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2016 MLB Draft: Week 1 Hitter Scouting Reports

The first weekend of the college baseball season is in the books. Taylor Blake Ward scouts the performances of some notable MLB Draft position player prospects from the opening weekend.

Tres Barrera, C, Texas

Catchers are always a necessity and Barrera should be one of the premature catchers taken due to his defensive tools. Though his draft stock likely sits around the 7-12 round range, Barrera is a great defensive catcher with a plus arm behind the plate, but he has a lack of focus. There's some desire in his offensive game, but plenty of room to improve. Last weekend, he was in front of a few pitches and slid out with his lower half, taking away any power potential. As he begins to use his full body and not just his arms in his swing, he could rise dramatically in the draft. With work on both sides of the game, Barrera has potential.

Stats : 3-9, 3 RS, 3 RBI, 3 BB, K

Jacob Bosiokovic, OF/RHP, Ohio State

The size says it all at 6'5'' and 240 pounds. He has pro ball size and a pro ball swing. Bosiokovic capped off his weekend with a three-run, walk-off home run Saturday, his second of the day and third of the year. He has a long swing which stems from his arms, but there's definite potential for this kid as a long-ball hitter in the future.

Stats: 7-17, 3 HR, 7 RS, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HB

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Bobby Dalbec, 3B/RHP, Arizona

Going into the season, there were some who argued that Dalbec would be the best bat coming into this draft. If this weekend is any sign, it will be the exact opposite story. Dalbec couldn't put any good swings on the ball, and hardly even made contact when he did swing. Obviously things will change, but it was a very poor start for Dalbec to kick the season off. Scouts did get to see his strong arm in the field though, including two-plus innings on the mound where he sat in the 90's.

Stats: 1-11, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K ; 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

Tommy Edman, 2B, Stanford

The prototypical undersized middle infielder, Edman has some tools and could rate highly going into the draft, despite a poor opening weekend. He's shown discipline and can put a compact swing on the ball, which he was able to show in a small sample last weekend.

Stats: 5-16, 3B, 4 RS, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Eric Filia, OF, UCLA

Another senior looking to make noise, Filia was the only highlight for a quiet UCLA offense over the weekend. On Saturday, he lifted the Bruins with a walk-off single, but he still has yet to drill the ball with authority. His discipline is better, but he'll need to improve offensively to gain draft stock. UCLA needs Filia to be their kick starter for them to have a fair shot at a Pac-12 title this season.

Stats: 2-7, 1 RS, 1 RBI, 6 BB, 3 K, 1 HB

David Greer, 1B, Arizona State

Greer was moved from third base to first base over the off-season, and he may become a standout defensive first baseman. In addition to potentially being a very good defensive first baseman, Greer brings one of the most underrated bats in the Pac 12 with him. He sprayed the ball on opening weekend and showed a professional approach at the plate, reaching in 11 of 16 plate appearances. Greer drilled the ball to the gaps from the right-side.

Stats: 7-11, 2 2B, 2 RS, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 1 K

Kyle Lewis, OF, Mercer

It may not have been against the best pitching, but Lewis has proved so far that he's no fluke from his Cape Cod performance over the summer. Lewis opened the season with a 2-for-3 outing, with two walks and a double. He finished the weekend with a home run, and a showing that deserves praise for his discipline. All around, Lewis likely upped his stock, showing his leadership. He will have a true test against the talented Georgia squad on Wednesday night.

Stats: 5-12, 2B, 3 RS, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K

Trever Morrison, SS, Oregon State

With K.J. Harrison in the mix, Morrisen is overlooked at times, but he's the true talent in Corvallis this season. Morrison boasted not just the tools of being a super utility man, but also a threat to leadoff any order. Morrison reached in 13 of 20 plate appearances last weekend and showed a mix of speed and gap power, as well.

Stats: 9-16, 2B, 3 RS, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HB

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Sheldon Neuse, SS/RHP, Oklahoma

Neuse saw time on the mound last weekend, but everything is beginning to show he's a better position player - not that there was much question. He hit the ball well, putting it to the gaps with ease and flashing his speed, along with showing good discipline at the plate. He collected a triple and three stolen bases and showed a strong arm at shortstop. Neuse could be a draft stock riser over this season.

Stats: 7-13, 2B, 3B, 4 RS, 5 RBI, 6 BB, 3 SB; 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Luke Persico, 3B, UCLA

It was a rough weekend for UCLA and Persico. In the field, he couldn't set his feet properly, but it is the first weekend of the season. At the plate, he put the ball in play, but with little power to show for it. Improvements are necessary for him land on teams' boards come draft time.

Stats: 2-10, 3 RS, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 SB

Corey Ray, OF, Louisville

Ray is the other bat considered the best in this upcoming draft. He showed all of the tools to be a future star last weekend. Mixing power, contact, discipline - the works. Ray took care of any doubts early, and with consistency, he could maybe be a 1-1 kind of guy come draft time.

Stats: 6-9, 2B, 2 HR, 9 RS, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K

Daniel Rizzie, C, Xavier

Rizzie's draft stock won't be high during his senior season unless something drastic happens, but a strong weekend against ASU didn't hurt him. Defensively, Rizzie stayed composed behind the plate, and tossed out a trio of runners on the base paths, all while collecting a few hits and showing some discipline.

Stats: 5-11, BB, K

Brian Serven, C, Arizona State

Arguably the best catcher in the Pac 12, Serven began the season on a poor note. A few balls squeaked through, but he was able to flash his strong arm at times. At the plate, Serven may have been pressing over the weekend, but he was able to put some good swings near the end of the weekend. He has some power potential, and should be one of the top catchers in the upcoming draft.

Stats: 2-12, 2B, K

Spencer Thornton, OF, San Diego State

Although Thornton's draft stock won't be high this season, he possesses the tools of a future pro ball player. This is all said despite a poor start to his senior season, where he couldn't put together many good swings, excluding one that produced a long ball.

Stats: 2-9, HR, 2 RS, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HB

Danny Williams, OF, Arizona State

Williams flashed some tools in the speed and defense departments, but he is still just another mid-draft name at this point. He has good bat speed and some discipline at the plate, but there's a lot of room to improve his overall game. He did injure his ankle late in the weekend, but it doesn't seem to be serious at the moment.

Stats: 4-12, 2 2B, 6 RS, BB, 3 HB, 3 K

Colby Woodmansee, SS, Arizona State

There's still a lot of pull to Woodmansee's game, but he did drive the ball well against less than stellar pitching. The high note at the plate was his ability to hit to the gaps with consistency, and swing through the ball with authority. Defensively, Woodmansee is one of the better shortstops in the nation, but his range has been questioned. Over the weekend, there wasn't a big challenge for him ranging either direction, but when he needed to make plays to either side, he did so with ease.

Stats: 6-15, 4 2B, 1 RS, 6 RBI, 2 K


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