With Thursday’s MLB Draft quickly approaching, I spent some time putting all of the film I’ve watched and articles I’ve read into one quick scouting report for my top 100 prospects. Enjoy!
1. Jason Groome, LHP, Barnegat HS (New Jersey)
Groome has everything you could ask for in a pitcher. His mix of velocity and control coupled with his 6’6 frame at the tender age of 17 suggests he will be feared on the mound for years to come. The Phillies may not select him with the first overall pick, but there’s no question Groome has the most potential of anyone in the draft.
2. Riley Pint, RHP, St. Thomas Aquinas HS (Kansas)
Another high school arm, Pint’s fastball is so explosive that he has touched triple digits despite being just 18 years of age. He has battled control issues, but there is no reason to believe the right training can’t fix those. The sky is the limit for Pint.
3. A.J. Puk, LHP, Florida
At one point, it seemed as if Puk was a shoe-in for the first overall pick. However, he has been a little bit disappointing as command issues have kept the southpaw from looking like a bona-fide ace at Florida. Still, there is a lot of upside and Puk has certainly faced much tougher competition than the other top arms in this draft class.
4. Mickey Moniak, OF, La Costa Canyon HS (California)
Moniak has speed to burn on the basepaths and can cover a lot of ground in center field. He also has a quick left-handed bat and has a knack for finding the gap. Once he fills out, Moniak has the potential to become a five-tool player and possibly the best hitter to come out of this draft.
5. Braxton Garrett, LHP, Florence HS (Alabama)
Garrett may only be in high school, but his maturity and pitching instincts make him appear to be on a fast track to the major leagues. His curveball is second-to-none in this draft, which has many teams in need of pitching licking their chops.
6. Blake Rutherford, OF, Chaminade HS (California)
Although he isn’t terrific in the field, Rutherford’s offensive game resembled a left-handed George Springer at first glance. He has a great swing with tremendous bat speed and can also fly around the bases. Expect Rutherford to be a top-notch offensive threat in the Major Leagues one day.
7. Kyle Lewis, OF, Mercer
Lewis is higher than seventh in most rankings, but his proneness to strikeouts and question marks about pure contact ability dock him down a few spots here. Still, he definitely seems to have the potential of a 30-40 home run player even if he tops out at about .260 every year.
8. Corey Ray, OF, Louisville
Ray is one of the safest bets in this draft as far as bats go. He should be able to play a solid center field at the major league level while providing a good mix of contact and power at the plate. He has also proven time after time in college that he is capable of hitting against top arms.
9. Delvin Perez, SS, Puerto Rico
He may not be Carlos Correa, but the Puerto Rican Perez is without a doubt the top shortstop on the board in 2016. He is great with the glove and will certainly be able to stick at the shortstop position in the big leagues, and he also has the potential to do some great things with the bal.
10. Nick Senzel, 3B, Tennessee
Senzel has shot up draft boards and separated himself from other third basemen this spring. He was fantastic in the Cape Cod League last summer and has refined his skills at the hot corner to go along with his power bat.
11. Dakota Hudson, RHP, Mississippi State
The stuff has always been there for Dakota Hudson, but it was finally last summer in the Cape Cod League when he put it all together. Now, the 6’5 right-hander boasts an above-average fastball and slider and looks like a lock to be near the top of an MLB rotation in the near future.
12. Forrest Whitley, RHP, Alamo Heights HS (Texas)
A big right-hander out of the Texas high school ranks, Whitley has a very good fastball and follows it up with a good curve.
13. Joey Wentz, LHP, Shawnee Mission East HS (Kansas)
Originally, it wasn’t clear whether or not Wentz would be drafted as a pitcher or a first baseman. Now, however, it has become clear the Wentz belongs on the mound. He has a nice-looking delivery that suggests he will be a starter as he moves up the ranks, and he pairs a solid curveball and changeup with a good fastball.
14. Matt Manning, RHP, Sheldon HS (California)
Manning stands at 6’6 and has a hard fastball that sits in the high 90s. His other pitches could use a little bit of work, but the two-sport star whose father, Rich, played in the NBA has enough athletic ability to continue to improve his game.
15. Nolan Jones, 3B, Holy Ghost Prep (Pennsylvania)
Although he played shortstop in high school, Jones seems destined to slide over to third base at the next level. He has a great bat from the left side and can also run fairly well for someone who appears to be a power-hitting corner infielder.
16. Eric Lauer, LHP, Kent State
The MAC may not be the premier conference for baseball in the NCAA, but the Kent State left-hander has absolutely dominated the competition in his junior year. Lauer also led the Cape Cod League in strikeouts last season and has a smooth delivery that suggests he will be a high-floor starting pitcher in the pros.
17. Ian Anderson, RHP, Shenendehowa HS (New York)
Other than an oblique injury that took some time away from his senior season, Anderson seems to be a pretty safe bet for a high school arm. He has consistently improved his fastball/slider/changeup arsenal while also being able to attack the strike zone at a good rate.
18. Alex Kirilloff, OF, Plum HS (Pennsylvania)
Kirilloff has a very good arm and above-average speed for a corner outfielder, making him a threat in all areas of the game to go with his strong left-handed bat.
19. Zack Collins, C, Miami
In a class without much depth at the catcher position, Collins will almost surely be the first backstop off the board. Still, there are questions as to whether or not his defensive ability is good enough for him to stay behind the plate long-term. His bat, though, should have no question marks surrounding it as he has torn apart ACC pitching this season.
20. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Vanderbilt
Reynolds is the definition of a well-rounded player even though he won’t break any records in any area. He can hit for average and power at times while also possessing a good speed and glove combo that should be good enough to keep him in center field. The only question mark is his arm, but if he keeps impressing with his bat like he has at Vanderbilt, he should be just fine at the next level.
21. Kyle Muller, LHP, Jesuit College Prep (Texas)
Muller has been a great hitter over the course of his high school career, but he is an even better pitcher. He set a national record by striking out 24 hitters in a row over the course of two games due to his height, throwing angle and lively fastball.
22. Justin Dunn, RHP, Boston College
Dunn has been fantastic in his junior year at Boston College and has shown significant improvement each year. He also had a great summer in the Cape Cod League last year and although he stands at just 6’2, he can throw a high-90s fastball and two solid breaking balls.
23. William Benson, OF, The Westminster Schools (Georgia)
Benson has the potential to be one of the draft’s biggest steals. He is projected to go either near the end of the first round or even in the compensational round, but he could turn out to be a top-10 talent. Benson runs very well and has a quick, compact swing that allows him to hit scorching line drives.
24. Taylor Trammell, OF, Mount Paran Christian HS (Georgia)
How fast is Trammell? He rushed for nearly 2,500 yards and was named the Georgia Class A football offensive player of the year at running back for Mount Paran Christian. He could have played college football, but he decided on the diamond rather than the gridiron. He could use some help with the bat and glove, but the potential is there. Expect him to get better with both now that he can spend all of his time focusing on just baseball.
25. Cal Quantrill, RHP, Stanford
Tommy John surgery caused Quantrill to miss all of this season and nearly all of last year as well, so he poses somewhat of a risk. At the same time, he has arguably the best arsenal in the draft and a great knowledge of the game as his father, Paul, pitched in the big leagues. His smarts and his four-pitch combo could certainly make up for the rust and injury risk.
26. Joshua Lowe, 3B, Pope HS (Georgia)
Up until very recently, scouts were split 50/50 on whether to consider Lowe a hitter or a pitcher. Now, it looks like he will be drafted as a third baseman. His left-handed bring should bring more power when he fills out his 6’4, 190-pound frame, and he can run and field well at the hot corner.
27. Cody Sedlock, RHP, Illinois
Sedlock is a sinker-baller who has excelled in his first year as a starter at Illinois. His sinker helps him get plenty of ground balls, and he also managed to break Illinois’s single-season strikeout record. He throws a high amount of strikes, but they are tough to hit; just what you want in a pitcher.
28. Connor Jones, RHP, Virginia
Jones throws an early- to mid-90s fastball with some movement as well as a solid slider. That pairing, as well as a decent changeup and occasional curveball have made him Virginia’s ace; a position he has done well in. Jones has become one of the safest bets to project and he may not become more than a No. 3 starter, but he should be able to get there at some point in the near future.
29. T.J. Zeuch, RHP, Pittsburgh
Zeuch is a 6’7 power arm who has pretty solid control of his pitches. He has caused plenty of swings and misses in his time at Pitt and has a chance to sneak into the back of the first round as he continues to improve and impress scouts.
30. Zach Burdi, RHP, Louisville
Burdi can hit triple digits with his fastball and also has an above-average slider to follow it up. He has dominated as Louisville’s closer, but some scouts think he can become a starter in the big leagues because of his smooth delivery.
31. Jordan Sheffield, RHP, Vanderbilt
Sheffield has established himself as a strikeout pitcher with a high-90s fastball and hard slider, but his size and injury history suggest he may be better suited for the bullpen. He underwent Tommy John surgery in his senior year of high school, but has seemed fine since. However, Sheffield has shown some inconsistencies as far as hitting the strike zone and struggled in the Cape Cod League the past two years.
32. Will Craig, 3B, Wake Forest
Craig has shown that he can absolutely mash, sitting at the top of the ACC in average, home runs and RBI the past two seasons. He can’t run well at 6’3, 235 pounds, but his bat certainly makes up for his lack of athleticism. Expect to see him in the Home Run Derby some day if he solidifies a job in the big leagues.
33. Matt Thaiss, C, Virginia
Like his catching counterpart Zack Collins, Thaiss is great with the bat but could become a liability behind the plate. He is a left-handed bat with a solid mix of both contact and power.
34. Buddy Reed, OF, Florida
Reed is kind of a wild card in this year’s draft. He was originally thought of as a top-10 pick because of his glove and blazing speed, but there were questions about his bat. Those questions were magnified even more this spring, as he posted sub-par stats and saw his average dip 50 points from last year’s .305 mark. Despite the speed, it will be tough for Reed to make his way to The Show if he can’t figure things out at the plate.
35. Jared Horn, RHP, Vintage HS (California)
Horn has a great heater and shows some promise with his curveball and slider. He has a great feel for the game and brings a competitive spirit to the mound. He has been very consistent in his senior year and has shown maturity and focus in big moments – good signs for a high-schooler.
36. Logan Shore, RHP, Florida
Shore may be a step behind A.J. Puk in Florida’s rotation, but his stats speak for themselves. This season, he has an 11-0 record, a 2.44 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP and an incredible 5.33 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. None of his pitches other than his changeup are remarkably devastating, but Shore’s pitching sense and strike-throwing ability make him tough to hit.
37. Kevin Gowdy, RHP, Santa Barbara HS (California)
Gowdy has a very good changeup to go along with a decent slider and a fastball that should continue to climb in velocity as he fills out his frame. He has a fairly strong commitment to UCLA, though, and may be a bit of a risk if he falls out of the first round.
38. Heath Quinn, OF, Samford
Quinn knows how to swing the bat, popping 21 baseballs over the fence this season. Questions about the competition he has faced are warranted playing with Samford, but his impressive performance in the Cape Cod League last summer should quell some of the doubts about his ability. Quinn doesn’t run overly well, but he is a smart outfielder with an above-average arm.
39. Chris Okey, C, Clemson
Okey has one of the smartest, most baseball-oriented minds in the draft and uses it to his advantage behind the plate. Unlike the aforementioned Collins and Thaiss, Okey seems to be a lock to stay at catcher. He also has exhibited some talent with the bat, improving his average and power numbers each year at Clemson.
40. Alex Speas, RHP, McEachern HS (Georgia)
Speas is a little bit of a wild card because of control issues he has shown throughout his high school career, but his stuff is fantastic. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and should add even more velocity as he fills out his slender 6’4, 190-pound frame, and he also throws a curveball with quite a bit of life. If the cards fall the right way, Speas could some day be looked back on as a top-10 talent.
41. Daulton Jefferies, RHP, California
Jefferies may, in fact, be much better than the 41st-best player in the draft; however, a shoulder issue that came up this spring has hurt his stock a little bit. Still, he has been able to pitch a little since the injury and has shown the same shades of dominance we saw earlier in the year. His line on the season has him at 7-0 with a 1.08 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP and a 6.63 strikeouts-to-walks ratio. If he can keep pitching like that, someone will get a steal in the compensatory or second round.
42. Brandon Marsh, OF, Buford HS (Georgia)
Marsh’s strengths are his speed and his fielding ability, glove and arm included. He is an above-average outfielder and a terrific athlete having played wide receiver for Buford’s state championship football teams in his sophomore and junior years, but he still has some work to do with the bat. If Marsh can fix a couple of flaws in his mechanics, he could become a five-tool threat in the pros.
43. Carter Kieboom, 3B, Walton HS (Georgia)
Great mechanics and a feel for the game have helped Kieboom become a force at the plate. He has shown an ability to hit off of the best arms in the country at his age, doubling off of the aforementioned Joshua Lowe in a high school state championship game and also singling off of Riley Pint in the Under Armour All-America Game last summer. Kieboom also played a pretty decent shortstop in high school and his talents should translate well over to third base.
44. Gavin Lux, SS, Indian Trail Academy (Wisconsin)
Lux has an intriguing mix of speed and fielding ability to go along with great instinct and knowledge of the game. His bat is coming along and he has the smarts and tools it will take to work on his disappearing flaws. Not many players come out of Wisconsin, but Lux seems to be on a fast track to The Show.
45. Anfernee Grier, OF, Auburn
Grier is very fast both in the field and on the bases and has also seen a serious power spike in his bat this year. If he can continue to hit for power and contact at the next level, he could combine his bat with his speed to become a serious threat on offense.
46. Robert Tyler, RHP, Georgia
At one point, Tyler seemed to be a shoe-in for the first round. Now, his status has come into question after a lackluster spring. He has a great fastball that hits the mid-90s with life and a changeup with a little bit of movement as well, but his numbers both in college this year and the Cape Cod League last summer can raise some red flags. He will likely be relegated to a bullpen role in the pros unless he can throw strikes, and he has been often plagued with injury issues.
47. Jon Duplantier, RHP, Rice
A shoulder injury that kept Duplantier out all of of last year certainly did not have much of a negative impact on his progression this year. His fastball, which sits in the mid-90s with movement, is a definite plus pitch and Duplantier uses it and his curveball to get a healthy amount of swings and misses.
48. Corbin Burnes, RHP, St. Mary’s
Burnes could be destined for the bullpen because of his mechanics, but he has shown at St. Mary’s that he can be very productive as a starter. His high-velocity fastball is his only true plus pitch thus far in his career, but his slider continues to shows flashes of promise.
49. Anthony Kay, LHP, Connecticut
Kay’s sophomore season as a Husky was incredible, but he failed to improve on his numbers in his junior season. He is hindered by his small 5’11 frame, but Kay makes up for his size with his strike-throwing ability as well as his decent fastball-changeup combo.
50. Cole Ragans, LHP, North Florida Christian HS
Ragans is a smart left-handed pitcher from Florida who certainly seems destined to start at the next level. He has shown quite a bit of maturity on the mound for a high schooler and could boast three above-average pitches some day with his fastball, curveball and changeup.
51. Joe Rizzo, 3B, Oakton HS (Virginia)
Rizzo stands at just 5’9, but is a left-handed bat with some serious pop. He doesn’t run extremely well and he won’t drop any jaws with his play at third base, but his potential at the plate is good enough to earn him some competitive balance/second-round praise.
52. Drew Mendoza, 3B, Lake Mineolla HS (Florida)
Another left-handed bat at the hot corner that hits quite well, Mendoza has a good combination of tools that could make him an asset to any team on offense and defense. He could sneak into the back part of the first round, but drops in these rankings because it looks like it will be very tough to sign him away from his Florida State commitment.
53. Thomas Jones, OF, Laurens HS (South Carolina)
Jones has the potential to become a five-tool player some day. His strength right now is his blazing speed, but he boasts a quick, violent swing that could help him become an above-average hitter for contact and power. He is also very athletic, recruited by several top college football programs as a safety.
54. Ben Rortvedt, C, Verona Area HS (Wisconsin)
Rortvedt shows lots of offensive potential from the left side of the plate and should be able to hit for both contact and power at the next level. He is only 18, so he has plenty of time to smooth out the rough edges in his game behind the dish.
55. Cole Stobbe, 3B, Millard West HS (Nebraska)
A power-hitting shortstop in high school, Stobbe will likely have to shift to either second or third at the next level. He runs fairly well, but his biggest strength is clearly his bat. Expect Stobbe to become a productive hitter in the pros, using his strong 6’1, 200-pound frame to his advantage.
56. Cooper Johnson, C, Carmel Catholic HS (Illinois)
There’s not question about it – Cooper Johnson is the one of best defensive catchers in this draft. He excels in every facet of the game behind the plate, handling pitching staffs well and has a fantastic arm. His bat is not quite there yet, but Johnson has shown signs of being able to hit well enough to be a productive Major League backstop with his catching prowess.
57. Dane Dunning, RHP, Florida
Dunning has been overshadowed by the aforementioned Puk and Shore, but he has been a shut-down reliever out of the Gators’ bullpen this year. He throws a lively fastball and an above-average changeup to keep hitters off-balance. He could become a starter at the next level (he would have been at Florida had the Gators not needed a bullpen arm), but at worst, expect him to be a closer or late-inning reliever.
58. Sheldon Neuse, SS, Oklahoma
Neuse is a bit of a wild card in terms of where he will play in the field. He will likely move from short to third base or catcher at the next level as he has a very good arm but not a ton of quickness. Regardless, Neuse has been hitting the cover off of the ball this spring and has boosted his draft stock because of it.
59. Bo Bichette, 2B, Lakewood HS (Florida)
Like his father, Dante, Bo is a little unorthodox at the plate. This has caused some teams to be wary of taking him too early in the draft, but his family history suggests that he should adapt just fine at the next level. Although he doesn’t run too well, Bichette is a smart player who knows the game and should be able to hit for some power.
60. Conner Capel, OF, Seven Lakes HS (Texas)
Capel has a good pedigree as his father, Mike, pitched for the Texas Longhorns and later in the Major Leagues. Conner, too, has committed to play at Texas, but a great spring has bolstered his draft value and he may not make it to Austin if he’s drafted high enough. Capel runs very well and has a great arm to go along with good outfield instincts. His bat could use a little work, but he is a smart hitter that has the potential to hit for a little bit of power.
61. Jesus Luzardo, Stoneman Douglas HS (Florida)
Luzardo recently underwent Tommy John surgery, which could raise a bit of a red flag for teams trying to draft him. Still, we have seen plenty of young arms have plenty of success after Tommy John surgery and Luzardo could certainly throw his name into that group when all is said and done. He is a very smart pitcher who hits the strike zone consistently and has three decent pitches: a fastball, curveball and changeup.
62. Ben Bowden, LHP, Vanderbilt
Right now, Bowden seems more comfortable as a reliever. He struggled as a starter at the beginning of the year for the Commodores and got moved back into the bullpen, where he has been dominant his entire career. He can throw a tough-to-hit fastball in the mid-90s and also has a solid changeup. If a team drafts him as a reliever, he could become a Major League closer in the near future.
63. Hunter Bishop, OF, Junipero Serra HS (California)
Bishop had originally committed to play football at Washington, but now he has changed his mind and will either hit the diamond for a pro organization later this summer or Arizona State next year. He has tremendous speed both in the outfield and on the bases, and his left-handed bat has a lot of potential. He has work to do, but now that he can focus on baseball, this high-ceiling prospect could be worth taking the gamble on.
64. Bryson Brigman, SS, San Diego
Brigman doesn’t hit for much power and he doesn’t walk very often. At the same time, he rarely strikes out and has shown an aptitude for stealing a bag here and there. Brigman has the potential to be a productive bottom-of-the-order bat that can make a lot of contact and be a threat on the bases.
65. Akil Baddoo, OF, Salem HS (Georgia)
The left-handed Baddoo has what it takes to become a four-tool player at the next level, with his arm being the one exception. He is a talented hitter in terms of both contact and power and can run very well, making him an intriguing offensive threat.
66. Jameson Fisher, 1B, Southeastern Louisiana
The fact that Fisher doesn’t face the same level of competition as some of the other college hitters in this draft could be a concern, but he has absolutely raked throughout his entire college career. Fisher walks much more often than he strikes out and hits for a lot of power and contact from the left side of the plate. He also was able to put up a .300 clip in the Cape Cod League two summers ago and has improved greatly since then.
67. Brett Cumberland, C, California
Cumberland has some question marks surrounding his long-term ability to catch, but he is a very talented switch-hitter who excels in every area at the plate. He can hit for contact, work counts, see pitches well and hit the ball a mile. If he proves that he can stay at catcher at the next level, Cumberland could prove to be a steal in this year’s draft.
68. Nonie Williams, SS, Turner HS (Kansas)
He may not stay at shortstop in the pros, but Williams has a bat that should profile well at any position, whether it be second base, third base or the outfield. Naturally a right-handed hitter, Williams has learned to hit from the left side as well to boost his stock. He can also run very well in the field and on the bases, showing some potential of being a five-tool player if everything works out right.
69. Jake Fraley, OF, LSU
In terms of batting average, Fraley is yet to come close to his output from his freshman year at LSU in 2014. However, he has improved nearly every other area of his game since then, walking and using his speed to his advantage much more often. He also was impressive offensively in the Cape Cod League last year, showing that he can adapt well to using wooden bats.
70. Ryan Boldt, OF, Nebraska
Boldt’s drop in batting average and rise in strikeouts this spring could cause some concern among scouts. At the same time, however, he has seen a spike in his power numbers and has been deadlier on the bases. Boldt is by no means a liability in the outfield and could possible stay in center field in the pros due to his speed and arm.
71. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Jensen Beach HS (Florida)
Despite being 6’2 and slender, Ogle has been able to hit 96 with his fastball at the high school level. Expect his velocity to continue to climb as he gets older and fills out. Ogle also throws a curveball and a changeup, but they, like his mechanics, could use some improvement. Expect his control issues to disappear once he works with a professional staff to smooth out his delivery.
72. Nick Lodolo, LHP, Damien HS (California)
Standing at 6’6, Lodolo has the type of build scouts like to see. He only throws in the low-90s and weights just 180 pounds despite his height, so expect his velocity to improve as time goes on. He may be a good bet to spurn whichever team drafts him and play at TCU next year instead to hone his craft, but he could be taken early enough to draw him away from college due to his high upside.
73. Thomas Hatch, RHP, Oklahoma State
Hatch put together a stellar season with Oklahoma State, showing significant improvement as a redshirt sophomore. He was named Big 12 pitcher of the year and causes plenty of groundouts with a hard, lively fastball. He should be able to start in the pros if everything works out right.
74. Zac Gallen, RHP, North Carolina
A very good fastball/cutter combination along with a promising changeup has helped Gallen have a very positive junior season with the Tar Heels. He has continued to improve each year of college and has the maturity and work ethic to do so at the next level. Gallen is a high-floor pitcher who could slide his way into the second round for a team looking for a safe bottom-of-the-rotation arm.
75. C.J. Chatham, SS, Florida Atlantic
Chatham has shown improvement in basically every area of his offensive game throughout his three-year career at Florida Atlantic, capping it off by hitting .357 with eight home runs this year. He struggled a bit in the Cape Cod League last summer, which could raise some concerns, but he is good enough to stay at short at the next level and his consistent improvement is a good sign.
76. A.J. Puckett, RHP, Pepperdine
Yes, A.J. Puk and A.J. Puckett are different people. Puckett will obviously go a round or two later than Puk in the draft, but he has really boosted his stock with an incredible spring. Puckett has been very tough to hit off of and his 6’4 frame works well with a mid-90s fastball and an above-average changeup. Fun fact: Puckett was in a coma for two weeks in high school. Now he’s about to get drafted by a Major League Baseball team.
77. Braden Webb, RHP, South Carolina
Webb’s delivery and command issues suggest he will be a reliever at the next level, but his impressive freshman year at South Carolina could certainly push him into the top three rounds of the draft. He has been held back by Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss nearly his entire senior year of high school as well as a year of college in 2015, but he has shown that his fastball/curveball combo is still dynamite, stymying some of the best bats in the SEC this spring.
78. Sean Murphy, C, Wright State
Murphy is an excellent defensive catcher and will without a doubt stay behind the plate throughout his professional career. His hitting, though, is a bit of a question mark. He has occasionally shown some signs of brilliance at the dish, but has been rather inconsistent.
79. Ronnie Dawson, OF, Ohio State
Dawson’s struggles with the wooden bat in the Cape Cod League last summer merit some concerns, but he followed up the disappointing performance with a fantastic spring for the Buckeyes. Dawson has an intriguing mix of power and speed and has also been able to improve his walk rate all three seasons at Ohio State. He could be a high-risk, high-reward-type player.
80. Alec Hansen, RHP, Oklahoma
An upper-90s fastball with movement, a hard slider, a decent changeup and a 6’7 frame. There’s a reason Hansen was once considered to be in the mix for the first overall pick. However, he has battled a few injury issues and has struggled mightily to repeat his delivery and find the strike zone. He is an extremely high risk and needs a ton of work, but there’s still a chance he could become a dominant pitcher at the Major League level if he smooths out the (many) rough edges.
81. Peter Alonso, 1B, Florida
Alonso is a bit of a one-dimensional player, which could turn teams away. He is very strong with the bat and has established himself as one of the SEC’s top hitters, but he doesn’t excel at anything else. If the bat struggles, like it did in the Cape Cod League last summer, Alonso doesn’t have much to fall back on.
82. Kyle Funkhouser, RHP, Louisville
Funkhouser is an odd case. He was originally thought of as a top-five pick in last year’s draft due to incredible freshman and sophomore seasons, but fell to the latter part of the round due to a late-season slump as a junior. He decided not to sign with the Dodgers and returned to Louisville for his senior year, but his stock has continued to fall even more. Still, there is hope that he can re-capture the magic he had in 2013, 2014 and the first part of 2015. It will be interesting to see which team takes the flyer.
83. Chad Hockin, RHP, Cal State Fullerton
Hockin looks to be on the fast track to becoming a Major League closer. He has a great two-pitch mix with an above-average fastball and slider, and he has been able to hit the strike zone with consistency.
84. Zach Linginfelter, RHP, Sevier County HS (Tennessee)
Linginfelter has a promising 6’5 frame to go along with a high-velocity fastball with life as well as a decent slider. He could very well become a starter in the Major Leagues some day, but his durability issues make some scouts believe he would be better off in the bullpen.
85. Jake Rogers, C, Tulane
The positive? Rogers may be the best defensive player in the entire 2016 draft class. The negative? He has trouble hitting. Serious trouble. Rogers’s ability to throw out baserunners and block pitches in the dirt alone should be enough to get him to the big leagues, but the bat needs to come to life if he wants to become a full-time starter at some point.
86. Bobby Dalbec, 3B, Arizona
Dalbec is your typical Mark Reynolds-type player – lots of strikeouts, lots of home runs. His power numbers have inexplicably dropped this year, but he still has the swing and mechanics to suggest he can re-capture them at the next level. He also plays a decent third base, even if he isn’t the quickest player out there.
87. Will Smith, C, Louisville
Smith is a fantastic defensive catcher, and his bat has suddenly come alive in his junior season with the Cardinals. He doesn’t put up great power numbers by any means, but he has shown an ability to hit for contact and has some decent speed on the bases for a catcher. Expect him to either in the second or third round.
88. Logan Ice, C, Oregon State
Ice is a lot like Smith in that he has an interesting combination of offensive ability and defensive skill at the catching position. No certain area of his game stands out, but he is a well-rounded switch-hitter that should be able to stay behind the plate long term.
89. Reggie Lawson, RHP, Victor Valley HS (California)
This spring has not been kind to Lawson’s stock. He has battled injury issues and has struggled with his control and stuff even when healthy. Still, his frame and form show some promise, but Lawson needs to stop regressing if he wants to get anywhere. Maybe time with some professional training is just what he needs.
90. Zach Jackson, RHP, Arkansas
Jackson throws a terrific breaking ball and an above-average fastball, but his struggles in his junior season with the Razorbacks drop him quite a bit in these rankings. He’s certainly got the stuff to be a dominant closer or even a potential starter in the pros, but he needs to correct whatever has gone wrong this spring.
91. Griffin Jax, RHP, Air Force
Jax boasts a very good fastball to go along with above-average command and control. He seems to have what it takes to be a starter in the next level, but he needs to get some consistency out of his breaking pitches.
92. Adam Laskey, LHP, Haddon Heights HS (New Jersey)
Laskey should probably be a little higher in these rankings, but a strong commitment to Duke could make him tough to sign. As far as ability goes, though, Laskey is very talented for a high school pitcher. He has impressive control for a teenager and throws two plus pitches: a fastball and a changeup.
93. Ryan Zeferjahn, RHP, Seaman HS (Kansas)
At age 17 one year ago, Zeferjahn showed the ability to touch the mid-90s with his fastball. Standing at 6’4 and just 190 pounds, he may be able to get consistently high velocity as he fills out. A little bit of effort to his delivery could see him settle into a bullpen role down the road, but if he improves the rest of his repertoire (slider, changeup) he could be an effective big league pitcher some day.
94. Skylar Szynski, RHP, Penn HS (Indiana)
Szynski has a clean, consistent delivery and an impressive arsenal. He commands his fastball very well while also boasting a decent curveball and a changeup that has some potential.
95. Mason Thompson, RHP, Round Rock HS (Texas)
Thompson is an extremely intriguing prospect, standing at 6’7 and just 180 pounds but still being able to throw a mid-90s fastball with movement. Once he fills out, he should be able to hike up the velocity even more. However, he comes with some risks. Thompson only pitched one inning this year since he had Tommy John after his junior year in 2015. Question marks, including one about his allegedly strong commitment to Texas, are everywhere, but he has the tools to develop into a stud.
96. Jeff Belge, LHP, Henninger HS (New York)
Belge stands at 6’4 and throws a nice curveball to go along with a decent fastball. He also got into really good shape over the winter, which could add to his potential. The issue with Belge, though, is that he is a left-handed pitcher but is blind in his right eye. So far, though, it has not seemed to hinder him.
97. Austin Hays, OF, Jacksonville
Hays did not have a very impressive season at the plate in 2015 with Jacksonville, but his performance in the Cape Cod League last summer along with his skill in the outfield could draw some interest.
98. Walker Robbins, 1B, George County HS (Mississippi)
Robbins is a smart, live-drive hitter with a good eye and hard swing. He doesn’t run well, like most first basemen, but plays above-average defense compared to other high schoolers that play the position.
99. Matthias Dietz, RHP, John A. Logan Community College
Dietz falls back in the rankings since he has only seen junior college competition, but it’s tough to ignore the fact that he has dominated this year. He finished with a 12-1 record, 1.22 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 103 innings. His ability to throw strikes and his 6’6 frame have certainly drawn some looks for Dietz, who will play at TCU next year if he doesn’t sign with a pro organization.
100. Ray Gaither, RHP, Coppell HS (Texas)
Even though Gaither’s somewhat unorthodox delivery may relegate him to a bullpen role as a professional, he has really good stuff and can consistently hit the strike zone. His fastball has a lot of movement and he has also shown the potential to throw good curveballs, changeups and sliders.