Kansas prep star (and subject of Jeff Passan’s latest book “The Arm”) Riley Pint may not go #1 overall, but he’ll be close. Photo via thatballsouttahere.com
The MLB rule-4 (Amateur) draft starts tonight, 6/9/16 at 7pm. The MLB Network will have full coverage of the first round of picks. This post is my dumping ground of draft coverage for 2016.
This post uses last year’s format, with links to use to see draft prospect rankings, links to help cover the draft (which I personally come back to time and time again), some blurbs on local players of interest, and then links to a bunch of mock drafts.
Draft Coverage so far at NAR for 2016:
- Here’s the big post on all marquee DC/MD/VA prep players ahead of the 2016 season (only guys who are “significant” draft prospects are mentioned here).
- Here’s the same for DC/MD/VA tied College players
- After the draft happens, I’ll review both of the above posts and list who actually got picked and who’s going to school.
Draft Links of importance
Here’s a slew of Draft Prospect rankings : these are NOT the same as mock drafts; see further down for those. You’re going to see the same locally tied names on nearly all of these lists; they’re all individually profiled further below.
- D1baseball HS top 100 players with commitments for 2016 (most of it behind a pay-wall). UVA stands to lose three significant recruits being ranked in their top 100 right now.
- D1Baseball.com’s Top 150 Draft Prospects (mostly behind a pay-wall): Puk, Lewis, Groome, Pint, Ray.
- ESPN/Keith Law‘s May 2016 Top 100 Draft Prospects (ESPN insider): Ray, Groome, Perez, Moniak, Puk.
- ESPN/Keith Law‘s June “Draft Big Board” (insider only): Ray, Groome, Perez, Puk, Moniak
- Law’s last minute updated Big Board:
- ESPN/Jim Bowden‘s “Big Board” (insider only): Groome, Senzel, Moniak, Perez, Lewis
- MLBpipeline’s top 100 draft prospects: Groome, Pint, Ray, Lewis, Puk
- MLBpipeline’s top 200 draft prospects: same as above
- Minorleagueball.com’s 151 Draft prospects (by unknown author “cookiedabookie”): Lewis, Groome, Puk, Pint, Rutherford
- USAToday/‘s top 30 Draft Prospects: Puk, Lewis, Groome, Pint, Ray.
- BeyondtheBoxScore.com/Carl Triano‘s Stat-based top Draft Prospect Rankings
- Baseball America’s top 500 draft prospects: Puk, Pint, Groome, Lewis, Moniak
- Baseball Prospectus/Chris Crawford Top 50 draft prospects (Premium content)
- PerfectGame.org’s Top 100 Prospects: Groome, Pint, Ray, Rutherford, Puk (full list premium content)
- Scout.com’s Jeff Ellis draft prospect Rankings: Part 1 (1-51) and Part 2 (52-102): Rutherford, Senzel, Moniak, Groome, Ray
- Ellis’ final Prospect rankings: Rutherford, Senzel, Moniak, Groome, Ray
- MLBDraftReport’s Top 500 Draft Ranking; not doing a big master list, instead he’s doing per-position rankings
Now, some news about College Players with local ties who are serious draft candidates (meaning first couple of rounds projected or present on top 100 draft ranking lists). Note that I’ve got a far, far larger list of local players that I’ll follow-up on after the draft; these are just the significant/top 10 round types.
- Connor Jones, UVA RHP via Great Bridge; at this point perhaps the 2nd or 3rd best college pitching prospect thanks to fall-offs from a number of other candidates. Probably a mid-1st rounder, though some pundits (Keith Law) have him rated far lower.
- Buddy Reed, OF from Florida via Finksburg, MD (NW of Baltimore). Probably a late first rounder or sandwich pick, perhaps lower.
- Matt Thaiss, UVA C who has shot up the rankings; now projected as early 2nd rounder. Keith Law likes him as a late 1st rounder.
- Mike Shawaryn: RHP for Maryland; stock has really fallen this season; now perhaps just a 4th rounder. A late season push improved his draft status somewhat.
- Andrew Knizner, C from NC State by way of Glen Allen, VA: gritty ballplayer who has played his way into perhaps 5th round discussions.
- Errol Robinson, SS from Ole Miss by way of Maryland; struggled badly this season, dropping his stock from early 2nd round projections; no idea where he’s project to go now.
Local Prep players of note who are serious draft candidates:
- Joe Rizzo, INF for Oakton HS. Remains the highest ranked local draft prospect, projecting as anywhere between a mid-1st rounder and an early 2nd rounder. South Carolina commit. MLBpipeline.com’s write-up profiles his draft prospects the best.
- Khalil Lee LHP/OF for Flint Hill. Some have him 2nd-3rd round, others have him projected 4th-5th. Part of the confusion is where to play him; he was an undersized speedy CF candidate… then suddenly flashed low 90s off the mound as a lefty starter this year. Liberty commit.
- Zack Hess, 1B/OF from Liberty Christian Academy (Lynchburg). 3rd round projection. LSU commit.
- Noah Murdock, a RHP from Colonial Heights (Richmond). 4th round projection by rank, UVA commit.
- Garrett Stallings, RHP from Grassfield HS. Not generally listed but may be rising, Tennessee commit.
Re-draft players of interest to Nats fans: these are re-drafts that have come back up. See the Draft Tracker for underclassmen draftees from last year and/or Prep draftees from 2013 who are now draft eligible again.
- Garrett Hampson, SS from Long Beach State. Nats 2013 26th round pick, now projecting as a 5th or 6th rounder.
- Reid Humphreys, RHP/OF two-way player from Mississippi State. Nats 2013 36th rounder, now projecting as a 4th/5th rounder.
- Shaun Anderson, RHP from Florida. Nats 2013 40th rounder, now projecting as a late 3rd rounder.
- John Reeves, C from Rice. Nats 2015 20th rounder who started 56 games for the CWS-bound Rice team and hit above .300; looks like a good choice to return to school.
- Alec Rash, RHP from Missouri: Nats 23rd round pick in 2015. Quit baseball altogether last fall to pursue collegiate basketball.
- Blake Smith, RHP from WVA: Nats 24th round pick in 2015: posted a 2.20 ERA as West Virginia’s closer for the season with 8 saves and 25 appearances.
- Mack Lemieux, LHP from Jupiter HS and then Palm Beach State CC. Nats 14th round pick in 2015.
Every year I say i’ll stay away from the Mock Draft links … and every year I come back. Here’s a running collection. DCProSports.com has a master list of Mock drafts at this link that has many more than I’ve got listed below.
- Fangraphs/Scott Moore‘s Mock #1: Groome, Senzel, Lewis, Puk, Pint.
- BaseballAmerica/Hudson Belinsky‘s Mock #1: Groome, Senzel, Pint, Puk, Perez.
- BaseballAmerica/Hudson Belinsky‘s Mock #2: Puk, Lewis, Pint, Moniak, Ray.
- BaseballAmerica/John Manuel Mock #1: Puk, Lewis, Pint, Moniak, Groome.
- BaseballAmerica/John Manual BA Mock #4: Moniak, Puk, Ray, Lewis, Pint
- Manual Mock #5: Moniak, Puk, Lewis, Pint, Ray
- ESPN/Keith Law Mock #1 (Insider only): Puk, Lewis, Groome, Pint, Ray.
- ESPN/Keith Law Mock #2 (Insider only): Puk, Lewis, Groome, Moniak, Perez.
- ESPN/Keith Law Mock #3: Puk, Lewis, Groome, Pint, Ray
- ESPN/Keith Law Final Mock: Moniak, Puk, Lewis, Pint, Ray
- D1baseball.com/Frankie Piliere Mock #1: Puk, Lewis, Groome, Pint, Ray.
- D1baseball.com/Frankie Piliere Mock #2: Puk, Lewis, Ray, Groome, Perez
- MLBPipeline.com/Jim Callis Mock #1: Puk, Senzel, Lewis, Moniak, Ray.
- MLBPipeline.com/Jim Callis Mock #2: Puk, Senzel, Lewis, Moniak, Perez.
- MLBPipeline.com/Jim Callis Final Mock: Moniak, Senzel, Ray, Puk, Collins
- MLBPipeline.com/Jonathan Mayo Mock #1: Puk, Senzel, Lewis, Groome, Perez.
- MLBPipeline.com/Jonathan Mayo Final Mock: Moniak, Senzel, Ray, Puk, Rutherford
- MinorLeagueBall Mock #1 Part one and Part two: Lewis, Puk, Groome, Rutherford, Moniak
- Scout.com/Taylor Ward Mock #1: Groome, Senzel, Rutherford, Lewis, Ray
- Scout.com/Taylor Ward Mock #2: Puk, Ray, Lewis, Groome, Rutherford.
- Scout.com/Jeff Ellis‘ Mock #1: Groome, Hansen, Puk, Moniak, Pint
- Scout.com/Jeff Ellis‘ Mock #2: Senzel, Perez, Ray, Groome, Rutherford
- Scout.com/Jeff Ellis‘ Mock #3: Garrett, Groome, Rutherford, Senzel, Perez
- Scout.com/Jeff Ellis‘ Mock #4: Puk, Perez, Ray, Moniak, Rutherford
- Scout.com/Jeff Ellis‘ Mock #5: Puk, Lewis, Pint, Moniak, Rutherford
- Scout.com/Jeff Ellis final Mock: Moniak, Puk, Lewis, Pint, Ray
- NatsGM.com/Ryan Sullivan‘s Mock #1: Puck, Senzel, Lewis, Groome, Perez
- Si.com/Chris Crawford‘s Last minute Mock Draft: Puk. Lewis, Groome, Pint, Ray
- Baseball Prospectus; have not seen any mock drafts from BP this year.
- PerfectGame.org Mock Drafts are Insider/Premium only; this link is to their 2016 Draft Coverage home page.
Todd Boss’ Mock draft? Based on my vast level of expertise (sarcasm) and the thousands of man hours i’ve put in scouting players in person and cultivating industry sources (also sarcasm), and instead reading the tea leaves of the gazillion other mock drafts, I’ll take this as my initial guess for the top 5: Puk, Lewis, Groome, Pint, Moniak
The only thing that gives me pause is this: Puk *stunk* in the regional. 4 and a third, 5 hits and 5 runs given up to UConn. Sorry; if you’re going to go 1-1 you need to do an outing like 7ip, 4hits, 10ks, 0 walks in your swan song. I wonder if that was enough to have Philly move to a different pick. And Perez just got popped for failing a drug test, instantly removing him from top-5 consideration. So, given Puk’s stinker most of the last minute mocks have Philly off of Puk and doing Moniak as an under-slot deal. And I can’t disagree. So my final mock will be: Moniak, Puk, Lewis, Pint, Ray
And this top 5 means that Groome and Pint (who I think are the two best talents in this draft) fall to teams outside the top 5 and they’re going to be absolutely ecstatic.
ACTUAL DRAFT Results: Moniak, Senzel, Anderson (??), Pint and Ray. Just like everyone predicted.
Who are the Nats going to take at #28 and #29?
No frigging idea. Lots of these Mock drafts attempt to guess, to put some names with the Nats down that far. But consider the 2011 draft. Everyone had Anthony Rendon going 1-1. Suddenly he slips and the Nats grab him at #6 in a total gift. The point is this: we have no idea how even the top 5 picks will go, so predicting what’s going to happen at pick #6 is folly, let alone #28. Nats will take BPA, probably will mix up a safer pick (aka college arm) with a riskier pick (aka a high school bat) and go back to back $2M bonus slots. I also like the running theory that the nats will get the Scott Boras special and “package” two Boras clients together at 28/29 and basically split the bonus pools. Names often mentioned here include Kyle Funkhauser and the prep pitcher/basketball player Matt Manning. One would be an over draft, one would be a steal if he gets here. We’ll see.