.
26) White Sox: Zack Burdi, RHP, University of Louisville: He hits 100 MPH and he throws strikes. He has a 2.20 ERA with a 46/7 K/BB in 29 innings with just 15 hits allowed. His breaking ball and change-up are solid as well and some sources think he can start; if kept in the pen he should move rapidly. Click here for more details.
29) Nationals: Dane Dunning, RHP, University of Florida: A late riser up draft boards, Dunning is a 6-3, 190 pounder age 21. He posted a 2.50 ERA in 68 innings with a 78/11 K/BB, featuring a low-90s fastball, a fringy slider, and a very good change-up. Command and control are his best attributes; he could be an inning-eating strike-thrower down the line.
30) Cole Ragans, LHP Tallahassee, Florida: A Florida State commitment, Ragans won't get to campus in this slot, featuring a low-90s fastball with an impressive curveball and change-up. His pitching instincts are ahead of his pure stuff but his pure stuff is still pretty solid, thrown from a 6-3, 190 frame. Click here for more details.
31) Mets: Anthony Kay, LHP, University of Connecticut: An advanced strike-throwing college lefty, Kay posted a 2.65 ERA with a 111/37 K/BB in 119 innings for the Huskies this spring. He projects as a fourth starter but won't need much development time; his fastball has been clocked as high as 94 but his change-up is his best pitch. Click here for more details
32) Dodgers: Will Smith, C, University of Louisville: Best-known for his impressive defensive ability, Smith saw his stock rise late when he made progress offensively, hitting .380/.476/.573 this spring. He would get to the majors based on his glove alone but his improved hitting gives him a chance to start.
33) Cardinals: Dylan Carlson, OF, Elk Grove, California: Committed to Cal State Fullerton, Carlson is a switch-hitter and natural left-handed thrower, a sleeper pick from the California prep ranks who drew some notice for his athleticism and loose swing. This was the first big "who is that guy" pick of the night.
34) Cardinals: Dakota Hudson, RHP, Mississippi State University: Rumored 10-15 spots higher than this, Hudson's stock slipped a bit late when teams began to wonder if he was more starter or reliever. He posted a 2.62 ERA in 107 innings with a 109/34 K/BB ratio on the season, but his performance was often inconsistent from start to start. Click here for more details.
COMPENSATION ROUND A
35) Reds: Taylor Trammell, OF, Kennesaw, Georgia: Ultra-toolsy athlete, lefty hitter with Georgia Tech commit; plus/plus speed and has power potential as well, could be real steal here. Click here for more details
36) Dodgers: Jordan Sheffield, RHP, Vanderbilt University: Tommy John survivor showed electric stuff for most of the spring until some slight decline late; posted 3.01 ERA in 102 inning, 113/40 K/BB; does he start or relieve at higher levels? Click here for details
37) Athletics: Daulton Jefferies, RHP, University of California; Extremely polished but missed much of year with shoulder trouble; pitched well in last two outings; 1.08 ERA in 50 innings, 53/8 K/BB. Click here for details
38) Rockies Robert Tyler, RHP, University of Georgia; 4.10 ERA in 75 innings; 89/46 K/BB; excellent fastball peaks at 98; secondaries inconsistent but promising Click here for details
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40) Braves: Joey Wentz, LHP, Shawnee Mission, Kansas: A prospect as both a hitter and pitcher, Wentz was a candidate for the top ten until a late-season velocity slippage. He's had dead arm periods before but when he's right he's a smooth lefty with plus stuff. Click here for details
41) Pirates: Nick Lodolo, LHP, Laverne, California: A 6-6, 180 pound southpaw from high school in California, Lodolo is a Texas Christian commitment but the Pirates would not pull the trigger here without a good read on his signability. His fastball varies between 88 and 93 but his fastball may reach peak velocities more consistently as he matures. His curveball and change-up also have solid-average potential but need more work. He is a long-term development project but a very interesting one.
42) Phillies: Kevin Gowdy, RHP, Santa Barbara, California: Very good value here; he had first-round buzz and will need some $$ to pass up UCLA but has excellent potential as a mid-rotation arm. Click here for more details.
43) Reds: Chris Okey, C, Clemson University: Extremely respected glove due to outstanding intangibles and he can hit, too. Click here for more details.
44) Braves: Kyle Muller, LHP, Dallas, Texas: Throws hard and also a prospect as a power hitter with speed; huge potential here, could be a real steal; University of Texas commit. Click here for more details.
45) Rockies: Ben Bowden, LHP, Vanderbilt University: Promising left-handed pitcher out of the Vandy pen, could move up the ladder very quickly if kept in the bullpen but some observers think he can start with a bit more experience working his secondary pitches; posted 3.51 ERA in 49 innings, 10 saves, 65/14 K/BB ratio; low-90s fastball and has potential with slider, curve, change.
46) Brewers: Lucas Erceg, 3B, Menlo College: NAIA star after transfer from University of California; good reputation as a hitter despite issues with competition level; left-handed hitter with plus power potential; also has a strong throwing arm.
47) Athletics: Logan Shore, RHP, University of Florida: Strike-throwing starter was Gators Friday night guy, not A.J. Puk; extremely advanced pitchability; went 11-0 in 16 starts with 2.40 ERA, 80/15 K/BB in 92 innings; average stuff but superb command; Click here for more details.
48) Padres: Buddy Reed, OF, University of Florida: Outstanding athlete with tools, switch-hitter but track record as a hitter is inconsistent; excellent glove; hit .255/.358/.397 with 24 steals, 37 walks, 58 strikeouts in 239 at-bats. Click here for more details.
49) White Sox: Alec Hansen, RHP, University of Oklahoma: May have the best right-handed arm in the college ranks but not consistently successful on the mound, 5.40 ERA in 52 innings, 75/39 K/BB; 44 hits; can be overpowering but control is very erratic.Click here for more details.
50) Mariners: Joe Rizzo, 3B, Vienna, Virginia: One of the top high school bats in the class, but with questions about his defensive projection; few hitters have as much sock from the left side; University of South Carolina commit but should be signable here. Click here for more details.
51) Red Sox: C.J. Chatham, SS, Florida Atlantic University: Strong throwing arm and has good range at shortstop even though he's 6-4, 185; contact hitter without much power; will have to continue hitting for average as he moves up; hit .357/.422/.554 with 17 doubles, eight homers, 23/36 BB/K in 249 at-bats.
52) Diamondbacks: Andrew Yerzy, C, Toronto, Canada: Left-handed hitter with Notre Dame commitment, best tool is power but defensive skills need work; long-term development project but with home run upside.
53) Rays: Ryan Boldt, OF, University of Nebraska: Big star out of high school in Red Wing, Minnesota three years ago; didn't take off in college but still has athleticism, defense; runs well; some chance he responds well to pro coaching and lives up to early potential; controls strike zone well, probably more of a fourth outfielder projection at this stage; hit .288/.344/.416 this year with 20 steals.
54) Orioles: Keegan Akin, LHP, Western Michigan University: Good low-90s fastball from left side with average slider, change-up; good pitchability but with lively stuff; chance to be a mid-rotation starter; posted 1.82 ERA with 133/30 K/BB in 109 innings, 72 hits.
55) Indians: Nolan Jones, 3B, Bensalem, Pennsylvania: First round talent if he can be bought away from college at Virginia; a real steal in the second round assuming he is signable; Click here for more details;
56) Twins: Ben Rortvedt, C, Verona Area HS, Wisconsin: Very good value pick here; lefty hitter with impressive power potential and has a good chance to remain at catcher; University of Arkansas commitment but signable in this spot; unusually polished bat given cold-weather background.
57) Blue Jays: J.B. Woodman, OF, University of Mississippi: Power hitter from the left side; made good progress refining his hitting skills this year; hit .323/.412/.578 this year with 14 homers, 12 steals; 33 walks, 48 strikeouts in 232 at-bats, taking sting out of some Cape Cod League struggles last summer.
58) Nationals: Sheldon Neuse, SS, University of Oklahoma: Junior infielder; did not hit well last year in Cape Cod League but was much better this summer; hit .369/.465/.646 with 10 homers and 12 steals on the season; very strong throwing arm.
59) Giants: This is a steal. Switch-hitter with power, speed, strong track record; Giants fans should be ecstatic; hit .330/.461/.603 with 13 homers; 49 walks. I felt he belonged in the first 20 picks. Click here for more details
60) Angels: Brandon Marsh,OF, Buford, Georgia: Left-handed hitter, committed to Kennesaw State; should be signable here; background as a football player; raw tools with speed, throwing arm, power potential.
61) Astros: Ronnie Dawson, OF, The Ohio State University: Highly impressive power/speed package and can draw a walks; good value pick; hit .331/.419/.611 with 21 steals and 13 homers; Click here for more details.
62) Yankees: Nick Solak, 2B, University of Louisville: Extremely good college track record as a hitter; hits right, batted .380/.474/.576 on the season; respected for very quick swing and feel for the barrel.
63) Rangers: Alex Speas, RHP, Power Springs, Georgia: Very raw but has a terrific arm; needs mechanical work but already hits 96; should be signable from Auburn here. Click here for more details
64) Mets: Pete Alonso, 1B, University of Florida: Perhaps not the toolsiest player around but he has a terrific track record as a hitter; batted .368/.464/.632 with 12 homers, 29 walks, 30 strikeouts in 193 at-bats; impressive power and did a good job improving pure hitting skills this year.
65) Dodgers: Mitchell White, RHP, Santa Clara University: Hard-thrower up to 94-95; posted 3.72 ERA in 92 innings but with spectacular 118/27 K/BB; Tommy John survivor but late riser up draft boards due to combination of arm strength and performance.
66) Blue Jays: Bo Bichette, INF, St. Petersburg, Florida: Son of Dante Bichette; 6-0, 200 with bat speed from the right side; Arizona State commitment; questions about where he lands with the glove but he's always hit well and plays above his tools.
68) Pirates: Travis MacGregor, RHP, East Lake, Florida: Clemson commit; 6-3, 180 projectabiliy; low-90s sinking fastball and flashes promising curve, change-up; mid-rotation potential.
69) Orioles: Matthias Dietz, RHP, John A. Logan Junior College, Illinois: Top junior college arm available this year; 6-6 220, already throws in low-90s with higher flashes; slider and change-up also have potential.
70) Cardinals: Connor Jones, RHP, University of Virginia: Expected to go much higher three weeks ago but stock slumped late; fits Cardinals draft track record; posted 2.34 ERA in 104 innings with 72/38 K/BB, 85 hits allowed. I think this is a great team for him and would not give up on hm as a starter. Click here for more details
COMPENSATION ROUND B
71) Padres: Reggie Lawson, RHP, Victorville, California: First round talent until missing much of spring with oblique strain; terrific potential value in this spot; click here for more details.
72) Indians: Logan Ice, C, Oregon State University: College backstop who can both hit and field; some power, good batting eye; well-respected for defensive ability and he hit this year; .310/.432/.563 with strong strike zone judgment. Good value pick here.
73) Twins: Jose Miranda, SS, Puerto Rico: Good athlete with a polished bat for his age; also features a strong throwing arm and a chance to stay at shortstop.
74) Twins: Akil Baddoo, OF, Conyers, Georgia: Left-handed hitter with impressive speed; has some power potential as well; somewhat raw with arm weakest tool but could develop into potent power/speed player; University of Kentucky commitment but should be signable here.
75) Brewers: Mario Feliciano, C, Puerto Rico: Carlos Beltran Academy product, shows power potential with pure hitting skills; arm good enough to catch but needs more refinement. Broward Community College commitment.
76) Braves: Brett Cumberland, C, University of California: Switch-hitter with outstanding power production this year; hit .344/.480/.678 with 16 homers, 38 walks, 40 strikeouts in 180 at-bats. Everyone likes the bat but his defense is problematic and may push him to first base.
77) Rays: Jake Fraley, OF, Louisiana State University: Hit .324/.407/.459 on the season with 28 steals, 36 walks, 32 strikeouts in 259 at-bats; can field, run, hit for average and get on base; lacks big power; click here for more details.