The 2016 MLB Draft

Saturday, June 11, 2016

      With no definitive #1 pick in this draft, the Phillies, Reds & Braves had to just hope for the best with who they liked. Many mock drafts pegged AJ Puk to go #1 overall. I was thinking Jason Groome might, and I also was very big on Corey Ray. I looked into Corey Ray a little more and really wanted the Reds to grab him but nothing happened as I expected. The Phillies took Mickey Moniak, an Outfielder out of La Costa Canyon HS. He projects very well but wasn't expected to go #1 overall. The Reds were pegged to pick 3B Nick Senzel by a lot of analysts and that's exactly what happened. Senzel is a polished bat who hits for average and makes a lot of contact. He is coming from Tennessee #2 overall. The Braves took the first pitcher of the draft. Ian Anderson is a right handed high school pitcher. He leaps over AJ Puk, Jason Groome, Riley Pint, and several pitchers projected to be picked before him. Puk dropped to #6 going to Oakland and Groome fell out of then top 10 going #12 to Boston. Let's hope the Braves history of developing pitching holds true here with Ian Anderson.
      This year's draft was full of talent but lacked that exciting "stand-out" player to talk about. I look forward to reading up on some of these first round guys. With these three teams in obvious rebuilds it seems like the Phillies are on track to contend first because they're having a much better year right now than people expected them to have. In my opinion I don't know why rebuilding teams draft high schoolers in the first round. I feel like you should go for the safer bet being the proven talent. That's all I got for tonight.


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