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Final Scout 2016 MLB Mock Draft

In his final mock draft of the 2016 MLB Draft season, Jeff Ellis goes 106 picks deep. Who does he project going to your favorite team?

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1.     Philadelphia Phillies Mickey Moniak OF La Costa Canyon HS

Still could be A.J. Puk or Riley Pint, but feels like Moniak is now the guy.

2.     Cincinnati Reds A.J. Puk LHP Florida

There is a push for Kyle Lewis, but, for now, stick with Puk here.

3.     Atlanta Braves Kyle Lewis OF Mercer

If Lewis is gone, then Corey Ray, but I think they are set on Lewis.

4.     Colorado Rockies Riley Pint RHP St. Thomas Aquinas HS

Colorado went upside with every early pick last year. I expect them to lead with upside. 

5.     Milwaukee Brewers Corey Ray OF Louisville

They take best player available; to many, that would be Ray.

6.     Oakland A’s Nick Senzel 3B Tennessee

The A’s could go against form here, but Senzel makes sense if he is on the board.

7.     Miami Marlins Braxton Garrett LHP Florence HS

This is the pick I feel the strongest about in the top-10. So, of course, watch them go way off board.

8.     San Diego Padres Jason Groome LHP Barnegat HS

The GM A.J. Preller approach is to go upside. Groome is the biggest upset bet among the arms here.

9.     Detroit Tigers Justin Dunn RHP Boston College

They are all in on arms. Pint is their hearts desire, but he won’t make it. I think Dunn has more value than Zack Burdi, who has been rumored here, as well; both have a chance to help as a bullpen arm this year.

10.  Chicago White Sox Gavin Lux SS Indian Trail Academy 

As conservative an early drafting team as you will find. That being said, they have been linked to Lux throughout the process. An underslot deal here makes some sense for the White Sox. He has risen on mocks, won’t last to the Sox next pick at 26.  

11.  Seattle Mariners Zack Collins C/1B Miami 

Collins is the guy I believe they really hope to land. If he is here, then he will be the pick. 

12.  Boston Red Sox Ian Anderson RHP Shenendehowa HS

I have heard them on Matt Manning, but the money is the issue. If he wants $5 million, it just doesn't work. Someone who would work at $3 million is Anderson, one of the hottest names of late. 

13.  Tampa Bay Rays Joshua Lowe 3B Pope HS

Lowe and the Rays have been heavily linked. He fits the upside player they often go for. I would be shocked by an arm here.

14.  Cleveland Indians Blake Rutherford OF Chaminade HS

Yes, the Indians like guys who are young for their class and, while I might be the one who started this narrative, it is not set in stone. Both Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier were not young for their classes, so it's more a bonus than a hard, fast rule. 

15.  Minnesota Twins Dakota Hudson RHP Mississippi State

The Twins are in on college arms. Hudson seems to be sliding a bit; can’t see him getting past the Twins.

16.  Los Angeles Angels Alex Kirilloff OF Plum High HS

They will take a prep bat here. The question is would it be Nolan Jones or Kirilloff? According to those I trust, it’s Kirilloff in the battle of talented Pennsylvania kids.

17.  Houston Astros Cody Sedlock RHP Illinois

Another team mostly on college arms. I have heard they are high on Sedlock.

18.  New York Yankees Cal Quantrill RHP Stanford

I have been told this is a match for a while. I know Bryan Reynolds is popular here, but I’m sticking with what I have heard.

19.  New York Mets Will Craig 1B Wake Forest

Maybe the safest pick on the board. Unless someone unexpected falls, I think Craig is the pick.

20.  Los Angeles Dodgers Jordan Sheffield RHP Vanderbilt

I have heard they like Sheffield and are a team with no concerns about height with their pitchers. 

21.  Toronto Blue Jays Zack Burdi RHP Louisville

Burdi is an upside gamble here, but another hot name of late. He could help if Toronto makes a run, then be stretched out as a starter next year.

22.  Pittsburgh Pirates T.J. Zeuch RHP Pittsburgh

The Pirates have been on several prep players, but I think Zeuch is the guy they hope is still there at 22. 

23.  St. Louis Cardinals Matt Manning RHP Sheldon HS

Cards have used big bonuses on prep right handers of late. They have a plethora of picks and high pool money. They could afford to take the best player on the board here.

24.  San Diego Padres Will Benson OF Westminster Schools HS

This is one connection that has been constant for the Padres since this whole process began.

25.  San Diego Padres Dane Dunning RHP Florida

Dunning put up an amazing strikeout to walk ratio; it was over seven. A victim of the numbers game at Florida, there is upside in this right hander, who most think can work as a starter. He should also allow them to save a little cash here after two big money players.

26.  Chicago White Sox Eric Lauer LHP Kent State

Another poorly kept secret, this pick is either Lauer or Keegan Akin, who has gotten some run of late. The White Sox were one of the heaviest represented teams at the MAC tournament.

27.  Baltimore Orioles Robert Tyler RHP Georgia

I need to stop using the word another so, instead, let’s say I have heard Tyler connected here often. They are going to go the college route. 

28.  Washington Nationals Matt Thaiss C Virginia

The Nats are conservative and Thaiss is a very good bat. It is an easy fit here. 

29.  Washington Nationals Drew Mendoza SS/3B Lake Minneola HS

This has been a pretty constant rumor, but there are two big caveats. One, they have not taken a prep player in round one since 2012, and two, Mendoza reportedly has a big bonus demand. I could see a college arm here pretty easily, as well.

30.  Texas Rangers Forrest Whitley RHP Alamo Heights HS

I think, in this situation, this pick would come down to Whitley, Taylor Trammell, and Jones. Whitley is the top prospect on most boards.

31.  New York Mets Taylor Trammell Mount Paran Christian School

I have heard the Mets connected with a lot of toolsy prep outfielders. So here they take one of the best athletes in this draft. There is a chance they do re-draft Anthony Kay, who they drafted out of high school.

32.  Los Angeles Dodgers Nolan Jones 3B Holy Ghost HS

I heard they wanted a prep bat in the first 40 picks. After Jones there is a bit of a drop off, so he is a natural fit right here. 

33.  St. Louis Cardinals Bryan Reynolds OF Vanderbilt

Reynolds is in play for several picks above this. He’s a very good athlete, who does a bit of everything.

34.  St. Louis Cardinals Will Smith C Louisville

Smith has a lot of late momentum, but this pick is also to save money for Manning.

35.  Cincinnati Reds Jared Horn RHP Vintage HS

The Reds have the largest bonus pool, so they can take two big time talents. They also love velocity and athletes. Horn fits both bills.

36.  Los Angeles Dodgers Daulton Jefferies RHP California

I know they loved him early in the process and could grab him here, rather than risk losing out by waiting. 

37.  Oakland A’s Anthony Kay LHP UConn

The A’s have been on several prep arms, but I think Kay is just too good a value here. We know they won’t be scared by his diminutive size, either.

38.  Colorado Rockies Kyle Muller Jesuit College Prep

The Rockies have a lot of things in their system, but one thing they lack in the minors is top-shelf left-handed pitching. 

39.  Arizona Diamondbacks Kyle Funkhouser RHP Louisville

I know they scouted and liked him a lot at points last year. He could be viewed as a fast-moving arm for them.

40.  Atlanta Braves Joey Wentz LHP Shawnee Mission East HS

The Braves are going to take a guy who slipped here and pay him a lot. The most likely player as of now is Wentz.

41.  Pittsburgh Pirates Brandon Marsh OF Buford

Marsh is a big time athlete, with size and speed, whom I have heard the Pirates linked to previously. 

42.  Philadelphia Phillies Kevin Gowdy RHP Santa Barbara HS

Phillies President Pat Gillick loves Gowdy, if he is here, then he is the pick.

43.  Cincinnati Reds Delvin Perez SS International Baseball Academy Puerto Rico

The Reds love athletes, and have the money and picks to take risks. Perez is going in the second, more than likely. I know they liked him enough to consider him at two, so why not 43?

44.  Atlanta Braves Alec Hansen RHP Oklahoma

Speaking of risks, when you have this many picks, you can take them. 

45.  Colorado Rockies Buddy Reed OF Florida

The Rockies liked Moniak as a centerfielder of the future. Reed has the tools to be one, as well. 

46.  Milwaukee Brewers Corbin Burnes RHP St. Mary's College (CA)

This is a case of best player available. Burnes could go in the late first.

47.  Oakland A’s Chris Okey C Clemson 

Big offensive numbers and a no doubt catcher. He has a chance to go higher.

48.  San Diego Padres Bryson Brigman SS San Diego 

Another pick where I think they can save a little money, plus they get to add an up the middle talent. 

49.  Chicago White Sox Keegan Akin LHP Western Michigan

I have heard Akin, who has some late steam, connected with them. He might be a future reliever, but he will be a very good one. The White Sox are mostly on lefties.

50.  Seattle Mariners Hunter Bishop OF Serra HS

M’s GM Jerry Dipoto likes to go with upside in round two. Bishop fits the mold.

51.  Boston Red Sox Carter Kieboom 3B Walton HS

They were connected earlier to a lot of players who are very similar to Kieboom.

52.  Arizona Diamondbacks C.J. Chatham SS Florida Atlantic

They could use infield depth, and Chatham is a name on the rise.

53.  Tampa Bay Rays Jesus Luzardo LHP Douglas HS

A healthy Luzardo had a chance to go in round one. It’s risky, but the Rays fear no risks. 

54.  Baltimore Orioles Logan Shore RHP Florida

The Orioles have had so many draft struggles, so I have them taking maybe the safest guy in the draft. 

55.  Cleveland Indians Jon Duplantier RHP Rice

The Indians are big fans of intelligence and easy velocity. Duplantier has both in spades.

56.  Minnesota Twins Connor Jones RHP Virginia

They have taken a college pitcher in the second round with their last six second rounders. Jones had some talk to them in round one, so easy to grab him here.

57.  Toronto Blue Jays Joe Rizzo 3B Oakton HS

A polished hitter, whose size will knock him down.

58.  Washington Nationals Reggie Lawson RHP Victor Valley

I have heard Lawson linked to the White Sox and the Nats.

59.  San Francisco Giants Heath Quinn OF Samford

The Giants second round history is littered with catchers, but I am not expecting one here. The Giants often do their own thing and are very hard to figure out, so trying to guess here at the end of the second is a fool's errand. Instead, I have them taking the risk on the good athlete and even better power potential of Quinn.

60.  Los Angeles Angels Braden Webb RHP South Carolina

They will take a college arm here, and prefer to get it from the SEC.

61.  Houston Astros Bo Bichette 2B Lakewood HS

I heard they like bloodlines, and Bichette in particular.

62.  New York Yankees Sheldon Neuse SS/C Oklahoma

Neuse’s positional flexibility is going to get him drafted in the middle of the second round. 

63.  Texas Rangers Thomas Jones OF  Laurens HS

They love athletes, and Jones is a two-sport star. 

64.  New York Mets Cole Ragans LHP North Florida Christian HS

After taking a pair of bats, I have the Mets taking one of the safer prep lefties.

65.  Los Angeles Dodgers Anfernee Grier OF Auburn

Nothing concrete here, just no outfielder taken yet. Grier is a good value, with the potential to be a plus defender in center.

66.  Toronto Blue Jays Ronnie Dawson OF Ohio State

Jays President Mark Shapiro is conservative, and the fact that the scouting department has drafted more than a few guys out of Ohio is enough logic for me at pick 66.

67.  Kansas City Royals Nonie Williams SS Turner HS

Williams plays in Kansas, which would have been easy for them to scout. He is a no doubt shortstop, which is always in demand. They went prep a year ago with their top two picks and have often gone the prep route, especially with bats.

68.  Pittsburgh Pirates Ben Rortvedt C Verona Area

They like cold weather athletes, and Rortvedt’s upside, if he can stay at catcher, is significant. 

69.  Baltimore Orioles Akil Baddoo OF Salem HS

The Orioles have been linked to several prep bats at this point in my mock. Baddoo has a work ethic which the O’s would love, along with the tools to be a 20/20 guy down the road. 

70.  St. Louis Cardinals Dylan Carlson OF Elk Grove

I know they are fans of Carlson, and I doubt he makes it to them in the third.

71.  San Diego Padres J.B. Woodman OF Ole Miss

Woodman is another player full of tools. By grabbing him here, they have another chance to save a few dollars to use on those big names from earlier. 

72.  Cleveland Indians Sean Murphy C Wright State

The Indians have a need at catcher in their system. If Murphy had been healthy all year, he is long gone, thanks to plus defense and right-handed power potential.

73.  Minnesota Twins Cooper Johnson C Carmel Catholic HS

The Twins can take the risk on Johnson after a pair of safe college players. Great defense, but no one knows about the bat.

74.  Minnesota Twins Chad Hockin RHP Cal State Fullerton

Minnesota often drafts relievers and likes bloodlines. Hockin’s brother is in the Indians system, and he is the grandson of Twins great Harmon Killebrew. 

75.  Milwaukee Brewers Cole Stobbe 3B Millard West HS

The Brewers finally go prep and take the talented Nebraskan with a chance at above-average hit and power tools. 

76.   Atlanta Braves Matt Krook LHP Oregon

They have so many picks, they can roll the dice again. Krook is a top-20 talent, but his control was a 30-grade skill at points this year.

77.  Tampa Bay Rays Brett Cumberland C Cal

Cumberland’s bat will play, it’s just a question of position. Rays have used bat first catchers often in the past. 

78.  Philadelphia Ryan Rolison LHP University HS

The Phillies can keep taking top talent. They could use some left-handed pitching, as well.

79.  Cincinnati Reds Lucas Erceg 3B Menlo Park

Erceg has some character issues, but the talent is there to be an early second rounder. 

80.  Atlanta Braves Jake Rogers C Tulane 

Rogers is in the upper-tier of defensive catchers, along with Johnson and Murphy, and he took a big step with bat this year.

81.  Colorado Rockies Logan Ice C Oregon State

They could use some catcher depth in the system; Ice is one of the best on the board.

82.  Milwaukee Brewers Carlos Cortes 2B Lake Howell HS

They like guys who can hit, and that is Cortes, whose hit tool can stand with any prep in the class.

83.  Oakland A’s Hudson Sanchez SS Carroll HS

The A’s love young players and shortstops. Sanchez is one of the youngest, though he might move off the position.

84.  Miami Marlins Ryan Boldt OF Nebraska 

Boldt is more name value than production at this point, but the tools are there for at least a fourth outfielder. 

85.  San Diego Padres A.J. Puckett RHP Pepperdine

Puckett has had some late heat for the draft; Padres could get him for close to slot here.

86.  Chicago White Sox Pete Alonso 1B Florida

After passing on Collins, they get another possible first base bat here.

87.  Seattle Mariners Nick Banks OF Texas A&M 

Banks was once thought to be a possible top-10 pick; here, he is worth a roll of the dice. 

88.  Boston Red Sox Conner Capel OF Seven Lakes HS

Capel is the son of a former major leaguer. With plus speed, he would fit the athletic profile Dombrowski likes in the outfield.

89.  Arizona Diamondbacks Zach Jackson RHP Arkansas

Another college player, Jackson has the potential to start and two possible plus pitches, but also command woes.

90.  Tampa Bay Rays Colby Woodmansee SS/3B Arizona State

Woodmansee has a chance to stay at short and have above-average power there. He could rise a lot on draft day from here, if you think he will stick at short. 

91.  Baltimore Orioles Alex Speas RHP McEachern HS

Speas has easy velocity and would be a nice developmental prep arm for the O’s.

92.  Cleveland Indians Nick Solak 2B Louisville

Much like the players the Indians drafted in the third, fourth, and fifth round a year ago, Solak is a number of tools type of player.

93.  Minnesota Twins Austin Hays OF Jacksonville

Hays is a good athlete, who projects as a possible corner outfielder down the road. 

94.  Washington Nationals Wil Crowe RHP South Carolina 

Crowe missed the entire year due to injury; the Nats aren’t concerned by injuries. Crowe could be a steal, and was talked about as a possible first-rounder before injury.

95.  San Francisco Giants Kyle Cody RHP Kentucky

The Giants love redrafting arms who didn’t sign, so why not Cody?

96.  Los Angeles Angels Zac Gallen RHP North Carolina

I have heard them linked to Gallen, and they would select him here if he is still on the board. 

97.  Houston Astros Nick Quintana C/2B Arbor View HS

Another bloodlines guy, with great makeup.

98.  New York Yankees Jameson Fisher 1B Southeastern Louisiana

All Fisher does is hit. Small school guy, but twice led the NCAA in batting average.

99.  Texas Rangers Jeff Belge LHP Henninger HS

He has had issues with eye injuries, but has mid rotation stuff as well.

100.          New York Mets Ben Bowden LHP Louisville

Bowden could be tried as a starter, or be fast-tracked as a left-handed relief arm. 

101.          Los Angeles Dodgers Mario Feliciano C Puerto Rico Baseball Academy

He has big right-handed power potential, so, if he can play catcher, it's a bonus. The bat projects anywhere. 

102.          Toronto Blue Jays Zach Brown RHP Kentucky

Brown is a buy-low candidate who had first round talk, but struggled all year.

103.          Kansas City Royals Griffin Jax RHP Air Force

Jax has been a name with a bit more talk over the last month. He was drafted out of high school, by the Phillies, in the 12th round. In the 12th, teams are still taking guys they think they can sign. Jax put everything together this year and was excellent for Air Force. He showed four pitches, hitting 95, and posted excellent walk rates. His dad played 10 years in the NFL, so you even have bloodlines here, as well.

104.          Chicago Cubs JoJo Romero LHP Yavapai JC

The top JUCO player all year for the draft is Romero, who dominated the level as the ace on the national championship winning Yavapai JC baseball team. He is undersized, but the Cubs have never had an issue with size. The left-hander has command issues, as well, which make some think his future might be in the bullpen. Still, it's the 104th pick in the draft. Being able to get any player who has a chance to help, let alone a four-pitch left-hander who doesn’t cost a quarter of your pool, is nice. 

105.          Pittsburgh Pirates Ryan Zeferjahn RHP Seaman HS

Lots of potential and velocity for the Pirates to mold here in the athletic Zeferjahn.

106.          St. Louis Cardinals Stephen Alemais SS Tulane

A sure shortstop, who you might get for less than slot, would be a real nice get at the end of the third round.


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