2016  MLB   Mock Draft

 

With the MLB Draft quickly approaching (actually starting on Thursday, June 9), I figured I would have some fun and do a mock draft. No, I have not been following the majority of these prospects like I do for other sports, but based on the current state of each team's Top 30 Prospects on MLB.com, I drafted prospects based on the proportion of prospects that play the needed positions for each team, regardless of major league rosters. For example, I have the Pirates drafting an outfielder even though they have 3 great ones in Starling Marte, Andrew McCutchen, and Gregory Polanco.

Without further ado, here are my picks for the 1st round and Competitive Balance Lottery Round A, or picks 1 through 41:

 

LAST UPDATED: June 6, 2016

 

 

1. PHILLIES: LHP Jason Groome (Barnegat HS (New Jersey))

The Phillies, as most fans are aware, are languishing as the spring draws to a close due to a lack of offense. While they want a Kris Bryant-like MLB-ready bat, I'm not sure one exists. Therefore, another option in the rotation wouldn't hurt, and Groome provides that. Sure, the last time they went local, Jesse Biddle struggled in the upper minors and had 2 Tommy John surgeries before the Phillies let him go, but Groome is a lifelong Phillies fan and would provide a solid lefty option. At only 17, his fastball already hits 96+ and the heat would be a welcome addition alongside Vincent Velasquez among others. 

2. REDS: LHP A.J. Puk (Florida)

The Reds need to loosen their grip on their veteran bats such as Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce, and hot-hitting Zack Cozart. In the meantime, their young pitching couldn't hurt to get another boost in Gator lefty A.J. Puk, who was under consideration from Philly for #1 until recently. Puk would provide another young arm, but one with #1 starter potential, something none of the team's current arsenal possesses. Puk would join prospects Amir Garrett and Cody Reed, both in my Top 100, as the only lefties in Cincy's Top 30, ones that would lead the Reds' rotation for years to come.

3. BRAVES: OF Kyle Lewis (Mercer)

The Braves could use offense of any kind and fast. Lewis could definitely provide that spark with a .395 average and 20 homers, both near the top of Division I baseball. While the Braves have Ender Inciarte currently occupying CF, Lewis could eventually replace Nick Markakis in RF or Hector Olivera in LF for his power swing and rare patience (he led all batters with 66 walks entering the NCAA tournament). With the plethora of arms Atlanta has stockpiled through trades, I think they can splurge on a bat, especially one from Snellville, Georgia, which is less than 40 minutes from Atlanta.

4. ROCKIES: OF Mickey Moniak (La Costa Canyon HS (California))

While the Rockies never need more offense due to playing in Coors Field, Moniak can provide much-needed defense in CF once Charlie Blackmon reahes free agency or is traded. Colorado could also use more speed, as they are in the bottom 10 in stolen bases and dead last in stolen base percentage at 52.5%. Moniak can provide that to aid the team's meager pitching staff that will receive some further help once Jeff Hoffman, the key prospect in the Troy Tulowitzki trade, is promoted later this year. 

5. BREWERS: RHP Riley Pint (St. Thomas Aquinas HS (Kansas))

The Brewers, also in full rebuilding mode, could also ship out franchise icon Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy sooner rather than later as the team looks to bolster its rather one-sided farm system. With a lot of outfield prospects, the team could use another arm to help out Jimmy Nelson among others. With the youngest GM in baseball in tow, David Stearns will surely be on the lookout for as much young talent as he can possibly find and Pint is the best player remaining on the board.

6. ATHLETICS: OF Corey Ray (Louisville)

7. MARLINS: 3B Nick Senzel (Tennessee)

8. PADRES: LHP Braxton Garrett (Florence HS (Alabama))

9. TIGERS: SS Delvin Perez (International Baseball Academy (Puerto Rico))

10. WHITE SOX: RHP Matt Manning (Sheldon HS (California))

11. MARINERS: RHP Forrest Whitley (Alamo Heights HS (Texas))

12. RED SOX: RHP Ian Anderson (Shenendehowa HS (New York))

13. RAYS: OF Blake Rutherford (Chaminade College Prep (California))

14. INDIANS: C Zack Collins (Miami (FL))

15. TWINS: RHP Dakota Hudson (Mississippi State)

16. ANGELS: LHP Joey Wentz (Shawnee Mission East HS (Kansas))

17. ASTROS: LHP Kyle Muller (Jesuit College Prep (Texas))

18. YANKEES: 3B Joshua Lowe (Pope HS (Georgia)

19. METS: RHP Jordan Sheffield (Vanderbilt)

20. DODGERS: 3B Nolan Jones (Holy Ghost Prep (Pennsylvania)

21. BLUE JAYS: RHP Conner Jones (Virginia)

22. PIRATES: OF Alex Kiriloff (Plum HS (Pennsylvania))

23. CARDINALS: RHP Cal Quantrill (Stanford)

24. PADRES (Compensation for Justin Upton): 3B Will Craig (Wake Forest)

25. PADRES (Compensation for Ian Kennedy): C Matt Thaiss (Virginia)

26. WHITE SOX (Compensation for Jeff Samardzija): RHP Robert Tyler (Georgia)

27. ORIOLES (Compensation for Wei-Yin Chen): SS Gavin Lux (Indian Trail Academy (Wisconsin))

28. NATIONALS (Compensation for Jordan Zimmermann): RHP Cody Sedlock (Illinois)

29. NATIONALS (Compensation for Ian Desmond): LHP Eric Lauer (Kent State)

30. RANGERS (Compensation for Yovani Gallardo): 3B Drew Mendoza (Lake Mineolla HS (Florida))

31. METS (Compensation for Daniel Murphy): RHP T.J. Zeuch (Pittsburgh)

32. DODGERS (Compensation for Zack Greinke): 3B Joe Rizzo (Oakton HS (Virginia)

33. CARDINALS (Compensation for John Lackey): RHP Justin Dunn (Boston College)

34. CARDINALS (Compensation for Jason Heward): C Chris Okey (Clemson)

Competitive Balance Lottery Round A:

35. Reds: LHP Anthony Kay (Connecticut)

36. Dodgers (Compensation for not signing 2015 35th pick Kyle Funkhouser): LHP Cole Ragans (North Florida Christian HS (Florida))

37. Athletics: OF Bryan Reynolds (Vanderbilt)

38. Rockies: RHP Jared Horn (Vintage HS (California))

39. Diamondbacks: 3B Carter Kieboom (Walton HS (Georgia))

40. Braves (from Marlins): OF Buddy Reed (Florida)

41. Pirates: C Ben Rortvedt (Verona Area HS (Wisconsin))

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